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Band Hero
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Developer(s)
Neversoft, Budcat Creations, Vicarious Visions (DS)
Publisher(s)
Series
Release date
November 3, 2009
Genre(s)
Music video game
Mode(s)
Single-player, multiplayer
Media
DVD, Wii Optical Disc, Blu-ray Disc
Input methods
Wii remote, Xbox controller, Playstation controller, drum controller, guitar controller, microphone


Band Hero is an expansion game to the Guitar Hero series of music video games, published by Activision on November 3, 2009 for the PlayStation 2 and 3, Wii, Xbox 360 and Nintendo DS consoles. The game is structurally similar to Guitar Hero 5, supports full band play (lead and bass guitar, drums, and vocals) including the drop-in/drop-out and in-song instrument and difficulty change menus, and additional multiplayer modes as Guitar Hero 5. Unlike the main Guitar Hero games, where the focus is on the lead guitar portions of the songs, Band Hero provides a soundtrack more oriented towards pop rock to challenge the whole band.

GameplayEdit

According to Jeff Gerstmann of Giant Bomb, the game, from its first trailer, appears to be functionally similar to the feature set for Guitar Hero 5, including bands comprised of any combination of four instruments, drop-in/drop-out play, in-song menus to change difficulty and instrument, and additional multiplayer modes compared to Guitar Hero 5's "Rockfest".

The game also supports up to four player multiplayer in a similar manner as Guitar Hero 5 using the DS's local wireless connections, allowing any combination of instruments. However, there is no support for the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection nor plans for additional downloadable content for the DS game

The DS will have 30 of the songs from console versions.

Band Hero DSEdit

Band Hero for the Nintendo DS features the ability to play the same instruments as the console-based versions. Though the game is compatible with the DS, DS Lite, and DSi, only players on the DS Lite will receive the "full band" experience due to the nature of the hardware extensions for the unit.

Guitar GripEdit

Guitar Grip

The Guitar Grip for the game.

The Guitar and Bass parts will be played with the same "Guitar Grip" previously created for the Guitar Hero On Tour series, though this unit will not work on the Nintendo DSi/3DS due to lack of a GBA slot. The gameplay for guitar and bass is considered to be the fourth iteration of the Guitar Hero On Tour design by developers Vicarious Vision, and have further improvements to meet with different strumming styles.

Drum SkinEdit

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Drum kit for DS Band Hero

A new "drum skin" that fits over the bottom half of the DS unit will provide four "pads" for drumming that map to the unit's directional pad and face buttons; this design was selected over use of the touch screen due to the inability of the touch screen to recognize near-simultaneous taps, a factor that would have interfered with the drumming experience. The drum skin is limited to the Nintendo DS Lite due to the skin's form factor. Unlike the original drumset for the console version of Band Hero, the DS version has Green, Red, Yellow, and Blue. The decision to design towards the DS Lite rather than the newer DSi was due to the much larger volume of DS Lite units that have been sold relative to the DSi.

MicrophoneEdit

The DS microphone will be used for vocal parts.


VenuesEdit

SoundtrackEdit

Main Article: List of songs in Band Hero

ReferencesEdit

The crowd cheering sound effect in the third Career cutscene was recycled from DiC Entertainment's Super Mario World.

The crowd cheering sound effect in the third Career cutscene was also used in Barney's Great Adventure: The Movie when Barney crashes into a stilt walker in the parade.

Games of Guitar Hero
Main Series
Guitar Hero - Guitar Hero II - Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock - Guitar Hero World Tour - Guitar Hero 5 - Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock
Bands
Aerosmith - Metallica - Van Halen
Spinoffs
Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s - Guitar Hero: Smash Hits
On Tour
Guitar Hero: On Tour - Guitar Hero On Tour: Decades - Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits
Mobile
Guitar Hero Mobile - Guitar Hero III Backstage Pass - Guitar Hero World Tour Mobile - Guitar Hero Carabiner - Guitar Hero Arcade - Air Guitar Hero Rocker - Guitar Hero (iOS)
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