Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock to include stupid story mode

Warriors of Rock, which Activision officially announced today, will become the 14th Guitar Hero game in five years, and never have we been so tired of rocking. Yes, we're totally biased, but after Guitar Hero 5's back-to-the-basics accessibility, which was great, we're a little disappointed by the decision to flesh out Guitar Hero III's devil battling with a "quest" mode. Remember when that was funny - you know, defeating the devil with the power of rock - remember that? Yeah.

"In Quest Mode, using any combination of instruments, players will embark on a larger-than-life, epic rock journey from the stage of CBGBs, the infamous punk-rock club in New York City, to the molten lava fields of rock treachery as eight Guitar Hero characters transform into rock warriors that must join together to use their unique, game-changing powers to help the Demi-God of Rock take down 'The Beast' and save rock n’ roll."

All the series needs now is an open world to drive a tour bus around in, and it'll have fully realized the Tony Hawk curse. Oh, by the way, the "Demi-God of Rock" is voiced by Gene Simmons, in case you haven't had enough of his family jewels.

Above: The teaser trailer

To be fair, there's always quickplay, and "Quickplay+" introduces bunches of new challenges (12 per song), though they're unlocked via quest mode. The new challenges which have been announced, if written in the form of a press release, go like this:

"Gamers will complete challenges such as Band Streak, High Score and Power Challenge, which allows players to choose any two warrior powers they have unlocked to try and earn ridiculously high scores, to rank up and unlock more rewards and content than ever before. All-new Challenge Leaderboards have been created in order to capture the outrageous scores that are capable with Quickplay+."

Above: Our buddy graboids from the forums whipped this up last week. It shouldn't need explaining

On the upside, Activision is boasting that Warriors of Rock will contain the largest on-disc set list ever. So far they've announced:

  • AFI – “Dancing Through Sunday”
  • Anthrax – “Indians”
  • Avenged Sevenfold – “Bat Country”
  • Black Sabbath – “Children Of The Grave”
  • Buzzcocks – “What Do I Get?”
  • Children Of Bodom – “If You Want Peace... Prepare For War”
  • The Cure – “Fascination Street”
  • Def Leppard – “Pour Some Sugar On Me (Live)”
  • Dethklok – “Bloodlines”
  • Dire Straits – “Money For Nothing”
  • DragonForce – “Fury of the Storm”
  • Drowning Pool – “Bodies”
  • Fall Out Boy – “Dance, Dance”
  • Foo Fighters – “No Way Back”
  • Foreigner – “Feels Like The First Time”
  • The Hives – “Tick Tick Boom”
  • Jane’s Addiction – “Been Caught Stealing”
  • Jethro Tull – “Aqualung”
  • KISS – “Love Gun”
  • Linkin Park – “Bleed It Out”
  • Megadeth – “Sudden Death”
  • Metallica & Ozzy Osbourne – “Paranoid (Live)”
  • Muse – “Uprising”
  • My Chemical Romance – “I'm Not Okay (I Promise)”
  • Night Ranger – “ (You Can Still) Rock In America”
  • Nine Inch Nails – “Wish”
  • The Offspring – “Self Esteem”
  • Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
  • Rammstein – “Waidmanns Heil”
  • The Rolling Stones – “Stray Cat Blues”
  • Silversun Pickups – “There’s No Secrets This Year”
  • Slayer – “Chemical Warfare”
  • Slipknot – “Psychosocial”
  • Stone Temple Pilots – “Interstate Love Song”
  • ZZ Top – “Sharp Dressed Man (Live)”

We can't wait to constantly tell our friends to stop picking Bohemian Rhapsody...IT WAS FUN THE FIRST TIME, BUT AHGHHHHHHHHH... 

Oh, and don't think you'll get away with not buying more plastic:

"To maximise players’ shredability, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock delivers the next evolution in finger-fretting with an all-new, show-stopping guitar controller that was inspired and born from the game’s unique art style and specifically made for shredding."

We're interested to see this new, shredability-improving controller, but we would like it if "shredability" were never written anywhere ever again.

Now let's snarkily temper our discontent...

We do know that our opinion isn't ubiquitous. Activision and Neversoft are trying to distinguish Guitar Hero from Rockband with some theatrics, and there's nothing so wrong with being different. Just because we're jaded doesn't mean everyone is, so here are some dissenting views from Youtube:

"Finally, the guitar hero game I've been waiting for. It's finally back to it's rock roots, unlike the rock band wannabe gh5. Damn, now I'll have to buy both rb3 and gh6." -ChrisPexplosion

"so its gonna be like good old GH3 where you have to deafet an evil power!! YES YES YES!!! this was what i have waitet for :D :D (lets hope its a seller like GH3)" -TheTaylos

"LOL thi game owns rockband. sorry to say but rockband is just a stupid remake of guitar hero. btw THIS GAME IS OOF THE HOOK" - tsjakka7

Oof the hook indeed!

Jun 4, 2010


  • mrpibb - October 2, 2010 11:24 p.m.

    i get the feeling that they maybe trying to address some of the criticism of how 'elite' GH players consider themselves to be actually guitar gods, by making it a little bit silly. I played actual Guitar for years before I picked up GH, and I thoroughly enjoy it, its just a bit of fun, but unfortunately some people just take it way too seriously...
  • ZAMPIREWOLF - June 30, 2010 3:30 p.m.

    A7x, black sabbath, children of bodom, dethklok, megadeth, muse, my chemical romance, Rammstein, slayer, and slipknot.... i think i just jizzed myself... but im really get tired of the fucking metallica on these games... there so fucking overated... loving the story... saw the guitar and its alright.. i still like the old guitars better haha XD
  • avantguardian - June 9, 2010 5:13 p.m.

    btw, love the title of this article...
  • avantguardian - June 9, 2010 5:11 p.m.

    ok guys! this time we'll add super roadie gameplay! so your non fake-musically gifted buddies can get in on the fun! fix microphones! tune guitars! SET UP THE DRUMS!!! comes complete with hastily put together(but technically impressive!) miniature plastic tour van that bounces off the walls as you cruise from gig to gig! yeah i have gh5, like what they did with it, but gh's dlc is straight turds...
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  • guiarherodrummer1998 - June 7, 2010 2:57 p.m.

    I still don't know what to make of that. I wanted to see gh5 be more like the originals, and I did, so that was good. But I think that Activision and Neversoft ought to give up on milking every last drop of success out of this franchise. I'll just buy it cuz i love gh.
  • DaBadGuy - June 7, 2010 8:02 a.m.

    lol at Money for Nothing.
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  • JohnLemon - June 6, 2010 11:52 p.m.

    I love Bohemian Rhapsody and all,but if I remember correctly it has hardly any Guitar in it apart from that solo near the end, and I don't want to be playing the piano on a guitar again like in Somebody to Love on Rockband :/
  • Spybreak8 - June 6, 2010 11:50 p.m.

    yeah you gotta love reading youtube comments, stupidity at it's finest. I like GH and I enjoy a cool little story. GH Metallica was cool and it had a good set list. I love GH but if they do come out with RB Zeppelin I'd totally buy that in a heart beat as well.
  • xMiNx - June 6, 2010 10:41 p.m.

    Nice game sounds really good and i agree rockband sucks really bad
  • Redeater - June 6, 2010 4:10 p.m.

    WOW I AM TOTALLY PICKING THIS UP A YEAR FROM NOW! When it's gone down to $5 at gamestop. Seriously do I really need another reason to hate music games??
  • DarthCockels - June 6, 2010 1:02 a.m.

    "SO I was shitting my bed today and came up with a brilliant idea as my poo annurisum hit; MORE GUITAR HERO!" - Activision CEO
  • SwampRock - June 5, 2010 11:32 p.m.

    RockBand is a remake of GuitarHero? what a dumbass. nuff said But if this game goes back more to how GH3 was, and for the love of god the set list doesn't suck complete ass like every guitar hero that came out after number three. I just might have faith again in GH.
  • ycsm570 - June 5, 2010 10:33 p.m.

    I don't buy GH games to defeat evil or fight epic battles or anything like that... I buy GH games to play along with songs. It shouldn't have a story. Terrible idea, in my opinion. Also, I refuse to purchase any product with associated with the word "shredability"
  • D0CCON - June 5, 2010 8:31 p.m.

    So far, that setlist does not look good (to me at least). It has been a long time since a GH setlist was interesting for me. That's the main reason I like Rock Band. More DLC so more songs I love (and to this day, I have yet to find an on-disk setlist I like more than RB2). Instead of waiting for more games to feature Disturbed, I just download all their songs from RB.

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