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Rush will rock Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock's story mode

Putting a story mode into a Guitar Hero game sounds like a worse idea than putting Lindsay Lohan on Sesame Street. But now that the game’s publisher Activision has announced that Rush will be at the forefront of the underlying story – in particular Rush’s beloved, futuristic concept opus 2112, maybe it won’t be so bad.

For anyone who was born in the last 25 years and has no idea who we’re talking about, Rush was a hugely popular progressive rock band in the 1970s (and well into successive decades – they still play today), with top-selling singles like The Spirit of Radio, Subdivisions and Tom Sawyer. One of the group’s most ambitious songs was 2112, a 20-minute epic which was broken up into seven parts, almost like a Beethoven symphony or something. It comprised the entire first side of the album that shares its name. And it rocked.

The song itself tells the story of a man, living in the year 2112, who escapes to a cave to find an all-important guitar and is transported to another strange planet only to find out it was just a dream. Apparently, that’s pretty much identical to the story that the Guitar Hero developers had already cooked up for the game’s “Quest Mode,” before making the Rush announcement. Coincidence? I think not.

Just a handful of the band’s songs have appeared in Rock Band or Guitar Hero, including YYZ in Guitar Hero II. This will arguably be Rush’s biggest leap into the video game world.  “The music, the story and the journey of 2112 lends itself perfectly to the quest in Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock,” said Geddy Lee, the lead vocalist, keyboardist, and bassist for Rush. All parts of the song 2112 will of course also be playable in Warriors of Rock. In between songs, players can even listen to liner notes narrated by members of Rush, because nothing screams exciting rock action like 50-to-60-year-old guys reading through text snippets that appeared on a vinyl record insert from 1976.


Above: Catch the myth!

Activision describes the game’s story mode as an “epic voyage playing as eight Guitar Hero characters that transform into rock warriors who must join together to use their unique, game-changing powers to help the Demi-God of Rock take down ‘The Beast’ to save rock.” Actually, yeah, it still sounds corny. But we still can’t wait to rock Temple of Syrinx.

Jul 21, 2010

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15 comments

  • Rowdie - July 23, 2010 12:47 a.m.

    Oh man, It couldn't have been for rockband. :(
  • Peanut726 - July 22, 2010 7:49 p.m.

    this is as close to getting to guitar hero: rush as possible right now, and i approve
  • GayforGilbert - July 22, 2010 5:37 p.m.

    I really like Rush, but I still have zero interest in this game. Especially considering they will probably bloat the charting once more and make these songs ridiculously more difficult than they should be.
  • Crabhand - July 22, 2010 10:20 a.m.

    I love Rush, but there is no way in hell I'm buying another Guitar Hero game. I gave the franchise numerous opportunities to prove to me it could still be fun and it did nothing but fail every time. It's a cool idea to include 2112 like this, but I don't hold any delusions that this game will be worth buying any more than the last 10 games.
  • VaneTrago - July 22, 2010 10:19 a.m.

    So if what he said up there is pretty much identical to the game and yet the description was nowhere near on the mark, does that mean the game is nowhere near like the album as well? >.>
  • theemporer - July 22, 2010 5:44 a.m.

    This just sold this game. Also, the story you have there is wrong. It is set in 2112 (obviously) where the people of earth have been devestated by war and united under "The Priests of Syrinx" (2nd part). One day, a man finds a guitar in a cave and enjoys playing it (part 3). He Goes to the priests to show this to them, but they say that it was "another toy that helped destroy the elder race of man" (part 4). He then goes home and has a dream about the elder race of man who actually left Earth a long time ago and now live in peace where anyone can be free to express themselves. They also plan to return to Earth to regain it from the Preists (part 5). He then wakes up and commits suicide because he cannot live in the world he saw (part 6). In the last part it is implied that the Priests or the Elder race (it could be either) have "assumed control" of the solar federation. So really nothing like what you said.
  • Doctalen - July 22, 2010 3:39 a.m.

    This is pretty much Guitar Hero: Rush, sounds amazing but iffy. Don't want a story, don't care who made it.
  • mEgAzD - July 22, 2010 3:31 a.m.

    As a fan, I suppose I'd approve.
  • Thuperman - July 22, 2010 2:52 a.m.

    Rush is great and i had the great pleasure of seeing them live a year or two ago. This pains me to say but this might be the first guitar hero id even like......but i really hate guitar hero....
  • Heyexclamationpoint - July 22, 2010 2:33 a.m.

    Almost anything involving Rush is gold. Except Power Windows. That album sucks.
  • woottang - July 22, 2010 2:09 a.m.

    I'm with Falstad007, Rush are amazing, and 2112 one of the best, but just watching those videos and seeing the characters for this "story" does not fill me with faith.
  • GamerTagsSuck - July 22, 2010 2:04 a.m.

    Geddy Lee approves? I wept a little. Today is truly a glorious day.
  • sleepy92ismypsn - July 22, 2010 1:45 a.m.

    Rush is a great band but I always thought the lead singer was a chick lol. what would be so bad about having a story mode in GH.
  • Corsair89 - July 22, 2010 1:42 a.m.

    That's considerably awesome. I love Rush!
  • Falstad007 - July 22, 2010 1:37 a.m.

    Hell yes. Being a huge fan of Rush, I approve... although I'm somewhat skeptical about how they pull this off...

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