Guitar Hero is the ultimate party video game series, where you and your friends/family can form a band and rock out to all your favorite classic rock songs. Guitar Hero uses custom guitar shaped controllers to simulate playing a guitar and in later versions, starting with World Tour, added a microphone and drum set, although a standard console controller can be used in early versions. Players score points by matching colored notes that scroll on the screen to the colored buttons on the controllers. Even though it was designed to be a party game with competitive and cooperative multiplayer modes, there is also support for single player mode. Guitar Hero games are available on several platforms including Playstation 2 and 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, PC, Mac and Nintendo DS.
The popularity of Guitar Hero caused other music video game spin-offs to be created including Band Hero, which included more family friendly pop music and the DJ Hero series which simulated being a DJ using a turntable style controller. Guitar Hero was first published in 2005 by RedOctane and developed by Harmonix. As of 2011, Activision officially put any further development of the series on hiatus.
Guitar Hero Games
|Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock||2010||PS3, Wii, Xbox 360||Activision||Neversoft|
|DJ Hero 2||2010||PS3, Wii, Xbox 360||Activision||FreeStyleGames|
|Guitar Hero: Van Halen||2009||PS2, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360||Activision||Neversoft|
|Band Hero||2009||PS2, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360, DS||Activision||Neversoft|
|DJ Hero||2009||PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii||Activision||FreeStyleGames|
|Guitar Hero 5||2009||PS2, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360||Activision||Neversoft|
|Guitar Hero Smash Hits||2009||PS2, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360||Activision||Beenox|
|Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits||2009||Nintendo DS||Activision||Vicarious Visions|
|Guitar Hero: Metallica||2009||PS2, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360||Activision||Neversoft|
|Guitar Hero On Tour: Decades||2008||Nintendo DS||Activision||Vicarious Visions|
|Guitar Hero: World Tour||2008||Mac, PS2, PS3, Wii, PC, Xbox 360||Activision||Neversoft|
|Guitar Hero: On Tour||2008||Nintendo DS||Activision||Vicarious Visions|
|Guitar Hero: Aerosmith||2008||Mac, PS2, PS3, Wii, PC, Xbox 360||Activision||Neversoft|
|Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock||2007||Mac, PS2, PS3, Wii, PC, Xbox 360||Activision||Neversoft|
|Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80’s||2007||PS2||Activision||Harmonix|
|Guitar Hero II||2006||PS2, Xbox 360||Activision||Harmonix|
Guitar Hero Free Online?
For those of you that can’t get enough of Guitar Hero gaming or simply can’t afford to purchase the games, there is the option to play Guitar Hero games online for free. These games are created using Flash and are playable via your web browser, using your keyboard as the controller. http://www.guitarheroonline.org/ is an example of one site where you can play free Flash Guitar Hero style games. The only thing required to play these games is a web browser with the Adobe Flash Player plugin installed.