Band Hero Product Review

Band Hero

Product Overview: This November, family and friends will come together to ascend the virtual stage and rock their way to superstardom with Band Hero. Brought to you by the makers of Guitar Hero, one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time, Band Hero features the hottest chart-topping hits from everyone’s favorite acts including Taylor Swift, No Doubt, Lily Allen, The All-American Rejects and Jackson 5. Headlined by some of the biggest names in music as in-game artists and playable characters, Band Hero is the ultimate party game where players of all ages will be able to experience the signature, easy-to-learn but difficult-to-master Guitar Hero gameplay. Band Hero allows fans to create the band they always dreamed of using any combination of guitar or drum controllers and vocals, providing rockers and performers of all ages the chance to experience and interact with their favorite music.

Our Take/Review: Our family tested out Band Hero this past weekend and loved it. As a parent, whose teenager already owns Guitar Hero and Rock Band, it was a delight to have a music game that wasn’t as “hard core” rock n’ roll as the other music games. Band Hero is a fun music system that the entire family can enjoy – it encompasses songs from rock, country, pop and even a bit of folk. It is filled with songs that us parents grew up with (Jackson 5’s “ABC”, Don McLean’s “American Pie”, The Turtles’ “Happy Together”), songs we enjoyed during our single days (Culture Club ‘s “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me”, David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance”, The Go-Go’s’ “Our Lips Are Sealed”) and current songs that not only our teenager listens to, but even my 8 year old knows and love (Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me”, Maroon 5’s – “She Will Be Loved”, Duffy’s “Warwick Avenue”) The majority of songs, lyric wise, are suitable for all but there are a few suggestive lyrics (“making love” for example) and an occasional “damn” or “hell”. But all in all, much tamer than Guitar Hero or Rock Band and more suitable to be able to include all members of the family in the game.

A few added perks that we like: Band Hero lets you import songs from other games(ie: Guitar Hero 5), Guitars Hero Smash Hits & Guitar Here World Tour) AND the band you create can be any combination of four singers, guitarists, bassists and drummers or the ability to opt to soley sing together in the karaoke-style sing-along mode.

Full List of Band Hero Songs:
3 Doors Down – “When I’m Gone”
The Airborne Toxic Event – “Gasoline”
The All American Rejects – “Dirty Little Secret”
Alphabeat – “Fascination”
Aly and AJ – “Like Whoa”
Angels & Airwaves – “The Adventure”
Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals – “Steal My Kisses ”
Big Country – “In a Big Country”
The Bravery – “Believe”
Carl Douglas – “Kung Fu Fighting”
Cheap Trick – “I Want You To Want Me (live)”
Cold War Kids – “Hang Me Up To Dry”
Corinne Bailey Rae – “Put Your Records On”
Counting Crows – “Angels of the Silences”
Culture Club – “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me”
Dashboard Confessional – “Hands Down”
David Bowie – “Let’s Dance”
Devo – “Whip It”
Don McLean – “American Pie”
Duffy – “Warwick Avenue”
Duran Duran – “Rio”
Evanescence – “Bring Me To Life”
Everclear – “Santa Monica (Watch The World Die)”
Fall Out Boy – “Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down”
Filter – “Take A Picture”
Finger Eleven – “Paralyzer”
The Go-Go’s – “Our Lips Are Sealed”
Hilary Duff – “So Yesterday”
Hinder – “Lips Of An Angel”
Jackson 5 – “ABC”
Janet Jackson – “Black Cat”
Jesse McCartney – “Beautiful Soul”
Joan Jett – “Bad Reputation”
Joss Stone – “You Had Me”
Katrina and The Waves – “Walking On Sunshine”
The Kooks – “Naïve”
KT Tunstall – “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree”
The Last Goodnight – “Pictures Of You”
Lily Allen – “Take What You Take”
Maroon 5 – “She Will Be Loved”
Marvin Gaye – “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”
Mighty Mighty Bosstones – “The Impression That I Get”
Nelly Furtado – “Turn Off The Light”
N.E.R.D. – “Rockstar”
No Doubt – “Just A Girl”
No Doubt – “Don’t Speak”
OK Go – “A Million Ways”
Papa Roach – “Lifeline”
Parachute – “Back Again”
Pat Benatar – “Love Is A Battlefield”
Poison – “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”
Robbie Williams and Kylie Minogue – “Kids”
The Rolling Stones – “Honky Tonk Women”
Roy Orbison – “Oh Pretty Woman”
Santigold – “L.E.S. Artistes”
Snow Patrol – “Take Back the City”
Spice Girls – “Wannabe”
Styx – “Mr. Roboto”
Taylor Swift – “Love Story”
Taylor Swift – “Picture To Burn”
Taylor Swift – “You Belong With Me”
Tonic – “If You Could Only See”
The Turtles – “Happy Together”
Village People – “YMCA”
Yellowcard – “Ocean Avenue”

Watch Taylor Swift in Band Hero:

Published by Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), Band Hero is being developed by Neversoft Entertainment for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, by Vicarious Visions for the Wii™ system from Nintendo and by Budcat for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. The game is rated E10+ (Everyone 10+ – mild lyrics, mild suggestive themes). For more information about Band Hero, please visit BandHero.com.

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