Guitar Hero: Smash Hits Review

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Old dog, new tricks

The hits keep on coming in the highly popular Guitar Hero franchise with the latest release, Guitar Hero: Smash Hits. The 48 song collection contains all the best tracks from the previous Guitar Hero games, and allows gamers to not only play Guitar, but add vocals and drums as well.

The game is not a track pack, but a an enhanced game release that allows players not only to enjoy classic tracks in a full band setting, but adds a new level of challenge such as being able to use to bass pedals for the drums in an expert mode.

This was first introduced in the recently released Guitar Hero: Metallica and has reduced more than one aspiring skins basher to tears as they attempt to master this tricky new feature.

The game also includes a Rock Star Creator and a great music studio feature that allows gamers to create their own songs and share them online with other players.

The game also includes an online mode that allows up to 8 players to compete in a band vs. bands for all the online bragging rights.


Of course the music is the main reason to get new songs, and Smash Hits does not disappoint as remastered classics from the original artists abound on this set, and offer everything from classic to cutting edge rock and includes the following…

Guitar Hero:
Blue Öyster Cult – “Godzilla”
Boston – “More Than A Feeling”
Deep Purple – “Smoke On The Water”
Franz Ferdinand – “Take Me Out”
Helmet – “Unsung (Live)”
Incubus – “Stellar”
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – “I Love Rock N’ Roll”
Ozzy Osbourne – “Bark At The Moon”
Pantera – “Cowboys From Hell (Live)”
Queen – “Killer Queen”
Queens Of The Stone Age – “No One Knows”
The Donnas – “Take It Off”
The Exies – “Hey You”
White Zombie – “Thunder Kiss ‘65″ 

Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
AFI – “Miss Murder”
DragonForce – “Through The Fire And Flames”
Heart – “Barracuda”
Kiss – “Rock And Roll All Nite”
Living Colour – “Cult Of Personality”
Pat Benatar – “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”
Priestess – “Lay Down”
Slayer – “Raining Blood”
Guitar Hero: Aerosmith
Aerosmith – “Back In The Saddle

Guitar Hero II:
Alice In Chains – “Them Bones”
Avenged Sevenfold – “Beast And The Harlot”
Danzig – “Mother”
Foo Fighters – “Monkey Wrench”
Iron Maiden – “The Trooper”
Jane’s Addiction – “Stop!”
Kansas – “Carry On Wayward Son”
Lamb Of God – “Laid To Rest”
Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Free Bird”
Mötley Crüe- “Shout At The Devil”
Nirvana – “Heart-Shaped Box”
Rage Against The Machine – “Killing In The Name”
Reverend Horton Heat – “Psychobilly Freakout”
Rush – “YYZ”
Stone Temple Pilots – “Trippin’ On A Hole”
The Police – “Message In A Bottle”
The Sword – “Freya”
Warrant – “Cherry Pie”
Wolfmother – “Woman” 

Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s
Anthrax – “Caught In A Mosh”
Extreme – “Play With Me”
Judas Priest – “Electric Eye”
Poison – “Nothin’ But A Good Time”
Ratt – “Round and Round”
Twisted Sister – “I Wanna Rock”

Those who have played Guitar Hero and Guitar Hero 2 may think the game has nothing new for them as they have played the songs before on earlier releases. However, they sure did not look and sound as good as they do here.


I loved this set and had a blast rocking out to the old classics, which thanks to the ability to bring in a full band made this release a nonstop rock fest and my favorite Guitar Hero supplement released to date.

4 stars out of 5

Gareth Von Kallenbach is a syndicated movie & game critic, writer, author and frequent radio guest. His work has appeared in over 60 publications worldwide and he is the creator of entertainment site "Skewed and Reviewed".