Guitar Hero World Tour vs. Rock Band 2

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Which is better?

I am a self-confessed guitar-game junkie.  So of course when Rock Band 2 and Guitar Hero World Tour was announced, I was drooling with anticipation. Apparently so were many other people, because many stores opened at 12:01 on October 26th to sell the new Guitar Hero World Tour.

Of course, Rock Band 2 came for the Xbox 360 several weeks ago, but there really wasn’t much reason to buy it immediately.  The new “Rock Band 2” instruments were not available and would only be released once the game hit the PS3 and Wii.  So, in effect, Rock Band 2 and Guitar Hero World Tour pretty much opened at relatively the same time.  It was obvious that Band games are played more on the Xbox 360 than on any other console (at least in Seattle).  The complete Guitar Hero Band Kit (which includes the game, microphone, guitar and drums) were completely sold out for the 360, but there were stacks of PS3 and Wii Band Kits available at several Best Buys even the day after launch.

The original Rock Band game was plagued with poor quality instruments that broke down frequently.  The original drum kit was notorious for destroyed foot pedals and wonky tom-tom pads.  The updated RB instruments are supposed to have many quality improvements.

Improved Rock Band instruments is great, but they don’t really seem to hold a candle to the new Guitar Hero gear.  For one, not only is the new Guitar Hero controller better made, but it is now “full sized”.  It is much bigger than the toy-like wireless Gibson, which looks like a ukelele when slapped against my immense torso.  The new GH guitar also has innovative solo buttons, but unlike the Rock Band buttons, these are touch sensitive and have a much different feel.  It almost feels like you’re finger-tapping a real guitar (without all the pain), but it is very easy to lose your finger placement (and your fingers need to be spread out slightly farther than when holding the fret buttons).  Switching back and forth between the touch slider and the fret buttons will undoubtedly make you miss a few notes while getting your bearings.


The GH Drums are also improved over Rock Band.  Instead of four Toms and a foot pedal, these drums have three toms, two cymbals and a foot pedal (that’s SIX controls!).  Playing drums feels a lot more like the real thing than playing guitar or bass, but these new drums somehow feel more authentic.  The cymbals spring back a little better, and all of the pads are touch sensitive.

The microphone  is… well… a mic.  But now they have all the buttons you’d expect to find on a controller, so vocalists don’t have to have a seperate controller to navigate menus.

14 Comments

  1. ps3lover

    June 20, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    well maybe there were a lot left on the ps3 and wii shelf coz not every body can buy a ps3…..coz they're hella expensive foo!!!i got mine for $500….while 360s costs like $299…=p..plus ghwt drum set sucks ass!!!!rily small and only 2 cymbals….but rb2 sets are hella noisy…have to buy a freaking silencer…i still think rb1 & 2 songs are better..justf***ingbuyarealguitar.com

  2. Eh.

    June 20, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    The cymbals are easily fixable on GHWT. Just take off the cymbal, unscrew four easy screws and tape literally solves it.

  3. Nini

    June 20, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    I honestly think you are a fan boy. Because you did not mention any positives at all about Rock Band 2, and also, you have no Rock Band 2 photos at all posted up. It seems clear that you've already made up your mind before making this review, and its not really fair to the RB2 game since you only voiced your opinion on GH.

  4. Alan

    June 20, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Oh, and as far as screenshots are concerned: I can't take large screenshots from the Xbox 360, so I have to have the studio provide them… and I didn't get as many RB2 screenshots as I did GHWT.

  5. Alan

    June 20, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    I'm only given so much time to evaluate a game before a review is written, so sometimes I don't get the full experience until after a month of playing. I now agree that RB2 is a better game than GHWT, and am planning a followup article.

  6. Scott

    June 20, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    I think you are all retarded for argueing about video games. Silly nerds!

  7. wow?really?

    June 20, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    okay obviously —— is ashamed of themself considering their anonymity, as well they should be. ok really, if you are going to place your own opinion on an open website, please, please be decent enough to spell check, or else, you end up looking like the jerk trying to call someone else out and spelling just about every other word wrong, guiter? really? if you knew anything it's spelled guitar!!

  8. kevin

    June 20, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    how come you only post GHWT photos but not RB2. Seems like you talk more about GH than RB

  9. Etapi

    June 20, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Not exactly a comparision you have written here, more like an article about why you like Guitar Hero franchise better. For those who want to see a fair comparision, check out the Rock Band or Guitar Hero forums where a player of both franchises has prepared a thorough comparision of both games.

  10. ------

    June 20, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    well i dnt think monkeys could play gh on easy let alone expert fool, so stop moning like a bitch that it to easy if u want challage play a real guiter an remember its a game and gaming is ment to fun

  11. Mememe

    June 20, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Some of the drums for GHWT were. Acti is fixing them.

  12. Realitista

    June 20, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Thanks for the comparison! I am having a hard time deciding which one to buy but was leaning towards GHWT anyway, you have made my decision a little easier!

    Thanks!

    I hope there are more comparisons on the interwebs soon!

  13. Kahanamoku

    June 20, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Guitar Hero FTW! Since Rock Band have been too up themselves to bother releasing anything in Australia yet! They've lost the Aussie market!

  14. joe

    June 20, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    ur retarded the drum set for ghwt SUCKS!! it does really or god hope that i just got a crappy drum set

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