Rock guitar warriors revealed

When Guitar Hero: rock warriors was officially announced last week, Activision teased the “completely redesigned rock-inspired guitar controller”. Well, we didn’t have to wait long to find out the details.

Rather than adding new features to the unit, Activision’s “internal research and development team” (read: people who weren’t fired when Activision shut down the original Guitar hero hardware supplier Red Octane earlier this year) instead focused on allowing players to visually customize the guitar. Extract from the press release:

“All of the essential parts are now contained within the neck, allowing the removable ‘wings’ to be replaced with alternatives, giving players the flexibility to tailor the guitar controller to their own styles.”

Thus, Activision will sell separate wing kits. I can’t help but wonder how strong the fenders will be – it’s no fun playing a “raucous” plastic instrument. Will the controller work when no wing is attached?


Guitar Hero Warriors Of Rock Detached Guitar

Personally, I have a conflict on this new guitar. On the one hand, the mold is pretty well cast for guitar controllers: five fret knobs, whammy bar, strum bar, accelerometer. There is something to be said for good execution on an existing design and not over complicating matters.

On the other hand, isn’t there something new that would be worth trying? Granted, the extra controls on the neck of the guitar, whether buttons or touchpads, didn’t really work that well. And, of course, the need to ensure backward compatibility is important (yes, all your old guitars will work with Warriors of the Rock). But come on. It’s hard for me to accept that there’s nowhere to go with guitar controllers, no features to add that can make playing music a little bit more fun. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see how Rock group 3 addresses this issue.

The big question for me is what does Activision’s new design do to address the biggest flaw in guitar controllers in general: durability. These units don’t come cheap and often don’t last long enough to transfer to the next game in a series. Hopefully the Warriors of the Rock the guitar will reverse this trend.

Guitar Hero Warriors Of Rock Ax

Ranters, what do you think Guitar Hero’s new guitar? Are you going to buy custom wings? Have you broken as many guitar controllers as I have?

Guitar Hero: rock warriors arrives home this September for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii.

Pictures: EL33TONLINE

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