Rock This Way With Guitar Hero: Aerosmith

By Maarten Goldstein, Feb 15, 2008 6:31am PST

Activision today announced that it will continue the Guitar Hero craze with Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, due out in June for PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii.

The game will put you in the shoes of the five member band, following their career from the first performance up till Aerosmith's current status of "rock royalty". As with Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions will be developed by Neversoft, with Vicarious Visions behind the Wii edition and Budcat handling the PlayStation 2 iteration.

"Not only is songwriting a bitch, but then it goes and has puppies," commented Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler. Reports of an Aerosmith-centered Guitar Hero appeared last fall, with Activision recently confirming that three new Guitar Hero titles are due out this year.

"We've put a lot of ideas into the game so that fans can have fun interacting with our music, getting inside our body of work and learning about the band's history," added guitarist Joe Perry.

To commemorate the announcement, owners of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 editions of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock will be able to download the Aerosmith song "Dream On" for free from the Xbox Live Marketplace and PlayStation Network Store between February 16-18.

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  • I love Aerosmith, they're probably one of my favorite groups of all time. But they really are a "poor man's Rolling Stones". And they want to have the marketing cache of KISS (but at least Aerosmith still sounds good today).

    Case in point - years back, Disney wanted to put a Rock and Roll-themed roller coaster in one of their parks (Disney World, I think). Their first choice was the Rolling Stones, who were on board with the idea - for an asking price of about $10M per year. Well, they then go to the other long time band with a lead singer with huge lips, Aerosmith, who say they'll do it for $1M per year. They really are the poor man's Rolling Stones.

    Anyway, I actually sort of like this concept and I predict we'll be seeing more (please do AC/DC please do AC/DC). Guitar Hero lets you pretend to be the guitarist for a band, this one lets you pretend to be Joe Perry.





  • I suppose this is one way to avoid using crappy cover versions...

    I'll agree with the rest that 50-60 songs of one band is probably going to be a little much.

    Not that this would ever, ever happen (for many reasons), but I'd much rather buy the core game mechanics and then be able to pick my band. That is, you buy "GH4 - One Band Start to Finish", then pick "your" band from a list of a couple dozen. I, for example, would happily play through 60 Zep or VH songs, as long as they were all original versions.

    Like I said, not gonna happen. And, with as much DLC as there's been for this franchise I really don't see the thinking behind this move. What are they going to offer going forward with this title - more downloadable Aerosmith? Aerosmith covers of other bands' stuff?