Guitar Hero Live trailer is a reminder that fail states are gone

One of Guitar Hero Live's most distinct features is the removal of the fail state. So how can Activision let users know about this? Call James Franco and Lenny Kravitz, of course.


October does indeed sound like the month of the plastic instrument. Guitar Hero Live is set to release in just a few weeks, so Activision is taking these last few days to get the word out about its upcoming series revival. There are still some ideas about the game that need to be communicated to the general public, so Activision has turned on the James Franco signal for its latest trailer.

The latest Guitar Hero Live trailer illustrates one of its most distinct new features, that being the complete removal of fail states. Watch as James Franco and music icon Lenny Kravitz completely crash and burn as they try to keep up with the intense note highway, only to eventually turn things around and make a comeback at the end. Although, table dancing and couch jumping are not necessary (or recommended) actions.

Catch the full trailer below. Guitar Hero Live is set to release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, and mobile devices on October 20. An Apple TV version of the game is also coming soon.

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Ozzie has been playing video games since picking up his first NES controller at age 5. He has been into games ever since, only briefly stepping away during his college years. But he was pulled back in after spending years in QA circles for both THQ and Activision, mostly spending time helping to push forward the Guitar Hero series at its peak. Ozzie has become a big fan of platformers, puzzle games, shooters, and RPGs, just to name a few genres, but he’s also a huge sucker for anything with a good, compelling narrative behind it. Because what are video games if you can't enjoy a good story with a fresh Cherry Coke?

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