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  • BrainwreckedTech 2:39 am on December 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    Guitar Hero World Tour Vs. Rock Band 2 

    ghwt-vs-rb2 This holiday season brings us two band-based rhythm games: Guitar Hero World Tour, featuring the name that started this crazy thing, and Rock Band 2, from the people that actually did the coding behind what started this crazy thing. With the economy in a hole, where should you splurge your hard earned cash?

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    • Nigel Tufnagel 10:31 pm on December 29, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Can I hook up a Guitar Hero 1 guitar to a Rock Band? What do I need to buy to accomplish?

      Thanks!

      Nigel

      • brainwreckedtech 5:18 pm on December 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply

        I think so, but compatibility has never been officially stated. As far as what both companies promise, backwards compatibility only exists within franchises. Harmonix attempted compatibility with 3rd party controllers, but there were some problems with the GH3 Les Paul Gibson guitar that Activision attempted to block (and made themselves look like a bunch of pricks in the process). There was never any directly-stated attempt for GH1 or GH2 instrument compatibility, though I don’t know why it couldn’t be done as I don’t think the controllers changed all that much from GH1 to GH3, and only the Les Paul gets mention of initial incompatibility with Rock Band 1.

        In this case, a rental is your best bet. If you don’t have a local outlet for game rental you could always sign up for a trial period at GameFly.

    • Matt 3:14 am on January 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Does anyone know if the RB2 guitars are the same as the GH:WT guitars when it comes to solos, meaning can you just tap the top notes without strumming or do you have to go up the neck like in RB1?

      • brainwreckedtech 8:39 pm on January 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I wouldn’t image Rock Band 1 forcing you to use the solo buttons near the base of the neck as compatibility with Guitar Hero guitars was a goal and Guitar Hero had no equivalent at the time. I know Rock Band 2 doesn’t force you to — Rock Band guitar or third party. Although there’s an achievement you won’t be able to get unless you have a Rock Band guitar — Flawless Guitar Solo (100% a guitar solo on Expert, using only the solo buttons) for 25G.

  • BrainwreckedTech 9:57 pm on December 15, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    Guitar Hero World Tour Guitars Still Failing 

    GHWT Guitar I would think that a month’s time would be enough for Activision to clear existing inventory of faulty guitars. But nope. On Black Friday (November 28) I picked up a two-guitar set from Guitar Hero: World Tour, and sure enough — after 2 weeks and 18 hours — my strum bar started failing on the up-strum on the newly designed guitar.

    So far so good: Activision has been quick to respond to my online warranty request. But until fixed guitars arrive on store shelves, I’d highly recommend getting Rock Band 2’s guitars instead, which haven’t received the infamy of either Guitar Hero: World Tour’s nor Rock Band 1’s guitars.

    Update: On December 17 I tried calling Activision for the Express RMA process. Their customer service lines are so busy you’ll often get a busy signal once the automated response system transfers you to a live agent. This is annoying as all hell seeing as how you have to navigate the menu every time you call back, eating up at least 2 minutes of long distance time per try, and that they’re only open 9am-5pm Pacific Time. I eventually did get through, and the process was quick after that. I just wish there was a direct line to their live customer service line so you could repeat-dial the line.

     
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