Guitar Hero: World Tour is the landmark franchise's first foray into group-based band territory, offering up options to not only rock out on the titular guitar but also get your bass groove on, smash your way to stardom on drums, or wail glass-shattering vocals to an impressive selection of popular tunes.

Guitar Hero: World Tour looks to set itself apart from a sea of similarly minded games by infusing the tried and true band dynamic with the series' unique cartoonish charm, innovative new instrument models and an in-depth music creator which aims to allow users to record and share original tracks over the 'net.

Guitar Hero: World Tour - to your own beat

The bulk of Guitar Hero: World Tour takes place in the game's Career mode, where players are offered a hefty selection of pre-made rockers ranging from series favourites Clive Winston to Judy Nails, or the choice to build their own avatars from the ground up.

When it comes to customisation, we have to give it up to Guitar Hero: World Tour; from the width of the bridge on your rocker's nose to the images that decorate their multi-layered tattoos - everything's up for alteration.

While the exact length of how far apart your rockers' eyes are isn't going to come into play while you're on stage shredding away to Billy Idol, it's still a fun feature that's definitely worth a mention.

Once you've chosen or created your characters, it's time to strap on your leather boots and hit the stage. This iteration of Guitar Hero differs from previous installments in that it doesn't lock you into one venue at a time. Staying true to the game's "World Tour" aspect, players are given access to a wide selection of gigs from across the globe, each with unique playlists, venues, and special appearances by various musical celebrities such as Billy Corgan, Hayley Williams, Zakk Wylde, Sting, and even Ozzy Osborn himself.

Guitar Hero III's "Boss Battles" are back, but have thankfully been toned down quite a bit; no longer are you throwing power-ups back and forth at your opponents ala Mario Kart, but you're instead given the opportunity to simply shred alongside performers such as Ted Nugent just to see if you can keep up with the Motor City Madman.

While the opportunity to groove with celebs from country to country is interesting enough, it doesn't do much for the fact that World Tour's career mode is pretty cut and dry: play a gig, collect your money, move on the next venue - rinse, wash, repeat. While I believe there was much more that could've been done with Guitar Hero: World Tour's career mode, it still proves itself as a novel effort that's sure to satiate plenty of digital rockers.

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