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Guitar Hero On Tour: Decades - NDS - Preview


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When it launched earlier this summer, Guitar Hero: On Tour for the Nintendo DS was a title that really polarized a good chunk of the gaming press. Whereas some found it to be a very viable entry to the Guitar Hero franchise that did a great job of replicating the console game’s experience, there were others who found the fret attachment unwieldy and painful, the setlist lacking and the stylus-based strumming inaccurate.

However, that didn’t stop gamers from picking up the game in droves, as it was a huge success for Activision and developer Vicarious Visions. Therefore, it should be no surprise that the team is already prepping the follow-up, Guitar Hero: On Tour Decades. Decades doesn’t offer very many changes to the Guitar Hero DS formula, love it or hate it, but does add some nice incentives for fans of the first DS entry to take another plunge.

Decades divides its setlist by grouping music from different decades in together. Spanning the 1970’s all the way up to today, each of the tracks in each grouping will be from their own decade, with songs from groups like REM, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Linkin Park, and so on rounding out the list. The last entry was noticeably more “radio-friendly” in its song selection than the console entries, and that’s looking to continue with Decades.

One new element in Decades is the ability to play as one of three different career modes, Guitar, Bass, or Guitar Duel. Each one will have their own story arcs, making for some added replay value after you’ve dominated the tracklist.

The biggest new feature with Decades is the ability to sync it up with the first On Tour. If you want to play a multiplayer game with someone who owns the first On Tour, you can use your copy of Decades and have access to every song between the two games, which is a great touch for multiplayer gaming.

Decades is a slight upgrade, mainly offering more songs and a few incremental changes to the feature set. If you weren’t a big fan of the original On Tour, chances are Decades won’t convert you. However, if you liked the original, then you’ll most likely want to check this one out when it launches this fall.

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