Guitar Hero Live (also known as GHL, Guitar Hero 7 or GH7) is the seventh main entry in the Guitar Hero series that was announced on April 14, 2015 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and iOS, and was released on October 20, 2015 in North America and Australia and on October 23, 2015 in Europe. Guitar Hero Live doesn't have backward compatibility with previous instrumental controllers and uses a six-button guitar controller.
Guitar Hero Live introduces GHTV, a new feature that showcases a 24-hour playable music video network that lets fans play along to a continually updated collection of official videos, from new song releases to classic hits (although the game is mostly focused on modern tracks). GHTV also allows players to compete with their friends and other rockers from across the globe to battle for the highest score on any given song. A December 14, 2015 patch introduced Rival Challenges, which acts like Pro Face-Off for GHTV where two players compete each other for the highest score.
The game includes hundreds of playable songs from a diverse range of artists, including The Black Keys, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, Gary Clark Jr, Green Day, Ed Sheeran, The War on Drugs, The Killers, Skrillex, The Rolling Stones, The Lumineers, Pierce the Veil, and many more.
Guitar Hero Live's "Live" mode features a first-person view for players. The live action gaming experience gives players the chance to be the star of the show.
The formula is similar to previous Guitar Hero games. But rather than using 5 frets on the guitar, Guitar Hero Live has two rows of three frets (a total of 6 buttons on the fretboard); one of the rows being white frets and the other row being black frets. There are also now open strums on guitar, which replaces certain Green notes and GR chords from previous Guitar Hero games.
There is no support for include other instruments such as drums or bass in the title, with Jackson stating that the game is "all about guitars". However, the game features vocals.
The player is the lead guitarist for one of eleven bands: Broken Tide, Yearbook Ghosts, Fighthound, The Jephson Hangout, Blackout Conspiracy, Portland Cloud Orchestra, Our Pasts Collide, Vivid Screams, The Out Outs, Quantum Freqs, and a Rock the Block supergroup. These bands perform at one of two festivals: Rock the Block in Boulder City, USA; or Soundial in the UK. If the player gets a good rating on an overall performance, they will unlock bonus images of the band the gig was based on, including their name and age, as well as a description of the band member, and, if the player gets a five star rating on every song, a slideshow is unlocked showing pictures of the band, as well as a song from their gig playing in the background (i.e. Yearbook Ghosts has The Rock Show playing).
- Main article: Setlist in Guitar Hero Live
There is just over 40 songs in the Live mode, but in GHTV, there are over a hundred songs available for play. Unlike the previous games in the series, songs are given a 1 out of 5 difficulty rating, similar to the Rock Band series. When songs are played in GHTV, the song's music video will be played in the background. This also means that the music video version of the song is played instead of the studio version, which means that any edits or fade outs in the song, such as Eye of the Tiger and More Than a Feeling, will be present. Live versions of songs, such as Hit Me with Your Best Shot and Heart of Fire, will show the band performing the song live. The game is moreso focused on modern songs, instead of songs before the 21st century, as was the case in previous games. There is a diverse selection of artists in the game, and many songs from past Guitar Hero games return.
As of June 1, 2018, Activision announced that GHTV will be shutting down on December 1, 2018. After GHTV shutting down and with the removal of the iOS version of Guitar Hero Live from the iTunes App Store, Guitar Hero Live on consoles will only have its 42 on-disc songs playable.
- https://www.polygon.com/2015/4/14/8407161/guitar-hero-live-news-hands-on "Guitar Hero Live Aims to Reshape a Beloved Rhythm Game for a New Generation". Polygon.
- "Another Batch of Guitar Hero Live Songs Revealed". IGN.
- Activision announces Guitar Hero with 2015 release date
- Guitar Hero Live Adding New Head-to-Head Competitive Mode
- Guitar Hero Live – GHTV Sunset article on Activision.com]
|Games of Guitar Hero|
|Guitar Hero - Guitar Hero II - Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock - Guitar Hero World Tour - Guitar Hero 5 - Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock - Guitar Hero Live|
|Guitar Hero: Aerosmith - Guitar Hero: Metallica - Guitar Hero: Van Halen|
|Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s - Guitar Hero: Smash Hits - Band Hero|
|Guitar Hero Air Guitar Rocker - Guitar Hero Carabiner - Guitar Hero 2nd Edition Carabiner - Guitar Hero Arcade|
|On Tour series|
|Guitar Hero: On Tour - Guitar Hero On Tour: Decades - Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits|
|Guitar Hero Mobile - Guitar Hero III Backstage Pass - Guitar Hero World Tour Mobile - Guitar Hero (iOS) - Guitar Hero 5 (Android) - Guitar Hero 6 (Android) - Guitar Hero Live|
|Guitar Hero I & II Dual Pack (PS2) - Guitar Hero II & Aerosmith Dual Pack (Xbox 360) - Guitar Hero: On Tour & On Tour: Decades Box Set (NDS) - Guitar Hero III & Aerosmith Dual Pack (Wii)|