I am now required by law to show you what may be the cheesiest promo video for a game of all time. It’s so painfully bad, it’s almost good.
If you haven’t seen this, watch it all the way through at least once. Trust me. It’s an … experience.
Anyway, the claim to fame for On Tour is the innovative guitar grip accessory, to give a comparable experience to a real fake plastic guitar in portable form.
The entire game is played sideways, with your hand on the guitar grip and the stylus “pick” strumming the notes.
If it looks awkward, that might be because it is. Some reviews claim that the game is quite uncomfortable to play, due to the way you have to hold the Nintendo DS with the grip attachment.
According to the game’s developer, it took more than 20 prototypes to get On Tour’s unique controller attachment right. Unfortunately, whether or not they got it right is a point of contention. The unit at first seems to fit snuggly into the GBA slot, but it’s possible for it to work itself out in midsong. This brings up an error screen that tells you that you’re rocking too hard. Unfortunately, you can’t just push the unit back in and continue; you’ve got to turn the system off and start the song over. Playing for any length of time can be extremely uncomfortable, and don’t be surprised if you experience lingering pain in your wrist or elbow after the shortest of play sessions. Even playing a single song can be enough to cause discomfort. While the size of your hands is certainly a consideration, the attachment is functional at best. Given that the game actually begins with two screens that instruct you to keep your wrist straight, take frequent breaks to avoid cramping, try different play styles to find one that’s comfortable, and even visit the game’s Web site “for more play comfort suggestions,” it’s apparent that someone was aware that the game could present physical problems for people. It would have been nice to be able to play the game with some sort of alternate control scheme, but such an option isn’t available.
Also, the brand new Nintendo DSi is incompatible with On Tour, as it lacks the GBA cartridge slot that the grip accessory plugs into. So the future of the franchise seems a bit sketchy.
Of course, the DSi is almost fully compatible with every Nintendo DS game ever made, the exception being titles that utilize the secondary slot on the Nintendo DS and the Nintendo DS Lite for add-ons. Games such as Guitar Hero: On Tour, Tony Hawk’s Motion and My Weight Loss Coach will not work on the Nintendo DSi because the new system lacks the slot needed to utilize the peripherals required to play the software.
The games have been hugely successful, though, and there are already two releases, and a third expected within a few weeks.
Guitar Hero: On Tour setlist (all covers)
Guitar Hero On Tour: Decades setlist
Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits setlist:
- “Adrenaline” – 12 Stones
- “All My Life” – Foo Fighters
- “Always Where I Need to Be” – The Kooks
- “Call to Arms” – Angels & Airwaves
- “Chelsea Dagger” – The Fratellis
- “Dashboard” – Modest Mouse
- “Dimension” – Wolfmother
- “Do the Panic” – Phantom Planet
- “Everybody Get Dangerous” – Weezer
- “The Fallen” – Franz Ferdinand
- “Falling Down” – Atreyu
- “Half-Truism” – The Offspring
- “I Wanna Be Your Man” – Endeverafter
- “Lassoo” – The Duke Spirit
- “Lights and Sounds” – Yellowcard
- “The Metal” – Tenacious D
- “Miss Murder” – AFI
- “Paralyzer” – Finger Eleven
- “Reptilia” – The Strokes
- “Ruby” – Kaiser Chiefs
- “Shockwave” – Black Tide
- “Still Waiting” – Sum 41
- “Sweet Sacrifice” – Evanescence
- “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race” – Fall Out Boy
- “Unconditional” – The Bravery
- “Violet Hill” – Coldplay
- “What Do I Have to Do” – The Donnas
- “Where Are We Runnin’?” – Lenny Kravitz
Even if you have no interest in the On Tour franchise, the setlist surely presages some of these songs being released as full-blown Guitar Hero: World Tour or Rock Band DLC — I hope! I know I’d love to get “Youth Gone Wild”, “Jet Airliner”, “I Can’t Drive 55”, “China Grove”, and many others from the On Tour setlist in full-size form!