December 21, 2009

Guitar Hero Knockoffs

Imagine the joy of finding a copy of The Beatles: Rock Band or Guitar Hero 5 under your Christmas tree this year. Now imagine what you’d feel like if, instead, you unwrapped a copy of an ultra-chintzy, bottom dollar Guitar Hero knockoff. Behold.

Guitar Superstar

(picture courtesy of the always-excellent Rock Band Aide)

Featuring, according to the box, 12 “hit” songs:

  • Santana – “Stormy”
  • Motorhead – “Fight”
  • Fall Out Boy – “Dance, Dance”
  • Alice Cooper – “Billion Dollar Babies”
  • System Of A Down – “Forest”
  • The Vines – “Get Free”
  • Aerosmith – “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing”

There must be multiple versions of this thing, because this one features the song Granite Man. Not Iron Man, mind you, but … Granite Man.

Oh, but wait, there’s more!

Shredmaster Jr.

This one has a similar tracklist, but a totally different gameplay UI.

  • Smoke on the Water
  • I Love Rock and Roll
  • Iron Man
  • You Give Love a Bad Name
  • Billion Dollar Babies
  • Hotel California
  • Paradise City
  • Smells Like Teen Spirit
  • Paranoid
  • Master of Puppets

I’m not sure which one is worse. I don’t think there can be a winner when both are so bad. This is gameplay that would have been barely acceptable in the 8-bit NES era, and “songs” that are painful, barely recognizable MIDI deconstructions of the originals.

There’s even a drum superstar, though it’s so profoundly bad I couldn’t find any details on it, or videos of it in action.

Any kids who got these crappy knockoffs for Christmas instead of the real thing, you have my condolences. I’m sorry your parents don’t love you!


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