Has Guitar Hero peaked?
Despite claims that popular music-based video games such as Guitar Hero and Rock Band could point the way out of the music industry’s current decline, a new report by Marketwatch.com indicates that the market for both titles may have reached its own peak. Read our games expert’s view…
Sales for all Guitar Hero games in November were down 19 percent from the same month in 2007, although Rock Band sales were up 65 percent from that same period because of limited supplies last year.
We asked Official Xbox Magazine’s News Editor and utter metalhead , Gillen McAllister for his views:
“Firstly: bollocks. Not matching sales of last year? Fair enough. Reached their peak? Not a chance. Sales figures never tell the whole story. Guitar Hero: World Tour had a £150 price point, putting off a cash-strapped mainstream, while a less rock-friendly song list dissuaded the hardcore audience.
Yet both series will be back with killer encores. Consolidating new titles under three of the biggest most recognisable band names on the planet negates the need for confusing subtitles to differentiate sequels, while offering instant identification and interest for newcomers.
EA’s release of Rock Band: AC/DC Live is the perfect compliment for those still enjoying Black Ice, while a Beatles tie-in in the New Year will bring back the casual audience and fans of the foursome. And Guitar Hero: Metallica? Come on. Saying that’s not going to sell is like saying Master of Puppets was a big pile of shit.”
Rumours of Guitar Hero games based around JIMI HENDRIX and VAN HALEN also continue to sustain interest.
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