Guitar Hero Live

Rating Summary

Based on 79 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

80

Top Critic Average

65%

Critics Recommend

Based on 79 critic reviews
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7.9 / 10.0
Oct 25, 2015

A smartly redesigned controller and addictive song streaming makes Guitar Hero Live a largely enjoyable music game.

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No Recommendation / Blank
Oct 23, 2015

Guitar Hero Live's lavish reboot feels like a solid foundation, but it falls just short of feeling like the finished article just yet.

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7 / 10
Oct 20, 2015

A spirited attempt to reinvent Guitar Hero and the music game genre, but the freemium approach to additional content has its obvious drawbacks.

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Oct 21, 2015

Tracks are banging, the peripheral's bold and performing feels brilliant, but TV mode is a bust, making you rent songs rather than own them outright.

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7.5 / 10.0
Oct 20, 2015

An exciting new take on the genre hamstrung by a frustrating interaction model for getting and playing the songs you want

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9 / 10.0
Oct 20, 2015

It's hard for me to mask my excitement about Guitar Hero Live, because in my opinion, there's nothing more exciting than a developer who's capable of outsmarting an entire genre's fanbase. Guitar Hero Live isn't just well-executed; it's clever and innovative in ways that no one other than FreeStyleGames ever imagined. My fears that Guitar Hero Live would be wringing blood out of the franchise's stone were unfounded; at some point, FreeStyleGames found itself a newer, better stone altogether.

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6 / 10
Oct 20, 2015

Embarrassing acting, questionable songs choices, and unwelcome microtransactions spoil the biggest mechanical improvement to music gaming in years.

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Kotaku

Top Critic

Yes
Oct 20, 2015

A Guitar Hero game that finally lives up to the name, plus playable MTV. Amazingly immersive experience, excellent new guitar. Music television reborn and made interactive. Short single-player campaign with no hope for more. Singing requires guitar accompaniment.

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Oct 23, 2015

Guitar Hero Live's new guitar helps bring something fresh to the genre, and offers a new challenge for both beginners and veterans alike. GH Live is fun, though a little cheesy, but it's in GHTV where the game's most interesting aspect is found. If this continues to be built out as Activision has promised, it should deliver long-term appeal - and a great way to discover new music.

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Oct 20, 2015

Though Guitar Hero Live is rough around the corners and may not convince casual Guitar Hero players to return to their guitar-shredding ways, it sets a new standard in technology for peripherals, presentation, and online connectivity.

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