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Guitar Hero Live: Double Guitar Bundle (Exclusive to Amazon.co.uk) (PS4)

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GHTV was designed by FreeStyleGames to allow them to provide new music without having to secure more stringent music licensing rights.

FreeStyleGames have reinvented the legendary Guitar Hero franchise, with two innovative new gameplay modes and an all-new guitar controller.The player can release Hero Power for a limited time by either tilting the guitar controller upward or hitting a special button on the controller. It also removes the highway during parts of the song where you don't need to play so you can watch the video rather than twiddling your thumbs. The game was released for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One in October 2015. In an interview with Fortune magazine, Activision's CEO of Publishing Eric Hirshberg found that even after five years without a game, the Guitar Hero brand still enjoyed high social media attention, with over 10 million followers on the Guitar Hero 's Facebook page. The menus, icons, fonts etc all look really nice and the graphics while playing are really detailed.

Ogilvie similarly found that he could spend his time in GHTV within the free channels exploring new music, but believed the mode was "somewhat inflexible for the time poor" as players may not find the type of music they want to play when they are ready the play and that there was a lack of a programming guide for these channels. Weak sales of Warriors of Rock, in part, led to Activision cancelling a planned 2011 sequel, and shuttering the Guitar Hero franchise. Ben Griffin of GamesRadar found that the crowd and bandmates only seemed to have two states, "fawning and furious", making the transition disconcerting when the game switched between the two states simply based on his performance. To help with creating appropriate stage presence for the fictional bands and their fans, FreeStyleGames created material that each band would have had in the band's career, such as album covers and clothing, using various musical genres to help inspire their designs.

Hirshberg had encouraged the team to reconsider Guitar Hero, noting the fan dedication to the series, but noted that the game needed innovation to be successful. When a song was complete, the player was ranked based on their performance with the other tracked players, and awarded experience points, Coins, and other bonuses.

Though the team had a two-year development cycle, it was closed down after Activision president Eric Hirshberg had seen the current state of the project at the one-year point. There is no backward compatibility with songs or controllers from previous editions of the franchise; FreeStyleGames' developer Jamie Jackson justified the decision, explaining that Guitar Hero Live was a "completely new game" that existing content would not work with due to the change in core gameplay. To enable smoother transitions between positive and negative versions of the band footage, multiple takes were performed for each song using the same camera motions.There is not any traditional downloadable content for the game in the form of additional songs, instead using the streaming nature of GHTV to provide new songs.

Guitar Hero Live follows similar gameplay to previous installments in the series, requiring players to use a guitar-shaped controller with buttons and a strum bar to match notes on a scrolling "highway" corresponding to notes played in a song. The Libertines and Wolf Alice lead nominations for NME Awards 2016 with Austin, Texas - voting open". The other annoying thing is that black notes are on the top and white on the bottom, but the white notes are much brighter and give signal to my brain to press the top row as the 'main' row and the bottom one black as the secondary. I used to get a real buzz out of moving my 4 fingers down to the last 4 buttons and then back up again.In conjunction with Activision, The CW ran special promotional ads for Guitar Hero Live, featuring the actors David Ramsey and Candice Patton playing the game in the week prior to the game's release.

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