I have a confession to make, I have been not so secretly spreading the guitar hero meme for over two years now, and it feels good. Every time I corrupt another soul with the dark fire of star power, bending their minds to the rock gods with promise of multipliers and whammie bars, I get a rush better than any drug known to mankind.
It began innocently enough a couple of years ago when I purchased Guitar Hero thinking it would make a good party game for my upcoming birthday. Tradition dictates me and ex uni chums head over to the all you can eat Chinese then make them regret they ever considered the offer by consuming several times our weight in crispy duck and by recompense equivalent volumes of beer, then head back to my place for some games and to nurse the inevitable MSG headache.
On this occasion I infected Byrn with the Guitar Hero meme so thoroughly that he went out and bought a PS2 specifically so he could play Guitar Hero. He was only the first of many victims, the process continued when we took it along to various blond cons. I also took it to any event where there would be a TV and time to kill, I recently infected many at a company bbq increasing my measure power by orders of magnitude.
Anyway the point is the new Guitar Hero is soon to come out but there is also the new pretender to the throne Rock Band which offers much the same mechanic but more and newer techniques as well as a supposedly very similar song line up. So what to do get both or just the one there is some question as to how different the two are since one is a refinement of the other and they supposedly share a very similar play list is it worth shelling out for both.
Also what platform to get it on. I find myself in a dilemma that I have the ps2 guitar already but the ps2 is a dead platform. It's been taken out and shot the corpse just hasn't stopped twitching yet, I also lack the room for yet another machine under the TV so have to retire the PS2 and rely on backwards compatibility which is dodgy for Guitar Hero due to the custom peripheral.
PS2 version also lacks some of the more modern refinements, most of which like fancier graphics in the case of GH are a bit pointless and online play I could live without but downloadable content for this game I could get behind being able to pick out new tracks is appealing. Then it's a question of which platform to go for, with Rock Band PS3 and Wii offer wireless peripherals which may or may not be compatible with Guitar Hero, but the 360 offers the far more mature downloadable content platform than either of the other two machines which vary from non existent to shaky at best.
At the moment the smart money is saying hold off on Guitar Hero 3 since it is just a tweaked GH2 offering very few improvements and Rock Band may just blow it out of the water never to be seen again.