Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Games: For Those about to Rock, We Compute You. TITLE: Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s PUBLISHER: Activision PRICE: Pounds 39.99 *****

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Games: For Those about to Rock, We Compute You. TITLE: Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s PUBLISHER: Activision PRICE: Pounds 39.99 *****

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Byline: GARY BECKWITH

EVER since Guitar Hero rocked its way on to the gaming arena two years ago, gone are the days of having to suffice with just air guitar to fulfil your rock 'n' roll dreams.

Now you can don your stone-wash denims, pick up your pseudo Gibson and launch into Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s.

If you're familiar with previous Guitar Hero games you'll recognise the familiar characters in the game as well as the usual rock venues.

This time round, though, everything has an 80s twist!

From the neon lighting to the extravagant guitar decals and tight-fit clothing, the 80s have well and truly been revived.

The gameplay is still straight forward and enjoyable, and offers around 30 new tracks, all from the 1980s.

Players must play scrolling notes which appear on the screen to complete a song.

Using your Gibson SG guitar controller, you play the notes by pressing the corresponding fret button on the guitar neck and simultaneously pressing the strum bar.

On screen an extended guitar neck is shown scrolling towards the player, and as the song progresses, coloured markers indicating notes travel down the screen towards a fret line in time with the music.

The note colours and positions match those of the five fret keys on the guitar controller. At this point you must play the indicated note by holding down the correct fret button(s) and hitting the strumming bar to score points.

Success or failure will cause the onscreen Rock Meter to change in order to show how well the player is doing, this is denoted by red, yellow, and green sections.

Should your Rock Meter drop below the red section, the song will automatically end, with your guitar hero being booed off the stage by the audience!

Successful note hits will increase your hero's score, and by hitting a long series of consecutive successful note hits, the player can increase his or her score multiplier. …

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