Guitar Hero is a music video game for the SonyPlayStation 2 developed by Harmonix and released in 2005. Guitar Hero's gameplay features the use of a special guitar-shaped controller modeled after a Gibson SG guitar to recreate the lead guitar part of several rock music songs; the player scores in the game by both pressing one or more fret buttons on the controller and using a strum bar in time with notes as they appear on screen. The game features a total of 47 songs.
Songs importable to Guitar Hero 5 for a fee will be marked (Importable). 311 - “Beautiful Disaster”; 30 Seconds To Mars - “The Kill” (Importable).
There are thirty songs within the solo 'Career' mode. The songs are grouped by difficulty into named tiers. Furthermore, four overall difficulty levels — Easy, Medium, Hard, and Expert — are present in the game, reflecting the number of frets that are employed, the number of notes to be played, and the speed at which the notes scroll on the screen. Tiers are presented sequentially within each difficulty level; in lower difficulty modes, only 3 or 4 songs of each tier must be completed before the next tier is made available for that difficulty level, while in the higher difficulties, all five songs must be completed. Once a tier is opened at any difficulty level, the songs in that tier are playable in quickplay or competitive modes. However, in the easiest difficulty, you only play five tiers, and cannot unlock bonus songs.
All songs are covers of the original versions, credited as, for example, 'Iron Man' as made famous by Black Sabbath', and were performed by WaveGroup Sound for the game. WaveGroup has released a selection of these covers through paid download services like iTunes in a collection entitled 'The Guitar Hero Recordings'.
|1980||'Ace of Spades'||Motörhead||5. Fret-Burners|
|1983||'Bark at the Moon'||Ozzy Osbourne||6. Face Melters|
|2002||'Cochise'||Audioslave||4. Return of the Shred|
|1990||'Cowboys from Hell'||Pantera||6. Face Melters|
|2001||'Fat Lip'||Sum 41||4. Return of the Shred|
|1972||'Frankenstein'||The Edgar Winter Group||6. Face Melters|
|1977||'Godzilla'||Blue Öyster Cult||6. Face Melters|
|2004||'Heart Full of Black'||Burning Brides||3. Thrash and Burn|
|2004||'Hey You'||The Exies||3. Thrash and Burn|
|1989||'Higher Ground'||Red Hot Chili Peppers||5. Fret-Burners|
|1982||'I Love Rock 'n Roll'||Joan Jett & the Blackhearts||1. Opening Licks|
|1978||'I Wanna Be Sedated'||Ramones||1. Opening Licks|
|1994||'Infected'||Bad Religion||1. Opening Licks|
|1970||'Iron Man'||Black Sabbath||2. Axe-Grinders|
|1974||'Killer Queen'||Queen||3. Thrash and Burn|
|1976||'More Than a Feeling'||Boston||2. Axe-Grinders|
|2002||'No One Knows'||Queens of the Stone Age||5. Fret-Burners|
|1983||'Sharp Dressed Man'||ZZ Top||2. Axe-Grinders|
|1972||'Smoke on the Water'||Deep Purple||1. Opening Licks|
|1967||'Spanish Castle Magic' (instrumental)||The Jimi Hendrix Experience||5. Fret-Burners|
|1999||'Stellar'||Incubus||3. Thrash and Burn|
|1992||'Symphony of Destruction'||Megadeth||3. Thrash and Burn|
|2002||'Take it Off'||The Donnas||4. Return of the Shred|
|2004||'Take Me Out'||Franz Ferdinand||2. Axe-Grinders|
|1983||'Texas Flood'||Stevie Ray Vaughan||6. Face Melters|
|1992||'Thunder Kiss '65'||White Zombie||1. Opening Licks|
|1992||'Unsung'||Helmet||4. Return of the Shred|
|1982||'You've Got Another Thing Comin'||Judas Priest||2. Axe-Grinders|
|1972||'Ziggy Stardust'||David Bowie||4. Return of the Shred|
Seventeen bonus songs are available within Guitar Hero. Bonus songs can be purchased with in-game money earned from the Career mode within the game's virtual store. Once purchased, the songs will be playable at all difficulty levels in Career, quickplay, and competitive modes. Many of the bands featured in the bonus songs are those that Harmonix members participate in. The song 'Cheat on the Church' by Graveyard BBQ was selected for inclusion in the game as the winner of the 'Be a Guitar Hero' contest.
All of the bonus songs are the original master tracks.
|2005||'All of This'||Shaimus|
|2005||'Behind the Mask'||Anarchy Club|
|2005||'The Breaking Wheel'||Artillery[Note 1]|
|2005||'Cavemen Rejoice'||The Bags|
|2005||'Cheat on the Church'||Graveyard BBQ|
|2000||'Eureka, I've Found Love'||The Upper Crust|
|2005||'Even Rats'||The Slip|
|2005||'Farewell Myth'||Made in Mexico|
|2005||'Fire it Up'||Black Label Society|
|2005||'Fly on the Wall'||Din|
|2001||'Get Ready 2 Rokk'||Freezepop|
|2005||'Guitar Hero'||Monkey Steals the Peach|
|2004||'Hey'||Honest Bob and the Factory-to-Dealer Incentives|
|2005||'Sail Your Ship By'||Count Zero|
|2005||'Story of My Love'||The Model Sons|
- ^The group Artillery has since changed their name to Breaking Wheel, after their song, due to the Danish thrash metal band of the same name.
Two other songs are present on the game media, but they can only be unlocked through the use of a PlayStation 2 cheat device, such as GameShark, Code Breaker or Action Replay.
- 'Graveyard Shift' - by an unknown artist
- 'Trippolette' - by Andrew Buch, a composer at Berklee College of Music who has worked on the Harmonix team.
'Trippolette' is also downloadable at the Rock Band Network music store.
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