Guitar Hero 5 brings new modes, first songs revealed

Guitar Hero 5 is at the forefront of Activision’s quest to smother us all with music rhythm games this year. Today the first official details about the game and the first playable songs were revealed. One of the most important things we learned is that Guitar Hero 5 will be fully compatible with downloaded songs from Guitar Hero World Tour. The songs will be updated automatically once you pop Guitar Hero 5 into the disc drive. Also new to the series is the ability for players to use whatever instrument they want regardless of whether someone else has already chosen it. It’s possible for four people to play the drums, although any combination of instruments is possible. We’ll also be able to activate Band Moments by playing certain notes in unison and song challenges can be completed by playing through a song in a specific way.

The two new gameplay features of the game are called Party Play and RockFest. Party Play lets anyone drop in and out of the game at will, and RockFest is a competitive mode that offers five head to head modes either online or offline. The entire playlist made up of more than 115 different artists will be available to play in RockFest from the start. Here are the first confirmed songs that will be included in Guitar Hero 5 and the first screens.


The Rolling Stones – Sympathy for the Devil
Bob Dylan – All Along The Watchtower
The White Stripes – Blue Orchid
Santana – No One To Depend On (LIVE)
Vampire Weekend – A-Punk
Tom Petty – Runnin Down a Dream
Johnny Cash – Ring of Fire
Kings of Leon – Sex on Fire

Guitar Hero 5 will be released this Fall for PS2, PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii.