“The world is a boring place. Come with me, and enter a world populated of Demi-Gods and Beasts. Transform from an everyday person and become the savior of rock and roll.  It was an honor and privilege to narrate Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, even more so, to voice the Demi God. From the God of Thunder to the Demi-God, how cool is that…”

So says the man himself, Gene Simmons of KISS.  And with that, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock is announced.

Not content to merely re-package last year’s effort, Warriors of Rock is bringing a lot of new material to the Guitar Hero table.  Central to the game is the all new Quest Mode.  From the press release:

“In Quest Mode… players will embark on a larger-than-life, epic rock journey from the stage of CBGBs, the infamous punk-rock club in New York City, to the molten lava fields of rock treachery as eight Guitar Hero characters transform into rock warriors that must join together to use their unique, game-changing powers to help the Demi-God of Rock take down ‘The Beast’ and save rock n’ roll.”

Add to that a jump-in/jump-out Party Mode, a Quick Play mode that features 13 distinct challenges for every song in the game, and a ton of Competitive modes, and you start to get a sense of just how big a game Warriors of Rock is.  You’re going to be playing this one for a good long time.

So far, everything sounds good.  But let’s say that you want to make a band comprised exclusively of drummers (an enterprise that, as a drummer myself, I fully support).  No problem!  In Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, players are free to use absolutely any combination of instruments they’d like.

On the subject of instruments, Warriors of Rock is set to debut a brand new, “completely redesigned rock-inspired guitar controller.”  Good news if your plastic guitar (like mine) has seen better days.

Of course, any music game is only as good as the songs it contains.  Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock features more on-disc music than any game before it – more than 90 tracks in all.  Not all of the songs have been announced yet, but take a look at the tunes that have been revealed so far:

  • AFI – “Dancing Through Sunday”
  • Avenged Sevenfold – “Bat Country”
  • Black Sabbath – “Children Of The Grave”
  • Buzzcocks – “What Do I Get?”
  • Children Of Bodom – “If You Want Peace… Prepare For War”
  • The Cure – “Fascination Street”
  • Def Leppard – “Pour Some Sugar On Me (Live)”
  • Dethklok – “Bloodlines”
  • DragonForce – “Fury of the Storm”
  • Drowning Pool – “Bodies”
  • Foo Fighters – “No Way Back”
  • Foreigner – “Feels Like The First Time”
  • Jane’s Addiction – “Been Caught Stealing”
  • KISS – “Love Gun”
  • Megadeth – “Sudden Death”
  • Metallica & Ozzy Osbourne – “Paranoid (Live)”
  • Muse – “Uprising”
  • My Chemical Romance – “I’m Not Okay (I Promise)”
  • Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
  • Rammstein – “Waidmanns Heil”
  • The Rolling Stones – “Stray Cat Blues”
  • Silversun Pickups – “There’s No Secrets This Year”
  • Slayer – “Chemical Warfare”
  • ZZ Top – “Sharp Dressed Man (Live)”

Now that you’ve got a handle on all the game has to offer, it’s time to take a look the the Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock trailer.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOe1msdIdI4

And there you have it.  What do you think, Ranters, are you ready for some more Guitar Hero?

Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock comes home this September on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii.

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