|System: DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Vicarious Visions||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Red Octane / Activision||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: June 9, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
This branching path to stardom is a good idea, but I don't think it necessarily keeps the Career mode from feeling stale. Fan Requests are indeed challenging and I applaud their incorporation, but in the end they don't significantly change gameplay. Also, just because I've hopped back into an old venue for a new song doesn't mean I've been reinvigorated. At the end of the day, you'll still just be jamming out with your DS and a pair of headphones, regardless of how the game progresses. As such, make sure you're getting Modern Hits because you're interested in the song list, not because you're looking for a fresh gameplay experience.
The multiplayer glory of the previous titles is still fully intact. As previously mentioned, the developers didn't add anything new to it because of compatibility issues; the ability to stream songs from DS to DS is a feature they simply couldn't afford to lose. Pulling of duets and duels is still great fun. Furthermore, the addition of new battle items or game modes perhaps wouldn't have been particularly substantive anyway. So, I don't feel as if an opportunity was missed.
The visual presentation, while nearly identical, has indeed been boosted a bit. The character models are sharper, the stages are more vibrant, and the items for purchase in the store are worth browsing for. Likewise, the set list is a strong mix of modern tunes that sound perhaps a bit better than they ever have. (A complete list of the songs found in the game can be seen after the feature.)
Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits is yet another solid addition to the franchise. Players looking for a new experience will have an improved Career mode to look forward to, but the changes aren't significant enough to be considered game-changing. Really what you're getting with this latest entry is improved input recognition, better song compression, and 28 new master tracks to jam to while on the go. In other words, it's a tight package you've likely been longing for.
CCC Editor / News Director