Guitar Hero v1.2 DualShock Controller FAQ by Nuruljihad Nasruddin (IrenicApollyon) - irenicapollyon[at]hotmail[dot]com ________ .__ __ ___ ___ / _____/ __ __!__!/ !______ _______ / ! \ ___________ ____ / / ___! ! \ \ __\__ \\_ __ \ / ~ \_/ __ \_ __ \/ _ \ \ \___\ \ ! / !! ! / __ \! ! \/ \ Y /\ ___/! ! \( <_> ) \______ /____/!__!!__! (____ /__! \___!_ / \___ >__! \____/ \/ \/ \/ \/ [DualShock Controller FAQ] The author of this FAQ has given permission to post this FAQ to the following sites/publications: GameFAQs - http://www.gamefaqs.com 1up.com - http://www.1up.com This means that these two websites are the only places guaranteed to have the latest versions of this FAQ. If you find this FAQ posted under a name other than mine, please contact me at: irenicapollyon[at]hotmail[dot]com =============================================================================== !-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=!=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=! ! TABLE OF CONTENTS [ 93%] ! MOST RECENT REVISIONS ! !-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=!-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=--=! ! (1.0) Information [100%] ! v1.2 - Put in the Guitar/Hero ! ! (1.1) Introduction [100%] ! Matchup created by ! ! (1.2) Game Background [100%] ! XtremeMatt30. ! ! (1.3) Credits [100%] ! ! ! ! v1.1 - Added some info about the ! ! (2.0) Before We Begin [100%] ! two hidden tracks and the ! ! ! codes to unlock them. ! ! (3.0) How to Rock [ 95%] ! More Star Power areas. ! ! (3.1) Controls [100%] ! Added 5-star cutoffs. ! ! (3.2) Tips & Tricks [ 90%] !-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-! ! ! Full Revision History in (6.1) ! ! (4.0) Individual Tracks [ 70%] !-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-! ! (4.1) Opening Licks [ 95%] ! ! (4.2) Axe-Grinders [ 80%] ! ! (4.3) Thrash and Burn [ 80%] ! ! (4.4) Return of the Shred [ 78%] ! ! (4.5) Fret Burners [ 75%] ! ! (4.6) Face Melters [ 80%] ! ! (4.7) Bonus Tracks [ 70%] ! ! (4.8) Secret Songs [ 0%] ! ! ! ! (5.0) Extras [ 98%] ! ! (5.1) Bonus Tracks [ 95%] ! ! (5.2) Guitars/Skins [ 90%] ! ! (5.3) Guitar Heroes [100%] ! ! (5.4) Guitar/Hero Matchup [100%] ! ! (5.5) Cheats [100%] ! ! (5.6) Videos [100%] ! ! (5.7) Secret Tracks [100%] ! ! ! ! (6.0) Conclusion [100%] ! ! (6.1) Revision History ! '-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=' (X% is the percentage of completion) =============================================================================== DISCLAIMER: This may be not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal, private use. It may not be placed on any web site or otherwise distributed publicly without advance written permission. Use of this guide on any other web site or as a part of any public display is strictly prohibited, and a violation of copyright. _______________________________________________________________________________ ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ > (1.0) INFORMATION _______________________________________________________________________________ ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ This FAQ was written specifically for those who are playing Harmonix's Guitar Hero without a Guitar Controller handy. It includes hints for completing each individual track at "Hard" difficulty, including the Bonus Tracks that you can unlock at the in-game shop. Below you will also find general tips and tricks on becoming a better Guitar Hero DualShock player overall. I'm unaware of how effective these tips will be if applied to the Guitar Controller, or a real guitar, as the FAQ was written with only DualShockers in mind (unless your guitar has an X button). Also, I'm a MySpace loser (sue me you prick) and you can find my profile at: http://www.myspace.com/iamapollyon You can check me out at ScoreHero (http://www.scorehero.com) under the name IrenicApollyon. If you sign up and plan to be a DualShock exclusive player like myself, drop me a line so I can give you a high five and a pat on the ass. ~~ !UPDATE!---------------------------------------------------------------!UPDATE! I put this here because I can't think of anywhere else to put this. I changed the way my e-mail address is written in this FAQ because my account has been spammed to death as a result of my rock god status and immense popularity on GameFAQs. I forgive them for their sin against me because it's just a sign that I am an incredible success, completely without compare in the world of games. With that aside, I hope all readers (including the spammers) will continue to enjoy this FAQ as they would a slice of lightly-toasted wheat bread: with a glassful of repentance. !UPDATE!---------------------------------------------------------------!UPDATE! ~~ HOW to NAVIGATE THROUGH THIS FAQ: The FAQ is split into several sections and subsections. "__" When you see this: ¯¯ That means it is the first of whole intervals (Sections 1.0,2.0, 3.0, etc.) When you see this:"--" That means it is the one of the sub-sections (Sub-Sections 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, etc.) When you see this:"++" That means it is a sub-sub-section, instead of numbers they are merely letters. (Sub-Sub-Sections 3.3a, 4.2b, 4.2c, 4.2d, etc.) When you see this:"~~" It is merely a separator to split two different subjects that fall under a single section. If you wish to skip some sections, press CTRL+F to bring up the Find bar. Write the section number you want to skip to and press ENTER. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- >> (1.1) INTRODUCTION Alright geniuses. If you've searched for my Unreal Tournament 2004 FAQ on GameFAQs then you may have seen me before. I wrote the greatest FAQ on Earth, and if you've read it you've probably printed it out and made a shrine for it by now. Well, get ready to make another 'cos I is back with a Guitar Hero FAQ. If you're wondering why someone wouldn't have the Guitar Controller SG if they bought Guitar Hero. Here's why............ Also, this is a continuation of my life story, found in the Team Fortress Class Guide I made a few months back. ~~ We begin this tale with my purchase of Guitar Hero. Here's how it went: I went to the store, shelled out $60, and got me a game with a ridiculously huge box (it's Guitar Hero). Then I waited at the bus-stop for the midnight express bus to pass by. After a few hours, I realized that there was no midnight express, I'd just seen that in a movie. Also, it was like 4PM in the afternoon. So I walked the twenty plus miles home. I finally got home a good half-hour later (I walk fast -- maybe I was wearing rollerblades) when I was suddenly ambushed by ninja trolls at my front door. Now, I'm a well trained fighter, blackbelt in AssKickate (that's a martial art) so I managed to beat a few up bare fisted (and completely naked, cos that's how I fight). There were too many for me to take on by myself, so I pulled out the Guitar Hero case and pulled out the guitar. I started rocking like mad, and the trolls suddenly started dropping like flies around me. When they were gone, I was butt-naked and sweating. Suddenly, it started raining and the camera zoomed up on my face. I was all panting and stuff, looking totally badass. And then I turned around, opened the door and the camera zoomed out. At the *exact* moment I closed the door behind me they all exploded together and my theme music ("Iron Man") started playing. Then I said, very quietly, almost a whisper: "When will it end?" So I strutted, very manly-like, to the Playstation 2 and I popped the Guitar Hero disc in and plugged the SG in, only to discover, to my absolute horror, that my combat companion had been mortally wounded in the battle. The ninja trolls had all died, but they cast some weird mantra curse on the guitar. So as I sat there, mourning my dying friend, I heard him whisper: "Apollyon, let's rock one more time. For the children." And I said: "Yeah. Those kids we saw on TV. With hepatitis B." So, despite my tears (which were flowing *inwards* because I'm so manly and don't want people seeing my true emotions), I picked him up one more time and rocked the ultimate rock. I ended it all with the most *supreme* power chord in history, successfully destroying my neighbor's dog's eardrums (I could hear them pop from my house). He fell apart in my hands, a smile on his face. "NoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOo!!!!!!" Then Santana burst through my door and started playing some totally sad stuff. He was so into the music he didn't even care I was nekkid. And then the camera circled around from my back to come to a stop in front of me and you could see I was totally sad, but determined. Like, I was gonna get those ninja trolls back. ~~ And that's how I came to write this FAQ. All of it is true, though some of it isn't. I mean, I vaguely remember buying it. Though that could have been my roomate. Anyways, I know that somewhere up in heaven, Gary the Guitar is rockin' the panties off Mother Theresa and Mary. Rock on little buddy... rock on. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- >> (1.2) GAME BACKGROUND Guitar Hero is one in a line of Harmonix music games. Following the releases of Frequency and Amplitude, Guitar Hero puts the player in the boots of the guitarist in a rising cover band. By playing covers of some of the world's most beloved rock bands, the game chronicles your inevitable rise to becoming a rock god. Featuring accurate covers of some of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century, Guitar Hero boasts a tracklist of 45+ songs from both famous and indie groups. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- >> (1.3) CREDITS Great thanks to myself, of course, for writing this spectacular FAQ which has brought peace and love to my brothers and sisters around the world. Make music not war, my friends. Also, big thanks to In Flames' "Reroute to Remain" album, which I'm still listening to more than four years after its release. I think it's my official FAQ-writing album so if you wanna know my secret, I just said it. If you don't, I suggest not reading that last part. This FAQ was written in Metapad, a Microsoft Notepad replacement, which can be found at: http://liquidninja.com/metapad/ Thanks go out to Jörg Seyfferth for his outstanding ASCII Art generator, which can be found at: http://www.network-science.de/ascii/ Here is a list of contributors that rock: o IrenicApollyon That guy's great. o Stephen Kness Corrected the band that I had written for "Frankenstein". It's Edgar Winters Group, not The Blue Oyster Cult. o Justin Shivers For filling in some of the missing band names. o VivalaZim For correcting the "I Love Rock 'N' Roll" band name. It's Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, not the Heartbreakers. o ScoreHero (http://www.scorehero.com) For all the Star Power cutoffs. I grabbed these without asking permission so if any ScoreHero mods want me to remove them you can drop me an e-mail at the address below. o Paul Dog For correcting the acting Ozzy guitarist's name for "Bark at the Moon". It's Jake Lee, not Zakk Wylde. o XtremeMatt30 For the list of matching Guitar Heroes, guitars, and guitar skins taken from the characters' descriptions; something nobody else in the entire world wanted to do (see section 5.4) o Allah SWT Where the hell would I be without you? Thanks to you, the reader, I guess. Even though you didn't do anything. But send fan mail/complaints/pictures of your panties to: irenicapollyon[at]hotmail[dot]com _______________________________________________________________________________ ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ > (2.0) BEFORE WE BEGIN _______________________________________________________________________________ ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ Alright, here's what I want you all to do before we get started. Go out to the drugstore and buy some tissue paper and diapers (for you) and a big crate of purple grapes (for me). Now do the following: o Give me the grapes. o Put on the diapers and put some tissue paper up your nose. o Take a picture of yourself, and send it to me at: irenicapollyon[at]hotmail[dot]com Now that's out of the way, we can begin. Oh yeah, if you still have a functional Guitar Controller at home, break it. *Now* you're ready. Moving on. _______________________________________________________________________________ ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ > (3.0) HOW TO ROCK _______________________________________________________________________________ ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ This section is gonna freakin' be awesome. I'll teach you how to play. I'll teach you how to use the whammy bar. I hope you didn't fill up on cookies and crackers at snack time, because this FAQ is the equivalent of a meter-long sausage down your throat. That's a lotta weiner. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- >> (3.1) CONTROLS Now get ready to prepare to rock. Here's the part you should be reading if you haven't learned to play yet (which makes sense since you're a buttmunch). If you've played other Harmonix rhythm games before (Frequency, Amplitude) you're probably used to the control scheme used in this game. It uses the shoulder keys, dude. But don't let previous experience give you a bigger head because this one uses a freakin' *five* notes. What this means, for all you preschool dropouts, is that you'll use all four shoulder buttons *plus* the X-button. Yeah, I know, confusing. Get ready for a lot of practice. In fact, put on some Pampers right now because rock stars don't take bathroom breaks. Ozzy hasn't been in a bathroom since he got kicked out of Sabbath. ~~ L2 - Green Note L1 - Red Note R1 - Yellow Note R2 - Blue Note X - Orange Note Select - Star power Start - Pause Left Analog - Whammy Bar Right Analog - Nothing L3 - Nothing R3 - Star Power ~~ Ok, drink up your juice and finish up those crackers. It's time for *extreme* tips and tricks. Robots rock. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- >> (3.2) TIPS & TRICKS Well look at me, I'm like the old rockstar sage teaching little grasshoppers how to play guitar. You start off all humbled because, despite your obvious potential, I am still able to rock the panties off of more women than you. But eventually, after a couple of scenes where you're training at the beach, practicing in front of a sunset, and scaling a mountain wall, you come back and defeat me with a vengeance. Then, when it's all done I say: "*Now* you are ready grasshopper." Then we go off to rock the panties off the guy who stole your girlfriend earlier on in the movie. When the guy is beat and bleeding in a ditch, the girl comes up to you and she's all like: "Oh my god. I just remembered. It's *you* I love." Then you say: "No, music is my maiden." Then the camera pans to me, and I'm smiling and nodding. Not saying anything but looking totally awesome. Cue fade out. FIN ~~ o This is purely personal preference, but I like to play the GREEN and RED notes with the *tips* of my left hand's pointer and middle fingers. The YELLOW and BLUE notes I tend to play around the first joint of my right hand's pointer and middle fingers. X I play near my right thumb's joint. o If you have some experience with previous Harmonix titles (Frequency or Amplitude) then I suggest starting Career Mode on Hard mode. This is because X-button is what will give you the most trouble and you can't practice with X on the lower difficulties. You'll know you've mastered X when you feel its position has changed from *below* R2 to be at *the right of* R2 (note: this is purely at a mental level, don't expect it to physically *move*) during a mad solo. o Wiggle the whammy bar when playing STAR NOTES that are held for a period of time (STAR NOTES are what I call those star-shaped notes that fill up your Star Power Gauge) to fill the Star Power gauge faster. | | | | | * | * | | X - Notes Played / | / | | | - Not Played / | / | | / - Held Note * | * | | * - Star Note --------- G R Y B O Remember, L3 is the whammy bar, and you wiggle up and down. Not left to right. I hate the whammy bar because I'm a rock purist and the whammy bar's vibratto effect tends to ruin the track. o Don't just use Star Power whenever possible. Save it up for a particularly juicy solo, a series of chords, or a really hard part. This ensures the highest possible points. Or if you can't get past a part, Star Power will keep you in the green long enough to pass it by. o Hammer ons, a technique used by guitar players to crank out a really fast change of notes, can be done on the DualShock. However, I've found that it does more to hurt you than help. Same for hammer offs. o A series of chords can seem more menacing than it is. When you know a few chords are coming up, look ahead. Here's an example: X | X | | X | | X | X - Notes Played X | | | X | - Not Played X | X | | / - Held Note X | | X | * - Star Note --------- G R Y B O In the case above, the only note that remains the same is GREEN. To do this, hold GREEN and press the changing notes as they come down (B, Y, O, B, Y). You should be playing it like this. / | X | | / | | X | X - Notes Played / | | | X | - Not Played / | X | | / - Held Note X | | X | * - Star Note --------- G R Y B O o In songs like "Crossroads" where you'll be hitting a stream of chords as well as solitary notes, you may be overwhelmed. Here's an example: X | X | | X | | | | X - Notes Played X | X | | | - Not Played X | | | | / - Held Note X | X | | * - Star Note --------- G R Y B O In this case you would do the exact opposite as the tip above, and hold YELLOW while hitting GREEN. X | / | | X | / | | X - Notes Played X | / | | | - Not Played X | / | | / - Held Note X | X | | * - Star Note --------- G R Y B O o An issue that comes up when playing with the DualShock happens during held notes. When a held note is immediately followed by itself (like in "No One Knows" chorus), then making it sound right is almost impossible if you try and time it correctly. Instead, hold the note just a split-second too late and *then* press the notes. The game gives you a pretty wide margin for timing errors, so you can use this technique to maximize your points. _______________________________________________________________________________ ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ > (4.0) INDIVIDUAL TRACKS _______________________________________________________________________________ ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ Alright, now we're onto the main course. Get yourself a bottle o' beer, slip on some Pampers, and get ready for five hours of non-stop music. WaoOoOoOoOoW! If you need me I'll be playing my air guitar in the back. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- >> (4.1) OPENING LICKS It's the first venue, your Mom's basement. Man you are really rockin' now. Just don't let Mommy catch you! Remember, "HARD" mode. Okay, bodoh? +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ I LOVE ROCK 'N' ROLL as made famous by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts *UPDATE Thanks to Justin Shiver and VivalaZim for the band name here This song is pretty simple to get down, and rightfully should be considering it's the first track in the game. Here's how to maximize your points using Star Power: o Grab the first Star Note and the second Star Note and hold it, use the Whammy Bar o Use your Star Power around the point where the pause ends, it should last you up to the next set of Star Notes. o Pick up the next two sets of Star Notes and use them *immediately*, this should pull you through to the next set of Star Notes. o During five, use the Whammy Bar until your Star Power is filled about half way and use it on the note after the pause. o Pick up the next three sets of Star Notes and use the Whammy on the last note fill your Star gauge to nearly full capacity. In the middle of the long held note there, use the Star Power so that it runs out in time for the next Star Notes. o Pick up the next two sets of Star Notes and activate them on the set of chords towards the song's ending. SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - Easy opening - 73,593 - Chord-filled chorus - Save Star Power for the chorus +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ I WANNA BE SEDATED as made famous by The Ramones This one is actually really freakin' easy on the SG but is a finger destroyer on the DualShock. You don't have the luxury of simply strumming up-and-down here, genius. You've gotta press those repetetive notes over and over again until the song's done, which is somewhere around four minutes. o Grab the first three Star Notes, this should fill up your bar. After the third set of Star Notes, wait until you get to the second series of RB chords and activate Star Power. o Grab the following three Star Notes. Activate it at the next series of RY chords. This will last you throughout the chorus. o Take the next two Star Notes. At the chorus, wait until the third set of YB chords to activate. o Finish up the song by grabbing the last three Star Notes. Activate Star Power at the very long BO chord. This should last until the song's end. Needless to say, all the held notes should be whammied. SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - Surprisingly difficult - 162,210 - Ridiculously crappy solo - Use Star Power during any of the chords +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ THUNDER KISS '65 as made famous by White Zombie Here's one to really get you... bored. Just keep your head up through this song so that you can move on to the next. The song *is* nice and repetitive so it makes a very good warm-up/practice track. Watch out for the chords, however, as you won't be too adept with chords at this point. The main trouble in this song will be the chord changing. Chord changing is a technique that is pretty difficult to master since it requires the releasing and dropping of two fingers from one chord to another simultaneously. I command you keep at it. o Pick up the first two Star Notes. Activate Star Power on the 11th note following the second set of Star Notes. o Grab the next two sets of Star Notes. After the last held note of the second set of Star Notes, immediately use Star Power. o Pick up the following two sets of Star Notes. Instead of picking up the third Star Note (the GY chord), use Star Power there. This should pull you through to the next set of Star Notes. o Pick up the only Star Notes here and hold them. After the long solo, use Star Power when the primary melody kicks back in (G G GG GG G GG). o Pick up the last remaining Star Notes. Wait until the switching held YB and RY chords. Activate Star Power on the third set of RY chords. SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - Nice and slow tempo - 113,979 - Easy solo - Lots of chords for easy points - Save Star Power for the chords +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ SMOKE ON THE WATER as made famous by Deep Purple Here's another classic track, and my personal favorite (which really makes me wonder how I managed to leave it out of the first two posts of this FAQ). The majority of the song is fairly simple, starting with the infamous opener and the chorus, which are the same and are comprised entirely of chords. Behind the numerous verses, the guitar part is very easy so there should be no problem until you reach the first of the song's two solos. They can be pretty difficult for those that haven't got the X button mastered, so save some Star Power up for those sections. o Grab the first three Star Notes. Activate them on the second verse. o Pick up the next two Star Notes. Activate them at the first solo. o Grab all the following Star Notes. Activate at the second solo. SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - Most of it is easy - 141,954 - Slow tempo - Easy chords/chords only at the chorus - Difficult solos - Star Power at the solos +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ INFECTED as made famous by Bad Religion This song is also pretty straightforward. As before, don't let yourself get tricked by the chords, though they shouldn't really become much trouble here. Probably the easiest song thus far. SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - Plenty of chords - 175,500 - No solo to speak of (or much of) - Use Star Power at the chords ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- >> (4.2) AXE GRINDERS Alright fine, I'll admit you're getting better. You've moved on from your Mom's basement and now you're playing at a real venue. Whatever. It's a crap venue anyway, grasshopper. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ IRON MAN as made famous by Black Sabbath Alright, another rock classic (and my official theme song). This is the kind of song you should be practicing at all times at the beginning of your rock star career since its slow tempo and moderate use of X. Don't use up Star Power here as the guitar solo is a killer. SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - Simple from start-to-solo - 111,837 - Difficult solo - Save Star Power for the solo +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ MORE THAN A FEELING as made famous by Boston Ahhh, this is one feel-good song, man. Brings back some good memories. It's also a real easy track for the most part, though if you haven't gotten good at chords yet the chorus may hurt you. I suggest keeping Star Power for the chorus as the chords can rack up some killer points. SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - Simple opening - 160,653 - Chorus has a lot of chords - Save Star Power for the choruses +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ YOU GOT ANOTHER THING COMING as made famous by Judas Priest Ohmigod. Judas Priest? Is the list of freakin' awesome tracks ever going to end? This song is another chord-filled track so get ready for a lot of practice. If you've been using the tips I gave you above, you should get past this one no problem. SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - The entire song is chords - 191,586 - Solo is short and simple - Use Star Power during any series of chords +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ TAKE ME OUT as made famous by Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand? The Archduke of Austria whose assassination resulted in the outbreak of World War I? Apparently he rocks. This one sounds cool and isn't too difficult. There isn't really a solo here to worry about, though the beginning may give you some trouble since you won't have gotten Star Power yet. Hang in there for the first 30-seconds and the rest is smooth sailing. By the way, if you like this song don't search the internet for what the band looks like. You will be sorely disappointed. SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - Difficult opening - 173,277 - Repetitive middle - No solo - Use Star Power whenever you want +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ SHARP DRESSED MAN as made famous by ZZ Top Man they got some variation in this tracklist. ZZ Top? Alright! This one is also a very simple, straightforward track. The solo is long but it's also easy so it acts more as reading practice than anything else. Well, take your time and relax now, because from here on the goin' gets tougher. SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - Slow tempo - 133,149 - Simple guitar part - Long-winded but easy solo - Use Star Power whenever you want ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- >> (4.3) THRASH AND BURN Ok, I'll admit, the new gig you got is pretty sweet. It's nice, clean, and smoke-free (far as I can tell). Rock on, grasshopper, and we'll see if we can get your girlfriend back from the kumquat what stole 'er. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ KILLER QUEEN as made famous by Queen This isn't exactly thrash but, whatever. This is one of Queen's better songs, really showcasing Freddy Mercury's vocal talent. The guitar part is simple and makes a good warmup song. You should already be proficient with the X button by now so there shouldn't be any trouble until the end. Save some Star Power for the last bit and you're good to go. SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - Another easy one - 87,675 - Simple solo - Use Star Power whenever you want +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ HEY YOU as made famous by The Exies This song's beginning is rather misleading, because it'll trick you into thinking you can actually handle the song. The trouble with this track is that there are several chords, and the chorus has a *lot* of held notes followed by chords which may leave you dazed and frustrated. The solo is repetitive and overall very simple, though towards the solo's end you may have trouble if you aren't yet proficient with the X button. SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - Several chords at the chorus - 124,512 - Save Star Power up for the chorus +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ STELLARas made famous by Incubus Not one of Incubus' better tracks, especially in a game like this where they really had the chance to boast their skills on the guitar. This is just like "Hey You", repetitive and boring. There's no real solo to speak of, so just try not to doze off because the next two tracks will murder you in your sleep. SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - Really slow track - 109,854 - Simple Solo - Use Star Power whenever you want, it makes no big difference +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ HEART FULL OF BLACK as made famous by Burning Brides Here's a song that'll really get your blood pumping. Try to keep up with the moderately fast tempo while hitting off those numerous chords. The solo is simple and there's nothing in the track that warrants any special attention. SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - Many chords - 147,414 - Lots of hammer-on's and off's - Simple solo - Star Power whenever you want +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ SYMPHONY OF DESTRUCTION as made famous by Megadeth Now this track is awesome. It's very misleading, with the simple opening and rather simplistic chorus. It lulls you into complacence and then really bashes you in the skull with its killer solo. Get ready to sew some detached fingers after playing the solo here. Save Star Power up for that part as you may lose if you don't. SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - Don't let yourself get tricked - 125,976 by the simple opening - Killer solo - Save a lot of Star Power up for the solo ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- >> (4.4) RETURN OF THE SHRED What the hell? You be gettin' good grasshopper. But don't get arrogant now, you still got a long ways to go to prove your rockstardom to me and the rock gods. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ZIGGY STARDUST as made famous by David Bowie Here's some more classic rock, remember Bowie everyone? This is one of his more well-known songs, and you should find it a blast to play through (if you're anything like me, a certified Guitar Hero rock god). The opening bit is great for X-button practice and the chords in the chorus make for good training as well. The solo is very easy so no need to worry. If you're going to use Star Power in this track, it should be at the choruses. SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - Lots of X's - 123,867 - Lots of chords - Easy solo - Use Star Power at the chorus +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ FAT LIPas made famous by Sum 41 If you've watched TV recently you may have seen this video. It got a lot of airplay on radio stations as well. That doesn't mean it's good :P. Still, the crazy guitar chords' timing may throw you off from time to time, so save up Star Power for them. SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - Strange timing at the choruses - 141,225 - No solo - Use Star Power at the chorus +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ COCHISE as made famous by Audioslave What the heck is this? Soundgarden's vocalist meets Rage Against the Machine vocalless. Put their power rings together and you get... a bunch of crap. This song sounds just like all of the songs on *both* their albums. It's also really easy and has no freakin' tune to it at all. A really crappy solo, too. God, I hate this band. SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - Bad from start to finish, also - 114,132 too easy - Use Star Power whenever you want +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ TAKE IT OFF as made famous by The Donnas An all-girl band. Probably something that Harmonix felts was a necessity just to remain neutral towards both genders. I say that because it's not as if they found one of the better girl bands, but whatever. The chords aren't too hard, though switching between them is, as always, a hassle. Just keep your focus up. SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - A lot of chords - 115,755 - Use Star Power at the chorus +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ UNSUNG as made famous by Helmet Alright, Helmet! Did you read that? Helmet! Ok. Put your "helmets" on, because this is gonna be one hell of a ride. A lot of chords will pummel you pretty much from the start so I hope you've already mastered the techniques I taught you earlier. A moderately difficult solo awaits you near the song's end. SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - Lots of chords from start-to-finish - 238,266 - Keep your head up for the solo - Use Star Power whenever there are chords ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- >> (4.5) FRET BURNERS Alright, you're getting there. Now would be a good time to switch your nasty diapies for a fresh pair. How long is it now, two hours? Get me some grapes while you're at it. My Australian cousin eats grasshoppers. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ SPANISH CASTLE MAGIC as made famous by Jimi Hendrix Ok, I know, this version of the song isn't complete, but that's to save time because the real deal is like ten minutes long. They also eliminated the vocal track from this cover since nobody can do a decent imitation of Hendrix. This may seem really difficult, but if you've been practicing a lot it shouldn't be a problem at this point. In fact, when you get to this song and realize just how many notes you're hitting you'll probably be surprised. Give yourself a pat on the back, donkey breath. SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - Deceptively simple, but don't let your guard down - Crazy, long-ass solos - Use Star Power whenever +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ HIGHER GROUND as made famous by The Red Hot Chili Peppers This guitar in this song may sound a little strange, but they're doing more with less. In fact, it would've been awesome to get the bass on this track since Flea just goes insane in this song. Anyway, the ending may surprise you with a sudden switch in tempo and melody. There is no solo here, so don't worry about that, just a lot of tapping since there are many repeated notes. If your timing is good and your fingers are strong the constant button mashing shouldn't pose too much of a problem. SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - No solo - Save your Star Power for the chorus +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ NO ONE KNOWS as made famous by Queens of the Stone Age Here's another really famous track that the kiddies should recognize. It's the one that is *always* playing. Everywhere. This song is a blast, and is one of the best songs to practice the chord tips I mentioned above. This song is chock full of chords, and at the chorus it has a lot of held-notes followed by tapped notes. That's a deadly combination if you aren't prepared. Keep Star Power for the chords. SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - Lots of chords - Watch out at the chorus - Save Star Power for the chords +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ACE OF SPADES as made famous by Motorhead Here's another rock band legend. This has some crazy, fast repetitive notes. It's quite easy to pull it off the first few times, but considering how often the song wants you to do it I wouldn't expect you to get it right every instance it happens. This is a freakin' fast, insane song with a driving tempo. Use Star Power whenever you think necessary, no part is juicier than another. SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - Fast - Lots of repetition - Moderately difficult solo - Use Star Power whenever you deem necessary +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ CROSSROADS as made famous by Cream Holy crap they have a helluva good tracklist. Cream is a freakin' icon from the era of peace, love, and smokin' bud. This song has a lot of chords and two freakin' awesome solos. The first solo is pretty hard to nail on the first try but the second is murderous if you aren't careful. Save Star Power for verses one and two, where there are plenty o' chords. This is proof of Eric Clapton's rock god status. Mr. Clapton, I bow deeply to you. SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - Lots of chords - Two very long, hard solos - Save Star Power for verses 1 and 2 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- >> (4.6) FACE MELTERS Ok, asshole, you think you're all that and a bag of potato chips? We're gonna test your mettle at this crazy opera house, grasshopper, and with this next list of songs I'm pretty sure you're deadmeat. Unless your balls have swollen to enormous proportions, don't expect they're big enough to finish the last leg of the game. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ GODZILLA as made famous by Blue Oyster Cult Blue Oyster Cult is freakin' *old*. Here's a nice warm up for you. A lot of chords here, and two overall "medium" solos should get your fingers nice and limber. Nothing to worry about, the song isn't too difficult for you at this point. SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - Lots of chords - Two cool, moderately difficult solos - Save Star Power for the chords +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ TEXAS FLOOD as made famous by Stevie Ray Vaughn Here's some Stevie Ray to satisfy you blues fans. This song is basically one *very* long solo from start to finish. This means that there won't be very much repetition here. The tempo is overall very slow, but there will often be a few notes that are placed very close to one another, changing up the tempo very suddenly. Use Star Power whenever. SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - Little repetition - Watch out for tempo changes - Star Power is at your beck and call. Do what you will with it. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ FRANKENSTEIN as made famous by The Edgar Winter Group *UPDATE* Thanks to Stephen Kness for the band name correction. This song doesn't have any vocals so you take the role as front man here. There are a few chords here, though not enough to really save Star Power up for. You may be surprised at just how many notes they throw at you at a time, a series of notes may seem to go on forever. In which case you should use Star Power there. Be careful towards the end -- at the drum solo -- not to waste your Star Power. SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - Little repetition - Long-winded solos and *many* notes - Watch out for the drum solo - Star Power? Whenever. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ COWBOYS FROM HELL as made famous by Pantera Alright, now we're gettin' to the goods. Everything up to now ranged from easy to fairly difficult, but these next two tracks are going to be deadly. This song has plenty of chords throughout, and several very fast series of notes. The chords are great for Star Power, but only if you can handle the solo. Watch out for the solo here, it's insanely difficult. SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - Fast tempo - 244,041 - Lots of chords - Watch out for the solo - Star Power either at the chords or solo +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ BARK AT THE MOON as made famous by Ozzy Osbourne Two tracks with Ozzy in them? Though he isn't with Sabbath in this one that doesn't mean he can't rock. Jake Lee is freakin' insane and if you've never heard Ozzy's stuff, you'll love this. Take good care of the finger that presses GREEN before playing this track because it may fall off afterwards. There is some serious repetition of the GREEN note here. But if you manage to get past all of that, keep your eyes wide open for the guitar solo. I've never actually been capable of completing the last bit of the guitar solo without using Star Power. The solo is basically a gradual rising and falling of notes for about two measures. At that point the speed doubles so your fingers will be flying. *UPDATE* Thanks to Paul Dog for the guitarist correction. Jake Lee played "Bark at the Moon", not Zakk Wylde. SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - Very fast - GREEN heavy - Killer solo - Use Star Power during the first verse whenever you want, at the second verse save up for the solo. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- >> (4.7) BONUS TRACKS Alright, cool. You dunnit. Now that you've proven how big your balls are, let's go beat up that guy who took your babe. Wait, what? Did you say you still want to rock? Ok, cool grasshopper. No, not grasshopper. Cockroach. You've moved on. Here be the bonus tracks my brudda. By the way, the Bonus Tracks are all masters. No covers here, man. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ FIRE IT UP by Black Label Society Here's the actual Zakk Wylde at work with his new band. Unfortunately, it doesn't really show you his skills on the guitar and the track is rather boring. There isn't really anything that should have you worried in this song. Just enjoy yourself. SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - Very easy song - 111,711 - Slightly difficult solo - Use Star Power whenever +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ CHEAT ON THE CHURCH by Graveyard BBQ These guys won the "Want to be a Guitar Hero" contest that GH's developers held a long way back, and for good reason. After you get past the rather tame opening, the driving tempo will have your fingers really crunching the buttons. This is one of the best examples of how important reading ahead is, as well as your reflexive instinct on the DualShock, as the quickly changing notes don't give you any time to ponder over them. SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - Very fast tempo - 150,474 - Very hard song - Use Star Power during the verses 1 and 2 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ CAVEMAN REJOICE by The Bags Here's a pretty good song, and the subject of its lyrics always makes me laugh. I mean, come on guys, it's about cavemen. Cavemen are hilarious. This song is repetitive and easy. As far is difficulty goes, it's only slightly harder than "Fire It Up", and there are a good deal of chords. Don't waste your Star Power during the long breaks towards the middle of the song. SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - Lots of chords - 140,982 - Don't waste Star Power on the breaks of silence - Use Star Power during the verses +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ EUREKA, I FELL IN LOVE by The Upper Crust Apparently this band wears tights. That's... cool (not). The song's chords are arranged in an order that may confuse you the first time. Luckily, you'll have time to get used to it as they repeat themselves over and over throughout the entire track. Watch out for held notes followed by tapped notes. The solo is just as repetitive, but isn't full of chords and held notes. SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - Confusing chords - 106,434 - Held notes followed by tapped notes abound - Use Star Power during the chords at verses 1 and 2 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ALL OF THIS by Shaimus This is one of my favorite songs in the entire tracklist, and I can't really explain why. I'm not usually into this kind of music, but the song is so damn happy that you can't really *hate* it. It's full of chords that may confuse you. I have an example below: | | | | | X | X | | X - Notes Played X | | | | | - Not Played | X | X | / - Held Note | X | | | * - Star Note --------- G R Y B O To play this part you'd press and hold the single note, then press the other note in the chord at its time. So you should actually play it like this: | | | | | / | X | | X - Notes Played X | | | | | - Not Played | / | X | / - Held Note | X | | | --------- G R Y B O And even though the song sounds fairly simple, don't let that trick you into thinking the guitarist doesn't have skill. The solo is insane, with a lot of necessary hammer-on's and off's (on the SG). Just keep your eyes open. Don't blink. SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - A lot of chords - currently unknown, check - Hard solo http://www.scorehero.com for - Use Star Power during the verses the latest cutoff scores +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ BEHIND THE MASK by Anarchy Club This song sounds strangely similar to "Hey You", though it's not as good. This song is very simple, no chords or solos to worry about, so conquer it ASAP and move on. SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - Easy - 76,275 - No solo - Use Star Power whenever +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ THE BREAKING WHEEL by Artillery Ok, are you ready to die? This song just might do it. It's full of repeating chords, repeating single notes, repeating crap. It's bound to have your fingers bleeding at song's end. No solo here, but that's not what you should be worried about. SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - Repetitive - currently unknown, check - Fast tempo http://www.scorehero.com for - Use Star Power during the chords the latest cutoff scores +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ CALLOUT by the Acro-brats I hate this song, mostly because it's crappy punk. Actually, I think I hate all things crappy (like you). It's easy on the most part, but during the chorus there are some repeating chords as well as held notes that you should watch out for. SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - Moderately fast tempo - 145,914 - Use Star Power at the chorus +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ DECONTROL by Drist This song displays some of Marcus Henderson's ability on the guitar. The main part is repeating chords, similar to "Cowboys from Hell", so you shouldn't worry too much about that (unless your fingers are really tired). The solo is difficult and could result in your death (or GAME OVER, whatever). SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - Lots of chords - 189,984 - Killer solo - Use Star Power during the verses' chords +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ EVEN RATS by The Slip This song always makes me think of that crappy MTV reality show, Laguna Beach. In the beginning I liked it because of all the beach babes, but then I realized that there was no real essence to it so I ditched it for some hot librarians. Easy from start to finish, this song shouldn't be too much of a hassle to get through. The ending, however, will bore you to tears. SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - Easy - currently unknown, check - Slow tempo http://www.scorehero.com for - Use Star Power whenever you want the latest cutoff scores +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ FAREWELL MYTH by Made in Mexico Oh my God I hate this band, too. The guitar playing here always makes me wince and the type of music they play shows you how seriously they take themselves. Play this only if you're goin' for Rock God status. Otherwise, ignore with a vengeance. Easy track because it repeats itself from start to finish. No solo either. SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - Easy track - currently unknown, check - Repeats itself over and over http://www.scorehero.com for - Use Star Power at your discretion the latest cutoff scores +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ FLY ON THE WALL by Din This song has a lot of chords that you should watch out for. The song is pretty fast-paced, too, so it's a good wake-up call after "Farewell Myth". SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - Lots of chords - currently unknown, check - Overall, pretty easy http://www.scorehero.com for - Use Star Power at the chords the latest cutoff scores +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ GET READY TO ROKK by Freezepop This is a song that I disliked in the beginning. I only came to enjoy it after I was able to pull off the solo, which is crazy fast. This song is also full of a lot of chords, so there are plenty of easy points here. The only way to get the song down is through lots of practice. SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - Chords from start to finish - Plenty of hammer on's and off's at the solo - Fast tempo - Use Star Power during verses 1 and 2 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ GUITAR HERO by Monkey Steals the Peach This is the game's title track, and it's one of the most fun to go through. Similar to "Get Ready to Rokk", this song has a lot of chords and hammer on's and off's, but because this song doesn't ask you to tap the buttons as quickly it isn't as difficult. There is a pretty long solo after the second verse, but it's nothing more than a few hammer on's and off's so that shouldn't be too difficult for you to deal with. SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - Fast tempo - currently unknown, check - Hammer on's and off's at the solo http://www.scorehero.com for - Lots of chords the latest cutoff scores - Use Star Power during verses 1 and 2 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ HEYby Honest Bob and the Factory-to-Dealer Incentives The guitar part in this song is pretty catchy, but after playing it over and over again it quickly loses its appeal. You'll be playing the same bit from start-to-finish so don't expect to really enjoy this song. The tempo is moderately quick and there aren't solos or chords to worry about. SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - Moderate tempo - 81,681 - No solos/Few chords - Use Star Power whenever +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ SAIL YOUR SHIP BY by Count Zero For some strange reason it's always difficult for me to differentiate this song from "Hey". Anyway, this song has a lot of unconventional guitar playing and synth but nothing to throw you off. The slow tempo is very forgiving, and you should have enough time to read ahead and get the notes down. SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - Slow tempo - 140,451 - No chords - Use Star Power whenever +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ STORY OF MY LOVE by The Model Sons This song is awesome. Has this song had some airtime during a commercial? It's very familiar to me for some odd reason. This song has a very fast tempo, and when you couple that with a *lot* of chords and held-notes you've got trouble. Keep your head up and be careful when you switch from one chord to the next. Don't worry too much about the solo, though. SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - Fast tempo - 180,474 - Lots of chords - Use Star Power during verses 1 and 2 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- >> (4.8) SECRET SONGS So you've survived all the bonus tracks, even "Farewell Myth", and you're still alive and kickin'? Still want more? Then pull it out (your Action Replay MAX I mean) and stick these codes in, biatch! *NOTE* I really hate these two songs because of all the lines of you have to input before you're able to play them. If anyone wants to volunteer and give me a description for each of these tracks as well as a summary, please give me an e-mail. I'll eventually get to putting them in myself. I'm just too busy fighting off the countless beautiful women that have formed a wall of hot, hot lovin' around me. The only way out? Bone 'till I can bone no more. This could take awhile. *NOTE* +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ TRIPPOLETTE by SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - currently unknown, check http://www.scorehero.com for the latest cutoff scores +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ GRAVEYARD SHIFT by SUMMARY: 5-STAR CUTOFF: - 96,186 _______________________________________________________________________________ ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ > (5.0) SECRETS & UNLOCKABLES _______________________________________________________________________________ ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ Here's a list of all the stuff you can unlock. I've also got something nobody else has (yet), the Guitar Hero cheats on the PS2 DualShock controller. That's right. Lemme takes my shoes off's so's you can kiss's my feets. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- >> (5.1) BONUS TRACKS You can buy these tracks at the in-game shop. Here I'll list the prices and the in-game descriptions of each track: FIRE IT UP CHEAT ON THE CHURCH CAVEMAN REJOICE EUREKA, I FELL IN LOVE ALL OF THIS BEHIND THE MASK THE BREAKING WHEEL CALLOUT DECONTROL EVEN RATS FAREWELL MYTH FLY ON THE WALL GET READY TO ROKK GUITAR HERO HEY SAIL YOUR SHIP BY STORY OF MY LOVE ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- >> (5.2) GUITARS/SKINS Most of these can be purchased at the Unlock Shop. The Battle Axe, however, is unlocked by completing the song on "Expert Mode". GIBSON SG - Worn White Gibson SG ($200) - Ebony Gibson SG ($150) - Custom Flame Gibson SG ($250) GIBSON LES PAUL - Ebony Gibson Les Paul Standard ($150) - Goldtop Gibson Les Paul Standard ($200) - Zakk Wylde Gibson Les Paul Custom ($250) GIBSON FLYING V - Worn Cherry Gibson Flying V ($150) - Natural Gibson Flying V2 ($200) - Cracked Blue Gibson Flying V ($250) GIBSON ES-335 - Ebony Gibson ES-335 ($150) - Birdseye Maple Gibson ES-335 ($200) - Custom Cherry Gibson ES-335 ($250) GIBSON EXPLORER - White Gibson Explorer ($150) - Natural Gibson Explorer ($200) - Custom Rising Sun Gibson Explorer ($250) GIBSON FIREBIRD - Blue Gibson Firebird ($150) - Copper Gibson Firebird ($200) - Psychedelic Gibson Firebird ($250) GIBSON LES PAUL SPECIAL GIBSON CORVUS - White Gibson Corvus White ($150) - Natural Gibson Corvus ($200) - Custom Snake Skin Gibson Corvus ($250) GIBSON MODERNE - Gibson Moderne Red ($150) - Ebony Gibson Moderne ($200) - Custom Dragon Gibson Moderne ($250) GIBSON EDS-1275 - Alpine White Gibson EDS-1275 ($250) - BATTLE AXE ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- >> (5.3) GUITAR HEROES Only two of these guys are unlockable, Izzy Sparks and the Grim Ripper. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ AXEL STEEL No frills, no fluff. Axel Steel is a shredder from the old school. He was put on this planet for two things, to drink beer and to play some Rock N' Roll. Looks like he's almost out of beer. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ CLIVE WINSTON Inspired by the '70's British guitar gods, Clive Winston is a precious session comodity -- everything he plays on goes gold. He's got a unique and virtuosic guitar style and knows just how far you can bend a string before it breaks. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ JUDY NAILS Known for her experiments with unconventional guitar tunings and stunning solos, Judy Nails has been touring since she was 17. She claims that alternative rock "saved her life", and she hopes to return the favor someday. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ JOHNNY NAPALM Raw is the word that describes Johnny Napalm best. That goes for his guitar playing and his abuse of the English language. His energy onstage is unmatched. He's the true successor to the Punk Era and an awesome talent. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ PANDORA The Girl Scouts didn't want her, the ballet school couldn't handle her, but the world couldn't get enough of Pandora's awesome guitar! She plays fast and wild, and Ubersound Magazine recently dubbed her the Dark Princess of Rock. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ XAVIER STONE A musical prodigy, Xavier Stone's time in Egypt exposed him to African and Middle Eastern techniques which he weaves into his sound. In a recent interview he claimed to rock so hard "there's nothing left of a guitar when I'm done with it." +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ IZZY SPARKS ($5000) A wild man on and off the stage, Izzy is famous for his guitar playing and infamous for his hard partying ways. The press can't get enough of this bad boy who never leaves a crowd unhappy or a hotel room un-trashed. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ GRIM RIPPER ($8000) Tearing it up from the beyond, Grim is a full-on rocker. Grim has abandoned the stealing of souls for the rush of stealing the show and now tours the world laying down monster riffs. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- >> (5.4) GUITAR/HERO MATCHUP I found the information below off the GameFAQs "Guitar Hero" board under the post " Useless info for FAQ writers!!" created by XtremeMatt30. I guess it pretty much IS useless, but I decided to throw this in here anyway because they do make your characters look good, even if you're too busy watching the notes scroll down the screen to realize it. ~~ *CREDITS* Thanks to XtremeMatt30 for compiling this list of matching heroes, guitars, and skins. All of this was taken straight from the board and hasn't been modified in any way. ~~ Each player has his or her guitar and skin, as their names are listed in the description. It's highly unnecessary information, but you never know who might want it. Cherry Gibson SG - Axel Steel Worn White Gibson SG - Judy Nails Birdseye Maple Gibson ES-335 - Clive Winston Custom Rising Sun Gibson Explorer - Izzy Sparks Blue Gibson Firebird - Pandora Green Lightning Gibson Les Paul Special - Johnny Napalm White Gibson Corvus White - Xavier Stone Scythe - Grim Ripper ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- >> (5.5) CHEATS Alright, little boy, if you're a freakin' cheater and you're into cheating then I've got the cheats for you. In the words of American poet, Lil John: "Ahhhhh cheat, cheat, cheat, cheat." In order to perform the following cheats you must be at the main menu. From here you must trick the game into thinking you have a Guitar Controller plugged in by holding LEFT on the D-PAD. Then input one of the cheats below. You'll know the cheat worked when you hear a guitar wail, some text appear, and nearby ninja trolls explode. __________________________________________________________ .¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯CROWD HAS MONKEY HEADS¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯. ____X, Square, Triangle, Triangle, Triangle, X, Square____ ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ __________________________________________________________ .¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯CROWD HAS SKULL HEADS¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯. ______Square, Triangle, X, X, Square, Triangle, X, X______ ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ __________________________________________________________ .¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯PLAYER HAS AIR GUITAR¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯. ____________Square, Square, X, Triangle, Square___________ ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ __________________________________________________________ .¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ROCK METER ALWAYS GREEN¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯. ___Triangle, X, Square, Square, X, X, Triangle, Square____ ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ __________________________________________________________ .¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯UNLOCK ALL SONGS¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯. ____Triangle, Square, X, X, Square, Triangle, Triangle____ ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ __________________________________________________________ .¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯UNLOCK HERO GUITAR SG¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯. ________________X, Square, Triangle, X, X_________________ ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ __________________________________________________________ .¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯INVISIBLE VENUE¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯. _________X, Triangle, Square, X, Triangle, Square_________ ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ __________________________________________________________ .¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯UNLOCK TUTORIALS¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯. You know those tutorials at the main menu? To unlock them hold LEFT on the D-PAD, then select "TUTORIAL" with the R2 button. To watch the tutorial, you *have to* hold down _the LEFT button on the D-PAD throughout the whole thing._ ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- >> (5.6) VIDEOS These are videos. Some of them are good. Well, okay, *one* of them is good. Buy the SONGS video as soon as you've got the dinero, Marcus Henderson is a real life Guitar Hero. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ SONGS $350 Check out an exclusive behind the scenes video of the recording of the Guitar Hero songs. Think the solo for "Bark at the Moon" is hard? Wait till you see someone rip it in real life. NOTE: "rip it"... heh heh. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ CHARACTERS $325 Art Director, Ryan Lesser and Character Modeler, Matt Gilpin, give you a sneak peak at the creation of all the guitar hero characters. Make sure you check out the bloopers at the end. NOTE: "bloopers"... heh heh. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ VENUES $325 Lead Designer, Rob Kay, Art Director, Ryan Lesser, and Venue Artist, Matt Moore, walk you through our venue creation process. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- >> (5.7) SECRET TRACKS Hidden deep within Guitar Hero's coding lie two mysterious tracks. Both tracks remained a well kept secret until two hardcore gamers hacked into Guitar Hero's program and dug them out for all of us to enjoy. Unfortunately, the quality of the two tracks is pretty low so don't expect something that's too uber-fantastic. Below I have the codes to unlocking both tracks with Action Replay MAX. Don't ask me for the codes using Gameshark or some other cheating device as I will delete your e-mail with my eye lasers and fart in your face while you're asleep... with a vengeance. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ TRIPPOLETTE *WARNING* This cheat will replace the "Guitar Hero" track (by Monkey Steals the Peach) with Trippolette. ~~ 7TPA-HRHX-2XHQ9 7VM9-P1N0-T0D33 2MT1-M3FA-93UDT VJQN-R3EK-VJ8NP 0KWW-ZG79-807J5 0D8R-RDXR-1U4RQ F540-H9CA-2ZJZ9 E5YD-VJ04-JHTZG G152-DBDU-MUFRC 5765-HRFZ-PK4RG JD96-Y01M-F4WW4 AUZF-JR3H-BHNJ0 XVU6-8Y8E-9PABM EQ8F-NUZX-X7UDC JCPT-5VTH-9KW92 42FM-J1FR-1WX51 CW2W-HAE0-P0GND 7B2R-W9YW-ATYEU 2T1K-Z3HZ-U1RDU YY7F-DRB0-R8EC1 7Z7Y-HWTF-JUVYX WY9P-BR9Q-QM99W T5RK-YHZ0-CF1JR KJ7N-9ZWB-F6UHE 97ZE-5G6M-H2JZY 112D-PTHZ-G1DF0 N3TV-ADPU-T3UA4 RKFT-41Z1-RWXM8 AGXU-H2GW-2AP0U WE5N-119G-5RUZ5 4JFM-Z2Y3-ET1EP XPA1-NH7Y-HRBCW 9XQC-GPCY-NMPX6 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ GRAVEYARD SHIFT 2JQ0-R8NH-6F7B8 VRW8-15K2-BNU1B GNC3-ZEEF-CH2CC E9VU-WWNG-4AAUM 5M7Y-U9HM-T531H VNK0-QKCD-K0UB4 2W5M-J2GD-ET2EB 9URY-96XP-6NYNR E3GY-X2G0-K7Q5C 3DPJ-EGVM-ZHP0X 9U7B-X2PZ-5CUA8 U2DK-0C4D-7QAZH PHHF-HZXM-XZH4R NPXA-QJC3-9BMYT 0T3X-Z7TE-K2NC9 51X4-1JUN-2EWXA YZDV-6Z49-3E3G9 R5QA-DGMP-H5WVC 6BXN-RU98-M26QP NWXG-PZAV-DZVT3 J0Z8-V5KA-HYVVZ M4ZX-K6YC-U7XQ4 244Q-PDAT-YV9H5 NC2T-WFRX-BBKGJ 9206-TG8W-9Y7ZZ AGBC-6BMZ-D4QV6 FHVE-PH1G-J9WM2 1P6T-2AQ4-QZ5BN U7QB-CZ69-NN42X 2JY1-V0G7-6RHEU PMDR-6Q76-RPBZ6 4PT0-7FWU-WZNGJ XUBV-7EWE-K9D1G T79Y-16GE-JXPD2 0HZ2-HA9D-9Q04Y 3T1Y-QN82-FGV1E WBH2-KF2A-CQAZQ 5UTA-99QE-8Q355 U9BZ-D8UB-WAMM9 MEVJ-3J9N-KJK2Z B8AF-VR94-9DUV2 ZM6P-1KH3-R7EEN MDCV-4K6M-ZKTPB 1PR8-K3XW-MPFW8 MFKG-2R2H-99R55 Z7N5-UCF6-3G4K7 VFPQ-FP1M-1UDG8 Q0DU-QV76-VNU7A B36P-EDBH-8ATYD 5G4P-C241-FB23V QE5H-0M64-NMZWW 4KD8-1JT8-8GRTQ ERGA-WM2R-M603H _______________________________________________________________________________ ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ > (6.0) CONCLUSION _______________________________________________________________________________ ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ Well, butt-breath, that's just about it for my FAQ. Now that you know how to rock 'n' roll with the big boys, you can take your diapers off. I rule. If you've got anything to contribute to this FAQ, drop me a line on MSN or through e-mail at the following e-mail address (memorize this): irenicapollyon[at]hotmail[dot]com E-mail containing contributions related to this FAQ are expected to have the FAQ's title in the Subject line. Those without a proper subject will be "subject" to some serious junk mail filtering. Haha, that last sentence rocked. Peace, love, smoke some bud. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- >> (6.1) COMPLETE REVISION HISTORY v1.1 First posted on: NEVER POSTED Added some info about the two hidden tracks and the codes to unlock them. More Star Power areas. Added 5-star cutoffs. v1.0 First posted on: July 1, 2006 Rewrote some songs' tips and included my preferred Star Power areas. Added three names to the credits. v0.9 First posted on: May 27, 2006 Added info about the Deep Purple track, Smoke on the Water. Finished typing in artists' names. Added some new tips, a VIDEOS section under SECRETS AND UNLOCKABLES, corrected some typos. v0.8 First posted on: May 25, 2006 Completed a few of the unfinished sections and tracks. Also corrected some typos and errors. v0.7 First posted on: May 23, 2006 This FAQ is posted on GameFAQs for the first time. I become a celebrity. _______________________________________________________________________________ ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ (c) Copyright 2006. Andi Nuruljihad Nasruddin (IrenicApollyon).