Guitar Hero / PS2 : 5 of 5
Most fans of music video games have heard of Guitar Freaks, which is a popular guitar simulation arcade game in Japan (they show a guy playing it in Lost in Translation). RedOctane has transformed this Japanese classic into an affordable US release called Guitar Hero, which has been an instant hit! Recently it was nearly impossible to find the game in stock (I tried to buy it for myself for my birthday, but everyone was sold out), but now it's easier to find, so I bought it. The amazing thing about this game is that it comes with a guitar controller - it's a plastic half-size guitar, complete with strap, that's just big enough to feel like the real thing. There are buttons on the frets, a special "strum button" on the body, and even a whammy bar! The game has tons of classic rock hits (most of these I don't know, but they are all fun to play!), and works like DDR for your fingers - you have to press the correct fret button and strum on the correct beat. As the difficult increases, it's amazing how much it actually feels like you're playing guitar (my pal Ernesto totally felt like he was rocking out when he tried it!). The graphics are amazing - lots of excellent artwork, details like "posters" for your band (which you get to name - mine is Kagaku Ninja), and cool character performances (made by the same folks who did Karaoke Revolution). Plus, your band gets paid, and you can buy new guitars, songs, and so on. Guitar Hero is addictive and fun, and I'm going to go shred some more right now!