Which Guitar Hero is Right for You?


So, you’ve decided to take up the mantle of rock ‘n’ roll. Good for you! The world needs more guitar heroes like you, and the good news is that there are more options than ever for learning to play. Even better: with so many games on the market designed to help aspiring musicians learn guitar, it’s not hard to start playing from your own home in a matter of days. But which game should a virtual Van Halen (or Hendrix or Clapton) pick up? We break down three popular titles below:

Guitar Hero

Guitar Hero is a music video game series developed by Harmonix and published by RedOctane, which is a subsidiary of Activision. It was first released in North America for the PlayStation 2 on November 8, 2005, and was ported to other systems later on. The game became one of the most popular titles for that console and spawned several sequels.

The game can be played with either an instrument controller or a standard six-button controller based on the original PlayStation controller; each button corresponds to one of four colored fret buttons on the guitar controller. The player uses these buttons in conjunction with strumming along in time with music to match notes that scroll on screen towards them at increasing speeds as they play through songs from different bands or genres such as metal or punk rock.

Rock Band

Rock Band is a music video game developed by Harmonix Music Systems and published by MTV Games and Electronic Arts. It was first released on the Xbox 360 video game console in 2007 and later for Playstation 3, Wii, Nintendo DS, Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh.

The game allows up to four players to simulate the playing of rock music by providing gameplay based around the use of specialised peripherals modeled after musical instruments. Players can play lead guitar, bass guitar (normal or double bass), keyboard and drums; vocalist/guitarists may play as part of a band (with or without microphone support) or solo with a USB microphone headset. The instruments include microphones for vocals, drum pads set to look like real drum kits, guitars that have six strings instead of five – though they are still tuned E-A-D-G-B-E – which can be used in conjunction with an amplifier pedal that you step on while playing the notes on screen which will increase volume when doing so; keyboards which come with organ sections along with piano keys but also has synth sounds such as electric guitars; etcetera…

Rocksmith (2018)

  • Rocksmith (2018) is a learning tool, game, music tool and way to get better at guitar.
  • You can use it as a way to learn new songs.
  • When you play Rocksmith you’ll be able to jam along with songs in an immersive experience that feels like playing the real thing.

Which game is right for you?

Guitar Hero is the game for beginners, Rock Band the next step up, and Rocksmith offers more advanced players an alternative. Each game presents a different way to learn guitar.

Guitar Hero is for people who want to play songs from their favorite bands. It’s like playing air guitar on a real television screen! The Guitar Hero controller features five colored buttons and an orange “strum” button that you push down to strum the guitar neck. In addition to these buttons, there are two other face buttons (green and blue) which you use with your left hand to activate power chords or hammer-on/pull-off notes in certain songs by pressing both together at once in time with the music.

Rock Band includes drums, microphone (guitar), bass guitar controller(s), vocal mics and pro mode controllers that look like real instruments but feature colored buttons instead of strings so they’re easier for beginners than regular guitars would be right off the bat! If you already have some experience playing these kinds of instruments then this will definitely make things easier too since learning how they work together isn’t quite as foreign as learning how each individual instrument works would be alone.”


We hope this article has helped you get a better idea of which guitar hero game is right for you. If you followed our advice and already have a favorite, let us know on Twitter at @GuitarHero_Game with your #MyGuitarHero hashtag so we can share what makes playing these games so much fun.

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