Is Guitar Hero Live even a game?

Published On October 20, 2015 | By Kirk Hiner | Apple TV, iPhone/iPad

I never played Guitar Hero, not even when Aspyr made it available for the Mac. I might have got into it if instead of the Aerosmith, Van Halen and Metallica versions they released ones dedicated to Queen, They Might Be Giants and Shonen Knife. But they didn’t.

I did, however, have Rock Band II for the Wii, and my wife and I had some with that for a while. We got rid of it and the accessories when we upgraded to the Wii U, and that’s unfortunate because my kids are now old enough to have a good time in its fake outfits playing fake music on fake stages. And although I could only get into about half of the available songs, that’s a hell of a lot more than what I can stand with those Just Dance games the kids play instead. How bad does the song lineup have to be in order for me to be thankful when they get to A-Ha?

Maybe I’ll find out this fall when Guitar Hero Live is released Apple TV (it’s being released today for Lightning compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices). More likely I won’t. The song line-up is okay, albeit predictable, but part of the fun (assuming the Guitar Hero experience is similar to that of Rock Band) was seeing my custom avatar jamming onscreen. It’ll be hard to get that sensation of the tiny iPhone and a bit less tiny iPad screens. And although it appears there’ll be online play, it was more fun to play with a group around the TV.

Guitar Hero Live

I also don’t understand this:

Each mode of the game delivers a new take on the music game genre. An unparalleled leap in rockstar realism, GH Live is a live-action experience that delivers the full emotional roller coaster of being on stage, with players performing in a real band, in front of real crowds, who react in real time to how well or poorly you play. Shot live with musicians performing in front of real crowds, GH Live delivers the raw excitement and stage fright that comes with owning the stage in front of thousands of cheering – or jeering – fans.

Why would that be fun?

  1. I don’t want a live musician, I want an avatar I can customize to make me cooler than I am in real life.
  2. My point total will tell me how good I am. I’d no sooner want a “live crowd” judging my fake guitar skills than I’d want a live crowd judging my fake football skills in Madden.
  3. I’ve performed on stage many times. It’s not an emotional rollercoaster. It’s fun if the crowd’s into it, and it’s annoying if they’re not. And either way, you get paid, so it’s all good.

Still, back to my original point, I may be willing to try out Guitar Hero Live when the Apple TV version is available. If it can support multiple guitars, that will do a pretty slick job of duplicating the console experience. The pricing is likely to scare me, though; if there’s already a T-Mobile financing plan available (for well-qualified customers)…

Guitar Hero Live is supposed to be available today for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch at retailers, according to the press release, but I’m not finding anything on it. If y0u’re interested, conduct the appropriate searches, or learn more at

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is greatly looking forward to the day when he no longer cares about Apple, games, and gaming technology. But right now he does, and he loves to talk about them, just as he's been doing on the web since 1998. He can otherwise be spotted as that one guy in Ohio wearing a Minnesota North Stars hockey sweater. Kirk has a wife and three kids, and is a generally happy fellow.