Guitar Hero™ Encore: Rocks the 80s

Release date: 27 July 2007
Developer: Harmonix
Publisher: RedOctane


Get ready to rock, 80s-style.

Paying homage to a classic rock era, Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s, is the latest instalment in the unstoppable Guitar Hero series, available exclusively on PlayStation 2. After playing to mass audiences at sold out shows around the world in Guitar Hero II, you will once again be able to whip out your Gibson SG guitar controllers and shred to your favourite rock tracks, as the critically acclaimed franchise is scheduled to go on another highly-anticipated world tour.

Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s gives the series a lurid 80s makeover, featuring visually stunning retro rock venues and hipster characters, unlockable guitars, intense game play modes and, most importantly, 30 awesome new songs to experience the ultimate rock star fantasy.

Featuring tracks from Judas Priest, Dio, Twisted Sister, Asia, Poison, Skid Row and Flock of Seagulls, as well as many more, Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s gives you the chance to play guitar like your idols, and become a true Guitar Hero!

  • Thirty brand new songs, all bona fide classics from the era of 80s rock
  • Choose rhythm, lead or bass guitar to play co-operatively with friends
  • Uses the Guitar Hero SG Controller for maximum rock realism


Rock til you drop

Revisit some of the rockingest songs of the 80s with Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s on PlayStation 2

Guitar Hero 2 is a game that needs no introduction, having garnered universal critical acclaim, made numerous best-of-year lists and won countless awards in its dominance of all things rock. But all good things must come to an end, and even though it boasted a veritable Aladdin's cave of rock treasures, you were bound to finish it eventually.

That's where Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s comes in. Featuring a brand new setlist of 30 tracks, all culled from the most outlandish rock excesses of the decade that taste forgot, there's plenty here to keep your head banging and your toes tapping, with all the trademark humour and charm that the series is famous for.

For those who have yet to play a Guitar Hero game, the concept is simple. You sling on the replica Gibson guitar controller, select a song and strike a suitably rock and roll pose. As soon as the song starts, coloured notes start scrolling towards you, which correspond to coloured buttons on the guitar controller. Pressing the correct button down and hitting the strum bar means you play the note. Correct notes raise your Rock Meter while incorrect or missed notes drop it. Drop too low and you fail the song. Simple.

It may sound straightforward, but it's the closest thing you can get to the feeling of playing a real instrument, and fantastic fun to boot, with a great visual style, and a choice of venues and characters to rock out with. Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s gives the whole thing a lurid 80s makeover, kitting the returning characters out with New Romantic hairdos, sweatbands and neon clothes that fit the music perfectly.

As with the other Guitar Hero games, the tracklist is a great combination of bona fide classics and little known gems, representing a wide range of 80s genres, from New Romantic to Surf Punk and New Wave, and of course, a healthy does of Metal. The full tracklisting is as follows:

  • Caught in a Mosh - Anthrax
  • Balls to the Wall - Accept
  • Electric Eye - Judas Priest
  • Los Angeles - X
  • Police Truck - Dead Kennedys
  • We Got the Beat - The Go Go's
  • (I Think I'm) Turning Japanese - Vapors
  • Seventeen - Winger
  • Because, it's Midnite - Limozeen
  • Hold On Loosely - .38 Special
  • No One Like You - Scorpions
  • Only a Lad - Oingo Boingo
  • Ballroom Blitz - Krokus
  • The Warrior - Scandal
  • What I Like About You - The Romantics
  • Wrath Child - Iron Maiden
  • I Wanna Rock - Twisted Sister
  • I Ran - Flock of Seagulls
  • Round and Round - Ratt
  • Metal Health - Quiet Riot
  • Holy Diver - Dio
  • Heat Of The Moment - Asia
  • Radar Love - White Lion
  • 18 and Life - Skid Row
  • Bathroom Wall - Faster Pussycat
  • Lonely is the Night - Billy Squier
  • Nothing But a Good Time - Poison
  • Play With Me - Extreme
  • Shaken - Eddie Money
  • Synchronicity II - The Police

Each song is also available to play multiplayer, in Face-off Mode, where you and a friend trade riffs to see who is the better Guitar God, or co-operatively, where one player takes the lead while the other backs them up on bass. There's also a training mode that lets you practice different sections of the songs, as well as slowing them down, to give you a chance of nailing the super-fast solos you'll be expected to hit in the later stages of the game.

Guitar Hero remains one of the most fun and unique games available for PS2, and this 80s-flavoured add-on pack extends the life of an already fantastic experience. So get a second guitar controller, invite some friends round and get ready for a good old-fashioned dose of ROCK, 80s-style.



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