The momentum has run out for the Guitar Hero/Rockband franchises, and upcoming releases are unlikely to reinvigorate the market. While Rockband is going the increasingly bizarre route of selling peripherals which are almost real instruments, Guitar Hero is plunging further into its strange, narrative based, guitar-battling nonsense.
The visual style shown in the trailer below is particularly ugly and the references to Kiss and hair metal are surely a mistake and at odds with modern musical tastes. Despite this, I felt an old yearning to pick up the plastic axe based on the strength of the tracks shown. Its a shame the rest of the track list outwith this trailer is so bad: