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Guitar Hero 2: Interview, images and video

Guitar Hero 2: Interview, images and video

Thanks to the XCN, we got a new interview to offer you! This time it's all about guitars, as Guitar Hero 2 will be released later this week in Europe. Inside you'll find all the developer's thoughts about DLC, left handed guitar, mjlonir theme and much more of course. Included is also the TV ad that will start airing tonight on TV all over Europe, aswell as some captures and more.



Interview with Ted Lange, Associate Producer, Red Octane:

For all the ones who do not know the game Guitar Hero, can you explain what's the story of the game and how will it be measured if you are a good or a bad player?
You are a up and coming rocker. You have to work your way up from a small club to the sell out stadium jamming to some of the greatest rock songs of all time. This is done by hitting the right buttons on your guitar controller and strumming at the same time. This really gives you the feeling of being a true guitar player.

What benefits will this game have over the PS2 Version? What are the differences?
Downloadable content is the biggest addition, but we also have online leader boards. There is also upgraded graphics and sound on all characters and levels. Its really a great step above the PS2 version.

The game has received very good reviews despite it is very similar to PS2 version. How do you think it can be improved in a future Xbox 360 version?
Games can always be improved. I think we just touched on the graphical improvements. There is also room for online, more expansive story modes and multiplayer modes. You can go on and on with what can be better and we have a lot of ideas that we have yet to implement.

Could it be possible to add an editor for songs stored in Xbox hard drive in the future?
Anything is possible. An editor is something we've looked into before, but we really want to make sure we deliver a great overall experience before we start letting users create their own data.

What kind of multiplayer modes do you have in Xbox Live?
We currently don't have Multiplayer on Xbox Live. We wanted to make sure we worked out every last detail so that when we do add in online multiplayer it will be just as good of an online experience as it is offline.

Does the game support the Xbox Live Camera?
Currently no. How has been your experience with Xbox Live and in which ways would you like to improve the game through this service? I love Xbox Live. It's probably the best online service available and it makes adding content to games simple. Downloadable content is the biggest way we can improve our game and that is what we are really looking to. We can have limitless possibilities with Live.

What sort of downloadable content there will be? Will there be downloadable content from well known international bands as well, or just the Indies that are completely unknown in other corners of the world?
We plan to keep all fans very happy by giving everyone a little bit of everything they want. So I would say yes to all of those.

We hear music tracks will be available by Xbox Live Marketplace. Will you group these tracks together in a pack or will you be able to purchase them as individuals. Will they be grouped by music genre?
We are planning on grouping tracks at this point. Most songs can be grouped by genre, but who knows you may see an Indie pack or even a Sitar pack. The possibilities are endless.

Tell us something about the multiplayer game modes, how many players can join a game, which game modes do you created for GH2?
GH2 is two players. We have co-op, and two different versions of versus mode.

Can you verify the rumour of the halo mjlonir theme being part of GH II's early downloadable content?
I have no idea where that came from or where it started, but Master Chief won't stop calling me. He wants his song in the game so I may just have to include it or else get a needler sicked on me.

Is it possible to use custom tracks or only ones included or downloaded from the marketplace? Can we jam along to own tracks? Currently no. How about making a Drum hero game?
We've been researching all sorts of instruments. Kazoo Hero is looking very promising.

I was surprised to learn that the guitar controller was wired. Why have you not produced a wireless guitar? Will one be released in the near future?
Microsoft held very closely to their wireless technology while we were making GH2 360. As for the future we'll have to wait and see.

The new port on the guitar, will this be for effects pedals and such?
Very smart you are. You just might have to wait and see though.

Why don't they have a left handed guitar? It's not as simple as turning the guitar over. The tremolo arm is up to high then and the buttons are reversed. Is this something you will be looking into creating for us left handed people?
We've thought about it and it may happen sooner or later.

A big thanks to XCN and Ted for making this great interview possible!

Euro TV Ad
Download: WMV

All comments

Commented on 2007-04-02 21:19:24
it'll be stupid if microsoft doesn't let them make a wireless controller. you know the ps3 cversion will come out with a bluetooth one, even if it has problems people will stil buy that.

but I'm not too concerned, got mine at CC on saturday.
Commented on 2007-04-02 21:53:31
Getting mine at Thursday :)
Commented on 2007-04-02 23:06:58
There will be wireless. I assume it is a plot to sell more guitars. Tons of people will buy this version and then the hardcore will buy the wireless model. As much as I REALLY want this game, I'm going to wait for the wireless model before spending 100 bucks.

I really hope the Halo song idea wasn't a joke. That would be awesome. I can't believe how amazing the gameplay looks in the online videos. I'm a heavy-metal guitarist myself, and I was impressed. The hand/eye coordination looks AWESOME in this game. Like, you really gotta be in the zone to nail these songs. Now I'm glad I never got it for PS2, so I can get it for 360!
Commented on 2007-04-03 00:54:13
Man, that Halo theme needs to be in this game.

Nice interview, sweet advert too.

I'm sooo looking forward to getting this in a couple of days.
Commented on 2007-04-03 08:32:09
sorry to ask, but when will this be out in europe? and what price range (EUR or CHF)?

best regards,
ScarJack
Commented on 2007-04-03 12:24:26
GREAT game!! I wanna be a Rock Star!
Commented on 2007-04-03 14:35:19 In reply to rezehnder
Posted by rezehnder
sorry to ask, but when will this be out in europe? and what price range (EUR or CHF)?

best regards,
ScarJack
Release this week, some store has a release date of 4/4, some 5/4 and some 6/4.
Commented on 2007-04-03 14:53:40
The "Does the game support the Xbox Live Camera?" has another question inside the answer. Might want to sort that out :)

Sounds awesome, I've played the original GH on PS2 and it was great, GH 2 on 360 is only gonna be better. And from the sounds of things, they might be adding quite a bit with D/L content.

I saw a modded Mjolnir mix song being played on PS2 i believe, and official version can only be more awesome.

And i saw that ad last night during Prison Break, as soon as I saw the 360 and guitar, i instantly though "Guitar Hero 2."

Dang, so many good games on 360.
Commented on 2007-04-04 13:02:13
It'll be a fine Easter, no doubt. Too bad (and pretty stupid) that they don't sell additional guitars at least here, have to buy 2 bundles to get another controller...

And about the price, the bundle (game + controller) is around 85EUR in Finland.
Commented on 2007-04-05 10:54:42
SWEEEEEEEEEEET!!!
Commented on 2007-04-05 13:13:03
After playing last night, I can say that it totally rocks. The controller seems a bit easier to handle on tough spots than the PS2 one. After playing only casually on medium at a friend's place before, I did manage to unlock about 20 songs on hard from the first go.

Go get the game, it's a blast :)
Commented on 2007-04-05 13:26:14
Although you want to be aware of this first:

http://www.joystiq.com/2007/04/03/rumor-guitar-iss...

Had same issues on two guitars.
Commented on 2007-04-08 16:16:05
Been playing this on 360 for two days now. It is really fun, but also difficult once you've reached the HARD level.
I don't understand the shop part, you can buy different guitars and guitarfinishes, but how does that change anything in the game, besides the look of the guitar your 'avatar' is holding?
Besides, you cannot even see that guy when playing :) only others watching you

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