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Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock Guitar Controller Review

Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock Guitar ControllerThe Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock Guitar Controller features a modular design, “solid body” construction that reduces the chance of hardware malfunction and is the most lefty-friendly plastic guitar on the market today.

The touch strip that was introduced with the Guitar Hero: World Tour controller has been removed in favour of having all the internal electronics near the base of the controller’s neck. Instead of the neck detaching from the body, only the head does. Read More...

This design means less chance for the contacts to become damaged or loose over time, which was an all-too-common and frustrating flaw of previous controllers. The new design also allows for some customization, because the body’s “wings” can be detached and replaced.

I received a set of bonus wings with my purchase and found the process of switching them quite cumbersome because of a the locking mechanism.

The Controller with Optional Battle Axe WingsThe strum bar feels extremely responsive and even after playing through the Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock Quest Mode, the fret buttons feel new and they sound markedly quieter than on previous controllers we’ve owned

Though slightly smaller than recent guitar controllers in length, The Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock Guitar Controller feels comfortable and correctly weighted and the strap location feels more natural regardless of the handedness you play.

From a personal standpoint, this is the best Guitar Hero controller yet because the designers have finally included those of us that use the lefty flip option in their plans.

Though the whammy bar is still in the way a bit, the d-pad has been moved to a more central location and sunken, meaning no more aggravating, combo-breaking strums from accidentally brushing against the d-pad while playing.

The Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock Guitar Controller is perhaps the most accessible to physically challenged players yet as well. With the wings removed the guitar becomes a rather small, thin stick that could be modified or mounted for any number of table top or lap top uses with relative ease.

The removal of the touch strip may be lamented by some hardcore players, but for most players looking to replace an old controller, the Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock is an excellent choice thanks to its solid build quality and more universal design.

Positives:

+ Solid-Body Construction
+ More Lefty-Friendly Design
+ Modular Design could be Adapted for Accessibility Needs


Negatives:

- Touch Strip was Removed


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Game Forward Score: 4/5

Brian J. Papineau > Game Forward

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Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock Guitar Controller (Xbox 360 / PlayStation 3) Quick Facts:


Genre: Hardware / Controller
Developer: Activision
Publisher: Activision
Release Date: September 28, 2010
Price: $99.99 Including Game Software
ESRB Rating: N/A