I am, by no means, a fan of this game. I should start there.
“Well, why buy and review the game, then?”
It boils down to popularity. Some of my friends absolutely love it. I have a change jug that I dump my pocket change into nightly. I told these friends that when that jug gets to have enough for the game, I’ll get it, but I’m not paying out of pocket for it. Two months and a Gamestop sale later, I had it. I sent one friend a text to tell him and he was at my house in 10 minutes, despite the fact that he owns the game. With this month’s GameStop sale on the Nyko Frontman, I had the extra guitar.
Now first off, I used to play the guitar, so I find the game insulting for a few reasons. There’s the button layout. If it was six buttons across the neck, one for each, string, it could be much more accurate of a simulation. Secondly, the assholes who constantly hear a song and say “I can play this song, it’s easy”, of course referring to GH or RockBand, not realizing that a real instrument requires much more skill than five buttons and a toggle can provide. This doesn’t sway me from the game, but it is an annoyance due to it. Finally, my real reason is that I wasn’t a big fan of Simon as a kid, so putting music to it, doesn’t help much. In the end, this is what the game is, Simon with music and you can see the next color coming, so even the memory skill required there is eliminated.
So, on to the game.
I’ve seen my friends playing GH in hi def glory on the X360. The same experience is here on the WIi…mostly. The music is the same, but the difference is what is lacking. Being how the Wii has no storage big enough to accommodate DLC, there are no more songs to get until the next version comes out. The lack of HD on the Wii isn’t all too noticeable, but it is there. The biggest drawback is the lack of horsepower in the Wii itself. The game occasionally has stutters, up to about a half second, but clearly noticeable while playing the songs. The music continues, but the graphics pause.
The guitar is well made, and the differences between the Wii guitar and the other versions are not noticeable in gameplay.
So, what else is there to say? If you have a Wii and can’t afford another console, but want the game, go buy it. If you have another console or a pc, you would be happier in the long run getting that version.