First off, i couldn't decide between Rock Band (with all the gear) or Guitar Hero: World Tour (with all the gear), but all the reviews said exactly the same thing...
...The equipment for GHWT are far better and I can say im not dispointed.
I'm in no way a GH fan-boy though, and my plan of action is simple. I bought this one to get the better equipment and the game (which is good anyway) and THEN I buy Rock Band 2 (without gear) to get better music and generally a better game.
That way I have the best of both worlds (hoping its true the equipment works on RB2).
Back to the review...
...basically you get what it says on the tin. You get a guitar hero game, which allows you play not just a guitar, but also drums and sing. You can do all these individually by yourself or as a group.
Your not forced to play along side someone else here!!
Simple as that! If you liked the previous Guitar Hero games, you wil know what to expect and you will probably like enjoy it. The only issue is that it doesnt do anything new.... its Guitar Hero with a drum set and a microphone, and thats it really.
Once you play one GH game, you've played them all and this is nothing different. There are the odd changes, but nothing ground breaking. It feels more like an expansion to GH3 then a whole new game, but it hasnt really fixed anything, but still works great.
Now, the equipment....
....I can say i've had none of the Drum sensitivity issues and mine work fine out the box, and the same can be said for the guitar.
The only issue I find is when you connect the Drums and Guitar, the PS3 automatically assigns them to controller slot 6 and 7 and this causes the game to not recognise them as connected.
Now this isn't a major issue because the PS3 still recognises them and allows you to move back to the splash screen and re-assign them to controller 1 and 2 (which fixes it) and bobs your uncle, its all fine.
But why it does this, is beyond me and it is a bit frustrating!!
As for the build of the gear....
...the guitar looks a lot better then the GH3 one, but its fundimentally identical, which is good. The only differences are the layout of the buttons, a new star power button, and the slider bar.
Now... I havent used the slider bar because I find its too fiddley to do so, and you dont have to either. You can just select the keys anyway.
The drums too are awsome! The built is strong, they weight quite a bit so they dont fall over, you can feel the quality in them and they wont break anytime soon. They kick peddle may be loose, but it hasn't slid around on me so far.
But nothing is perfect; I find hitting the symbols doesnt always work as you have to hit them on the center and not the edge and the kick peddle takes a lot of force to get it to work.
But the drums are a lot harder to use then the guitar and no doubt take time to get used to them, and they wear you out no end!!!
Other then that, the gear is great, works great, looks great and the game is fun too!
GHWT is not a perfect game; it has its issues and some small things have changed from GH3 which make you wonder why because it makes things a bit frustrating. Butt over all the issues are outweighted by a great game and great equipment.
I still plan to get Rock Band 2 though, but at least I have good equipment to use. My advice (if you can afford it) is buy this for the gear and the game and THEN buy Rock Band 2.
Then you have both sides!!!
You pay for what you get, and tthis is worth it for the equipment alone which are very well built.