The biggest new change in Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock
is the addition of Quest Mode. It is more in-depth than the
previous Career Mode. In Quest Mode, your goal is to defeat the beast that is terrorizing the land. To do so, you'll have to
evolve all your characters into warriors, which are beasts themselves, which then releases the Demigod of Rock. Your first
two characters are Johnny Napalm and Echo. Just remember that you only have to get enough stars to move on, so if you do well
enough, you'll not even have to play every song. You'll also notice that there isn't a score in Quest Mode. You only have the
number of stars to complete to gauge your talent.
Johnny Napalm is a down-on-his-luck musician, but he finds determination to make it. His songs are more punk, defiant-
sounding and his power gives you extra stars for how long you can keep a multiplier going. But it's based on time, so if you
have a song like "Self Esteem" that doesn't have much guitar at the beginning, it's really easy because you can just sit and
watch the Mohawk fill in. Johnny turns into the "embodiment of chaos" and his final song is the Spider-Man theme. When you
beat all of this, it unlocks Johnny and his band's outfits, Speed Freak+ Power, and Johnny's Archaic Anarchy Guitar and Bass.
Echo's songs are all very industrial sounding music like "Bleed It Out" and "Wish." Her Warrior form is a Cyborg, "fused with
machines." Next, you'll get access to Judy Nails. She is a crowd pleaser and she needs to take that to the next level. "Been
Caught Stealing" (which I love) is her final song. After that, you get Austin Tejas and his songs are more classic rock
feeling like The Rolling Stones and Blue Oyster Cult. Austin becomes a famous horror creature and has "Children of the Grave"
for an encore, which I found very fitting.
After you get the first four warriors (Judy, Tejas, Johnny, & Echo), you'll be allowed to try and get the legendary guitar
out of the stone. Beating all parts of Rush's 2112 will remove the guitar from the stone. After that, you continue on your
quest to unlock more warriors. Once you have unlocked all 8 warriors, you'll divide them into bands to defeat the beast that
is threatening the land and each of the two bands will get a chance. For some reason, the beast looks a bit like a giant
Clank from Ratchet and Clank to me. They have some really cool animations while fighting the beast, so don't let it
distract you! Of course, if you want to play and still see most of it, take up the vocals because there are large gaps of
guitar solos, so you'll have time to watch. Once you beat the beast, you'll unlock the Demigod of Rock, The Beast Dethroned
Quickplay+ Venue, the Demigod's setlist, and the All-Powerful Power to Dominate other chapters. You'll notice you're only 55%
complete at this point, though. Now you have to go back with all your new powers and get 40 stars on every song in the
previous quests, including the new Demigod of Rock selection to truly finish off Quest Mode.
Quickplay+ is pretty much the same as Quickplay was before, except now you have the addition of Challenges. Each song has a
set of challenges and you can post your scores to Facebook or Twitter and challenge your friends there as well. This whole
social networking aspect is a cool new feature! Party Play is also there as before. In fact, if you let it sit on the main
screen too long, it'll automatically start up Party Play without anyone playing, which actually makes a very nice random
music player. Then when it hits a song you want to play, just hit the button to join in. There is no score in Party Play and
no way that you can fail. It's quite handy for practicing sections that you can't get past.
My favorite mode, Roadie Play, can now be played with just one player and one roadie in Roadie Quickplay+. You're also not
limited to aiding the guitarist as the roadie. You can be a roadie for the vocals or drums now as well. This makes it a lot
easier to play as it was difficult before to find 4 people and two DS's play at once. Now, you just need two people and one
DS to be able to be a roadie.
Training is still there, same as before, as is Competitive Mode. Here, you can play with up to 8 players online (4 at your
location and 4 at another location) or play against up to 4 players at your own location. It's really nice to be able to play
with or against friends located all around the globe!