Kikizo writes: "It's a truism of the videogame industry that good ideas don't exist long in isolation. Like bacteria expanding on a Petri dish, an original concept quickly leads to clones from cash-hungry publishers. Activision has been taking notes. Last year's Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock was the first game to be published by the company but anyone who has paid attention to the company's goings on over the past few months will know that there is much more coming our way, starting with this week's Guitar Hero: Aerosmith.
Technically, Guitar Hero: Aerosmith is right up there with its forebear, borrowing everything from that game's roster of characters to the heads-up-display that adorns the screen. What differentiates it from previous games in the series is the focus on the band itself. Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and the other 50-something group members show up in actual and virtual form, retelling the story of the band's rise to fame, a tale that that sees them (and you) go from Nipmuc High School to the Super Bowl Half-Time show and beyond. Think of it as an episode of VH1's Behind the Music, albeit one with more hurried editing and broken up by playable bits."