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Guitar Hero Live is out today, and so are the reviews. Here’s a quick roundup of the critical reaction thus far:

IGN – 7.9 / 10
GameSpot – 6 / 10
Game Informer – 7.5 / 10
Shacknews – 8 / 10
Destructoid – 9.5 / 10
DigitalSpy – 4 / 5
Kotaku – “Yes”
GameTrailers – 8.7 / 10

With Guitar Hero Live set to make an appearance at San Diego Comic-Con in just a few days, Activision and FreeStyleGames are showing off the game’s Hero Powers.

Here’s the official overview:

If you remember Star Power from previous games in the franchise, Hero Powers in Guitar Hero Live are a lot like that, only much cooler. Hero Powers can be used in GHTV to give you power-ups that affect different areas of gameplay. You can activate a Hero Power to boost your score while playing solo, or to give you a competitive edge during multiplayer. They are activated by the familiar tilt of the guitar, or you can just hit the Hero Power button directly on the guitar controller.

Higher scores allow you to earn even more rewards and level up faster.

Take a look at the gallery below for screenshots of Guitar Hero Live’s Hero Powers along with a fact sheet with additional information.

Source: Activision PR

Thanks to its showing at E3, Guitar Hero Live has received an updated song listing. Here it is in full:

  1. The 1975
  2. A Day To Remember – “Right Back At It Again”
  3. Alice in Chains “Stone”
  4. Alt-J “Left Hand Free”
  5. Alter Bridge “Addicted to Pain”
  6. Alter Bridge “Cry of Achilles”
  7. American Authors “Best Day of My Life”
  8. Angus & Julia Stone “A Heartbreak”
  9. Anthrax – “Got The Time”
  10. Architects – “Gravedigger”
  11. The Avett Brothers “Another is Waiting”
  12. Avicii
  13. Band Of Skulls “Asleep At The Wheel”
  14. Beartooth – “I Have A Problem”
  15. Biffy Clyro “Sounds Like Balloons”
  16. The Black Keys “Gold On The Ceiling”
  17. Black Veil Brides “In The End”
  18. Blitz Kids “Sometimes”
  19. Bob Dylan “Thunder On The Mountain”
  20. Bring Me The Horizon “Shadow Moses”
  21. Broken Bells “Leave It Alone”
  22. Bruno Mars “The Lazy Song”
  23. Bullet For My Valentine “Temper Temper”
  24. Calvin Harris “Feel So Close”
  25. Carrie Underwood “Before He Cheats”
  26. Catfish and the Bottlemen “Kathleen”
  27. Cheap Trick
  28. Chevelle – “The Clincher”
  29. Courtney Barnett “Pedestrian at Best”
  30. Deap Vally “Lies”
  31. Deftones “Diamond Eyes”
  32. Dum Dum Girls “Rimbaud Eyes”
  33. Ed Sheeran “Sing”
  34. Echosmith “Cool Kids”
  35. Fall Out Boy “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)”
  36. Gary Clark Jr. “Don’t Owe You A Thang”
  37. The Gaslight Anthem “45”
  38. Green Day “American Idiot”
  39. Green Day “Nuclear Family”
  40. Green Day “Oh Love”
  41. Halestorm “Love Bites (So Do I)”
  42. Iggy Pop “Lust For Life”
  43. Jake Bugg “What Doesn’t Kill You”
  44. Jet “Are You Gonna Be My Girl”
  45. Judas Priest “Breaking The Law”
  46. The Killers “When You Were Young”
  47. Killswitch Engage “In Due Time”
  48. Kings of Leon “Sex On Fire”
  49. Kongos “Come With me Now”
  50. Korn “Freak on a Leash”
  51. The Lumineers “Ho Hey”
  52. Madden Brothers
  53. Marilyn Manson “Disposable Teens”
  54. Marmozets “Move, Shake, Hide”
  55. Mastodon “High Road”
  56. Megadeth
  57. MGMT “Time To Pretend”
  58. My Chemical Romance “Na Na Na Na”
  59. Neon Trees “Everybody Talks”
  60. New Politics “Harlem”
  61. Of Mice & Men “Bones Exposed”
  62. Of Monsters and Men “Little Talks”
  63. Pantera “Cowboys From Hell”
  64. Paramore “Still Into You”
  65. Passion Pit “Take A Walk”
  66. Pearl Jam – “Mind Your Manners”
  67. Pierce The Veil “King for a Day (Feat. Kellin Quinn)”
  68. The Police “Message In A Bottle”
  69. The Pretty Reckless “Going To Hell”
  70. Queen “Tie Your Mother Down”
  71. Rage Against The Machine “Bulls on Parade”
  72. Rage Against The Machine “Guerrilla Radio”
  73. Red Hot Chili Peppers “Higher Ground”
  74. Rise Against – “Tragedy + Time”
  75. The Rolling Stones “Paint It, Black”
  76. Royal Blood “Little Monster”
  77. Skaters
  78. Skrillex “Bangarang”
  79. Sleigh Bells “Bitter Rivals”
  80. Soundgarden – “Been Away Too Long”
  81. State Champs
  82. The Strokes “Under Cover of Darkness”
  83. System Of A Down “Chop Suey!”
  84. Sunset Sons “Remember”
  85. Tenacious D – “Tribute”
  86. Trivium “Strife”
  87. Vampire Weekend
  88. Vista Chino “Sweet Remain”
  89. The War on Drugs “Under The Pressure”
  90. Weezer “Buddy Holly”
  91. White Zombie “Thunder Kiss ’65”
  92. Wolfmother “Sundial”
  93. ZZ Top “I Gotsta Get Paid”

*Note: Bolded songs are in Guitar Hero Live (FMV crowds/Main setlist/Can be played offline). The others are officially confirmed for the game’s Guitar Hero TV aspect.

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Guitar Hero games were releasing yearly between 2005 and 2010. From that point on, however, the series went on hiatus. It’s only just now that Guitar Hero is returning in the form of Guitar Hero Live.

So why bring back the franchise after all of this time? Activision’s Eric Hirshberg told GamesBeat:

We had the right idea and the right execution. We set a very high bar for ourselves internally. It’s obviously a strong brand and a strong franchise. It’s something people had a lot of love for. But it was clearly also out of gas. It was in need of meaningful reinvention. We made a deal with ourselves that we wouldn’t bring it back just to bring it back. We wouldn’t bring it back unless we felt like we had reinvented it for the next generation of gamers and hardware, and we have.

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