Guitar Hero 5 is a music rhythm game where the aim of the game is to match button presses in time with the music in order to score points. It is the fifth main game in the Guitar Hero series and was developed by Neversoft then published by Activision for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii and the Xbox 360.
The game is played with a special instrument controller and the player must match the scrolling notes that appear on screen with their timed button presses on the remote; the notes appear in time with a specific song. The main aim of this is to gain points to increase the performance meter and missing notes will decrease the meter, if the mete falls below a certain point then the player will get a game over and will be booed off the stage by the virtual audience.
There are several different gamemodes including a Career mode; the Career mode is spread across 13 venues which are unlocked at the game progresses. Each venue contains a minimum of 5 different songs which the player must complete in order to pass that venue. There are also Career Mode challenges that are specific to certain songs where the player must reach a specific goal to earn stars.
Quickplay mode allows players to play any of the songs individually or create a set list of songs to play through; this mode allows the play to access any song that comes with the disc or was downloaded as DLC.
The game allows for groups of up to four players to play the game at once by using different controllers; it allows players to play with the lead or bass guitar, the drums and also the vocals. This acts as the co-op mode for the game and players can do join to play together online or locally; players can also use the same instrument controller as the other players however each player is tracked desperately by the game.
While the game comes with songs from a variety of genres, the game also offers the Music Studio which allows players to make their own music to upload for others to use in games.
 What's New
There are two new gamemodes, the first is Party Play mode where the game will randomly play through the available songs and players are able to join in at any point in the game; this mode allows the players to use any of the available instrument controllers. The second mode is RockFest mode where up to four players can locally compete against each other, the mode can also be played online where up to eight players can compete. RockFest has a variety of submodes that change the game and add gameplay twists.
Special controller – Use a variety of special controllers to play the game with
Career Mode – Play through 13 venues and complete a variety of songs
Variety of gamemodes – Play through different solo and multiplayer gamemodes
Quickplay – Select any song and create a unique playlist
Music Studio – Create new songs and share them with others online or download new songs to play
Co-op – Form a band and complete songs together with local and online players
Competitive multiplayer – Play against up to eight other players in special submode games
 Players liked:
- The Party Mode
- All songs available from the start of the game
- Great graphics
 Players didn't like:
- Too many song genres
- Career mode is lacking
- The microphone controller is bad