This morning I rushed out of bed and into the bathroom. I was pumped and ready to buy Guitar Hero 2 for the Xbox 360 and because all pre-orders were taken in every store that took them, I had to go to the one store that didn't take preorders.
I went forty minutes early, as I was determined to have that sweet plastic guitar in my hands today, and I was also picking one up for my friend Maaz, as his school started earlier than mine today. Going forty minutes early was a big mistake. There was not a soul there and practically nobody showed up except for my friend David (who had decided to come because I did him a favor a couple of days ago). No, it wasn't sexual, and yes, I wish it had been.
It seems that not everyone adores the guitar (as I naturally had assumed). I stood out in the cold with tears in my eyes looking into the windows of the store as the employees had a party and laughed at me. I was crying heavily and the tears were freezing on my face and I probably would have gotten frostbite when one of the workers finally decided that the store could open, and let me in.
I rushed in and using all the strength in my legs arrived at the mountain-like pile of guitar hero boxes that they had. That thing could have entertained an army of musicians, and I probably could have casually strolled in that afternoon to buy it, as they would probably still have them.
It was a good thing for my friend David that I did buy it early, as in my excitement I bought him food from McDonalds, and then we went over to my house to play it. I feverishly decorated it with the stickers provided, and not the shell is hardly recognizable.
That game is absolutely amazing. It makes me feel that I am absolutely God-like at the guitar, though in fact I can't play more than half a string at once. Surprisingly, the song "Trogdor" is the most difficult that I have encountered on there.
My complaints with that game are that it doesn't give me guitar skills in real life, and is probably contributing to carpel tunnel and a future of other various wrist surgeries. I also don't like the fact that there's no online play, but there are plenty of achievements to be unlocked with two people. I can barely fit in my room and play the game, and to put another person in there would almost guarantee that we would be having sex at the end of a song, which would not be helped that we would have two feet of uncomfortable suggestively shaped plastic grasped firmly in our hands. It is a recipe for embarrassing hospital trips, and I would rather just get the achievements online.
Overall my impressions of the game are very good so far. I don't think I'll ever tire of rocking out, and once I have the song "Sweet Child O' Mine" unlocked I won't rest until I can beat it on expert with my eyes closed and my hands tied behind my back. The company is also planning on releasing downloadable tracks through Xbox Live, and if they do a good job with that, this game will be around for a long time.