Real drummers give Guitar Hero drums the thumbs up

Is this the new way to practise?

Real drummers give Guitar Hero drums the thumbs up

Guitar Hero has always divided opinion over its musical merit (or lack of), and the addition of a drum kit for the forthcoming World Tour edition of the game has caused quite a stir among the gaming blogosphere. This is nothing new (Rock Band beat them to it), but when a game is endorsed by the likes of Stewart Copeland, Travis Barker and Chad Smith – we have to take notice.

We’re not sure how much they’re getting paid, but you can watch a video of the three drummers testing the kit controller with positive results. Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith even claims: “It’s as real as you can get for a video game – it’s really impressive. If it holds up to me beating on it should do pretty good”.

So with a kit that looks and feels like the real thing, should Guitar Hero World Tour be part of every practising drummers arsenal?

By Tom Porter