There’s nothing quite like the feel of a guitar in your hand. Tweaking the strings, caressing the base, and rocking all night long… It’s no surprise that games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band have gotten so popular. Like a faithful dog or a broken in pair of shoes, your guitar will serve you faithfully. Just like my 2008 Nyko Frontman.
This wireless Nyko guitar is perfect for players that don’t want to shell out the extra cash for the Les Paul alternative. It has its own, more rounded and stable feel. It’s the surrealist’s choice- it says that you’re not above evading the conventional guitars and rocking with whatever you want. My personal Frontman guitar sports an awesome black and white, zigzag design. Just like the Les Paul guitar, you can feel free to customize the Frontman.
It grips nicely and doesn’t feel too hollow when you’re shredding. The design is solid, though a little less flashy than its Les Paul cousin. Nyko was clearing trying to design something more cost-effective than gaudy. Overall though, it’s a nice comfortable piece of musical hardware.
But, how does it play? I’ve got four examples to test its reliability and capabilities- all from the Nintendo Wii. Each will feature a duel of 5 random songs.
1. Guitar Hero 3
In short, it works great. The whammy is much bigger and easier to play with than the Les Paul guitar and it isn’t as cumbersome to hold. The buttons reacted nicely and not once did I suffer a stutter. I’d give the slight nod to the Frontman considering the results of the 5-Song clash I set up. The five songs the 2 guitars battled over and their results were:
Paint It Black: Frontman
Rock and Roll All Nite: Les Paul
Stricken : Frontman
The Seeker: Les Paul
2. Guitar Hero: Smash Hits
My personal favorite GH game, interestingly, plays superior on the Frontman over the Les Paul. I can’t really explain it. Perhaps it’s the tweaked design or the nature of Smash Hits itself- whatever the reason, the Frontman performed better here. For those interested, the 5-song clash for Smash Hits consisted of:
Smoke on the Water: Frontman
Caught In a Mosh: Les Paul
Message In A Bottle: Frontman
Take Me Out: Frontman
3. Super Smash Brothers Brawl
Sadly (thought not surprisingly) neither the Frontman nor the Les Paul could be used to play Super Smash Brothers Brawl. Granted it would be extremely awkward, if not downright impossible, to play SSBB this way. I’ll just have to let the dream die…
4. Guitar Hero 5
You may notice that Guitar Hero: World Tour was omitted from this list and replaced with a arcade-style fighting game. My wallet and fondness for having at least one meal a day would not permit me to purchase GH: WT. Heck, I was lucky to get my hands on a cheap copy of Smash Hits. In order to test my Frontman against the Les Paul in GH 5, I had to borrow the game from a friend- thanks Thomas! I owe you one, man!
Now, without further ado, the results the GH5 5-Song Clash.
Ring of Fire: Les Paul
Feel Good Inc: Frontman
Smells Like Teen Spirit: Tie
Superstition: Les Paul
Under Pressure: Les Paul
That’s right- the Les Paul outdid my poor Frontman on GH’s latest offering. I’d love to give ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ to my Frontman, but it was far too even to call. For every song aside from The Gorillaz ‘Feel Good Inc’, the Les Paul guitar performed better.
In the end, I’ll still be sticking with my zigzag Frontman. $20 cheaper than the Les Paul and more my style, it’s earned its spot in my gaming room.