Band Hero

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Band Hero
Cover Band Hero.jpg
Game general and emulation properties:
ESRB rating: E10+ (Lyrics, Mild Suggestive Themes)
OFLC rating: G
Game supports guitar controller
Game supports drum kit
Widescreen supported natively
Progressive scan supported
Languages supported:
English: SLES-55578 & SLUS-21898 & SLUS-21898SBX
German: SLES-55578
French: SLES-55578 & SLUS-21898
Spanish: SLES-55578
Italian: SLES-55578
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SLUS-21898
SLUS-21898SBX (Band Kit)
Release date: November 3, 2009
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SLES-55578
Release date: November 6, 2009
November 25, 2009 (Australia; Band Kit, Australia)
Windows Status: ?
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): BudCat
Publisher(s): Activision
Genre: Music
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: Metacritic58/100
Game description: This holiday season, the biggest music event of the year will hit living rooms around the world as family and friends come together to ascend the virtual stage and rock their way to superstardom with Band Hero. Brought to you by the makers of Guitar Hero, one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time, Band Hero features the hottest chart-topping hits from everyone's favorite bands including No Doubt, Nelly Furtado, Lily Allen, The All-American Rejects and Jackson 5. Headlined by some of the leading names in music as in-game artists and playable characters, including singer, songwriter and guitarist Taylor Swift and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, Band Hero is the ultimate party game where friends and family can choose to join the band or take five at any time without interrupting the performance, in Party Play mode. Band Hero allows fans to create the band of their dreams, using any combination of vocals and guitar or drum controllers, providing budding pop stars the chance to customize how they interact with and experience their favorite music.

Winlogo.png Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
NTSC-U Windows 10 64-bit
  • Intel Core i5-4460 @ 3.2GHz
  • Nvidia GTX 970 4GB
PCSX2 1.5.0-20160523193844 GSdx 1.1.0 SSE4
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.11.0
Guitar detection requires a bit of a hacky setup, I used a DS3. This game will not detect guitar unless you have some of the frets dual-bound in both Dualshock and Guitar modes. (e.g. FRET 2 is bound to L1 in Guitar and Circle in Dualshock mode) - However, Lilypad must be set to Guitar while playing. Game runs O.K.

Known Issues

UI button symbols are invisible

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: At the bottom of screen, the controller symbols are not visible.
  • Workaround: Switch to software mode (F9)

GS Packet Size spam in Console Window.

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: The console will fill up with messages regarding GS Packet Size.
  • Workaround: Has been fixed in 1.5.0 git builds. For older versions go to Config -> Emulation Settings, VUs tab, and set Round Mode to "Nearest".

Missing text when switching to progressive modes.

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: Switching to progressive mode while using the HW renderer will cause missing text.
  • Workaround: Has been fixed in 1.5.0 git builds. For older versions switch to software mode(F9), activate Progressive Scan, and then switch back to hardware mode(F9).
Public compatibility forum links