G4 is in the middle of counting down its much-anticipated list of “Top 100 Video Games of All Time,” and Monday night’s first episode saw one of our favorite games making an early appearance. As G4 reached #96 on the list, narrator Nolan North announced that the game many people consider to be the pinnacle of the Guitar Hero series, Guitar Hero II, occupied that space.
As with all of the games on the list, G4 had a list of celebrities, web personalities, and G4 hosts talk about why the game was so awesome. This time, however, G4 decided to fittingly focus on the rockers than the web celebrities.
Slash, who made his series debut through a cover of “Sweet Child of Mine” stated that the game in question was actually the one that got him hooked in the first place. “[Guitar Hero] II was the one that I played that got me turned onto Guitar Hero in the first place,” said Slash. “I’d be playing for hours and hours on it.”
Chris Jericho, WWE star and front man of Fozzy, touched on the addictive properties of the title. “I’d be up at like 5 in the morning. Just one more game! Just one more attempt at ‘Free Bird’ on difficult level!”
Dave Ellefson, bassist of Megadeth, highlighted the musical exposure aspect of the series. “It’s kind of introduced our music to a whole ‘nother — probably much younger — generation; actually a generation that forgot there was even guitar solos!”
Dee Snider, front man of Twisted Sister, felt that the breakdown of the songs by note gave players a better knowledge of what goes into the songs they love. “What’s really interesting about Guitar Hero is the way it breaks the music down and forces people to appreciate why it’s so cool,” Snider said.
Perhaps the highest praise came from the man behind Black Label Society, Zakk Wylde. “As far as I’m concerned, that game is about the coolest thing to happen to guitar since father Van Halen played ‘Eruption,'” said Wylde. “You never know! Out of that game, you’re gonna get the next Hendrix.”
With 60 games left to rattle-off, we wouldn’t be surprised if we saw other games from the series (namely the most popular game in the genre’s history, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock) make an appearance. You can check out the full video at the link below.