Guitar Hero II Ephemera | mariteaux
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Last modified: 9/12/2021
I've been obsessed with the first few Guitar Hero games for a very, very long time, and it's not coming off. Sounds great, plays fantastic, style out the ass, all of it. (And then Rock Band taught me drums, and so begat my doomed, boyish love for Harmonix.)
I wrote the TCRF pages on Guitar Hero II's demos, in case you doubt my autism.
Naturally, I've amassed a bit of a collection of tools and detritus for the games, mostly II, and here's where I collect it all.
I've had this section brewing for a long time, but until recently, I didn't consider it finished enough to link outside of MiloHax. That's changed. Still stuff to write, but I have plenty already that'll get you into the game files and adding new songs and changing strings in the game files. Have a peek.
Rips and mixdowns
I personally mixed these from the in-game stems down, so this is basically the cleanest you'll hear all the neat little bonus tracks and soundalike renditions. The first game's stuff is in here now, and 80's has the demo "I Want Candy" now too. MP3s are encoded by Lame 3.100 at VBR v3, so if you like another bitrate or format, grab the FLACs and transcode them yourself.
Be sure to check the soundtracks section on archives for other game rips I've done, some of which are non-GH music games like Rock Band and Rock Revolution.
I consider myself a charter for GH2, first and foremost. I take songs I can find stems for, either ports from other games or stems I find online, and chart them, trying to give them the game-quality treatment as much as I can. No band members standing around here, we're talking lighting, fretmapping, keyframes, speaker cones—everything popping. Probably my most downloaded work is the enhanced port of "Speed Test" I was tasked to get into Guitar Hero II Deluxe, which is of course, a lot more than just charts.
As far as my own discs go though, they're usually more aimed at showing off my from-scratch charting work or ports from other games like the later Rock Band and Guitar Hero titles. Here's what I've released thusfar. More to come very, very soon:
And as for my standalone releases! These are rather rare these days, but if someone asks me to chart something and it doesn't fit on a marfGH (at the moment, anyway), I'll release it separately here. You'll have to be decently knowledgeable to get these in-game—the tutorials up there are recommended.
"Graveyard Shift" and "Trippolette" feature a split/re-recorded bass stem and charting fixes. More "vanilla" conversions with the original GH1 authoring are included with both if you prefer that.
"Metal Health" is an upgrade that restores the cut solo to the final chart and fixes some of the final's issues with animations, plus overall undercharting fixes.
I also have a lot of obscure modding tools lying around, and I'd like to see them not disappear when my hard drive eventually does. Here's a ZIP of them. If you need any of this, you should probably join MiloHax too in case you need help or just like dicking around.
As for what's inside: