Guitar Hero II Ephemera | mariteaux
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Last modified: 6/4/2021
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.
I consider myself a charter as far as modding GH2 goes, first and foremost. I take songs I can find stems for, either ports from other games or stems I find randomly 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—everythingpopping. While I don't do single releases anymore (would rather put them on discs and distribute them that way now), here's all the ones I've released separately.
"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: