15 hottest products of 2008: Music video games

In 2008, gamers everywhere cranked the volume up to 11, rocking out to Guitar Hero World Tour and Rock Band 2! These titles are the latest music-oriented games to be released. Games in this genre are often dubbed rhythm games due to the players need to press particular buttons in rhythm with an onscreen fretboard.

Previous versions of these franchises have garnered critical and commercial acclaim. Guitar Hero 3 sold over 8 million units and an 83/100 score on metacritic.com. The original Rock Band, which brought drums and a microphone to the table for the first time, sold over 7.1 million units worldwide and scored an impressive 92/100 metacritic score.

The true battle of the bands erupted in Fall of 2008 when Activision released Guitar Hero World Tour, which included a full set of instruments for the first time in the Guitar Hero franchise as well as a mode that lets gamers create their own music. In October alone, Guitar Hero World Tour sold over 500,000 units equaling an impressive $67 million in sales!