Guitar Hero 5's Song Importing Isn't As Great As We Thought [Update]

Yeah...so it turns out Guitar Hero 5's ability to import songs from previous games isn't as good a deal as we first thought. Turns out that, of World Tour's 85 songs, only 35 can so far be copied over.

That's less than half. Funny that there's some mysterious ailment afflicting songs sold on a retail disc, when 152 of the 158 downloadable tracks for Guitar Hero will work just fine with Guitar Hero 5.

Like Rock Band, there's a charge associated with bringing the songs over - $3.50 - but unlike Rock Band, which let you import nearly the entire previous game's library, we're having a little trouble seeing the benefits of ponying up for only 35 songs.

In their defence, Activision say that, over time, more songs from the disc will be made available. Hopefully if that's the case, those spending the $3.50 won't have to pay again.

'Guitar Hero' rocks on [USA Today]

UPDATE - Here are the 35 songs:

* Nirvana – "About a Girl (Unplugged)
* Lenny Kravitz – "Are You Gonna Go My Way"
* Wings – "Band on the Run"
* Blink-182 – "Dammit"
* Sting – "Demolition Man (Live)"
* Steely Dan – "Do It Again"
* Foo Fighters – "Everlong"
* Pat Benatar – "Heartbreaker"
* Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band – "Hollywood Nights"
* Steve Miller Band – "The Joker"
* 30 Seconds to Mars – "The Kill"
* The Mars Volta – "L'Via L'Viaquez"
* The Silversun Pickups – "Lazy Eye"
* Bon Jovi – "Livin' On A Prayer"
* The Stone Roses – "Love Spreads"
* Jimmy Eat World – "The Middle"
* The Answer – "Never Too Late"
* Beastie Boys – "No Sleep Till Brooklyn"
* Interpol – "Obstacle 1"
* At the Drive In "One Armed Scissor"
* Blondie – "One Way Or Another"
* Lacuna Coil "Our Truth"
* Motorhead – "Overkill"
* Rise Against – "Re-Education Through Labor"
* Sublime – "Santeria"
* Coldplay – "Shiver"
* NOFX – "Soul Doubt"
* No Doubt – "Spiderwebs"
* Black Label Society – "Stillborn"
* Ted Nugent – "Stranglehold"
* Lynyrd Skynyrd – "Sweet Home Alabama (Live)"
* Smashing Pumpkins – "Today"
* Stuck in the Sound – "Toy Boy"
* Creedence Clearwater Revival – "Up Around the Bend"
* Hushpuppies – "You're gonna say yeah"

And here are the 21 of 48 tracks (so again, less than half) you'll be able to import from Smash Hits.

* Caught In A Mosh - Anthrax
* Cult Of Personality - Living Color
* Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
* Freya - The Sword
* Heart Shaped Box - Nirvana
* Hey You - The Exies
* Hit Me With Your Best Shot - Pat Benetar
* I Love Rock N' Roll - Joan Jett
* I Wanna Rock - Twisted Sister
* Message In A Bottle - The Police
* Miss Murder - AFI
* Monkey Wrench - The Foo Fighters
* No One Knows - Queens of the Stone Age
* Nothin But A Good Time - Poison
* Play With Me - Extreme
* Psychobilly Freakout - The Reverend Horton Heat
* Rock And Roll All Nite - Kiss
* Shout At The Devil - Motley Crue
* The Trooper - Iron Maiden
* Woman - Wolfmother
* YYZ - Rush