Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock

Posted by staff | Posted in Music and Dancing | Posted on 20-09-2010

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  • Realize a true rock concert experience with all new venues, incredible lighting effects, authentic instruments and sick character moves.
  • Engage in boss battles, against the like of Slash from Guns N’ Roses, and featuring original tracks recorded exclusively for Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock and defeat opponents to achieve legendary status in head-to-head competition.
  • Gameplay variety options including single player Training, Quickplay and Career Modes, as well as Multiplayer Co-op Career, Face-off, Pro Face-off and Battle Modes.
  • Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock for Wii features over 70 of the biggest and loudest songs ever compiled in a single game disc.
  • Select and customize a wide variety of Guitar Hero characters – including three new ones – as you unlock venues featuring over-the-top stage design.

Product Description
The third game from the Guitar Hero series is here, and ready to rock your face off. Channel your inner guitar god as you thrash your way through all sorts of venues, In addition to standard Guitar Hero features you know and adore, this game features all kinds of killer new options, such as the new multiplayer action-inspired battle mode, grueling boss battles, a bevy of exclusive unlockable content and authentic rock venues. The expanded online multiplayer game mod… More >>

Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock

Comments posted (5)

When Harmonix left Guitar Hero to start Rock Band, Activision and Neversoft had some catching up to do. They didn’t really have experience in making music games, and suddenly they had a franchise to work with that could potentially make them oodles of money. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (GHIII) is the first main series Guitar Hero game from the new companies, and it turned out to be a great game that is still the best Guitar Hero game to date, in my opinion.

For those of you who don’t know, Guitar Hero’s gameplay involves players using a guitar controller with a strum bar and five fret buttons, and as notes come down the on-screen highway the player needs to strum while holding the correct fret button in time with the notes. It sounds easy until you try and do it yourself, and then you realize just how fun and challenging it is. It gets even more fun as you get better at it too, and with time you can be shredding some awesome guitar riffs with that plastic controller. Guitar Hero gameplay is really fun and satisfying and doesn’t really get old. GHIII doesn’t add anything new to this already-proven formula, but it really doesn’t need to in order to keep it fun and exciting.

GHIII does, however, add some new modes to the list, most notable of which is the battle mode. In this mode you go head to head against an opponent, both of you playing the same song. By hitting specified notes you can get a weapon to use against your opponent in an attempt to make them fail, and whoever survives the longest wins. These battle modes are pretty fun, but ultimately they are pretty gimmicky and can sometimes be a pain because getting pounded with obstacles isn’t always the most fun thing when you just want to play a song.

Battles aren’t central to enjoying GHIII at all though. In fact when you start the game you need to play through the career mode to unlock all the songs in the first place. Career mode basically gives you a list of four songs to play, three of which must be completed to unlock the encore song for the set, and when the encore has been beaten you can move to the next set. It’s simple and very linear, but for the amount of songs in the main setlist the system works just fine. Guitar battles against rock legends are required to move on a couple times, and like I said they can be kind of fun but also can be a pain.

Once you’ve played career mode enough to unlock all the songs, you’re left with Quickplay. Quickplay simply allows you choose a song to play from all those you have unlocked and you try and get the highest score possible. This is the mode you will probably spend most of your time on in GHIII, because the whole purpose of the game is to play the songs.

And playing the songs couldn’t be more fun. Just remember how fun the core Guitar Hero gameplay is, and then stack that on top of a good-sized setlist full of awesome and extremely fun songs. Some you will recognize, such as ‘Slow Ride’ and ‘Hit Me With Your Best Shot,’ but other songs you may or may not know are even more fun to play than the aforementioned, such as ‘Lay Down’ and ‘Even Flow.’ Several are actually covers of the original songs, and for the most part these are done pretty well. Even with the covers, there are very few songs in GHIII that aren’t great. All the songs have great guitar parts that are fun and satisfying to play, and this is really what makes GHIII the awesome game it is.

GHIII also includes some nice online modes to add to the mix. You can go head to head against other plastic guitarists in face-offs and battles or play cooperatively with as guitarist-bassist combo. Online play is at its best when you are playing with a friend, though, because it’s simply great fun to face off against someone you know or just play songs with them.

Graphically speaking, GHIII doesn’t do wonders on Wii. The quality isn’t really terrible, although it isn’t exactly great either. The real problem with the graphics is that the players on stage aren’t very lively at all. There are a few unique animations for each one, but they really aren’t particularly interesting to watch. The drummer also animates like a stiff robot. When it all comes down to it though, the graphics really aren’t that important because you aren’t even watching the on-stage performance as you play, so while the graphics lack any kind of appeal it really doesn’t matter all that much.

When it’s all said and done, nothing really matters about Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock other than that it’s a really fun game. The gameplay is solid, the song list is full of great guitar riffs, and there’s enough to keep you coming back for more. Even today with Rock Band 2 and other newer rhythm games out I still play GHIII occasionally because of just how fun the songs are. GHIII is a music game with great music, and that’s what makes it so much fun.

Positive:

+ fun, satisfying gameplay

+ awesome song list

+ online modes are great

Negative:

- guitar battles can be a pain sometimes

- graphics aren’t very appealing

LAST WORD: Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock is easily recommendable to anyone who enjoys music games, even with two other games in the main series available. The awesome song list makes GHIII totally worth owning.

9.0/10
Rating: 4 / 5

Overall, I gave this game the okay, because I’m hoping it gets better. I got this game only because I wanted more songs, and I was impressed with the setlist presented on both Amazon and [...]. It appeared that downloadable content was available for this game as [...] did not say downloadable content was not available for wii. Much to be rude surprise, there was not music store. Apparently the downloadable content must be for other game systems; I was afraid of that when I purchased it and should have done more research. Anyway, the game itself is a bit of a bore on easy level and the music slightly subpar, I hope it gets better as other reviewers have suggested. If this was my first GH game I might be impressed; but it’s not and I am little disappointed. I will keep at it however, until I unlock some better songs, I know they have to be there somewhere. Lastly,forewarning the covers are bit of a let down, all the songs are not master tracks.
Rating: 3 / 5

I bought it for a sencond time, because my son loves this game!!!

He plays an electric guitar, but he likes too much to play with this game, and also he is learning and having fun.
Rating: 5 / 5

Guitar Hero III – Legends of Rock sets the tone for all modern Guitar Hero/Rock Band games. A good number of songs and awesome battles against guitar greats like Slash of Guns N’ Roses make this game very entertaining!
Rating: 5 / 5

I just got this game used. I thought ALL the songs were master tracks,from the artists themselves. Well,I put it in my Wii,and was very disappointed. Some of the songs sound like the actual original recordings,while some are borderline,and some are covers. Can someone,who has played the entire game,tell me which ones are the actual masters,and which ones are covers?? Thanks.
Rating: 3 / 5

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