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Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock

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Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock is the third full game in the Guitar Hero series and fourth game overall. The gameplay remains similar to the previous games: using a guitar-shaped controller, you need to coordinate pressing the five fret buttons and strumming to the scrolling notes on screen. Missing notes will cause your performance meter to drop; if the meter drops too low then the performance is a failure and you will need to try again. This edition of the game features 71 new songs to play from various artists including Cream, The Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, Guns N' Roses, Santana, Sonic Youth, Weezer, and many more. In addition to the available songs the game also features "boss battles" against famous guitarists such as Slash, Tom Morello and Lou the Devil. Several game modes are available including career mode, co-op mode, and multiplayer mode. In addition to the main game modes, training and practice modes are available to aid in learning the game or figuring out a tricky passage in a song.

In career mode you play the part of a wanna-be rock star. Beginning with easier songs in small venues, you need to successfully complete tracks to make your way up to a superstar. Each venue you play requires a certain number of songs to be performed before you can move on to the next larger venue. Successful completion of songs also earns money which can be used to unlock characters, outfits, new guitars, and other bonuses.

The co-op career mode is similar to the single player variation, except two players work together (one on lead guitar, the other on bass or rhythm guitar) to complete songs.

The multiplayer game modes allow two players to compete against each other. In the Face-Off variation, two players take turns performing a song. The Pro Face-Off variation allows two players to compete at the same time playing the exact same note chart. Finally, in the battle mode each player can earn power ups by performing well which can be used to disrupt the other player.


Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock PlayStation 2 After a lengthy series of animated company logos the game plays a cartoon sequence showing a couple of hard rockin' guitarists awakening the god of rock
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock Xbox 360 Standard Guitar Hero gameplay. Hit the notes and don't miss.
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock PlayStation 2 The game's main menu
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock Windows Yeah! I totally rocked!

Alternate Titles

  • "Guitar Hero III: Легенды рока" -- Russian title

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User Reviews

Great fun, provided you have the hardware... Windows D Michael (221)
A Great Way to get into Guitar! Wii Andrew Shepard (1227)
Hellyeah...? Windows NeoJ (428)
Rockin' me like a hurricane Wii krisko6 (257)
The first really good Guitar Hero Xbox 360 havoc of smeg (15551)

The Press Says

Game industry News (GiN) PlayStation 3 2007 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Netjak Wii Nov 21, 2007 9.3 out of 10 93
N-Europe Wii Jan 09, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Yahoo! Games Xbox 360 Oct 28, 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Lawrence PlayStation 3 Nov 11, 2007 8.8 out of 10 88
Lawrence Wii Nov 11, 2007 8.8 out of 10 88
GameDaily PlayStation 3 Oct 28, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Maxim Magazine PlayStation 3 Oct 30, 2007 4 out of 5 80
GameSpot Xbox 360 Oct 29, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Digital Chumps Windows Aug 04, 2008 7.8 out of 10 78


Topic # Posts Last Post
Free disc replacements for Wii version coming soon 1 Servo (55766)
Jan 17, 2008
Will it blend? 6 Servo (55766)
Dec 04, 2007
Watch out for sound/guitar problems in Wii version 1 Servo (55766)
Nov 01, 2007



  • 4Players
    • 2007 – #2 Best Dexterity Game of the Year
  • Apple Design Awards
    • 2008 - Best Mac OS X Leopard Game
  • GameSpy
    • 2007 – #5 Wii Game of the Year
    • 2007 – Wii Music Game of the Year
    • 2008 – Special Achievement in DLC (for its release of Metallica's Death Magnetic)
  • GameStar (Germany) / GamePro (Germany)
    • March 28 - 2008 - Best Family & Lifestyle Game in 2007 (Readers' Vote)
  • MacWorld
    • 2008 - Best of Show Award

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