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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 Wii The loading screens offer you advice.
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock PlayStation 2 A scene from the start of the Quickplay option, each song has a different setting
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock Xbox 360 Hitting all the star-shaped notes in a section gives "Star Power"
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock PlayStation 2 Playing a training option (4). 
The actual display looks a lot sharper than this. Notes move towards the player who must press the right button as the note slides beneath it

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 (220)
A Great Way to get into Guitar! Wii Andrew Shepard (1223)
Hellyeah...? Windows NeoJ (428)
Rockin' me like a hurricane Wii krisko6 (411)
The first really good Guitar Hero Xbox 360 havoc of smeg (18343)

Critic Reviews

Game industry News (GiN) Macintosh 2007 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Gamigo Xbox 360 Dec 18, 2007 9 out of 10 90
AceGamez PlayStation 3 Feb 19, 2008 9 out of 10 90 (UK) PlayStation 2 Nov 22, 2007 9 out of 10 90 Xbox 360 Nov 27, 2007 89 out of 100 89 Wii Dec 11, 2007 88 out of 100 88
TalkXbox Xbox 360 Nov 02, 2007 87 out of 100 87
Avid Gamer Xbox 360 Jan 02, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Nintendo Spin Wii Dec 29, 2007 8 out of 10 80
TotalVideoGames (TVG) Wii Nov 22, 2007 8 out of 10 80


Topic # Posts Last Post
Free disc replacements for Wii version coming soon 1 Servo (55754)
Jan 17, 2008
Will it blend? 6 Servo (55754)
Dec 04, 2007
Watch out for sound/guitar problems in Wii version 1 Servo (55754)
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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