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Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock

MobyRank MobyScore
Windows
84
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PlayStation 3
85
4.5
Xbox 360
87
3.7

User Reviews

Great fun, provided you have the hardware... Windows D Michael (221)
A Great Way to get into Guitar! Wii Andrew Shepard (1231)
Hellyeah...? Windows NeoJ (428)
Rockin' me like a hurricane Wii krisko6 (252)
The first really good Guitar Hero Xbox 360 havoc of smeg (13029)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Macintosh 2 4.0
PlayStation 2 11 3.9
PlayStation 3 5 4.5
Wii 14 3.8
Windows 7 4.3
Xbox 360 14 3.7
Combined MobyScore 53 3.9


The Press Says

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100
Xbox 360GamePro (US)
Whether you buy Guitar Hero 3 will depend on whether you already invested in Guitar Hero 2 for the Xbox 360. If you did, this is a no-brainer. Go buy GH 3 the minute it hits store shelves--you will not be disappointed. However, if you haven't yet taken the plunge, you might want to wait until Rock Band comes out to see before you make your decision. Either way, this is the best Guitar Hero ever made and you will not be disappointed if you're a fan of the franchise.
100
Xbox 360GamerDad
The new Boss battles are fun. Use the tilt to wreak havoc on opponents and for applicable versions, multiplayer is now possible over the 'net. Tested on Xbox Live, play was smooth.
100
WiiSnackbar-Games.com
All in all, Activision took Harmonix's ball and ran with it. With over 70 songs, both licensed and un-known, you will have no problem getting hours of enjoyment from this game and controller. The Battle Mode only increases its re-play value and makes the game's Wi-Fi capabilities all the more appealing. If you own a Wii, this game is a must-have for your library.
100
PlayStation 31UP
It'll be intriguing watching this battle of the bands unfold. EA and Harmonix have the power of MTV and the drum dynamic, but it's very reassuring to know that Guitar Hero is in safe, capable, and understanding hands.
100
PlayStation 3The Review Busters
If you're waiting for Rock Band to show up on store shelves and not buying this game, then you are a fool. The gameplay hasn't changed in Guitar Hero III, but I say "why try to fix what isn't broken?" The boss battles are a nice addition to the game and the soundtrack chosen for the game is top notch. They even give you a surprise for the ending credits, which is awesome. Oh, and BTW, The cover for The Devil Went Down to Georgia by the Charlie Daniels Band is freakin awesome. You'll stop complaining about it so much once you hear and play it. Ok, I'll finally do it.
100
Xbox 360GotNext
Player's mileage will vary depending on their musical preferences and love for rock 'n roll. For me, every minute of Guitar Hero III has been an exciting experience. I recently graduated to Medium level and before long will move onto the more advanced modes. Like its predecessors, this game screams for co-op but my other half still has cold feet. She'll come around, eventually. In the meantime, I'll just have to settle jamming on Xbox Live for my virtual rockfest.
100
WiiGame industry News (GiN)
What could have been a disaster at the hands of Neversoft turned out to be an amazing follow-up. Neversoft went above and beyond to make sure that Guitar Hero III played as good, if not better, than its Harmonix predecessors. Now, for Guitar Hero IV, how about adding some tracks from Steve Vai or Joe Satriani?
100
WindowsGame industry News (GiN)
What could have been a disaster at the hands of Neversoft turned out to be an amazing follow-up. Neversoft went above and beyond to make sure that Guitar Hero III played as good, if not better, than its Harmonix predecessors. Now, for Guitar Hero IV, how about adding some tracks from Steve Vai or Joe Satriani?
100
PlayStation 3Game industry News (GiN)
What could have been a disaster at the hands of Neversoft turned out to be an amazing follow-up. Neversoft went above and beyond to make sure that Guitar Hero III played as good, if not better, than its Harmonix predecessors. Now, for Guitar Hero IV, how about adding some tracks from Steve Vai or Joe Satriani?
100
PlayStation 2Game industry News (GiN)
What could have been a disaster at the hands of Neversoft turned out to be an amazing follow-up. Neversoft went above and beyond to make sure that Guitar Hero III played as good, if not better, than its Harmonix predecessors. Now, for Guitar Hero IV, how about adding some tracks from Steve Vai or Joe Satriani?
100
MacintoshGame industry News (GiN)
What could have been a disaster at the hands of Neversoft turned out to be an amazing follow-up. Neversoft went above and beyond to make sure that Guitar Hero III played as good, if not better, than its Harmonix predecessors. Now, for Guitar Hero IV, how about adding some tracks from Steve Vai or Joe Satriani?
100
Xbox 360Game industry News (GiN)
What could have been a disaster at the hands of Neversoft turned out to be an amazing follow-up. Neversoft went above and beyond to make sure that Guitar Hero III played as good, if not better, than its Harmonix predecessors. Now, for Guitar Hero IV, how about adding some tracks from Steve Vai or Joe Satriani?
98
PlayStation 2Game Vortex
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock is an excellent installment to a series that seems to be gaining momentum. The only question now is how this series will handle the competition that Rock Band is going to pose.
97
Xbox 360Gamers' Temple, The
Aside from the “who the hell thought this was a good idea” boss battles, Guitar Hero III is a must-buy for vets and newbies alike. You’ll be hard pressed to find another game that is this much fun. Sure, the bigger games like Halo 3 and Mario Galaxy are great too, but nothing comes close to the actual fun contained in Guitar Hero III. Believe me, you need this game. Either avoid Wal-Mart and Target altogether or be double sure to check the box before leaving the building. I can’t describe how furious I was when I got home and opened the box to find the wired controller that I already had. Someone call the Better Business Bureau! Either way, Guitar Hero III is about as good as it gets, although I’m keeping fingers crossed that the downloadable songs (coming soon) don’t come from American pseudo-metal bands or bands that were big before I was born (1981). I guess I’ll just be happy that Wolfmother is gone, Dragonforce has crashed the party and Coldplay is still nowhere to be found.
96
Xbox 360PGNx Media
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock is undoubtedly the best game in the series. The amazing soundtrack, superb wireless guitar, subtle tweaks, and excellent online multiplayer are exactly what fans have been wanting from the series. If you're looking for a recommendation on the platform, I would suggest the Xbox 360 version due to the truly wireless guitar, future downloadable content, and ease of sending game invites.
95
Xbox 360Good Game
There’s more hammering in #3, with long stretches flowing across the whole fretboard. That’s good, hammering is fun! And lots of attention was paid to the details in the background, like Slash actually standing how he does in real life - and the singers' lips matching up with the lyrics. It’s another addition to the franchise I’ll be strumming for a looooong time. 9.5/10 fretful chickens from me.
95
Xbox 360Game Vortex
Guitar Hero's jump to a new developer was something that made a few fans of the series nervous. This turns out to not be as big of a deal as most thought since the game doesn't miss a beat at carrying over what made the first two enjoyable, while also adding even more to keep you entertained for months.
95
PlayStation 3PGNx Media
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock is undoubtedly the best game in the series. The amazing soundtrack, superb wireless guitar, subtle tweaks, and excellent online multiplayer are exactly what fans have been wanting from the series. If you're looking for a recommendation on the platform, I would suggest the Xbox 360 version due to the truly wireless guitar, future downloadable content, and ease of sending game invites.
95
WiiNintendojo
In a way Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock feels like a guilty pleasure. You sing in the shower, you dance on your bed, and you hope no one sees you. But playing air guitar in your living room and loving every second? You bet. Franchise-wise, this third iteration from new developer Vicarious Visions offers nothing new, more evolutionary than anything, but that's not a fair criticism. The game has enough songs to warrant the purchase, even if the price is high. $90 gets customers the game and the guitar -- but it's a must-buy, particularly for first-time buyers. The learning curve will be steep for some, but give it a chance. The satisfaction level is even higher, and that's always the best reward a video game can give. So go ahead, pretend you're in the band. You look cooler with a guitar, even with a Wii remote inside its belly. Take advantage. Get on your feet. Jump off the couch. Live it up. Play it loud.
95
WiiGamersMark
Guitar Hero III, like its predecessors, brings both hardcore gamers and the casual crowd together as one. It’s fun for everyone and can provide hundreds of hours of enjoyment on your lonesome, online, or the much preferred multiplayer setting at home with friends and/or family. The game has no real faults since it’s a pioneer in the genre; there is only room for improvement and expansion and with Harmonix’s Rock Band on the horizon things can only get better. I cannot find any legitimate flaws with the gameplay and other aspects like its visual presentation, etc. is inconsequential because the job gets done, and gets done well. The pricepoint of the game and controller bundle may be a bit steep for some consumers but take pride in knowing that your money will have been well spent.
94
Xbox 360Xbox360Achievements
Guitar Hero III still caters to the casual crowd, with the easier difficulties still providing enough challenge to make it fun, yet simple enough not to make it overbearing. Best of all, Guitar Hero is finally an online affair, allowing players to go head-to-head for the first time ever. If you're a fan of the series, you won't be disappointed by what Neversoft's delivered here. If you haven't played Guitar Hero yet, this entry is a great way to get started.
93
WiiNetjak
Despite it's flaws, Guitar Hero 3 has it where it counts, which is a quality-and-quantity song list, tons of unlockables, challenge, and online play. It seems that every other day I am discovering a new "OMG, this is my favorite song!" track. Guitar Hero itself is a full-blown addiction, and it really pleases me to say that it's never been more fun than it is here. The stuff that really matters is done right and overshadows the nitpicking issues. The only downside to the Wii version is the lackluster graphics and no downloadable tracks (which we can still cross our fingers on being rectified). Other than that, Guitar Hero Wii (see what I did there?) represents the best of the bunch.
93
PlayStation 3Gaming Target
Guitar Hero III adds interesting elements like online multiplayer, boss battles and battle power, but the real innovation is in the new rock-themed setlist and the way you play it. With the brand new Gibson Les Paul wireless guitar controller to go along with plenty of master tracks, Legends of Rock has a slightly more authentic edge over its newly formed rival, Rock Band, at least when it comes to guitar shredding.
93
Xbox 360XBox Front
Wer vor dem Kauf ein Probespiel wagen möchte, dem sei wärmstens an Herz gelegt, dies keinesfalls mit dem Standard-Konsolen-Kontroller zu tun. Die Verbindung von Spiel zu Gitarre ist DER Schlüsselpunkt der gesamten Guitar Hero-Serie und sorgt erst für den unverwechselbaren Spielspaß. Ebenfalls sollte jedem klar sein, dass Guitar Hero III nicht unbedingt ein Spiel für Gelegenheitsspieler darstellt, denn das Spiel erfordert viel Übung um in höhere Schwierigkeitsgrade vorzustoßen. Diese Übungsstunden belohnt der Titel dafür mit Glücksmomenten, die derzeit kein anderer Titel hierzulande bieten kann.
93
PlayStation 2GameZone
The best song selection yet combined with unparalleled playability and a challenge for anyone from beginner to master makes this PS2’s definitive music game. A must-have for anyone who plays video games to have fun.
92
Xbox 360XboxAddict
Overall while the game hasn’t moved forward much in the graphical sense, Neversoft has done a good job with keeping the integrity of the Guitar Hero series in tact. The game is loads of fun, especially with a few buddies over. This has to be considered one of the best party games out there. And with the addition of online play folks will definitely find a lot of replay value in this title.
92
Xbox 360ripten
Despite these few missed notes (blame it, perhaps, on a bad sound engineer or unplugged amp) Guitar Hero is still the best show in town. Competitor Rock Band has a lot to prove, as Guitar Hero has made the stage dive to next-gen almost perfectly.
92
PlayStation 3ripten
Despite these few missed notes (blame it, perhaps, on a bad sound engineer or unplugged amp) Guitar Hero is still the best show in town. Competitor Rock Band has a lot to prove, as Guitar Hero has made the stage dive to next-gen almost perfectly.
92
Xbox 360Console Monster
I spent many an hour playing on Guitar Hero 2. Trying to beat all the songs on all difficulties was no easy feat. Now, I have found a better alternative. Better songs, better guitar, online play and co-op make this game a blast to play—a definite purchase for anyone who's dreamed of rocking out on stage.
92
Xbox 360Xboxdynasty (XD)
Guitar Hero III rockt! Einfacher und präziser kann man das Spiel nicht beschreiben. Gesellt ihr euch öfter zu mehreren vor die Konsole und wollt mal zeigen, was es noch so alles gibt, dann kramt die Gitarre aus dem Schrank und rockt mal richtig ab. Zu mehreren macht dieses Spiel unglaublich viel Spaß und dem einen oder anderen werden sicher die Tränen vor Lachen im Gesicht stehen. Dank der Koop-Karriere und der Möglichkeit auch online mit und gegen den Rest der Welt zu rocken, macht das Spiel auch langfristig extrem viel Spaß.
92
WiiCheat Code Central
Battle mode, a co-op multiplayer campaign, online competition, and eventual downloadable content is going to stretch the game a lot further for a lot of players. The main game, however, is already amazing in and of itself. You'll easily spend months playing through the different difficulty setting to unlock new tracks, guitars, playable characters, and other excellent features. The song selection is so good you'll be going back to re-play your favorites long after you've exhausted the voluminous amount of un-lockable content. Despite a few minor adjustments here and there, Legends of Rock is still 100 percent pure Guitar Hero action through and through. New developers Neversoft have done an excellent job of carrying on the torch, electing not to mess too much with the core gameplay. It's unconscionable to let this one sit on the store shelf if you own a Wii. What are you waiting for?
91
Xbox 360Play.tm
To conclude, then, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rocks improves on what has gone before it in a few essential ways. Multiplayer modes and online support already take the game to another level, and coupled with a revitalised track-list, lovely visuals, a great new controller and and an attention to detail and polish previously unknown to the genre, what we have here is the return of a true hero.
91
WiiPGNx Media
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock is undoubtedly the best game in the series. The amazing soundtrack, superb wireless guitar, subtle tweaks, and excellent online multiplayer are exactly what fans have been wanting from the series. If you're looking for a recommendation on the platform, I would suggest the Xbox 360 version due to the truly wireless guitar, future downloadable content, and ease of sending game invites.
90
PlayStation 34Players.de
Die Songliste: Brillant! Die neue Gitarre: Fantastisch! Der Online-Modus: Jawollja! Die Präsentation: Hammer! Guitar Hero 3 sieht ganz besonders in HD so aus, wie Guitar Hero 2 hätte aussehen sollen; ich fühle mich in meiner Aussage bestätigt, dass der Vorgänger auf der 360 stark nach hochskalierten PS2-Bildern aussah. Darüber hinaus finde ich es gut, dass der generelle Schwierigkeitsgrad nach oben gekurbelt wurde: Guitar Hero 3 ist für den Enthusiasten, weniger für den Einsteiger. Allerdings mangelt es dem dritten Teil an Innovationsfreude, im Grunde ist er »nur« ein in jeder Hinsicht verbessertes Update vom Zweier - Rock Band verspricht da deutlich mehr Frische. Nichtsdestotrotz: Guitar Hero 3 ist gegenwärtig die beste Möglichkeit, sich wie ein Gitarrenheld zu fühlen, ohne jahrelange Übung oder schmerzende Fingerkuppen zu riskieren.
90
Windows4Players.de
Die Songliste: Brillant! Die neue Gitarre: Fantastisch! Der Online-Modus: Jawollja! Die Präsentation: Hammer! Guitar Hero 3 sieht ganz besonders in HD so aus, wie Guitar Hero 2 hätte aussehen sollen; ich fühle mich in meiner Aussage bestätigt, dass der Vorgänger auf der 360 stark nach hochskalierten PS2-Bildern aussah. Darüber hinaus finde ich es gut, dass der generelle Schwierigkeitsgrad nach oben gekurbelt wurde: Guitar Hero 3 ist für den Enthusiasten, weniger für den Einsteiger. Allerdings mangelt es dem dritten Teil an Innovationsfreude, im Grunde ist er »nur« ein in jeder Hinsicht verbessertes Update vom Zweier - Rock Band verspricht da deutlich mehr Frische. Nichtsdestotrotz: Guitar Hero 3 ist gegenwärtig die beste Möglichkeit, sich wie ein Gitarrenheld zu fühlen, ohne jahrelange Übung oder schmerzende Fingerkuppen zu riskieren.
90
Xbox 360AusGamers
All in all, Guitar Hero 3 is a worthy addition to the franchise that offers much more than just new songs and a number iteration. The gameplay still offers that winning combination of both casual accessibility and hardcore challenges that made the series what it is and the addition of online play adds a whole new dimension. Even though it's still guitars only, it really does look like it has the goods to go up against EA's Rock Band and considering the opponent isn't due to land on our shores until the new year, GH3 has the Aussie holiday season all to itself. If you have more than one console to choose from, the Xbox 360 version is definitely the lead-pick but the PS3 really is no slouch either. Wii and PS2 aren't the best to look at and PS2 has no online play to speak of, but if you just want more songs for a great party game, they're definitely all still worth the pennies.
90
PlayStation 2GameLemon
In spite of its faults, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock may very well still be the best entry into the entire franchise. The new songs, a cool controller, and an all-around improved experience mean that the series is definitely heading in the right direction. This is a game every wanna-be rock star simply has to play. Now, if you'll pardon me, there are some groupies outside, and I need to fulfill my rock duties.
90
WiiGameLemon
In spite of its faults, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock may very well still be the best entry into the entire franchise. The new songs, a cool controller, and an all-around improved experience mean that the series is definitely heading in the right direction. This is a game every wanna-be rock star simply has to play. Now, if you'll pardon me, there are some groupies outside, and I need to fulfill my rock duties.
90
PlayStation 3GameLemon
In spite of its faults, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock may very well still be the best entry into the entire franchise. The new songs, a cool controller, and an all-around improved experience mean that the series is definitely heading in the right direction. This is a game every wanna-be rock star simply has to play. Now, if you'll pardon me, there are some groupies outside, and I need to fulfill my rock duties.
90
Xbox 360GameLemon
In spite of its faults, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock may very well still be the best entry into the entire franchise. The new songs, a cool controller, and an all-around improved experience mean that the series is definitely heading in the right direction. This is a game every wanna-be rock star simply has to play. Now, if you'll pardon me, there are some groupies outside, and I need to fulfill my rock duties.
90
Xbox 360Eurogamer.nl
Over het algemeen kunnen we zeggen dat Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock gewoon een bijna perfecte game is. Bijna ja, want het spel kent nog wel wat kleine schoonheidsfoutjes. Een mierenneuker zou erover zeuren, een echte rocker rockt daar gewoon keihard overheen. De tracklist, co-op modus en online multiplayer maken Guitar Hero tot één van de beste party- en muziekgames ooit.
90
Xbox 360Good Game
The addition of Battle Mode is not what I expected – if you wanna' get competitive, Pro Face-Off is still gunna' be the favourite. Battle Mode is more of a silly fun kinda’ thing and I found it welcome. You said it Jung, it’s another classic, though I look forward to a day when you can play it as good on a HDTV. 9/10 from me.
90
PlayStation 2UOL Jogos
"Guitar Hero III" é, sem dúvida, a melhor versão da série lançada até hoje. Não há nenhuma inovação a destacar, mas aprimora muito o que os antecessores já tinham de bom. A trilha sonora é a maior e mais variada (e com mais gravações originais) entre todos, o que satisfaz jogadores de variadas matizes musicais. Depois, a Neversoft acertou em tornar o jogo mais complacente, o que é ótimo para os novatos, mas sem se esquecer dos "loucos por Guitar Hero", trazendo músicas de retorcer qualquer pulso. Um game para jogar com o volume no máximo!
90
Xbox 360UOL Jogos
"Guitar Hero III" é, sem dúvida, a melhor versão da série lançada até hoje. Não há nenhuma inovação a destacar, mas aprimora muito o que os antecessores já tinham de bom. A trilha sonora é a maior e mais variada (e com mais gravações originais) entre todos, o que satisfaz jogadores de variadas matizes musicais. Depois, a Neversoft acertou em tornar o jogo mais complacente, o que é ótimo para os novatos, mas sem se esquecer dos "loucos por Guitar Hero", trazendo músicas de retorcer qualquer pulso. Um game para jogar com o volume no máximo!
90
PlayStation 3UOL Jogos
"Guitar Hero III" é, sem dúvida, a melhor versão da série lançada até hoje. Não há nenhuma inovação a destacar, mas aprimora muito o que os antecessores já tinham de bom. A trilha sonora é a maior e mais variada (e com mais gravações originais) entre todos, o que satisfaz jogadores de variadas matizes musicais. Depois, a Neversoft acertou em tornar o jogo mais complacente, o que é ótimo para os novatos, mas sem se esquecer dos "loucos por Guitar Hero", trazendo músicas de retorcer qualquer pulso. Um game para jogar com o volume no máximo!
90
WiiUOL Jogos
"Guitar Hero III" é, sem dúvida, a melhor versão da série lançada até hoje. Não há nenhuma inovação a destacar, mas aprimora muito o que os antecessores já tinham de bom. A trilha sonora é a maior e mais variada (e com mais gravações originais) entre todos, o que satisfaz jogadores de variadas matizes musicais. Depois, a Neversoft acertou em tornar o jogo mais complacente, o que é ótimo para os novatos, mas sem se esquecer dos "loucos por Guitar Hero", trazendo músicas de retorcer qualquer pulso. Um game para jogar com o volume no máximo!
90
MacintoshMac Observer
Guitar Hero III is a marquee title and for good reason. A combination of well-detailed textures and models with cell-shaded elements makes the game visually appealing while the sound work is second to none. Even through your Mac's basic speaker, the quality is there and the game's music catalog is as enjoyable as one could hope for. For players wrestling to master a song, you like what you're hearing and it's fun to head into a stage with a completely unknown song and enjoy the experience nonetheless.
90
Xbox 360Hooked Gamers
Guitar Hero 3 provides a significant amount of unlockable content such as bonus songs, extra characters and guitars. In its basic form, the game should keep players enthralled for months only to dive into the downloadable content that has been announced. While many feared that Neversoft would ruin the Guitar Hero franchise, they did very well indeed. It plays much the same as its predecessor, the set list and user interface have been improved, and new features introduced like battle mode and co-op career make the experience more enjoyable than ever before. Rock on!
90
Xbox 360ZTGameDomain
As a freshman effort in an established franchise Neversoft has done just about everything perfectly. The game feels like Guitar Hero with just enough new spice to make it feel fresh at the same time. The track list is absolutely amazing and the addition of online and co-op career are much welcome additions. The questionable character designs are certainly not important and whether you love or hate the new boss battles at least they add something fresh to the mix. Overall Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock is exactly the kind of sequel you could hope for when a developer change is made and hopefully next year the folks at Neversoft can add even more to keep this series going strong. As it stands this is easily the best rhythm game currently on the market so if you are a fan there is no reason to hold off buying this amazing entry.
90
Xbox 360Gamervision
I really want to say this game is perfect, but like most games it does have a few flaws. The biggest one is that, occasionally, the game will lag when star power is deployed. Luckily, this hardly ever happens, but it really shouldn’t happen at all. Also, the time allotted to hit each note accurately has been extended, which can sometimes make your rocking out feel slightly imprecise. Still, the wonderful song list (probably the best one ever), shiny new guitar, and overall gameplay more than make up for these minor details. If you’ve ever had even a passing interest in Guitar Hero, just go pick it up immediately. You will not be disappointed.
90
Xbox 360GameCell UK
All in all I think Guitar Hero III is a terrific game boosted by an innovative controller and varied songlist. The involvement of real legends like Slash and John Lydon are an indication of the quality herein, and playing along with some great songs from the past 30 years or more can really get you going, get your foot tapping and get you “rocking” (even if you want to play it sitting down). Beyond its easiest setting it may be too hard for some uncoordinated, quadra-spaz-fingered buffoons like me, but practice - as in all games - does (I’m assured) bring its rewards. Now, where's me guitar?
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Xbox 360Gameplanet
Neversoft have certainly made their mark on Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, having managed to achieve the innovation expected of a new product whilst retaining the fundamental qualities of its predecessors. Fans of the Guitar Hero series will spend many happy hours pushing themselves to the limit of their capabilities, and it's an excellent – albeit challenging - starting point for those new to the franchise.
90
Xbox 360Daily Game
Even with a new developer, the game doesn't miss a beat. In fact, the addition of multiplayer modes and boss battles makes it as good as ever, even if "experts" might complain a bit that the game's a bit more forgiving.
90
Xbox 360Yahoo! Games
Guitar Hero III won't disappoint either diehard fans or people new to the series. This is the latest step in the stairway to heaven of home rocking. So if you haven't already got a copy, click that Buy It Now button and hold your lighter aloft. And for those about to rock, we salute you, and we'll see you online.
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Xbox 360GameZone
A great addition to the series, Guitar Hero III offers some great new tracks for hardcore fans, while the more responsive controls are great for newcomers. While the series faces some stiff competition from Rock Band this year, it would be a shame for any rhythm game fan to miss out on Guitar Hero III.
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Xbox 360Jolt (UK)
Guitar Hero may not be a universal pick-up-and-play party game in the way that, say, SingStar is, since there’s an initially steep learning curve, but for the inducted it’s a master in its class and no worse for a change of developer. With III’s rock solid track list and further downloadable content, we’ve no idea where Activision is going to take the series next, but at the moment we don’t really care as we’re entirely happy with the status quo. Who thankfully don’t feature on the track list, by the way.
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Xbox 360Totally Gaming Network
Overall, we would have to say that Activison’s decision to turn over the franchise to Neversoft was a homerun. The developer definitely recognized the strengths that existed in the game and wisely chose to build on those strengths, delivering new features that compliment Guitar Hero’s core gameplay while managing to make franchise fan’s wishes a reality. If the team can manage to correct the outstanding online connection problems, then they will have succeeded in delivering the best Guitar Hero entry in the series.
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Xbox 360Game Freaks 365
Do not get me wrong: the first time I stood there before my television, post-loading screen as "Welcome to the Jungle" was indicated at the top-left of the screen, there was a rush that could not be felt by another non-Guitar Hero experience. The ending of the Career, although most of it before is stale, is as epic as "epic" can get. If you have not gotten sick of Guitar Hero, and do not plan on it anytime soon, you will disagree with my claims of its thrills growing stale. If you have seen the same grey hairs as I have, you will be hoping for a little bit of a change in the next game.
90
WiiGemakei (formerly Zentendo)
This game is ridiculously hard, so be prepared to get used to the new controls if you are coming to the franchise for the first time. Veterans, this game is everything you could hope for and more. While Battle was a bust, what is still tried and true to the series is still amazing. If you were playing Guitar Hero 2 up to the release of the third title, then be prepared to be playing this until the inevitable fourth title comes out. This game has a lot of content, and the added online feature guarantees you will also shred with someone. Aim for the stars, rockers, you're in for one hell of a ride.
90
WiiGame Chronicles
Neversoft did an admirable job, especially considering they had to take a legendary franchise and rebuild it from scratch and Vicarious Visions created an excellent Wii port. But for a series that I have traditionally given perfect scores and continuous editorial awards, I can’t help but feel a bit let down by some personally distasteful music and poor note designs. But that’s just my opinion…and sales figures are already proving me wrong, so stop reading and go rock out.
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WiiDaily Game
Even with a new developer, the game doesn't miss a beat. In fact, the addition of multiplayer modes and boss battles makes it as good as ever, even if "experts" might complain a bit that the game's a bit more forgiving.
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WiiN-Europe
Despite a few shortcomings make no mistake Guitar Hero III is a must have. If you’re looking for a challenging yet rewarding title then look no further.
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WiiNintendoWorldReport
Legends of Rock is easily one of the must-own Wii games out there. Although the audio issue might give you pause, it doesn't take anything away from the awesomeness of the game. It's so good, you won't care that you don't have two-channel sound. I don't, which I think is a testament to how amazing the Guitar Hero experience is. Of course, once Activision figures out a fix for those already with the game (via patch or recall) and gets the problem resolved in new retail copies, that's when Wii owners can truly start rocking out.
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PlayStation 3Futuregamez.net
Obviously purchasing Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock is a bit of an expense, and the fact that you can't use your PS2 guitar controllers is very disappointing, but I defy anyone not to have as much fun with this game as any other on the market. It has a wide range of difficulty levels, plenty of songs to jam to, great online gameplay and a very polished audio visual experience.
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PlayStation 3AceGamez
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock doesn't try to be the best looker - it just promises fun and it certainly delivers this in abundance. There is a depth to this game like no other, and with over seventy songs, each with four different difficulty levels, plus the versatile and insanely addictive online mode, this will most definitely keep you rocking for a long time to come.
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Xbox 360DreamStation.cc
The Guitar Hero franchise has become one that has limitless potential and such broad appeal that gamers of all ages can enjoy. If they continue to improve upon it and support it with further content (some of it free would be nice) this will continue to stay in gamers 360’s for a long time. It’s still fun, but better with friends and even better at parties. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock adds more of what gamers have come to love and then some.
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PlayStation 3Jeuxvideo.com
Après la déception du spin-off spécial années 80, ce Guitar Hero 3 rassure sur l'avenir de la série malgré le départ de son créateur. Clairement le meilleur volet à tous points de vue, il ne reste plus qu'une chose à savoir : quid de la confrontation avec Rock Band ?
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Xbox 360Jeuxvideo.com
Après la déception du spin-off spécial années 80, ce Guitar Hero 3 rassure sur l'avenir de la série malgré le départ de son créateur. Clairement le meilleur volet à tous points de vue, il ne reste plus qu'une chose à savoir : quid de la confrontation avec Rock Band ?
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Xbox 360Gamigo
Es ist schwer, für Guitar Hero III eine gemeinsame Wertung zu finden, denn obwohl das Game in den meisten Punkten schlicht brilliant ist, krankt es hier und da an Kleinigkeiten, die den Spielspaß aber gehörig schmälern. So hat es Guitar Hero III nur dem Mono-Klang auf der Wii und den Unzulänglichkeiten auf dem PC zu verdanken, eine leicht schlechtere Wertung zu erhalten, als es eigentlich verdient hätte.
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WiiOfficial Nintendo Magazine
Gripes about the lacklustre visuals and wanted gameplay tweaks aside, Guitar Hero III is truly great, even if it's somewhat harder than we were expecting.
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Wii4Players.de
Guitar Hero war schon immer einer der fieseren »Nur noch ein Lied, wirklich!«-Süchtigmacher - und wer mit dem mittelmäßigen »Rocks the 80s« dachte, davon losgekommen zu sein, der wird mit Guitar Hero 3 abhängiger als je zuvor! Die Songliste: Brillant! Die neue Gitarre: Fantastisch! Der Online-Modus: Jawollja! Die Präsentation: Hammer! Guitar Hero 3 sieht ganz besonders in HD so aus, wie Guitar Hero 2 hätte aussehen sollen; ich fühle mich in meiner Aussage bestätigt, dass der Vorgänger auf der 360 stark nach hochskalierten PS2-Bildern aussah. Und auch wenn die Wii-Fassung da logischerweise nicht mithalten kann, sieht das Rock-Festival auch hier sehr gut aus - mal ganz davon abgesehen, dass die Wii-Gitarre einige coole Sonderfeatures bietet!
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Xbox 360Gamer.nl
We gaan nu niet opnieuw beginnen te roepen met "NU AL EEN KLASSIEKER", want dat lijkt ons overduidlijk. Guitar Hero III is verplichte kost voor diegenen die van een flink portie rock houden, niet vies zijn van een dosis zelfspot en graag mee willen jammen maar helaas niet kundig genoeg zijn om echte instrumenten te bespelen. Aan de andere kant, wie van jullie kan Dragonforce in het echt spelen? Nee... dan is expert toch wel iets makkelijker! Nou ja, ietsjes dan.
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Xbox 360GameSpy
Sluggo: We've covered a lot of ground in this review, but I think we've all arrived at the same conclusion: in taking the reins from Harmonix, Neversoft has done an admirable job of recreating Guitar Hero's gameplay, and the new guitars, fantastic setlist and challenging note charts push the series forward, even if some players may not be quite ready to rock that hard. Features like the boss battles, online play and co-op could have made Guitar Hero III a legend itself but end up feeling unpolished. Still, there's enough meat in Guitar Hero III to keep any would-be shredder happy for a long time... or at least until Guitar Hero IV comes out.
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Xbox 3601UP
It'll be intriguing watching this battle of the bands unfold. EA and Harmonix have the power of MTV and the drum dynamic, but it's very reassuring to know that Guitar Hero is in safe, capable, and understanding hands. Hands doing that devil-horn thing.
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Xbox 360Game Tap
There are some other nagging issues, but not anything that severely disrupts the experience of playing Guitar Hero III. Some may notice, or maybe it’s just me, that the star power lasts longer on a full charge than it did in previous games, which makes it easier to get through some of the tougher songs. Additionally, the note structure for some of the songs feels a bit off at some points and the difficulty curve is a bit inconsistent no matter what setting it’s on. But none of that will stop me on my road to mastering Metallica’s “One” on expert.
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Xbox 360Thunderbolt Games
But I digress. Guitar Hero III is everything a sequel should be, with new modes, better music, and a very nice guitar controller. The 360's Les Paul is a far nicer build than the tacky X-plorer controller from II. Online modes are finally here, with leaderboards, head-to-head play, and the promise of downloadable content. If it wasn't for the annoying boss battles(which are mercifully few) and random product placement, the game would be practically flawless, but it's too much of an issue to completely ignore. Still, with the new songs and modes, Guitar Hero III is the party game supreme.
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Xbox 360Gamernode
Overall, Guitar Hero III is pure excellence. A killer song list and the addition of a brand new online mode can't be beat. I'd recommend this game to any person who has ever played a video game or even heard a rock song one time in their life. You'll be the envy of all your friends and family, so pick it up; it's only $90-100 with a free axe depending upon which system you buy the game for. Guitar Hero III is one of the few video games that is actually exciting to watch, and it's great to have at a party or when you have a couple of people over. I would have liked to see more depth to the boss section of career mode and also a better battle mode, but the pros definitely outweigh the cons.
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Xbox 360Boomtown
Now, I wonder whether if we’re comparing the 70+ songs in this compilation with the (hopefully) inevitable downloadable content available soon we’ll feel as unhappy with the prices as we have with Guitar Hero 2’s. When you look at the volumes of material available in this game compared to the price we have been expected to fork over for the pitiful amount of extra tracks provided for the previous game in the series, it’s hard not to feel that Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock is good value.
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Xbox 360MS Xbox World
Developer Neversoft has taken the formula that Harmonix started and managed to keep the greatness of the Guitar Hero franchise intact. Killer yet unique gameplay combined with a to-die-for song list, makes this title a must own 360 game in my opinion. I really gotta hand it to Activision. They are having a kick ass year. Guitar Hero III and Call of Duty 4 alone should make many of their executives smile as the holiday sales figures start pouring in. As for me, watching my wife become a maniac rocker babe, has given me a reason to smile too. I’m not afraid to admit when I’m wrong and I was totally wrong about the Guitar Hero franchise. Guitar Hero III Legends of Rock … it rocks.
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Xbox 360DarkZero
In the end, Guitar Hero has survived the change in developer - there can be no doubt about that. Its signature style, note-charts, and rocking entertainment are still alive and well. The track listing is not only the biggest it has ever been, but also has the most quality per tier, having arguably the most imposing collection of big name artists the game has ever seen. If you always loved Guitar Hero then there is no reason not to pick up this, and if you are new to the series there has never been a better place to start.
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Xbox 360Eurogamer.net (UK)
Despite sharing the exact same innards as Guitar Hero II, Legends of Rock is, in every conceivable way, a better product than its predecessors. It's better presented, better put together, more professional, more complete. As the series always has, it brings fantastic music together with challenging, addictive, endlessly rewarding gameplay and a great sense of style - only this time it has flawless co-op, online multiplayer, and a 1980s German-language punk anthem. In other words, it's damned near perfect.
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Xbox 360HonestGamers
It provides great music, a lot of fun, and plenty of challenge: everything you could ask for from a Guitar Hero game.
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PlayStation 2Video Game Talk
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock may not the best game in the series on the PlayStation 2, but if it is the last Guitar Hero game to grace the console, it's one heck of a final act. Regardless of your guitar-playing experience, Legends of Rock is easily a recommended purchase for the PS2, especially if you haven't taken the plunge into the next generation yet. Neversoft has demonstrated that the series is in excellent hands and has a bright future going forward on consoles like the Wii, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.
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PlayStation 2Armchair Empire, The
Initial comments I have seen are giving this game a lower score because it fails to innovate. I disagree. The game has moved forward without abandoning those who love it for what it is. It’s an incremental improvement at best, but that doesn’t knock down the score for me. Forget the other versions exist and enjoy this one for the boss battles, great multiplayer and all around good rockin’ time.
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PlayStation 2Gaming Target
For fans of the series, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock is an absolute must buy. For newcomers, the game offers one of the better track lists and is a great jumping in point. The lack of Co-op Quickplay is disappointing and the Guitar Battles are lame, but Neversoft does the Guitar Hero formula proud and I eagerly await to see what they can do with part four.
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PlayStation 2Entertainment Depot, The
Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock delivers on all that I had heard about the series. Longtime fans might find the series old hat by now, but there is a whole lot to like to newcomers like myself. The track selection is largely fantastic and the system addictive. There isn’t a whole lot left coming out for the PlayStation 2, which makes the fact that Legends of Rock is great even better. For Wii players, it’s a great addition and its guitar will no doubt find future use in subsequent releases.
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PlayStation 2Eurogamer.net (UK)
Despite sharing the exact same innards as Guitar Hero II, Legends of Rock is, in every conceivable way, a better product than its predecessors. It's better presented, better put together, more professional, more complete. As the series always has, it brings fantastic music together with challenging, addictive, endlessly rewarding gameplay and a great sense of style - only this time it has flawless co-op, online multiplayer, and a 1980s German-language punk anthem. In other words, it's damned near perfect.
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Windows1UP
But overall? Damn, is this one fine game. If you've ever dreamed of shredding blistering licks in front of an adoring audience, you need to pick up Guitar Hero III.
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WiiJeuxvideo.com
Après la déception du spin-off spécial années 80, ce Guitar Hero 3 rassure sur l'avenir de la série malgré le départ de son créateur. Clairement le meilleur volet à tous points de vue, il ne reste plus qu'une chose à savoir : quid de la confrontation avec Rock Band ?
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PlayStation 3Game Freaks 365
Do not get me wrong: the first time I stood there before my television, post-loading screen as "Welcome to the Jungle" was indicated at the top-left of the screen, there was a rush that could not be felt by another non-Guitar Hero experience. The ending of the Career, although most of it before is stale, is as epic as "epic" can get. If you have not gotten sick of Guitar Hero, and do not plan on it anytime soon, you will disagree with my claims of its thrills growing stale. If you have seen the same grey hairs as I have, you will be hoping for a little bit of a change in the next game.
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Xbox 360Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Get your friends over. Lock the doors. Grow out your mullets. Get some fresh ink. It’s time to rock out. Guitar Hero 3 is more of the same awesome plastic, Fisher-Price guitar fun we all know and love. If you’re not talented enough to read music and you don’t care to be the guy who brings a guitar to parties in order to swoon ladies, this is your game. It’s fun for all ages, and it’s what you need to show your non-gamer friends when they see your console and think you’re a nerd. This is what gaming is all about.
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PlayStation 3Gamernode
Overall, Guitar Hero III is pure excellence. A killer song list and the addition of a brand new online mode can't be beat. I'd recommend this game to any person who has ever played a video game or even heard a rock song one time in their life. You'll be the envy of all your friends and family, so pick it up; it's only $90-100 with a free axe depending upon which system you buy the game for. Guitar Hero III is one of the few video games that is actually exciting to watch, and it's great to have at a party or when you have a couple of people over. I would have liked to see more depth to the boss section of career mode and also a better battle mode, but the pros definitely outweigh the cons.
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Wii1UP
It'll be intriguing watching this battle of the bands unfold. EA and Harmonix have the power of MTV and the drum dynamic, but it's very reassuring to know that Guitar Hero is in safe, capable, and understanding hands. Hands doing that devil-horn thing.
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WiiGameSpy
Sluggo: We've covered a lot of ground in this review, but I think we've all arrived at the same conclusion: in taking the reins from Harmonix, Neversoft has done an admirable job of recreating Guitar Hero's gameplay, and the new guitars, fantastic setlist and challenging note charts push the series forward, even if some players may not be quite ready to rock that hard. Features like the boss battles, online play and co-op could have made Guitar Hero III a legend itself but end up feeling unpolished. Still, there's enough meat in Guitar Hero III to keep any would-be shredder happy for a long time... or at least until Guitar Hero IV comes out.
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WiiComputer Bild Spiele
Ob alleine oder zu zweif, die Auswahl fetziger Songs und die erstklassige Spielbarkeit sorgen für Spaß ohne Reue. Die 360-Version sieht etwas schicker aus, aber zum Ausgleich lässt sich die Wii-Fernbedienung in einen Schacht der Gitarre strecken. Dann plärren Ihre Fehlgriffe aus dem Lautsprecher der Fernbedienung (also aus dem Gitarrenkorpus) und dumpfe Bässe teilen sich per Rütteeffekt mit. Ein witziges Detail, doch letztlich sind beide Versionen "gute" Musikspiele mit dem Zeug zum Hit.
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WindowsGameStar (Germany)
(v1.3) Mit dem neuen Update spielen Sie Guitar Hero 3 fast auf Xbox-360-Niveau. Zu kleinen Rucklern kommt es nur noch ganz selten. Deshalb vergeben wir nach dem Patch 1.1 nochmals ein Wertungsplus von zwei Punkten. Zudem liefert das Update einige Anpassungen für auf Laptops. So wird nun die Signalstärke für Funknetzwerke beim Spielen über das Internet angezeigt.
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WiiGamesmania
Legt die Disc ins Laufwerk, schnallt euch die Gitarre um und rockt die Hütte! Guitar Hero 3 ist ein wahr gewordener Traum für Fans gefplegter E-Gitarrenmusik und kommt mit einem Soundtrack daher, der keine Wünsche offen lässt. Der Titel ist hier Programm, denn nahezu jede Rocklegende trägt zur brachialen Trackliste bei. Der Anschaffungspreis von rund 100 EUR für die Konsolenversionen, beziehungsweise rund 80 EUR für die PC Fassung ist zwar kein Pappenstil, doch dafür wird euch mit einem außergewöhnlichen und wertigen Controller auch ein ganz besonderes Spielerlebnis geboten. Dank sinnvoller Verbesserungen, lohnt sich der Titel auch für Besitzer der Vorgänger. So, genug gequatscht - Fans und Gitarre warten auf mich!
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PlayStation 3Gamesmania
Legt die Disc ins Laufwerk, schnallt euch die Gitarre um und rockt die Hütte! Guitar Hero 3 ist ein wahr gewordener Traum für Fans gefplegter E-Gitarrenmusik und kommt mit einem Soundtrack daher, der keine Wünsche offen lässt. Der Titel ist hier Programm, denn nahezu jede Rocklegende trägt zur brachialen Trackliste bei. Der Anschaffungspreis von rund 100 EUR für die Konsolenversionen, beziehungsweise rund 80 EUR für die PC Fassung ist zwar kein Pappenstil, doch dafür wird euch mit einem außergewöhnlichen und wertigen Controller auch ein ganz besonderes Spielerlebnis geboten. Dank sinnvoller Verbesserungen, lohnt sich der Titel auch für Besitzer der Vorgänger. So, genug gequatscht - Fans und Gitarre warten auf mich!
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Xbox 360Gamesmania
Legt die Disc ins Laufwerk, schnallt euch die Gitarre um und rockt die Hütte! Guitar Hero 3 ist ein wahr gewordener Traum für Fans gefplegter E-Gitarrenmusik und kommt mit einem Soundtrack daher, der keine Wünsche offen lässt. Der Titel ist hier Programm, denn nahezu jede Rocklegende trägt zur brachialen Trackliste bei. Der Anschaffungspreis von rund 100 EUR für die Konsolenversionen, beziehungsweise rund 80 EUR für die PC Fassung ist zwar kein Pappenstil, doch dafür wird euch mit einem außergewöhnlichen und wertigen Controller auch ein ganz besonderes Spielerlebnis geboten. Dank sinnvoller Verbesserungen, lohnt sich der Titel auch für Besitzer der Vorgänger. So, genug gequatscht - Fans und Gitarre warten auf mich!
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PlayStation 2Gamesmania
Legt die Disc ins Laufwerk, schnallt euch die Gitarre um und rockt die Hütte! Guitar Hero 3 ist ein wahr gewordener Traum für Fans gefplegter E-Gitarrenmusik und kommt mit einem Soundtrack daher, der keine Wünsche offen lässt. Der Titel ist hier Programm, denn nahezu jede Rocklegende trägt zur brachialen Trackliste bei. Der Anschaffungspreis von rund 100 EUR für die Konsolenversionen, beziehungsweise rund 80 EUR für die PC Fassung ist zwar kein Pappenstil, doch dafür wird euch mit einem außergewöhnlichen und wertigen Controller auch ein ganz besonderes Spielerlebnis geboten. Dank sinnvoller Verbesserungen, lohnt sich der Titel auch für Besitzer der Vorgänger. So, genug gequatscht - Fans und Gitarre warten auf mich!
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WindowsGamesmania
Legt die Disc ins Laufwerk, schnallt euch die Gitarre um und rockt die Hütte! Guitar Hero 3 ist ein wahr gewordener Traum für Fans gefplegter E-Gitarrenmusik und kommt mit einem Soundtrack daher, der keine Wünsche offen lässt. Der Titel ist hier Programm, denn nahezu jede Rocklegende trägt zur brachialen Trackliste bei. Der Anschaffungspreis von rund 100 EUR für die Konsolenversionen, beziehungsweise rund 80 EUR für die PC Fassung ist zwar kein Pappenstil, doch dafür wird euch mit einem außergewöhnlichen und wertigen Controller auch ein ganz besonderes Spielerlebnis geboten. Dank sinnvoller Verbesserungen, lohnt sich der Titel auch für Besitzer der Vorgänger. So, genug gequatscht - Fans und Gitarre warten auf mich!
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Xbox 360XboxZone (Australia)
That said, for all its minor niggles the biggest question of all is whether Neversoft have managed to do the Guitar Hero franchise justice. With a plethora of master tracks, great online modes and easily the best guitar model available to date the answer is quite simply a resounding yes! When you’re able to play as Slash while jumping off the furniture grinding your wireless guitar to one of your favourite rock songs, at the same time forgetting for a moment that in reality you actually don’t know how to play the guitar you’ll forgive its minor flaws and revel in what is a very worthy addition to an already great franchise. Rock on!
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Xbox 360TeamXbox
More importantly, we’re just a short time from Rock Band’s appearance on the scene, and it’ll be interesting to see how the competition shapes up. It’s altogether possible that the two can happily co-exist in their respective universes—and share a larger, combined audience. That’s provided they can both keep the packages moving forward and growing. It’s yet to be seen, but it should provide better games across that genre for us.
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PlayStation 2PGNx Media
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock is undoubtedly the best game in the series. The amazing soundtrack, superb wireless guitar, subtle tweaks, and excellent online multiplayer are exactly what fans have been wanting from the series. If you're looking for a recommendation on the platform, I would suggest the Xbox 360 version due to the truly wireless guitar, future downloadable content, and ease of sending game invites.
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PlayStation 2Worth Playing
Guitar Hero III is a great game — at least as good as its notable predecessors. In the title's PlayStation 3 version, however, the deal comes with a caveat: For a seamless, uncomplicated experience, you can't bring your old Guitar Hero gear with you. Should you be new to one of the finest franchises in contemporary console gaming, you can never go back and play the older titles without investing in a rather costly, essentially duplicate, controller and perhaps even the PS2 itself, if you didn't keep yours or never owned one in the first place. Grudgingly, I issue Guitar Hero III a high mark for achieving yet more excellence in an excellent franchise, but with the adamant declaration for Red Octane that in future game releases, callous disregard for existing loyal customers will be perceived egregious and intolerable.
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PlayStation 3Worth Playing
Guitar Hero III is a great game — at least as good as its notable predecessors. In the title's PlayStation 3 version, however, the deal comes with a caveat: For a seamless, uncomplicated experience, you can't bring your old Guitar Hero gear with you. Should you be new to one of the finest franchises in contemporary console gaming, you can never go back and play the older titles without investing in a rather costly, essentially duplicate, controller and perhaps even the PS2 itself, if you didn't keep yours or never owned one in the first place. Grudgingly, I issue Guitar Hero III a high mark for achieving yet more excellence in an excellent franchise, but with the adamant declaration for Red Octane that in future game releases, callous disregard for existing loyal customers will be perceived egregious and intolerable.
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Xbox 360IGN
Guitar Hero 3 is a safe first entry into the franchise by Neversoft. The studio didn't rock the boat too much and stuck with the tried and true formula of previous Guitar Hero games in most situations. The soundtrack is fantastic and the new online additions are going to take the Guitar Hero community to the next level. It really is hard to argue with any facet of the gameplay. Everything outside of the game itself, though, is in need of an overhaul as the presentation is growing a bit stale. It's hard to ask that of a developer's first foray into an established franchise, but it's equally hard to look at the game and not see room for improvement.
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PlayStation 3IGN
Guitar Hero 3 is a safe first entry into the franchise by Neversoft. The studio didn't rock the boat too much and stuck with the tried and true formula of previous Guitar Hero games in most situations. The soundtrack is fantastic and the new online additions are going to take the Guitar Hero community to the next level. It really is hard to argue with any facet of the gameplay. Everything outside of the game itself, though, is in need of an overhaul as the presentation is growing a bit stale. It's hard to ask that of a developer's first foray into an established franchise, but it's equally hard to look at the game and not see room for improvement.
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WindowsComputer Bild Spiele
Ob alleine oder zu zweit, viele fetzige Songs und erstklassige Spielbarkeit sorgen für Spaß ohne Misstöne. Guitar Hero 3 ist ein "gutes" Musikspiel mit dem Zeug zum Hit.
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Xbox 360Computer Bild Spiele
Ob alleine oder zu zweif, die Auswahl fetziger Songs und die erstklassige Spielbarkeit sorgen für Spaß ohne Reue. Die 360-Version sieht etwas schicker aus, aber zum Ausgleich lässt sich die Wii-Fernbedienung in einen Schacht der Gitarre strecken. Dann plärren Ihre Fehlgriffe aus dem Lautsprecher der Fernbedienung (also aus dem Gitarrenkorpus) und dumpfe Bässe teilen sich per Rütteeffekt mit. Ein witziges Detail, doch letztlich sind beide Versionen "gute" Musikspiele mit dem Zeug zum Hit.
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WiiVicioJuegos.com
Guitar Hero 3 va a formar parte por el momento del catálogo más selecto de Wii. Cuenta con una selección de temas que hará la delicias de muchos. Si no has jugado antes a un título de estas características, te recomendamos que lo pruebes, ya que suele gustar a toda aquella persona que lo juega. Para finalizar este análisis concluimos mencionando que la cuarta parte numérica de Guitar Hero es un hecho y posiblemente llegue a finales de 2008 a nuestras consolas con nuevos temas musicales a nuestra disposición.
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Xbox 360Lawrence
When it comes down to it, you’ll love the majority of Guitar Hero III if you’ve been a fan of the last two installments. If they weren’t your type of game before, there’s nothing that will change your mind with this one. Consider me in the former group.
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PlayStation 2Lawrence
When it comes down to it, you’ll love the majority of Guitar Hero III if you’ve been a fan of the last two installments. If they weren’t your type of game before, there’s nothing that will change your mind with this one. Consider me in the former group.
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PlayStation 3Lawrence
When it comes down to it, you’ll love the majority of Guitar Hero III if you’ve been a fan of the last two installments. If they weren’t your type of game before, there’s nothing that will change your mind with this one. Consider me in the former group.
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PlayStation 3GameZone
Guitar Hero III is the best of the series, and it is a serious challenge to boot. The sequel, in the hands of a new developer, was handled well and this is a game that fans of the genre would do well to play. The wireless guitar begs to be strapped on and danced around while playing, and the music selection screams to be turned up. Much fun is to be had here.
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WiiLawrence
When it comes down to it, you’ll love the majority of Guitar Hero III if you’ve been a fan of the last two installments. If they weren’t your type of game before, there’s nothing that will change your mind with this one. Consider me in the former group.
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Xbox 360The Review Busters
It may seem like I hate Guitar Hero 3, but I really don’t, I wanted everybody to know what has changed and how it affects the game. We all love the Guitar Hero franchise, if it wasn’t for these games nobody would ever spend a hundred dollars or more on a single video game, sorry Sega but once again you were ahead of your time with Samba de Amigo, people didn't want to play a hundred dollars for a maraca game.. The minor game play flaws can easily be fixed and the tracks in this game are awesome, Metallica’s One is my favorite song to play in this game. Neversoft did a good job with the series; all the problems this game might be slacking on will most likely be over looked since all anybody wants to do is rock out. It is too early to tell if GH3 is the best guitar game out today but for now it defiantly has that award.
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WindowsGameStar (Germany)
(v1.1) Seit Version 1.1 ruckelt Guitar Hero 3 nicht mehr so stark, gerät aber ab und zu immer noch ins Stocken. Online-Rocker freuen sich über den neuen Koop-Modus, ärgern sich aber über Verbindungsabbrüche und Lags.
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PlayStation 2VicioJuegos.com
En definitiva, Neversoft ha demostrado su buen hacer con esta saga tan popular. A pesar de los altibajos en los gráficos, los temas originales dejan claro que se ha hecho una gran inversión para hacer Guitar Hero III. Lástima que la guitarra de serie sea de nuevo alámbrica, pero en cualquier caso es una compra ineludible para los fans de la saga.
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Xbox 360Planet Xbox 360
An amazing track list, new boss battles, characters, and an entirely new online mode just keep the list going of reasons to buy this game. Everyone wants to know whether to get Neversoft’s Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock or Harmonix’s Rock Band this holiday season. For now GH3 is the clear winner because I have played it in it’s entirety and the third one in the franchise is almost perfect. Everything is so polished and clean it is obvious that the developers had a good grasp on the genre. There is no doubt that Rock Band will add something completely new to the genre but Guitar Hero III does enough of the old stuff right that I have to recommend it to any fan of the genre. Pick it up, choose Slash as your avatar, and rock out with the new badass wireless guitar.
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Xbox 360NZGamer
While the game provides hours of blissful fun, it would've been nice to see some more substantial improvements and gameplay changes over what Guitar Hero II offered. Nevertheless it's still a very solid title, and is easy to pick up and play if only for a few minutes, or as a game to pull out at a party. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to have one more attempt at Through the Fire and Flames.
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Xbox 360Wonderwallweb.com
Guitar Hero III brings with it some new improved features which are a welcome addition to the series, if you own the previous version then it may not be an essential purchase, I guess it just depends how much you want the excellent wireless guitar (which feels very well built) and the new songs which come with this game. I for one feel that Guitar Hero III is a brilliant game to add to any collection, but that’s only my opinion, what’s yours?
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Xbox 360GamingTrend
The Guitar Hero formula isn’t particularly complex. Keeping people interested after 3 previous titles in the franchise is. Neversoft isn’t a new development house, but they are new to this series. To that end, they have taken what Harmonix has built and ran with it like crazy. They have a few new features to try, as well as a new look for the game overall, but suffice it to say that the game hasn’t changed a great deal – and this is a good thing. While I may not enjoy all of the new tracks, this is certainly the strongest song lineup with the most master tracks we’ve seen to date. Download the demo and see for yourself!
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Xbox 360TalkXbox
All told, Guitar Hero 3 is another solid, worthy entry into an already highly-successful series. While not all of the changes and additions made benefit the game, the core gameplay is still there and that’s more than enough to make the game appeal to Guitar Hero veterans. Thanks to an impressive soundtrack with plenty of master tracks, the still fun competitive modes and a nicely done online mode, this is definitely the most full-fledged Guitar Hero experience yet. With so much content available, it’s definitely going to take a really addicting game to keep Guitar Hero 3 out of your system. If you’re an experienced Guitar Hero player, this game’s got must-have written all over it. As for those who aren’t so familiar with the series, this one’s worth a look but don’t be surprised if the game is overwhelming to you.
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Xbox 360IC-Games
With the Wireless controller, huge (and for once decent) track list and the long desired online play, Guitar Hero III has ultimately taken the right direction. When you strip away the meat from the bones you might be left with essentially Guitar Hero II 'deluxe' but for fans of the series we doubt many will be disappointed with what Neversoft have achieved.
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Xbox 360IGN Australia
Okay, so we have a few complaints, but really, Guitar Hero III is still great fun. The difficulty curve is very well judged, without the steep slopes that would rise up to smack you in the head in Guitar Hero I and II on PS2 (GH II on 360 was similarly smooth), and as with previous games, it's a lot more fun to play slightly above your skill level. Keep reachin' for that rainbow, in other words. Veterans will also find that the timing is a bit more generous in this installment than in previous games. It's actually just as much fun this way, so don't stress about the game being dumbed down. We're also big fans of Neversoft's style of tabulation – lots of runs of hammer-ons and pull-offs, as well as power chords in all their guises. Cool.
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PlayStation 2GameCola.net
The door swung open, making an authoritative crack as it smacked the wall of Jimmy’s bedroom. Jimmy was a young boy, a hard-done-by boy, a boy who didn’t have a chance in life. He was born into an abusive family. His Dad was often beating the wife, and, when that ritual wasn’t in progress, he was berating her.
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PlayStation 3Gamers' Temple, The
There are a few things that I wish were different about Guitar Hero III, but they don’t diminish the fact that this game is as enjoyable as any in the series. PS3 owners, it’s time to rock.
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Xbox 360Xbox World (Germany)
Rundum ist Guitar Hero 3 - Legends of Rock der Beste Teil bisher doch Teilweise bei 1080i hatte das Spiele einige Ruckler. Wer sich das Paket mit Guitar Wireless Controller kauft, bekommt zusätzlich noch eine Schöne Gitarre hinzu die Technisch gesehen besser als der Controller aus Teil 2 ist. Wer also solche Spiele Mag sollte zugreifen können,wer mit Rock Geschichte nichts am Hut hat wird mit der Musik Auswahl nicht erfreut sein.
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PlayStation 2Gamers' Temple, The
PS2 owners may be a bit disappointed to find that theirs is the only version that does not include support for online play or track downloads. However, on the whole Guitar Hero III is a lot of fun to play and has plenty of tracks to keep virtual rock stars busy. Overall you won’t be disappointed with Legends of Rock.
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PlayStation 2GamingTrend
It looks complicated, but it only takes a minimum of practice before you get the hang of it. The two player is a lot of fun, and there are several versions of that to play. There has to be several of 70+ tracks on here that you'll enjoy a majority of if you're over 25. If you haven't jumped on the bandwagon by now, you won't be dissapointed.
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PlayStation 3PSX Extreme
Guitar Hero III is a fine game, and the series is precisely what the industry needs. No matter which version you go with, you'll find an addictive experience all around. If online is a concern of yours, get the PlayStation 3 version, otherwise the PlayStation 2 version is nearly identical. Unlike other games, what primarily drives Guitar Hero's appeal is just how fantastic its track selection, and Guitar Hero III is no exception; it may very well have one of the best soundtracks ever. On top of that, the new wireless guitar really makes playing the game a lot more enjoyable.
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PlayStation 3IC-Games
With the Wireless controller, huge (and for once decent) track list and the long desired online play, Guitar Hero III has ultimately taken the right direction. When you strip away the meat from the bones you might be left with essentially Guitar Hero II 'deluxe' but for fans of the series we doubt many will be disappointed with what Neversoft have achieved.
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WiiDa Gameboyz
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock is the first time that the franchise has made it to a Nintendo console, and it does so with a bang. With some solid graphics, an awesome soundtrack, and great gameplay including the addition of battle mode, co-op career and online play, how can one not go wrong with this game? Mark my words people; should you decide to buy this game for your Wii you will not be disappointed. Now go forth and Rock on!
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Xbox 360V2.fi
Vaikka biisilista onkin ehkä sarjan paras tähän asti, en ole kuitenkaan marssimassa pelikaupoille, koska olen jo maksanut kaksi kertaa ison rahasumman samasta pelistä eri biiseillä. Pomotaistelut tuovat kaivattua pelillistä lisää, mutta eivät kuitenkaan onnistu olemaan juuri lainkaan viihdyttäviä. Kaipaisin myös mahdollisuutta improvisointiin soitossa, koska nyt ehta rokkimeininki vesittyy siihen, että biisit on vedettävä jukeboksin tarkkuudella kylmä hiki otsalla täsmälleen niin kuin nuoteissa lukee. That ain't rock'n'roll, man!
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Xbox 360Game Chronicles
Neversoft did an admirable job, especially considering they had to take a legendary franchise and rebuild it from scratch. But for a series that I have traditionally given perfect scores and continuous editorial awards, I can’t help but feel a bit let down by some personally distasteful music and poor note designs. But that’s just my opinion…and sales figures are already proving me wrong, so stop reading and go rock out.
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Xbox 360Game Over Online
Neversoft played it pretty safe with Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. It doesn’t break new ground and it didn’t need to. The existing formula has made the franchise a huge success. They did add a local co-op Career Mode, boss battles to the solo Career Mode, and a multiplayer Battle Mode. They also focused on improving the look and feel of the game with tremendous results. I would love to have seen online support for the co-op Career Mode and the boss battles feel a little tacked on, but those are minor gripes in yet another standout performance. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of pressure the upcoming Rock Band can put on this axe legend but until then, Guitar Hero fans are encouraged to rock on!
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PlayStation 3GamingHeaven / DriverHeaven
If you played a Guitar Hero game before most of this review was stating the obvious. I apologize for that, but with only you in mind the review would have sounded something like “Same as before, minor changes to timings, new online features, battle mode, good track list, downloadable songs”. Speaking of which, that sums up the game fairly well! That leaves us with the question if you should pay for the game or get Rock Band instead. Well, if you are a loner or only have another player willing to rock it out with you, Guitar Hero 3 is the game for you. Rock Band can be enjoyed on your own as well, but Guitar Hero 3 with its superb songs, challenging solos and proven gameplay offers more to the solo musician-to-be.
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PlayStation 3Game Over Online
Neversoft played it pretty safe with Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. It doesn’t break new ground and it didn’t need to. The existing formula has made the franchise a huge success. They did add a local co-op Career Mode, boss battles to the solo Career Mode, and a multiplayer Battle Mode. They also focused on improving the look and feel of the game with tremendous results. I would love to have seen online support for the co-op Career Mode and the boss battles feel a little tacked on, but those are minor gripes in yet another standout performance. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of pressure the upcoming Rock Band can put on this axe legend but until then, Guitar Hero fans are encouraged to rock on!
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WiiIGN
All in all Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock is an impressive addition to any Wii collection. The guitar peripheral feels great, Activision nailed the Guitar Hero gameplay, and the 70+ tracks make up a set list that trumps any collection before it. Online is a huge plus, especially on Wii, as not many games have excelled outside of local multiplayer play, and the massive amount of options, modes, and customization holds up to previous versions of the game, and should definitely impress any first-time Guitar Hero players on Nintendo’s console.
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PlayStation 3GamingTrend
Guitar Hero III does what it sets out to do. It makes you feel like you can play real guitar for a real band, working your way through the ranks and paying your dues. I really wish I had Guitar Hero III available when I had some friends over, because when I pulled out Guitar Hero II, they complained about the song selection available. Guitar Hero III definitely fixes that issue and makes the game more friendly for the casual gamer scene. Don’t let the boss battles scare you, and if you approach it with an open mind you’ll probably find that you enjoy them. It’s still unfortunate that you can’t play the previous Guitar Hero games on your backwards-compatible PS3, but if you don’t have an Xbox 360 and have enjoyed the previous Guitar Hero games, then Guitar Hero III is a great addition to your collection.
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PlayStation 3Meristation
Después de muchas horas e incontables partidas a todos los títulos de la saga, nos queda una buena sensación de esta tercera entrega, cuyas brillantes virtudes quedan emborronadas sólo ligeramente por los defectos ya comentados. La falta de sincronización en algunos temas y la poca coherencia de algunas partituras, especialmente en multijugador, quedan como los puntos negros más destacables frente a un apartado jugable tremendamente divertido, adictivo y capaz de hacer que se pasen las horas sin enterarnos.
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WindowsMeristation
Después de muchas horas e incontables partidas a todos los títulos de la saga, nos queda una buena sensación de esta tercera entrega, cuyas brillantes virtudes quedan emborronadas sólo ligeramente por los defectos ya comentados. La falta de sincronización en algunos temas y la poca coherencia de algunas partituras, especialmente en multijugador, quedan como los puntos negros más destacables frente a un apartado jugable tremendamente divertido, adictivo y capaz de hacer que se pasen las horas sin enterarnos.
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PlayStation 2Meristation
Después de muchas horas e incontables partidas a todos los títulos de la saga, nos queda una buena sensación de esta tercera entrega, cuyas brillantes virtudes quedan emborronadas sólo ligeramente por los defectos ya comentados. La falta de sincronización en algunos temas y la poca coherencia de algunas partituras, especialmente en multijugador, quedan como los puntos negros más destacables frente a un apartado jugable tremendamente divertido, adictivo y capaz de hacer que se pasen las horas sin enterarnos.
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WiiMeristation
Guitar Hero III ha logrado no sólo mantenerse a la altura en su versión para Wii, sino incluso sorprender utilizando el mando de manera única, mejorando de este modo la jugabilidad. El juego en línea, además, alcanza un nivel comparable al de un servicio de pago como es Xbox Live! permaneciendo completamente gratuito. El repertorio de canciones es muy amplio y la selección de temas es muy acertada, sin embargo es una lástima ese error de poner el sonido en mono con el Dolby Prologic activado ya que resulta molesto para disfrutar la música en condiciones. El apartado técnico, por su parte, se queda un poco pobre para las posibilidades de la plataforma de Nintendo, aunque cumple para lo que necesita un título de estas características.
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Xbox 360Meristation
Después de muchas horas e incontables partidas a todos los títulos de la saga, nos queda una buena sensación de esta tercera entrega, cuyas brillantes virtudes quedan emborronadas sólo ligeramente por los defectos ya comentados. La falta de sincronización en algunos temas y la poca coherencia de algunas partituras, especialmente en multijugador, quedan como los puntos negros más destacables frente a un apartado jugable tremendamente divertido, adictivo y capaz de hacer que se pasen las horas sin enterarnos.
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Xbox 360Xbox World Australia (XWA)
Throw in the addition of a brand new co-operative career mode, Xbox Live multiplayer, the new Guitar Hero website community part of the game, the brand new wireless controller (that is freaking great mind you), the ever increasing number of original tracks rather than covers and you've got yet another game in the Guitar Hero series that deserves to be snapped up by everyone even remotely interested in it.
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Xbox 360Extreme Gamer
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock tunes up to challenge gamers to become a guitar god. The new selection of songs, updated visuals, co-op multiplayer and online mode should give you enough reason to upgrade from your warn out copy of Guitar Hero II. Guitar Hero 3 is addictive and fun for all gamers, including those who don’t regularly play games. Guitar Hero 3 has its own unique magic that has found its own niche at the top of the charts. If you haven't experienced this solid rock performance, purchase a ticket and get ready for the button pressing time of your life.
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Xbox 360Game Critics
Despite this one flaw, there's no denying that Guitar Hero III is everything we've come to expect from a game in the franchise (and it has definitely become a franchise at this point—expect to see not only lots of downloadable content but new expansions in the not too distant future as Activision keeps riding the gravy train). While there doesn't seem to be any real way to "tweak" the gameplay for future iterations, this is the one series where it may not matter. "Playing" the guitar is fun enough without having to add a bunch of new bells and whistles to the experience—and there are decades worth of classic guitar tracks out there. Expect Guitar Hero to be around for awhile—and I'm cool with that, as long as they keep making fun and challenging games like Guitar Hero III.
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Xbox 360Deaf Gamers
Of course the bottom line as far as this review is concerned is how good an experience is Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock for deaf gamers. The fact that the game has over 70 tracks is not important to deaf gamers. In fact all this means is that there are over 70 different challenges to tackle (and much more if you factor in the four difficulty levels). Without sound the game is still, surprisingly enjoyable. As a rhythm game Guitar Hero III can prove to be devilishly difficult and it will really test your dexterity on the harder difficulty levels. Not being aware of the music (we should add that the songs are not subtitled) doesn't necessarily harm the experience. Of course that's not to say that deaf gamers will get as much out of the game as hearing gamers will (indeed we haven't given the game a DGC rating) but there's certainly no real obstacles to stop deaf gamers experiencing what's been one of the better offline console multiplayer experiences over the last few years.
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Xbox 360Game Positive
If you are considering Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, you probably know what you're getting into. In fact, besides the boss battles and online play, this is pretty much an expansion pack that includes a bunch of new features. It's by no means bad, but it's not a huge leap forward either. And with some stiff competition on the horizon, Guitar Hero could use a little bit of innovation. But for what it is, the game is still a lot of fun. The new songs will keep you coming back, and the cooperative offline mode adds a lot to the experience. But will it be enough to stem the tide of Rock Band? Only time will tell.
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WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Als Schlagzeuger bin ich neidisch auf Gitarristen, die immer bejubelt werden. Aber in Guitar Hero 3 schrubbe ich die alle weg. Am besten kommt das Rockstar-Feeling allerdings auf einem großen Fernseher. Wer ein Riesen-TV oder einen Beamer hat, sollte den PC dort anschließen - sobald es keine Ruckler mehr im Spiel gibt. Und Vorsicht: In Sachen Hardware-Anforderungen hat Guitar Hero 3 echte Star-Allüren.
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WiiGamers.at
Meine Vorfreude auf Teil 3 der Guitar Hero-Reihe war groß. Nach dem eher schlampigen "Rock the 80s" wurde mir schon etwas bang doch all meine Befürchtungen haben sich in Luft aufgelöst. Das Spiel "rockt" was an der verbesserten Spielmechanik aber auch an der Songauswahl liegt. Dass dem Wii-Spieler eine etwas lauere Grafik präsentiert wird ist noch zu verkraften. Viel mehr wird das Spielerlebnis von den frustrierenden Battles und dem Mono-Bug getrübt. Kaufempfehlung? Fans der Serie werden sich Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock vermutlich schon gekauft haben. Zu Recht. Und ich rate jedem Wannabe-Rocker und Luftgitarrenkönig selbiges zu tun. Für welche Plattform ihr euch entscheidet bleibt euch überlassen. Die Wii-Version ist auf jeden Fall ein Pferd auf das man setzen kann.
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Xbox 360Defunct Games
Guitar Hero III doesn't set out to revolutionize the two year old franchise, but that doesn't stop it from being one of the best games of the year. With its strong track list, fun celebrity cameos, exciting multiplayer modes and interesting story, Guitar Hero III is a must buy for anybody who loves to jam at a fake plastic guitar. You won't find a whole lot that is new this time around, but Neversoft has done an excellent job of ironing out some of the kinks and making this the best Guitar Hero game yet.
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PlayStation 3Kombo.com
A very good game and a worthy follow-up in the Guitar Hero line. Sporting the best soundtrack yet, this is a great holiday pick for long time fans and newcomers alike.
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PlayStation 2Gamernode
Overall, Guitar Hero III is pure excellence. A killer song list and the addition of a brand new online mode can't be beat. I'd recommend this game to any person who has ever played a video game or even heard a rock song one time in their life. You'll be the envy of all your friends and family, so pick it up; it's only $90-100 with a free axe depending upon which system you buy the game for. Guitar Hero III is one of the few video games that is actually exciting to watch, and it's great to have at a party or when you have a couple of people over. I would have liked to see more depth to the boss section of career mode and also a better battle mode, but the pros definitely outweigh the cons. Obviously with the lack of DLC on the PS2 version, if you pick this game up and have a current-gen system, you'd be stupid not to get it for that.
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WindowsIGN
Now that Harmonix has moved on, Guitar Hero 3 is a safe first entry into the franchise by the new management. The group didn't rock the boat too much and stuck with the tried and true formula of previous Guitar Hero games in most situations. The soundtrack is fantastic and the new online additions are going to take the Guitar Hero community to the next level. The lack of guitarhero.com features on the PC are a disappointment, though. It really is hard to argue with any facet of the gameplay. Everything outside of the game itself, though, is in need of an overhaul as the presentation is growing a bit stale. It's hard to ask that of a first foray into an established franchise, but it's equally hard to look at the game and not see room for improvement. Everyone got it right where it counts, though, and the third entry into the Guitar Hero franchise is just as fun as ever.
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PlayStation 3Armchair Empire, The
I was surprised with Guitar Hero III - surprised that I actually enjoyed pushing buttons in time to music. It’s not really rockin’ out, but it sure is fun and I’m a little sorry I missed the previous titles.
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WiiPAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock is a great addition to the franchise and well worth adding to your collection. The Wii version doesn't support downloadable content right now, but with a huge track list, a solid mix of songs, and the trusty Guitar Hero formula basically untouched, Legends of Rock is well recommended. Even with the change of developer, Guitar Hero is still a great franchise and one that deserves to be played by all.
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WiiGameZone
At $90, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock is the most expensive game available for Wii. But with several dozen music tracks and a great guitar controller included in the package, there can be no complaints. If you loved the others, you’ll love this sequel.
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WiiExtreme Gamer
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock tunes up to challenge gamers to become a guitar god. The new selection of songs, updated visuals, co-op multiplayer and online mode should give you enough reason to upgrade from your warn out copy of Guitar Hero II. Guitar Hero 3 is addictive and fun for all gamers, including those who don’t regularly play games. Guitar Hero 3 has its own unique magic that has found its own niche at the top of the charts. If you haven't experienced this solid rock performance, purchase a ticket and get ready for the button pressing time of your life.
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PlayStation 3Extreme Gamer
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock tunes up to challenge gamers to become a guitar god. The new selection of songs, updated visuals, co-op multiplayer and online mode should give you enough reason to upgrade from your warn out copy of Guitar Hero II. Guitar Hero 3 is addictive and fun for all gamers, including those who don’t regularly play games. Guitar Hero 3 has its own unique magic that has found its own niche at the top of the charts. If you haven't experienced this solid rock performance, purchase a ticket and get ready for the button pressing time of your life.
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Xbox 360Worth Playing
Without a doubt, Guitar Hero III is an obvious step forward in the Guitar Hero franchise. On one hand, it's Guitar Hero. Messing it up would've been sacrilege, and Activision did a pretty good job of not doing that. It's just as fun as it ever was, and the song selection is pretty great. On the other hand, they could have done a little more. Revolutionary new steps forward weren't exactly expected, but Guitar Hero III feels a little too much like more of the same. The formula is starting to feel a little stale, though the cinematics help make the career mode a little more fun. Perhaps in the future, there may be the possibility for a more in-depth career mode. Guitar Hero III is definitely a must-buy for any Guitar Hero fan, and it should be looked into by anyone who's looking for a great new PS2, Xbox 360, PS3 or Nintendo Wii game.
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PlayStation 3Mygamer.com
With steep pricing and expensive content Guitar Hero begins to show its age this year. The additions of online multiplayer across all systems and boss battles with the masters of the axe this is the first time that Guitar Hero manages to feel like a fully fleshed out game instead of just an interesting program designed around a guitar looking controller. For fans of the series this is simply a continuation of form, while everyone else will easily find something to love it is hard not to be shocked at the price.
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WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Wegen Guitar Hero habe ich mir damals eine Playstation 2 gekauft. Und gespielt, bis die Finger schmerzten. Es macht gehörig Spaß, sich wie ein Gitarrengott zu fühlen und besonders schwere Passagen perfekt in die Tasten zu hämmern. Guitar Hero 3 setzt das bewährte Rezept fort. Änderungen gibt es kaum. Gut so, schließlich ist das Prinzip prima, wie es ist. Einzig der neue Modus ist in meinen Augen nahezu überflüssig. Beim Schwierigkeitsgrad hätten die Entwickler etwas feinfühliger vorgehen müssen: Der Sprung von "Mittel" zu "Hart" ist zu deftig! Ich persönlich rocke ja lieber vor dem Fernseher mit Konsole als vor einem PC-Bildschirm. Dennoch freut es mich, dass die Serie jetzt auch Spielern ohne Konsolen zugänglich ist. Von gelegentlichen Rucklern abgesehen, macht das auch auf dem PC eine Menge Spaß.
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Xbox 360UGO (UnderGroundOnline)
Now that we know everything is working great with Neversoft at the helm of the Guitar Hero franchise, it's hard not to wonder what's next for the series. Long-standing flaws for the series are eclipsed in Legends of Rock by significant improvements to the presentation and overall functionality. It's going to take a lot more than a new setlist to impress fans in the series' next offering. For now at least, we have a brand new Guitar Hero that features the same great gameplay coupled with some welcome - and in certain cases, long overdue - improvements. It may not be the holiday release to end all holiday releases, but Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock is everything its predecessor should have been and then some.
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WiiThe Wiire
Without a doubt, though, this game is a must-have for Wii-only gamers. Bring your friends over, turn the volume up to 11, and dream of being on stage. Maybe you, too, can stand atop Mount Olympus with guitar in hand jamming out to Dragonforce's Through the Fire and Flames.
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PlayStation 3UGO (UnderGroundOnline)
Now that we know everything is working great with Neversoft at the helm of the Guitar Hero franchise, it's hard not to wonder what's next for the series. Long-standing flaws for the series are eclipsed in Legends of Rock by significant improvements to the presentation and overall functionality. It's going to take a lot more than a new setlist to impress fans in the series' next offering. For now at least, we have a brand new Guitar Hero that features the same great gameplay coupled with some welcome - and in certain cases, long overdue - improvements. It may not be the holiday release to end all holiday releases, but Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock is everything its predecessor should have been and then some.
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Xbox 360GamingExcellence
While it doesn't bring any major innovation to the franchise, Guitar Hero 3 is a solid successor and an excellent first outing of the franchise by Neversoft. The new bundles are worth picking up, although Xbox 360 players are free to use the X-plorer guitars from Guitar Hero 2 if they please. For fans of the franchise, and especially those who have a bloodthirsty taste for classic rock, Guitar Hero 3 is a definite purchase. For others, the battle mode, online modes, and solid track list make this one worth picking up.
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PlayStation 3GamingExcellence
While it doesn't bring any major innovation to the franchise, Guitar Hero 3 is a solid successor and an excellent first outing of the franchise by Neversoft. The new bundles are worth picking up, although Xbox 360 players are free to use the X-plorer guitars from Guitar Hero 2 if they please. For fans of the franchise, and especially those who have a bloodthirsty taste for classic rock, Guitar Hero 3 is a definite purchase. For others, the battle mode, online modes, and solid track list make this one worth picking up.
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WiiUGO (UnderGroundOnline)
Now that we know everything is working great with Neversoft at the helm of the Guitar Hero franchise, it's hard not to wonder what's next for the series. Long-standing flaws for the series are eclipsed in Legends of Rock by significant improvements to the presentation and overall functionality. It's going to take a lot more than a new setlist to impress fans in the series' next offering. For now at least, we have a brand new Guitar Hero that features the same great gameplay coupled with some welcome - and in certain cases, long overdue - improvements. It may not be the holiday release to end all holiday releases, but Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock is everything its predecessor should have been and then some.
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Xbox 360Cheat Code Central
As I previously stated, this is the Guitar Hero to have. While it may not be a true revolutionary step forward, it does take its strides towards what I one day hope the Guitar Hero series will achieve. With a difficulty system that will progressively prepare you for the next levels, and a track list of over 70 songs with more to come, Guitar Hero could be the franchise that is returning rock to the spotlight it seems to have been slightly vacant from for a few years. I could not be happier to see these Legends of Rock finally getting the recognition they deserve in all forms of entertainment. Prepare your devil horns, and deliver the axe shredding you know you are destined for.
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PlayStation 3Cheat Code Central
As I previously stated, this is the Guitar Hero to have. While it may not be a true revolutionary step forward, it does take its strides towards what I one day hope the Guitar Hero series will achieve. With a difficulty system that will progressively prepare you for the next levels, and a track list of over 70 songs with more to come, Guitar Hero could be the franchise that is returning rock to the spotlight it seems to have been slightly vacant from for a few years. I could not be happier to see these Legends of Rock finally getting the recognition they deserve in all forms of entertainment. Prepare your devil horns, and deliver the axe shredding you know you are destined for.
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PlayStation 3Game Chronicles
Neversoft did an admirable job, especially considering they had to take a legendary franchise and rebuild it from scratch. But for a series that I have traditionally given perfect scores and continuous editorial awards, I can’t help but feel a bit let down by some personally distasteful music and poor note designs. But that’s just my opinion…and sales figures are already proving me wrong, so stop reading and go rock out.
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PlayStation 2Gaming since 198x
Un autre avis ? – en ce qui me concerne je suis pas mal déçu par ce nouveau Guitar Hero. Certes la playlist est alléchante mais à moins de commencer direct en niveau Expert les charts sont d’un consternant inintérêt à jouer. Où sont les solos si agréables des 2 premiers opus ? Seuls quelques morceaux tirent leur épingle du jeu, beaucoup seront joués une fois et une seule tellement le chart est naze (Muse par exemple). Et les boss battles sont d’un ennui…
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MacintoshNowGamer
The graphics and interface when you’re playing will take a little getting used to, but some decent extra touches, like rocking the guitar up and down to get extra points and using the whammy bar, make this an unmissable gaming experience. If you have the right machine, you need this game. It will provide you with hours of entertainment and it really, really rocks!
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PlayStation 2Blend Games
All and all, though, these are just minor quibbles to an amazing experience. By all means, get both Guitar Hero and Rock Band if you can afford both. But if you’re looking for the whole, drums, bass, and vocals vibe, you may want to wait. This journey is gee-tar flicker only.
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Xbox 360Avid Gamer
Grumblings aside, Guitar hero 3 seems to be the most the most refined version of the series so far. It may not break the mould, but there is enough there to warrant a purchase, even more so if you haven’t played previous editions. The promises of Rock Band seem too far away to damage the wide spread interest that Guitar Hero 3 has on (well for the UK market). Even when Rock Band does get released in the UK (Q1 2008 as of the time of writing) it will be a tad too expensive for the average gamer. If you are a complete beginner or a veteran pro; there is something to keep you tied over until the next in the series. There are a few niggles in the game, but that cannot dampen the shine that Guitar Hero 3 has to offer. It’s fun in the most basic sense and very addictive and you may find yourself losing interest with your friends and worshipping a plastic guitar.
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Xbox 360Atomic Gamer
Oh, and if you can beat Through the Fire and Flames on Expert, put the video on Youtube and send me a link. I want to see if it really is possible to do.
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Xbox 360Video Game Talk
Harmonix and Red Octane made such an amazing team that any company following in their footsteps had some mighty big expectations to meet. Sadly, Neversoft finds themselves unable to find that perfect balance with Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, cutting corners in places that really affect the feel of the game. That's not to say the whole thing is a bust, though. The songs that use master tracks take the series to a whole new level, as does Red Octane's brilliantly designed wireless Les Paul guitar. While it may not succeed as spectacularly as the previous Guitar Hero games, Guitar Hero III is still worth picking up for fans of the game who, like me, feel the need to pay homage to the Gods of Rock. We can only hope that the next time around, Neversoft isn't let within 1,000 feet of the project.
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Xbox 360GamesFirst!
Stupid oversights such as the framerate hitches, no online co-op career, the luck-based guitar battles and a bucket-full of smaller annoyances (such as my expert high scores for downloaded songs randomly disappearing and an overactive auto-save) keep this from being the knock-out title it could have been. But we still get a massive jam-fest that is an absolute blast to play alone or with friends.
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Xbox 360AceGamez
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock is everything a sequel should be, with new modes, better music and a very nice guitar controller - the 360's Les Paul is a far nicer build than the tacky X-plorer controller from GHII. Online modes are finally here, with leaderboards, head-to-head play and the promise of downloadable content. If it wasn't for the annoying boss battles (which are mercifully few and far between), excessive product placement and the extreme difficulty of the harder modes, the game would be practically flawless - but these issues can't be overlooked entirely. Still, with the new songs and modes, Guitar Hero III is the party game supreme and whether you're a fan of the series or still to sample its melodic delights, there's never been a better time to grab your guitar and get strumming!
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Xbox 360USA Today
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock will hook you from the moment you strum your first chord, but even with the battle mode and online options it's not too different from past games — which is just fine for many.
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Xbox 360IGN UK
All-in-all, Guitar Hero III is a bit of an awkward one. For the most part, it’s as addictively entertaining as its forebears and, obviously, online multiplayer offers a major boost in terms of longetivity. However, some questionable design decisions and uneven song roster slightly sully an otherwise strong third entry. If you’re more of a solo fret-wrangler, new to the series or simply eager for more of the same pumped up to 11, there’s probably enough here to warrant a purchase. However, if you play Guitar Hero predominantly for its offline multiplayer experience, this entry perhaps isn’t the series’ finest hour. For now, Neversoft’s play-safe approach has just about managed to keep the series afloat. Our hesitation in whole-hearted recommending the game this time around though probably suggests that some major innovation is in order if the inevitable part four still plans to play to packed audiences.
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Xbox 360TotalVideoGames (TVG)
Easily leapfrogging the performance of Guitar Hero II with room to spare, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock thrashes out a strong mix of classic and modern tracks, and is further enhanced with the online features its predecessor should have had. Now that it's attained a head start on Rock Band, Activision must ensure that a constant plethora of downloadable content follows between now and the inevitable Guitar Hero IV.
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Wiivideogamer.com
Guitar hero 3 should most definitely be praised - for its almost entirely original recording song list, for its attempts to introduce something new into a near perfect formula, and for picking up where Harmonix left off effortlessly. The songs are diverse, hard-rocking and challenging, but in all honesty, these new tracks are the most exciting new thing about GH3. The co-op career and battle modes are great fun, but had the new tracks been released for GH2 as downloadable content, we would no doubt have had just as much fun.
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WiiNintendo Spin
I am very happy Guitar Hero has finally come to a Nintendo console. Guitar Hero and Wii are a perfect match. When it comes to value for the money, though, I'd say the game is way overpriced. The bundle is $90 despite that the Wii version already has so much functionality built into the remote and features ugly PS2 graphics, no downloadable content, and other glaring technicalities like the lack of true stereo sound. When I pay $90 for a game, I expect it to have all the bells and whistles and to not periodically freeze up. Guitar Hero still kicks ass, but I can't help feeling that Wii owners were a low priority for Activision. I have to knock off a point just for that.
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WiiBordersdown
There doesn't seem to be anywhere creatively for the series to go after this, though doubtless the publisher, Activision, will try in vain to do just that; the upcoming World Tour and band-specific editions squeezing every last drop out of GH's generous teat. If not, this is a fitting conclusion, and despite the expense, is a worthy purchase, particularly if you're one of the few who have yet to savour its raucous delights.
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WiiGameDaily
Despite these missteps, Guitar Hero III still warrants your hard-earned cash. It is, after all, a Guitar Hero game, and that alone makes it worth playing. The game works with the Guitar Hero II controller, but we recommend spending the $100 (or $90 for the Wii version) to buy both the game and the new guitar. The new Les Paul can deliver that visceral rock 'n' roll experience better than the other GH controllers. Just make sure you don't break any bones while performing knee-sliding solos on the living room floor.
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WiiMaxim Magazine
With Activision now in charge of the Guitar Hero franchise, we were worried that our favorite "gitter" sim would have Tony Hawk as an unlockable character and feature the theme song from Shrek III as an encore. And while the game does sell out in annoying ways—check out the Axe Body Spray guitar, kids—the picking-and-grinning game play remains sublime. Activision wisely didn't rock the boat too much. (Get it? "Rock" the boat? Yar!) They simply added an A-plus track list to the career mode, along with the novel—but still half-baked—boss-battle showdowns against Slash and Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello. The new guitar peripheral is just plain awesome, the online modes are great, and playing the Stones' "Paint It Black" gives us a third reason—after 1. beer and 2. leg—to get out of bed in the morning.
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WiiGamePro (US)
That said, it's hard to deny the countless hours I've already spent (and plan to spend) on the imperfect game given its ceaseless ability to entertain. Had the sound been working properly, the Wii version of the game would have scored a 4, but despite its flaws, Guitar Hero 3 is worth the cover price.
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WiiUSA Today
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock will hook you from the moment you strum your first chord, but even with the battle mode and online options it's not too different from past games — which is just fine for many.
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WiiTotalVideoGames (TVG)
Easily leapfrogging the performance of Guitar Hero II with room to spare, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock thrashes out a strong mix of classic and modern tracks, and is further enhanced with the online features its predecessor should have had. Now that it's attained a head start on Rock Band, Activision must ensure that a constant plethora of downloadable content follows between now and the inevitable Guitar Hero IV.
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PlayStation 3GamesFirst!
Stupid oversights such as the framerate hitches, no online co-op career, the luck-based guitar battles and a bucket-full of smaller annoyances (such as my expert high scores for downloaded songs randomly disappearing and an overactive auto-save) keep this from being the knock-out title it could have been. But we still get a massive jam-fest that is an absolute blast to play alone or with friends.
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PlayStation 3videogamer.com
Guitar hero 3 should most definitely be praised - for its almost entirely original recording song list, for its attempts to introduce something new into a near perfect formula, and for picking up where Harmonix left off effortlessly. The songs are diverse, hard-rocking and challenging, but in all honesty, these new tracks are the most exciting new thing about GH3. The co-op career and battle modes are great fun, but had the new tracks been released for GH2 as downloadable content, we would no doubt have had just as much fun.
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PlayStation 3TotalPlayStation
In all, Guitar Hero III serves as a nice little high water mark for Neversoft. It's hardly all that high, but proves that, yes, they can actually make a Guitar Hero game without trashing the series in one fell swoop and, as evidenced by the stuff seen in the Aerosmith expansion, they can clearly learn from their mistakes. If you were like us and got caught up in all the Rock Band hype (c'mon, man it has drums!), then it's worth it to pick up a copy and guitar on the cheap. The song selection is decent, the game sounds fantastic, and the controller, depending on your taste, will serve you well going into the next round of instrument-driven games, since all of 'em will be supported.
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PlayStation 3GameDaily
Despite these missteps, Guitar Hero III still warrants your hard-earned cash. It is, after all, a Guitar Hero game, and that alone makes it worth playing. The game works with the Guitar Hero II controller, but we recommend spending the $100 (or $90 for the Wii version) to buy both the game and the new guitar. The new Les Paul can deliver that visceral rock 'n' roll experience better than the other GH controllers. Just make sure you don't break any bones while performing knee-sliding solos on the living room floor.
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PlayStation 3GameSpy
We've covered a lot of ground in this review, but I think we've all arrived at the same conclusion: in taking the reins from Harmonix, Neversoft has done an admirable job of recreating Guitar Hero's gameplay, and the new guitars, fantastic setlist and challenging note charts push the series forward, even if some players may not be quite ready to rock that hard. Features like the boss battles, online play and co-op could have made Guitar Hero III a legend itself but end up feeling unpolished. Still, there's enough meat in Guitar Hero III to keep any would-be shredder happy for a long time... or at least until Guitar Hero IV comes out.
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PlayStation 3Maxim Magazine
With Activision now in charge of the Guitar Hero franchise, we were worried that our favorite "gitter" sim would have Tony Hawk as an unlockable character and feature the theme song from Shrek III as an encore. And while the game does sell out in annoying ways—check out the Axe Body Spray guitar, kids—the picking-and-grinning game play remains sublime. Activision wisely didn't rock the boat too much. (Get it? "Rock" the boat? Yar!) They simply added an A-plus track list to the career mode, along with the novel—but still half-baked—boss-battle showdowns against Slash and Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello. The new guitar peripheral is just plain awesome, the online modes are great, and playing the Stones' "Paint It Black" gives us a third reason—after 1. beer and 2. leg—to get out of bed in the morning.
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PlayStation 3EmpireOnline.com
But even with its flaws, the chance to crunch out the Stones' Paint It Black, Metallica's One and the Dead Kennedy's Holiday In Cambodia (Jello Biafra must be spitting nails!) make GHIII unmissable.
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PlayStation 3USA Today
So if you were looking for a fresh new experience in this sequel, you might be disappointed. But if you can look past that, you will find Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (www.guitarhero.com) a fun, challenging and (despite some potentially offensive language) great way for the whole family to rock out in front of the television.
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PlayStation 3GamePro (US)
If you've got both the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3, your choice should be obvious. By virtue of being around longer, the Xbox 360 has more compatibility and a larger, more cohesive community to play with. While you're still guaranteed a good time on the PS3, it's tough to truly rock out when you know there's a bigger venue to play in and a better band on the way.
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PlayStation 3Gamestyle
So Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock is not the throbbing unadulterated solo that Gamestyle had hoped for, yet it remains far from mediocrity. With foundations as strong as this, very few developers could hit the wrong chord, although how much more cash-milking we can stomach without some worthwhile new inclusions other than songs remains to be seen.
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Xbox 360EL33TONLINE
In a nutshell this game is just a continuation of the previous sequel and does a decent job, but with Rockband available now it pales in comparison. Why have one instrument when you can have four? If you’re not into drumming or singing this is right down your lane.
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MacintoshMacworld
Guitar Hero III isn’t without its faults—the game’s original release was laggy, it’s pricey, and its system requirements are extraordinary—but it’s a one-of-a-kind game on the Mac that’s loads of fun.
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Xbox 360videogamer.com
Guitar hero 3 should most definitely be praised - for its almost entirely original recording song list, for its attempts to introduce something new into a near perfect formula, and for picking up where Harmonix left off effortlessly. The songs are diverse, hard-rocking and challenging, but in all honesty, these new tracks are the most exciting new thing about GH3. The co-op career and battle modes are great fun, but had the new tracks been released for GH2 as downloadable content, we would no doubt have had just as much fun.
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PlayStation 2GameSpy
I couldn't help but feel a little sad as I played through the PlayStation 2 version of Guitar Hero III. As someone who spends most of his time playing PC games, the first two Guitar Hero games were pretty much the only reason I had a PS2 in my living room. And while Guitar Hero III is still an extremely solid game, there might as well be neon signs flashing in every venue: "isn't it time for you to get a new console?" You'll get your money's worth out of it, but it's hard to shake the feeling there's a better party going on somewhere else.
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PlayStation 2Game Chronicles
Regardless of my opinion (which sort of negates the necessity of this review), Guitar Hero III will be huge. It’s already been out for over a week and is sold out at nearly every store for every format. Neversoft did an admirable job, especially considering they had to take a legendary franchise and rebuild it from scratch. But for a series that I have traditionally given perfect scores and continuous editorial awards, I can’t help but feel a bit let down by some personally distasteful music and poor note designs. But that’s just my opinion…and sales figures are already proving me wrong, so stop reading and go rock out.
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PlayStation 2Gamestyle
Despite bringing Gamestyle many hours of joyous giddy pleasure and drooling, Guitar Hero III is a teensy bit of a letdown. Our verdict of the full-phat next generation version (complete with online play and some tantalising downloads) might swing things further into the green, but for now, this PS2 edition feels a bit rough around the edges. Generally, some areas for improvement have been overlooked while Neversoft's new additions detract from the purity of the music game beneath. While the genre moves forward with Rock Band, Guitar Hero III starts to feel like just another videogame. The tracklist on the whole is excellent, but there's still plenty unexplored in the world of rock, and beyond. And no Stairway? Denied.
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PlayStation 2videogamer.com
Guitar hero 3 should most definitely be praised - for its almost entirely original recording song list, for its attempts to introduce something new into a near perfect formula, and for picking up where Harmonix left off effortlessly. The songs are diverse, hard-rocking and challenging, but in all honesty, these new tracks are the most exciting new thing about GH3. The co-op career and battle modes are great fun, but had the new tracks been released for GH2 as downloadable content, we would no doubt have had just as much fun.
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WindowsGameSpy
Overall, the PC version of Guitar Hero III is a solid port of a fairly awesome game. If not for the high system demands and random slowdowns, it might actually compete with the 360 and Wii for the best version available. If the PC is your only gaming option, you'll get plenty of rock out of Guitar Hero III: just make sure your system has some heavy metal of its own.
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PlayStation 3GameSpot
An abundance of advertising, a few visual issues, some overly restrictive design decisions, weak new modes, and a major upping of the difficulty level might seem like a lot of potential hindrances for a game to overcome, and yet none of these problems are big enough to rob Guitar Hero III of the same brand of addictive fun that made the previous entries in the franchise so engaging. Certainly the fantastic track list goes a long way toward that end, but the gameplay is really what sells it. Sure, the difficulty can be vexing, but the game never loses that sense of "just one more song" addictiveness, even at the height of its challenge level. Once you start playing, you'll be hooked for hours at a time, both online and off. It might ultimately just be more Guitar Hero, but that's hardly a bad thing--in fact, it's a great thing.
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Xbox 360GameSpot
An abundance of advertising, a few visual issues, some overly restrictive design decisions, weak new modes, and a major upping of the difficulty level might seem like a lot of potential hindrances for a game to overcome, and yet none of these problems are big enough to rob Guitar Hero III of the same brand of addictive fun that made the previous entries in the franchise so engaging. Certainly the fantastic track list goes a long way toward that end, but the gameplay is really what sells it. Sure, the difficulty can be vexing, but the game never loses that sense of "just one more song" addictiveness, even at the height of its challenge level. Once you start playing, you'll be hooked for hours at a time, both online and off. It might ultimately just be more Guitar Hero, but that's hardly a bad thing--in fact, it's a great thing.
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PlayStation 2IGN
Guitar Hero III is a safe first entry into the franchise by Neversoft. The studio didn't rock the boat too much and stuck with the tried and true formula of previous Guitar Hero games in most situations. The soundtrack is fantastic, and it really is hard to argue with any facet of the gameplay. Everything outside of the game itself, though, is in need of an overhaul as the presentation is growing a bit stale. It's hard to ask that of a developer's first foray into an established franchise, but it's equally hard to look at the game and not see room for improvement.
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WiiGameSpot
An abundance of advertising, a few visual issues, some overly restrictive design decisions, weak new modes, and a major upping of the difficulty level might seem like a lot of potential hindrances for a game to overcome, and yet none of these problems are big enough to rob Guitar Hero III of the same brand of addictive fun that made the previous entries in the franchise so engaging. Certainly the fantastic track list goes a long way toward that end, but the gameplay is really what sells it. Sure, the difficulty can be vexing, but the game never loses that sense of "just one more song" addictiveness, even at the height of its challenge level. Once you start playing, you'll be hooked for hours at a time, both online and off. It might ultimately just be more Guitar Hero, but that's hardly a bad thing--in fact, it's a great thing.
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WindowsDigital Chumps
If you’ve already purchased a version of Guitar Hero 3, there is no need to get the PC version as it doesn’t really offer anything significantly different. You can turn up the video resolution, and things do appear a bit sharper, but if you’ve seen the game in HD on a 360 or a PS3, you’re going to see essentially the same thing here. Regardless, it’s not like you’re going to really have much time to look anywhere besides the middle of the screen as the notes fly by, so visuals aren’t a major concern. There are no new tracks on this release; it’s really just a quality port of a very good game, with little to no real difference. That said, there’s nothing here that will turn non-Guitar Hero fans into adopters, but at the same time Aspyr deserves credit for making a quality port and offering it to PC and Mac owners alike.
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MacintoshDigital Chumps
If you’ve already purchased a version of Guitar Hero 3, there is no need to get the PC version as it doesn’t really offer anything significantly different. You can turn up the video resolution, and things do appear a bit sharper, but if you’ve seen the game in HD on a 360 or a PS3, you’re going to see essentially the same thing here. Regardless, it’s not like you’re going to really have much time to look anywhere besides the middle of the screen as the notes fly by, so visuals aren’t a major concern. There are no new tracks on this release; it’s really just a quality port of a very good game, with little to no real difference. That said, there’s nothing here that will turn non-Guitar Hero fans into adopters, but at the same time Aspyr deserves credit for making a quality port and offering it to PC and Mac owners alike.
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PlayStation 2GameAlmighty.com
Through these minor flaws though you still have an excellent game on your hands here. The series serves as a great way for aspiring guitar players to build up finger dexterity, trust me on that one. It also re-introduces people to songs they may have forgot about, or never heard in the first place. I myself have found a new friend with “Lay Down” by Priestess, and just can’t stop playing it. I came into this chomping at the bit to play “Knights of Cydonia” but I have found so much more with this game. I’m positive that I will be shredding on this until the next Hero graces my presence, unless a certain Rock Band can steal me away.
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Xbox 360Gamer 2.0
But if you so much as suspect you might have had your fill already, you can do without this entry, at least for a while. As a matter of fact, with all indications pointing to Rock Band thoroughly outclassing Guitar Hero III when it releases (case in point: Guitar Hero III has a playable Metallica song; Rock Band is going to have a playable Metallica album), it’s not such a bad idea for everyone to bide their time.
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PlayStation 3Gamer 2.0
One, you’re absolutely sure you’ll have a blast playing with and against people online and moving up the leaderboards for a very, very long time to come (again, this isn’t an option on the PS2 version). Two, you can’t wait another minute to have your fingers tied in knots by the three-note chord and wiggly solo onslaughts this maniacally challenging game throws your way. Ironically, if either of the above applies to you, you’ve already bought this game or intend to do so no matter what anyone says. Totally understandable. But if you so much as suspect you might have had your fill already, you can do without this entry, at least for a while. As a matter of fact, with all indications pointing to Rock Band thoroughly outclassing Guitar Hero III when it releases (case in point: Guitar Hero III has a playable Metallica song; Rock Band is going to have a playable Metallica album), it’s not such a bad idea for everyone to bide their time.
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WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Guitar Hero 3 heeft een geweldig concept, doch heeft door tal van slordigheden de overstap naar pc niet zonder kleerscheuren gemaakt.
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WiiGamer 2.0
There are two good reasons why you might need to ignore our “rent it” recommendation and go buy Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock right now. One, you’re absolutely sure you’ll have a blast playing with and against people online and moving up the leaderboards for a very, very long time to come (again, this isn’t an option on the PS2 version). Two, you can’t wait another minute to have your fingers tied in knots by the three-note chord and wiggly solo onslaughts this maniacally challenging game throws your way. Ironically, if either of the above applies to you, you’ve already bought this game or intend to do so no matter what anyone says. Totally understandable. But if you so much as suspect you might have had your fill already, you can do without this entry, at least for a while. As a matter of fact, with all indications pointing to Rock Band thoroughly outclassing Guitar Hero III when it releases, it’s not such a bad idea for everyone to bide their time.
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Xbox 360Game Shark
At the end of the day, both newcomers and most fans of the originals will find a good game that does carry the torch for Guitar Hero forward. No, it’s not nearly as fantastical as the originals, but it’s still not bad. If nothing else, the new guitar and online play make this a worthwhile purchase.
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Xbox 360Game Revolution
Playing Guitar Hero III is like picking up a brand-new, fashionable (wireless!) guitar. It may have a light but solid body, a sexy and sophisticated shape, more durable strings, more easily adjustable tuners, and hell, it may just sound better, but it doesn’t have the spit and polish - that look of a mature instrument which reminds you of all the years you’ve spent with it, of all the sweat and beer stains. Still, it’s difficult to argue with more of a good thing, and Guitar Hero III, no matter how long the wait, is very, very good.
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Xbox 360Gaming Age
All in all, just a good effort for the third game in the series. The new Les Paul wireless controller is by far the best of the GH guitars, that's only if you needed a new one in the first place. Connection on the PS3 with the dongle was a little less straightforward than it should have been. The differences between GH III and GH II don't exactly make it feel like the next game in the series, and the addition of battle mode and keeping some songs away from quick play mode were just asinine. The note charts, which everyone was the most worried about with a new developer, were surprisingly well done and most importantly fun to play. I do think that there are some instances of placing extra notes just for the sake of difficulty, but that's just a niggling issue that doesn't occur in all songs.
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PlayStation 3Game Shark
At the end of the day, both newcomers and most fans of the originals will find a good game that does carry the torch for Guitar Hero forward. No, it’s not nearly as fantastical as the originals, but it’s still not bad. If nothing else, the new guitar and online play make this a worthwhile purchase.
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PlayStation 2Game Revolution
Playing Guitar Hero III is like picking up a brand-new, fashionable (wireless!) guitar. It may have a light but solid body, a sexy and sophisticated shape, more durable strings, more easily adjustable tuners, and hell, it may just sound better, but it doesn’t have the spit and polish - that look of a mature instrument which reminds you of all the years you’ve spent with it, of all the sweat and beer stains. Still, it’s difficult to argue with more of a good thing, and Guitar Hero III, no matter how long the wait, is very, very good.
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WindowsGameZone
The PC version is a nice attempt that finally gives PC gamers the chance to experience one of the best game franchises to start up in the past few years. However, the laggy performance and slowdown makes the PC version pale in comparison to its console brethren.
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PlayStation 3Game Revolution
Playing Guitar Hero III is like picking up a brand-new, fashionable (wireless!) guitar. It may have a light but solid body, a sexy and sophisticated shape, more durable strings, more easily adjustable tuners, and hell, it may just sound better, but it doesn’t have the spit and polish - that look of a mature instrument which reminds you of all the years you’ve spent with it, of all the sweat and beer stains. Still, it’s difficult to argue with more of a good thing, and Guitar Hero III, no matter how long the wait, is very, very good.
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WiiGame Revolution
Playing Guitar Hero III is like picking up a brand-new, fashionable (wireless!) guitar. It may have a light but solid body, a sexy and sophisticated shape, more durable strings, more easily adjustable tuners, and hell, it may just sound better, but it doesn’t have the spit and polish - that look of a mature instrument which reminds you of all the years you’ve spent with it, of all the sweat and beer stains. Still, it’s difficult to argue with more of a good thing, and Guitar Hero III, no matter how long the wait, is very, very good.
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PlayStation 2GameSpot
An abundance of advertising, a few visual issues, some overly restrictive design decisions, weak new modes, and a major upping of the difficulty level might seem like a lot of potential hindrances for a game to overcome, and yet none of these problems are big enough to rob Guitar Hero III of the same brand of addictive fun that made the previous entries in the franchise so engaging. Certainly the fantastic track list goes a long way toward that end, but the gameplay is really what sells it. Sure, the difficulty can be vexing, but the game never loses that sense of "just one more song" addictiveness, even at the height of its challenge level. Once you start playing, you'll be hooked for hours at a time, both online and off. It might ultimately just be more Guitar Hero, but that's hardly a bad thing--in fact, it's a great thing.
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MacintoshInside Mac Games (IMG)
I’ve been harsh here to a game series I enjoy greatly. I enjoyed Guitar Hero III, but it just doesn't play well on the computer. It just doesn’t belong on a PC or Mac of any sort. Get some of your favorite libations, get two guitars and do get it for your console in your living room I know you have. In the off chance you don’t have a console, get it for your Mac, but I just don’t see any other compelling reason why you should pick the Mac version over the console versions. If you absolutely HAVE to have a guitar rhythm game on your computer, get Frets on Fire as you can customize the experience, and it won’t eat your computer alive. Kudos to Aspyr for porting it, and I wish the game will sell well so they continue their grand tradition of Mac ports, but I just don’t think that this is going to be a huge seller for them.
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WindowsGameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Nogmaals we houden van Guitar Hero III en op zich is dit nog altijd een dijk van een game. Alleen komt de pc versie er een beetje als het kneusje uit als je het vergelijkt met de andere platformen waarop je deze titel kan spelen. Je zal nog altijd geneigd zijn om verslaafd te gehoorzamen aan dat 'ok, nog een allerlaatste song' gevoel, maar je krijgt een beter afgewerkt product op de consoles.
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WindowsGamer 2.0
Guitar Hero III for the PC is a decent game. If you have a PC with the latest hardware and no consoles but you want to play Guitar Hero, you can’t really go wrong here. It may have some technical issues, but it is a perfectly viable version of Guitar Hero. On the other hand, if you do have any of the consoles that the game has been released on, it’s better to go with one of those versions as they just feel smoother.
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WiiNintendo-Online.de
Activision ist das erste Guitar Hero ohne Harmonix recht gut gelungen. Die Songliste ist ansprechend, aber nicht jeder ist an alten Rockklassikern interessiert. Grafisch ist das Spiel sowieso eher mau, vom verpatzten Stereo-Sound wollen wir hier gar nicht mehr reden. Entsprechend ist dann auch unsere Wertung ausgefallen. Sollte der Mono-Bug wie angekündigt in nächster Zeit wirklich gelöst werden, kann gerne noch ein Punkt dazugerechnet werden, so bleibt es bei einer ausbaufähigen Sieben.
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Xbox 360Gamestyle
Gamestyle would like to say NeverSoft have done the series proud, but the truth is everything that's great about this game has simply been taken from Harmonix's template, and the new stuff that has been added almost saps the enjoyment back out of it. Hopefully Guitar Hero IV will see NeverSoft get back to basics, with none of this ridiculous boss nonsense, and make the ultimate Guitar Hero. Until then, Rock Band will satisfy our needs.
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PlayStation 2The Video Game Critic
I was the among the first critics to extol Guitar Hero as the groundbreaking new franchise it was, but as the sequels pile up, its appeal is wearing thin. Despite building upon the previous games and adding a cooperative career mode, Legends is the weakest entry yet. When it comes to music games, song selection is key, and Guitar Hero 3's (GH3) play list doesn't live up to its "Legends" title.
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Xbox 360Deeko
So, what are left with? In all honesty we're given another Guitar Hero game that despite the inclusion of some wonderful co-op play and horrible new "boss" battles is just another expansion with a list of songs that are neither well balanced nor interesting. It's time to get a new manager for this band because it looks like the days of being number one on the charts is rapidly coming to a close.
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Xbox 360Snackbar-Games.com
I'm harsher on Guitar Hero III than I wanted to be. Characters lack soul (for lack of a better term), note charts feel off, and the achievements are ridiculous. But at the end of the day it is a new Guitar Hero, it is fun to play, and it will continue to get pulled out at parties. At least until I can get my hands on Rock Band.
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PlayStation 3Video Game Talk
Harmonix and Red Octane made such an amazing team that any company following in their footsteps had some mighty big expectations to meet. Sadly, Neversoft finds themselves unable to find that perfect balance with Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, cutting corners in places that really affect the feel of the game. That's not to say the whole thing is a bust, though. The songs that use master tracks take the series to a whole new level. Sadly, the Les Paul guitar controller does not work as well as it does on the 360, requiring an external dongle to work. It also does not work with previous Guitar Hero games, so fans of the other entries will have to keep waiting if they want to play them on the PS3. Considering that Rock Band is right around the corner, and will be providing a vastly superior gaming experience, and combined with the controller problems on the PS3, I can't in good faith suggest that someone spend $100 on this half-baked cash-in of a game. Rent It.
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Xbox 360Gaming Nexus
New songs, wireless guitar, and an online mode but the guitar is a little inconsistent and the online mode is a little broken. Still fun but starting to get a little stale.
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WiiGame Partisan
There was tons of potential here, yes. But to be honest, it was just one huge flaw that felled the giant called Guitar Hero III. The lack of any real variety just kills it…once you realize that you’re essentially doing the same thing the entire game, you’ll likely shake your head in disgust, and then never pick up this game again. For die-hard Guitar Hero fans (rock star wannabes?), Guitar Hero III may be a good one to pick up — as the series goes, it’s actually not bad. But sad as it is, this game just happens to be tremendously overrated, and unless you’re willing to shell out nearly a hundred bucks for a game that will, in all honestly, likely yield you less than ten hours of gameplay, then you should take a pass on Guitar Hero III.
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PlayStation 3Gaming Nexus
There are some nice little additions and I do like the fact that there are more master tracks. Guitar Hero III is a fun game to play (when the guitar is accurate) but it doesn't add anything really new to the series. You do get some great songs, wireless guitar, and online play. The new battle mode has potential but needs some tweaking. While the formula works, it's starting to get a little stale so while I fully expect to see a Guitar Hero IV I hope the developer takes the game and add something truly new to the series. I just got really frustrated with the PlayStation 3 version however and while the score is a little lower to reflect that, the game's just a patch or two away from being fun and worth your money. As it stands right now, I don't play too long as I get tired of problems that arise when playing it on the PS3.
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PlayStation 2Blend Games
Like the rest of the Guitar Hero games, I didn’t get to play this one right away, so I got to listen to all the hype while salivating over the prospect of playing. Guitar Hero III is nowhere near worth the hype, nor is it even worth being mentioned in the same breath as its predecessors. I was going to give it three stars when I woke up this morning because at its root it is still a Guitar Hero game, but after playing it a few more hours I can’t even justify that.