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Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (PlayStation 2)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.9
MobyScore
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Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.1
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.9
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.7
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.4
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.5
Overall MobyScore (11 votes) 3.9


The Press Says

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Game 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?
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Game 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.
93
GameZone
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.
90
GameLemon
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
UOL 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
Video 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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Armchair 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.
90
Gaming 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.
90
Entertainment 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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Eurogamer.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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Gamesmania
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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PGNx 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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Worth 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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Lawrence
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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VicioJuegos.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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GameCola.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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Gamers' 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.
87
GamingTrend
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.
85
Meristation
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.
85
Gamernode
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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Gaming 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…
80
Blend 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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GameSpy
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.
80
Game 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.
80
Gamestyle
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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videogamer.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.
80
IGN
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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GameAlmighty.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.
75
Game 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.
75
GameSpot
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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The 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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Blend 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.