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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.
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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.
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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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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!
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gamers' 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.
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.
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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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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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!
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.
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.
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.
Armchair 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.