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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.
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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?
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.
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.
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.
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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?
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.
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!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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!
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 ?
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.
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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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.
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 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.
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: 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!
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.