Guitar Hero III Review
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System: X360, PS2, PS3, Wii Review Rating Legend
Dev: NeverSoft / RedOctane 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Activision 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Oct. 28, 2007 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

For those wanting to play with a friend, the cutscenes will be slightly different so you will honestly want to play through this mode as well in order to get the full experience. Speaking of the full experience, you had better find a friend to accompany you in the career co-op mode. Otherwise, you will not be able to unlock certain songs, such as Sabotage from the Beastie Boys and Suck My Kiss by Red Hot Chili Peppers, to play in quickplay on your own. This was a bit of a nasty move for those of us who don't play well with others, but it is worth it in the end. While this is irritating, you also cannot play co-op in quickplay. You have to play it in the career mode designated for co-op. This is a small thing, but irritating nonetheless.

Guitar Hero III screenshot

While the updated graphics, slicker gameplay modes, and online gameplay are great additions, it is the song selection that makes Guitar Hero 3 worth picking up. With such titles as Metallica's One, Pearl Jam's Evenflow, Stevie Ray Vaughn's Pride and Joy, and a rendition of The Devil Went Down to Georgia that will either break your fingers or make them so numb you won't feel anything leading the charge, there's no reason for anyone to not find a handful of song's they enjoy. The battle tracks with Slash and Tom Morello are truly entertaining instead of the feared let down they could have been. The best thing that could have happened to Guitar Hero is the original master track of the songs being played instead of sometimes questionable covers, and here there is an abundance of these beautiful original recordings. Even, for the most part, the covers are handled nicely and are never truly disgraceful to the original source.

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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.

By Matthew Walker
CCC Project Coordinator

Features:

  • Become a Legend Face off against guitar icon Slash and others in insane boss battles featuring original tracks recorded exclusively for Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.
  • Rock Out Defeat opponents to achieve legendary status in head-to-head competition including the all new guitar battle or share the glory with a friend in the new co-op career mode.
  • Fully Immersive Concert Experience Realize a true rock concert experience with all new venues, incredible lighting effects, authentic instruments, and sick character moves.
  • Incredible Soundtrack Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock features over 70 of the biggest and loudest songs ever compiled in a game! Rock out to songs such as: Welcome to the Jungle, Rock You Like a Hurricane, Sabotage, Suck My Kiss, Cherub Rock, and Mississippi Queen.
  • Screen Resolution: Up to 1080i (Standard HDTV, Widescreen).

    RATING OUT OF 5
    RATING DESCRIPTION
    4.2
    Graphics
    The new sleek look of the characters and background animations look top notch, but they do tend to distract away from the playing of the guitar.
    4.1
    Control
    Better guitar manipulation helps you on your way to becoming a true legend.
    4.8
    Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
    The best soundtrack to date, the addition of several original master tracks will please any music fan.
    3.8
    Play Value
    The rapid play through is a bit disappointing, but the new co-op career mode and online play keep you going even with bruised fingers.
    4.1
    Overall Rating - Great
    Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.
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