Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock Review

As for the track list the game has stayed true to the series by providing a mix of songs from classic rock to punk to alternative. Song selection is always a hot topic of debate among the Guitar Hero faithful, but I think itís a testament to the variety of the track list that no one is happy with the entire list (personally I canít believe that anyone would consider the Beastie Boys to be guitar heroes). However when you look at the overall difficulty of the tracks itís a different matter. This version of Guitar Hero is the most challenging yet, and the tracks towards the end of the career mode will result in some aching fingers for those who like to play the game at the hard or expert level. The game also really needs to add a level of difficulty between medium and hard, as the jump between the two is quite significant. Players who are making the move up to hard not only have to contend with the addition of notes for the fifth fret button, but with a greater number of notes that come along at a much faster rate. Part of Guitar Heroís magic is that it has such a strong appeal to those who donít really play games at all. If it can become the object of obsession for my sister-in-law and girlfriend, then you know that it has a strong universal appeal. The game is decidedly slanted in favor of the hardcore player, though, and more than half of the game will effectively be out of reach to those just looking to have some fun playing some music.

Guitar Hero III comes with full PlayStation Network support. You can play against another gamer online, upload you scores on songs to the online leader boards, or even purchase new tracks to play in the game. At the time of this writing, there are already two song packs available for purchase from The Foo Fighters and Velvet Revolver with more planned for the future. Unfortunately there doesnít seem to be a way to easily match up with your friends online so you will probably have to make due with random match-ups. If you have both a PS2 and PS3, now is the time to make the jump to the PS3 as the PS2 version is completely lacking any online support.

Guitar Hero III comes with a wireless controller that works with a dongle plugged into a USB port on the console. The need for the dongle instead of native Bluetooth support probably at least partially explains why Guitar Hero and Guitar Hero II are not PS3 friendly. The guitar can function as a controller, so you can use it to navigate the PS3ís XMB before launching into the Guitar Hero III game itself. If youíve used a Guitar Hero guitar before, youíll probably find the fret buttons on this guitar to be easier to press and generally easier on the fingers. The strum bar is easier to flip as well, and the clacking sound of the old guitar strum bar has been virtually eliminated. I also like the way that the arm is detachable, which makes storage and transport easier to manage. Detachable faceplates are a nice touch too.

There are a few things that I wish were different about Guitar Hero III, but they donít diminish the fact that this game is as enjoyable as any in the series. PS3 owners, itís time to rock.

In The End, This Game Hath Been Rated: 87%. Guitar Hero finally rocks the PS3.


Also reviewed on:
  •  · PlayStation 2 
  •  · Xbox 360 

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