Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock Review
- Posted November 14th, 2007 at 08:07 EDT by
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Guitar Hero III is rockers wet dream; from everything to the stellar soundtrack to the addictive gameplay, Legends of Rock is a thrilling amalgam of everything you’ve come to expect from the series up to this point, along with some welcoming new additions. Make no mistake – this is a set list worthy of a double encore.
- Great soundtrack
- New online setup promises a lot of support
- The same familiar, addictive gameplay you have come to expect
- Guitar should have been Bluetooth
- Framerate drops occasionally
- Online mode currently was all but broken
It's once again time to rock and roll, as the fourth game to sport the Guitar Hero name has finally been released, this time hitting almost every platform imaginable. But does the game have enough to stand up against the massively hyped Rock Band?
Since the split up of Harmonix and Red Octane, many have worried that the series would suffer being developed by a new team. Well this certainly isn't the case as Neversoft, the studio behind the Tony Hawk games, has created a near perfect emulation of the experience that has been the backbone behind the Guitar Hero name. Although the game was built anew from the ground up, everything that you have come to love and expect from a Guitar Hero game is there, and many features that fans have been begging for have finally been added.
The developers have stuck to the original concept of the game, but have added a bit more depth to the story of your band. At the beginning of career mode, you choose the name of your band and being at a very modest setting. Throughout the game, your band will perform in one of eight venues ranging from the Backyard Bash to the Video Shoot, and ending in Lou's Inferno, a makeshift bar in hell. Along the way you will be signed to various sponsors and gain popularity and become a Legend of Rock, assuming you beat several rock stars throughout the game in battles and defeat Lou, a big bar owner who looks strangely like the dark one himself.
While there is no character customization to speak of, there are several returning rockers and some new faces to choose from, you can however, choose from a few styles and outfits for each. Favorites such as Lars Umlaut, Johnny Napalm and Axel Steel, and newcomer Midori just to name a few. In addition, there are two system specific characters that can be unlocked for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, The God of Rock and The Grim Reaper. Also, after beating them in battle mode, Tom Morello, Saul “Slash” Hudson, and Lou the Devil will be in the mix.
As any other game in the genre, the soundtrack makes the game. Activision spared no expense in this department. Where most of the songs in the previous games have been covers with a few master tracks scattered in the mix, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock breaks out of this routine. There are more master tracks than covers this time around, with a few tracks that had been re-recorded specifically for the game. One such track is Anarchy in the UK by The Sex Pistols. After years apart, the group met back up in the studio to make this exclusive track, incorporating a brand new solo. With such devotion to the music, Activision has made a firm movement in the right direction for future games, giving the Guitar Hero name lasting power.
Over 70 tracks provide countless hours of gameplay and plenty of variety. This is only the beginning, however, as downloadable content gives way to an unknown number of tracks to come. As the title of the game suggests, the music comes from all areas rock, and from some of the biggest names. With tracks from Metallica, Rage Against the Machine, Alice Cooper, Poison, The Rolling Stones, and many many more, there is more than likely a song to please even the most picky of music lovers. This is, of course, not to mention the mother of all Guitar Hero tracks, "Through the Fire and the Flames" by DragonForce, a song that has quickly become notorious for its extreme difficulty, even on the easiest setting.
All in all, the set list is more than adequate. There are a few songs that, even on harder difficult, become tedious and feel a bit out of place, but hey, you have to get that 300-note streak somehow right? As with the games in the past, you will likely spend little time playing songs from the first few set lists and opt for the more challenging, and more fun, songs from the bottom of the list.
There are eight set lists in all, each with four tracks and ... (continued on next page)
- 3:18am EST - November 14th, 2007
Its a good game. I've enjoyed it so far and its worth owning. Definately disappointed that the Guitar wasn't bluetooth but its not that big of a deal.
- 4:28am EST - November 14th, 2007
The Guitar not being bluetooth just makes more of a delay, they could have gotten more money if they threw that little feature in there. I certainly would have paid the extra 20.
- 4:36am EST - November 14th, 2007
I've posted many times at guitarhero.com about the guitar, an overwhelming amount of people have problems with the strum not being responsive, I have this problem as well and because of it can't 5 gold star easy and medium mode like I have on all of the other iterations. What is also terrible is the fact that the guitar can't be used on the PS3 with any of the other GH games in the series. BTW this issue on the guitar is not PS3 only, Xbox users have overwhelming problems with their fret buttons, more of that for the wii users, as well as the fact that wii users don't get surround sound. The online issues were terrible, the linking to your account took forever, and didn't update for a week. Now that they have more servers they keep it updated very well, but with a broken guitar, I can't have nearly as much fun as I did playing the other games.
- 11:49am EST - November 14th, 2007
To (The Master): There is nothing wrong with the guitar u must just suck if u can't 5 star a single song on easy. Don't hate the guitar just because u suck at playing. I have 5 starred countless songs on easy and medium
- 12:46pm EST - November 14th, 2007
battlebum... you're a geek
- 5:30pm EST - November 14th, 2007
I got this game a week ago and the first thing wrong with it is the orange button didnt work. One trip back to wal-mart. Second guitar i get? Buttons stick and controller is faulty, it doesnt connect properly. Second trip back to wal-mart. Third time i get it, Guess what happens???: The buttons dont always work, the strum bar is very delayed (even with calibration, it doesnt help) and I am sick and tired of it. I just returned this pos and got NFS ProStreet =D now THAT game is phenomenal. I'll just play GH3 on my friends 360. The 360 version of the game is flawless. The game itself is great, Red Octane just had to cut too many corners with the PS3 version of the game in order to release it with the others. The game is a lot harder than GH2 (This is a personal opinion. The boss battle at the end of GH3 is SO damned hard but SO much fun. :D) and with a faulty controller its just near impossible. This game is a lot of fun though, so if you have a 360, i would definitely recommend it for that!
- 6:29pm EST - December 11th, 2007
its a awesome and the online is extremely fun
- 11:40am EST - December 17th, 2007
This game is only mediocre it's good on some levels but bad on others, if i had to choose between this and rockband, i would definately choose rockband.
- 6:40am EST - February 5th, 2008
To the Master,
Your 100% right about the guitars being faulty dont listen to any critisism. I know 2 poeple who have is and all of their guitars (3) are faulty because of the crappy detatchable neck and the connection problems it causes (not to mention the star power of strum bar). Rockband all the Way. (even though rockband guitars are also faulty their easy to replace and it is a way better game with better songs).
- 7:48am EST - February 16th, 2008
A very addictive game. Much funner then I expected. I didnt want this game till my friend brought it by with his guitar, and I got hooked ;). The difficulty settings get pretty challenging so the game can be enjoyed more then once. I do think that $7.50 for 3 songs is a joke and that is what the store charges for most new songs, but all in all it is a good game. I give it a solid 8.8 rating!
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