Excerpt: Since the series debut back in the dusty old PS2 days, Guitar Hero has gone from risky new venture to bona-fide Americana replacing the air guitar as every wanabees rock ‘n’ roll fantasy, present company included. For the uninitiated, Guitar Hero sets the stage either tethered to or via wireless to your game console—placing a plastic replica in your hands with a color coded fret board and one big riff switch where those pesky strings used to be.
Excerpt: The much-awaited installment of the Guitar Hero series is finally here, with Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock . Everyone's favorite riff-squealin', guitar jammin' party game is back with a vengeance. For those of you who aren't familiar with Guitar Hero , the U.I. features a fretboard coming towards you in perspective, with color-coded discs between the strings, indicating which buttons to press.
Excerpt: You know, I keep wondering, what would I have done if I was in Neversoft's shoes? You've just been handed the reigns of one of the best selling multi-platform franchises of the last few years, and you know that in order to succeed, the game needs a spark of new life, a new hook. Perhaps go nuts with the number of songs, or I dunno, maybe introduce a couple new instruments?
Conclusion: 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.
Excerpt: Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock Available for Wii, PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, PC Version reviewed: PS2 ESRB rating: T The Guitar Hero series has been very successful and this title is a great addition to the series as well as the largest one yet. There are over 70 great music tracks and the game has been cleaned up a bit in the appropriateness area as well. Guitar Hero 3 has a few noticeable changes. The cut scenes are all animated giving this game a different look and feel.
Conclusion: It may seem like I hate Guitar Hero 3, but I really don’t, I wanted everybody to know what has changed and how it affects the game. We all love the Guitar Hero franchise, if it wasn’t for these games nobody would ever spend a hundred dollars or more on a single video game, sorry Sega but once again you were ahead of your time with Samba de Amigo, people didn't want to play a hundred dollars for a maraca game..
PS2/PS3 Review - 'Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock'
6 March 2008
Summary: Guitar Hero fans will channel their inner rock god using Gibson Guitar's Les Paul and Kramer models, experience new features and explosive content including a new multiplayer action-inspired battle mode, grueling boss battles, a bevy of exclusive unlockable content and authentic rock venues.
Excerpt: You wouldn't have been wrong to come into Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock with some sense of trepidation. With original Guitar Hero developer Harmonix off the project and Tony Hawk creators Neversoft now on board, it would be fair to wonder if anything that made the wildly popular rhythm game franchise so awesome would be lost in the shuffle. The good news is that Guitar Hero III is Guitar Hero through and through.
Pros: The best tracklist of any Guitar Hero game to date, Lots of master tracks from the original bands and artists, Higher difficulty level ensures experienced players won't get bored quickly
Cons: Higher difficulty level ensures most people's arms will fall off halfway through the expert career, Battle mode and boss battles aren't interesting additions, A heavy dose of in-game advertising, No online play
Excerpt: Harmonix may have moved on to Rock Band, but the Guitar Hero franchise still goes strong. The third Guitar Hero features online play, a great song list, and the best fake guitar money can buy. But did Tony Hawk developer Neversoft shred this one up too much? Do a few glaring issues keep this hero from saving the day?
Pros: ups: Rocking song list, wider difficulty scale, just as addicting as in the past
Cons: downs: Framerate chugs in exceptionally flashy moments, lacks polish, where are the legends?
Excerpt: The first time I ever played a guitar-based rhythm game was Konami's Guitar Freaks game - it was part of their Bemani series, which included Dance Dance Revolution. Guitar Freaks is the reason why we have Guitar Hero today, and people need not forget that much - it is the pioneer of this sub-genre. Guitar Hero has now seen a number of entries into its series, and the games are so popular that for nearly 10 months straight, Guitar Hero II was a top 10 seller.