The latest Guitar Hero release, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, will have you rockin’ and rollin’ all night. Legends are promised, and legends you get. Songs by Santana, Foghat, Pat Benetar, Scorpions, and Guns N’ Roses are just some that you will be playing on Guitar Hero 3.
There have been definite improvements to the graphics and sound. The venues are awesome and the new costumes, characters and guitars really add to the experience.
New feature that really adds something extra to the game play is the guitar battles. Play head-to-head against guitar gurus like Slash and Tom Morello. Hit the battle gems to collect attacks to throw at your opponent, like a broken string, amp overload or a power-up steal. Our favorite battle so far: The Devil Went Down To Georgia.
Beginner mode now allows you to bank some cash. Previous releases did not let the band make money until you played on medium.
Certain notes have a certain brighter glow to them. My son informs me they indicate hammer-ons; which, while playing Guitar Hero 3, means these notes with subtly glowing centers do not have to be strummed to register as played. To avoid further confusion for newbie players, I would just continue to strum them until you are more confident with your skills.
Buy just the game or go for broke and get the game-guitar combo. The Guitar Hero guitar that can be purchased with Guitar Hero 3 is a much cooler version of the previous. Now featuring wireless play and a very cool looking Kramer Striker Controller with detachable neck. This makes for easy storage or travel with your guitar.
As always, you can buy bonus songs, guitars, outfits and characters. The bad news is that some of the previous characters have been removed; so if you really liked Clive Winston, Eddie Know or Pandora, they are a thing of the past.
Now for some of the downers to Guitar Hero 3.
The timing takes a little getting used to here. The display of notes looks different and our timing suffered some when we first picked up the new game and got started. The good news, you adjust pretty quickly to the “new” timing.
The star power meter is somewhat changed and we found it slightly difficult to glance over and be able to quickly see if star power was maxed or not.
When you hit a 50 note streak, or 100, or 200, and so on; it will flash such across the top of the game. While it is nice to get a little pat for a good streak, the display was slightly distracting.
The biggest drawback to the game was the playlist. While there are some great legends of rock on the playlist that we all recognized and love; there was also a great deal of songs and artists that we had simply never heard of. In trying to provide a great deal of range in tastes in music and span a large number of years for songs, it would seem that they have diluted the guitar hero experience this time. We still love it though and highly recommend it.