Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock review: Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
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The Good Great selection of licensed music. Online mode is great fun. Really fun to play in with multiplayer. Career Co-Op actually gives you an incentive to play Co-Op.

The Bad Lame Cut scenes. Can be a bit daunting for new players. Battle mode not that fun.

The Bottom Line Despite a few small flaws, Guitar Hero III is an excellent addition to the Guitar Hero franchise and shouldn't be missed.

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When Guitar Hero first came out, it caught many gamers off-guard, but it quickly became known that this rockin’ game was here to stay. By reshaping a standard controller into a guitar and adding some of the best rock songs known to man, the Guitar Hero franchise quickly became a household name. While Guitar Hero 2 on Xbox 360 was the first iteration in the franchise to appear on a next-gen console, it was no different to its PlayStation 2 counterpart, aside from the addition of new songs. Fortunately Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock goes a step further and adds more to the game and furthers the franchise to a new level.

Guitar Hero III: Legend of Rock features a killer soundtrack.

GH3 follows the simple premise set down by the previous games of hitting the corresponding coloured note in time to the music. For those who have never played a Guitar Hero game, you may find it a bit tricky, because GH3’s difficulty is geared towards existing players. Although the difficulty difference between GH2 and GH3 isn’t massive, it is noticeable. In previous games, three note chords have been a rarity -- until now. Many of the songs in GH3 feature several different three notes chords, which will have you swapping back and fourth between them like a madman. Though, annoying at first, once you become familiar with the chords and when the appear in the song, you can easily ace them with a bit of practice.

The Guitar Hero series has never been known for its graphical prowess and GH3 is no different. Despite looking significantly better than previous games in the series, GH3 isn’t the best looking game out there. Fortunately for GH3, graphics aren’t an integral part of the experience. If you’re lucky enough to own a 1080p HDTV GH3 has you covered. The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 version of the game support 1080p, while the Wii and PS2 versions support 480p.

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Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock

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