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.
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.
On the single-player side of things, GH3 introduces a very bare story in the form of brief animated cut scenes between each set of tracks. At the beginning of the game, your four band members are standing around scratching their heads wondering what to do, when they decide to perform a concert. As you progress through the game you see them play in bigger and better venues. These cut scenes feel a tad bit tacked on and don’t really contribute much to the single-player experience. One of the new additions to the single-player campaign is the three Boss battles. Essentially every few set lists, the boss battle replaces the encore track. The aim of the battle is to disrupt their playing style enough that they fail the song, similar to the battle mode in multiplayer. The first two boss battles are against Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello and Velvet Revolver’s Slash. Whilst we won’t reveal who the third Boss battle features, we can guarantee that he is a fitting and worthy opponent.