Review by Cubular

Reviewed: 07/22/08

Guitar Hero III is more or less what we expected as a sequel

Gameplay – (8.5)

For those who haven't played Guitar Hero yet, basically, it's a guitar version of Dance Dance Revolution. You play your favorite guitar riffs such as The Scorpions, ZZTop, and Metallica. Instead of strings on guitar, there are buttons you hold to play a note. When a wave of notes appear, you “strum” and hold the button. There are variations and tricks you can do while playing just like a real guitar, like chords, hammer ons/pull offs, star power. In Guitar Hero III, not much has changed about the gameplay, except a few extra modes such as boss battle. The game is still addictive and competitive and the new online mode for next gen console owners is decent.

Graphics – 8.0

When Harmonix was acquired by Electronic Arts, a huge makeover occurred. In my opinion, the new interface looks worse than GH1 and GH2. Depending which version you have, the graphics will look amazing or terrible (PS2 and Wii looks the worst, the 360/PS3 looks the best). For a music based game, graphics are amazing. However, the singer that you must stare it while you play, is incredibly ugly!

Sound – 9.0

There are some big bands in this game such as The Scorpions, Metallica, Living Color, and The Rolling Stones. Many of the songs in GHIII are mastertracks. However, all the covers in this game are done very well. The sound effects aren’t as good as GH1 and GH2, but they are decent.

Control – 9.5

The Guitar Hero series is revolutionary for its controls and definitely the reason why the games are successful. The controls are easy to learn, but hard to master. By lifting the guitar, you activate your star power, which is neat!. After a few songs, the guitar will start to feel natural. Guitar Hero III's controls are exactly the same, which is not a bad thing at all.

Replay – 9.0

Guitar Hero III is a definite must buy. It is an awesome multiplayer games to own and one of the few games that appeal to casual and hardcore gamers. The 4 difficulty levels will keep you busy for a long time. The online mode and downloadable content is a bonus for PS3, Wii and Xbox 360 owners.

Pros

+Gameplay still surprisingly addictive
+Variety of amazing songs
+New online mode adds to the already high replay value

Cons

-Developer change not exactly smooth
-Guitar Hero series will get stale by next year without big changes

Guitar Hero III is more of the same and it’s what we all expected. It deserves an 8.0.

Rating:   4.0 - Great

Product Release: Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (US, 10/28/07)

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