Guitar Hero 3

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Guitar Hero 3 review
Keaton Arksey


Wanna be a guitar hero?

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Battles are available in both the single player career and multiplayer games. In single player, you and your band climb the mountain of ‘Rockitude’ where you battle against guitar wizards Slash (Guns ‘N Roses, Velvet Revolver) and Tom Morrelo (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave) in songs that they themselves created exclusively for the game. Bret Michaels of the 80’s band Poison also makes an appearance as a unique lead singer for Poison’s song ‘Talk Dirty to Me’.

Multiplayer games can be played in co-op and versus mode (Battle, Head-to-Head) and it is even possible to start a co-op career with different set lists and encores. By linking your game to a account, you can compare your scores across all consoles, a great way to show and gauge your musical prowess.

Rolling your Metallic Slayer around

While Guitar Hero 3 comes with many cool new features, it also knows some less positive changes. Neversoft has changed the character designs, and not for the better. The animations are hit or miss. Watch closely (you better not do that when playing) and you may notice the lead singers’ lips are actually matching the words - hit. The movements of the guitarists and lead singer are smooth - hit. The drummer however, looks like one of those old clapping monkeys with stiff robotic movements – definite miss. Overall the graphics have improved though, and perhaps that is all we needed in the first place. Players should be paying attention to the notes scrolling up the screen than to superb lighting effects or well designed venues.

More positive are the songs included with the game. They are arguably the best of the series. From heavy metal hits like Metallica’s ‘One’, Iron Maiden’s ‘Number of the Beast’ and Slayer’s ‘Raining Blood’ to classic hits such as ‘Paint it Black’ by the Rolling Stones, ‘Rock and Roll All Nite’ by Kiss, and ‘Sunshine of your Love’ by Cream.

An interesting little fact is that 3 songs were actually re-done just for this game. Living Color’s song ‘Cult of Personality’ was redone with a wicked new solo, along with the Sex Pistol’s ‘Anarchy in the UK’. Bret Michaels also redid the lyrics for ‘Talk Dirty to Me’.

One song demands special attention. ‘Through the Fire and the Flames’ from speed-metal band Dragonforce is so hard that you have to beat the game before you can unlock it. When you do, it is not easy to deal with this song. You see, on expert level the game requires you to use all 5 notes and be adequate at using Hammer-ons and Pull-offs. In some of the songs, you could hit well over 200 notes in the first minute. ‘Through the Fire and the Flames’ is a 7 minute song. Get the picture? Luckily it is possible to play the song in practice mode, which will surely help you to not only conquer –this- beast, but any other musical monstrosity that comes your way.

They did well

Guitar Hero 3 provides a significant amount of unlockable content such as bonus songs, extra characters and guitars. In its basic form, the game should keep players enthralled for months only to dive into the downloadable content that has been announced. While many feared that Neversoft would ruin the Guitar Hero franchise, they did very well indeed. It plays much the same as its predecessor, the set list and user interface have been improved, and new features introduced like battle mode and co-op career make the experience more enjoyable than ever before. Rock on!


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