Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock

Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
Release date(s)Oct 28, 2007
Mode(s)Single player, Multiplayer (console), Multiplayer (online)
Available onPS2, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PC

Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock is the third game in the Guitar Hero franchise. Though previous games in the series had been developed by Harmonix, this installment was developed by Neversoft and published by Red Octane and Activision. The game was released on the Playstation 2, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and Nintendo Wii.

Like previous installments, the game utilizes a guitar-shaped peripheral to play through over 70 songs. As notes roll by on the screen, you must simultaneously be holding down the correct fret(s) and strum on the strum bar. Unlike past versions, however, the game features new modes, like a Battle Mode and a Co-Op Career Mode. The game also features online play in the Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and Nintendo Wii versions. You can also download extra songs on the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game.


[edit] Gameplay

Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock features the same game play as the past iterations of the game. Different colored notes roll past on the screen. As they hit the specified area, the player must simultaneously hold down the correct colored fret button(s) and strum on the Strum Bar. Along with this basic scheme, players can also execute advanced techniques like Hammer Ons and Pull Offs. Fans of past Guitar Hero games will notice a difference in these, as the timing window has been drastically increased, making them easier to hit. There are four different difficulties; Easy, Medium, Hard, and Expert. In Easy Mode, only the first three frets (green, red, yellow) are used and the notes come at the screen slowly and sparingly. Medium uses four frets and the notes are used more intricately. Hard uses all five frets, as does Expert, but Expert is much more difficult since you will be playing every note that can be heard in the song.

[edit] Career Mode

In Career Mode, players create their own band and try to rise through the ranks and become the ultimate guitar hero. Players battle through 8 tiers of progressive difficulty. After completing the songs in the tier, players will be faced with one of two things. The first is an encore song, like were featured in Guitar Hero II. On some tiers, there are Boss Battles that take place usually before the encore songs. These battles pit players against iconic guitarists.

[edit] Soundtrack

There are a large number of songs in Guitar Hero III:

[edit] Co-op Career Mode

In co-op career mode, you will be playing with a friend. One person will play the lead guitar, while the other person will play the bass or the rhythm. Both players will share the same rock meter and multiplier. In order to activate star power, both players need to tilt their guitars at the same time.

Similar to career mode, you will making your own band and play each of the 8 tiers of difficulty. However, an extra song will be unlocked for each tier as the encore. For example, 'Rock and Roll all Nite' is the encore song in career mode. In co-op, that song will be played as a normal one, and the encore will be 'Sabotage'. There are also no boss battles. However, the song 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia' will still be played.

[edit] Battle Mode

Battle mode is a new inclusion to the Guitar Hero franchise. Both players are given Rock Meters, like in the single player, and they can use Battle Power to hinder the opponent in various ways. The battle powers follow:

  • Broken Whammy - Forces the opponent to move the whammy bar rapidly until they can play again. It's icon is a wavy line
  • Broken String - Forces the opponent to press a fret button a couple times until they can hit notes on it again. It's Icon is a pair of scissors
  • Amp Overload - Makes the notes flash on and off and the fretboard shake. It's icon is a thunderbolt
  • Double Notes - Adds one gem to all the notes (except 3-note chords). This one takes about a second to activate. It's icon is 2 16th note Icons
  • Lefty/Righty Flip - Reverses the fretboard. It's an upside down smiley face
  • Difficulty Up - Changes the opponent's chart to the next higher difficulty. Takes a moment or so before its effects kick in. It's icon is a cross
  • Power-Up Steal - Takes the opponent's power-up, if he has one. If not, the power-up is lost. it's icon is a hand
  • Death Drain - Quickly lowers the opponent's Rock Meter, no matter how many notes he is hitting. Only used in Sudden Death. It's icon is a skull and cross bones

[edit] Boss Battles

If you can beat the boss, you will unlock him as a playable character to buy in the store, and he will play the encore (a song from an artist that boss plays in) along with you. The three boss battles are:

    Guitarist for Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave. He plays Bulls on Parade on his Arm The Homeless guitar with you.
    Guitarist from Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver. He plays Welcome to the Jungle on his 1959 Les Paul with you.
  • Lou- 8th tier
    Manager of the cover band your character plays in. The battle is a rendition of The Devil Went Down To Georgia by Charlie Daniels Band, based on the cover by Primus. After you beat him, he falls down a giant crack in the ground, presumably back to Hell. You then play Through the Fire and Flames atop a pillar of amps while the credits roll on the game, along with pictures of the development staff. The difficulty is the same as whatever the battle was. No score is kept and you won't fail if you don't play along to the song.
    Rocking Out!

    [edit] Online Play

    Guitar Hero III allows players to play against other guitar-slinging players across the world online. The Playstation 2 version of the game does not offer online play, unfortunately.

    Online, you have 2 options : join someone else's match, or host your own match. You can play against a friend or stranger. When playing against strangers, you can play ranked or un-ranked matches. Better players usually play 'ranked' matches.

    [edit] Hosting your own match

    First, when hosting your own match, you will make selections on the following in order:

    1. Match type - Select the match type. It can be either Friends, Strangers(ranked), Strangers(unranked).
    2. Choose mode - Choose what type of match you will play. It can be either Face-off, Pro Face-off, Battle, Co-op. Note: You cannot play on co-op if it is a ranked strangers match.
    3. Number of songs - Choose the number of songs. You can play 1, best of 3, best of 5, or best of 7.

    After that, you will pick what stage you will be playing on. Then, pick your character and wait for someone to join!

    [edit] Joining someone else's match

    Going into 'Auto-Match' will put you up against a friend who has invited you. Going into 'Strangers Match' will put you up against a stranger. You will pick whether it's a ranked match or not. Then choose the difficulty and number of songs. The game will try to match you up with someone hosting their own match who has the same settings that you put.

    [edit] Controllers

    Four of the systems feature wireless controllers. The next gen consoles (PS3, Wii, and X360) all have Gibson Les Paul controllers. The Playstation 2 version features a black Kramer Striker, and the PC/Mac version features a wired Gibson X-plorer. The Wii version is somewhat unique in that the Wiimote must be inserted into the guitar controller, and will utilize the Wiimote's miniature speaker.

    [edit] Characters

    See List of Characters in Guitar Hero III.

    [edit] Songlist

    See Guitar Hero III Set List.

    [edit] Downloadable Content

    See Downloadable Content.

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