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Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock Review (XB360)

Drugs, booze and groupies optional.

Posted by Chris Buffa on Sunday, October 28, 2007

Grab the wireless Les Paul controller, crank up the audio and rock the pants off imaginary groupies with Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. This feature-packed sequel contains everything needed to turn into a mock rock superstar, thanks to a sweet guitar peripheral and a soundtrack with 40 songs that spans four decades. Take your act "on the road" in a new online mode -- a Guitar Hero first -- where you test your skills against others around the globe. A few issues, however, will keep this otherwise solid game from going triple-platinum.

Guitar Hero Screens

Screens and Photos from Hit Music Rhythm Game Guitar Hero Series

Guitar Hero: Aerosmith Screens

    Guitar Hero: Aerosmith brings these quintessential rock legends to the interactive realm to create the ultimate gaming experience. As fans progress through their careers in the game, they can rock out to scores of Aerosmith's greatest hits, as well as songs from celebrated artists that the band has either performed with or has been inspired by in some way. Venues from historical moments during the band's illustrious career offer the experience of "sweet emotion" and further capture the essence of the band's rise to fame.

    Activision

    Guitar Hero: Aerosmith brings these quintessential rock legends to the interactive realm to create the ultimate gaming experience. As fans progress through their careers in the game, they can rock out to scores of Aerosmith's greatest hits, as well as songs from celebrated artists that the band has either performed with or has been inspired by in some way. Venues from historical moments during the band's illustrious career offer the experience of "sweet emotion" and further capture the essence of the band's rise to fame.

    Activision

    Guitar Hero: Aerosmith brings these quintessential rock legends to the interactive realm to create the ultimate gaming experience. As fans progress through their careers in the game, they can rock out to scores of Aerosmith's greatest hits, as well as songs from celebrated artists that the band has either performed with or has been inspired by in some way. Venues from historical moments during the band's illustrious career offer the experience of "sweet emotion" and further capture the essence of the band's rise to fame.

    Activision

    Guitar Hero: Aerosmith brings these quintessential rock legends to the interactive realm to create the ultimate gaming experience. As fans progress through their careers in the game, they can rock out to scores of Aerosmith's greatest hits, as well as songs from celebrated artists that the band has either performed with or has been inspired by in some way. Venues from historical moments during the band's illustrious career offer the experience of "sweet emotion" and further capture the essence of the band's rise to fame.

    Activision

    Guitar Hero: Aerosmith brings these quintessential rock legends to the interactive realm to create the ultimate gaming experience. As fans progress through their careers in the game, they can rock out to scores of Aerosmith's greatest hits, as well as songs from celebrated artists that the band has either performed with or has been inspired by in some way. Venues from historical moments during the band's illustrious career offer the experience of "sweet emotion" and further capture the essence of the band's rise to fame.

    Activision

    Guitar Hero: Aerosmith brings these quintessential rock legends to the interactive realm to create the ultimate gaming experience. As fans progress through their careers in the game, they can rock out to scores of Aerosmith's greatest hits, as well as songs from celebrated artists that the band has either performed with or has been inspired by in some way. Venues from historical moments during the band's illustrious career offer the experience of "sweet emotion" and further capture the essence of the band's rise to fame.

    Activision

    Guitar Hero: Aerosmith brings these quintessential rock legends to the interactive realm to create the ultimate gaming experience. As fans progress through their careers in the game, they can rock out to scores of Aerosmith's greatest hits, as well as songs from celebrated artists that the band has either performed with or has been inspired by in some way. Venues from historical moments during the band's illustrious career offer the experience of "sweet emotion" and further capture the essence of the band's rise to fame.

    Activision

    Guitar Hero: Aerosmith brings these quintessential rock legends to the interactive realm to create the ultimate gaming experience. As fans progress through their careers in the game, they can rock out to scores of Aerosmith's greatest hits, as well as songs from celebrated artists that the band has either performed with or has been inspired by in some way. Venues from historical moments during the band's illustrious career offer the experience of "sweet emotion" and further capture the essence of the band's rise to fame.

    Activision

    Guitar Hero: Aerosmith brings these quintessential rock legends to the interactive realm to create the ultimate gaming experience. As fans progress through their careers in the game, they can rock out to scores of Aerosmith's greatest hits, as well as songs from celebrated artists that the band has either performed with or has been inspired by in some way. Venues from historical moments during the band's illustrious career offer the experience of "sweet emotion" and further capture the essence of the band's rise to fame.

    Activision

    Guitar Hero: Aerosmith brings these quintessential rock legends to the interactive realm to create the ultimate gaming experience. As fans progress through their careers in the game, they can rock out to scores of Aerosmith's greatest hits, as well as songs from celebrated artists that the band has either performed with or has been inspired by in some way. Venues from historical moments during the band's illustrious career offer the experience of "sweet emotion" and further capture the essence of the band's rise to fame.

    Activision

Like previous Guitar Hero games, channel your inner rocker to an eclectic mix of songs. Jam to Santana's Black Magic Woman, Rage Against the Machine's Bulls on Parade, Pearl Jam's Even Flow and others. Use a plastic and wireless Les Paul look-a-like, hitting the multicolored fret buttons in conjunction to the similar colored notes flowing down a fret-board onscreen. Meanwhile, your chosen rocker performs in front of a captive and rowdy audience. Sparks fly from fingers, police fire tear gas into the crowd and a mechanic knight chops off a robot dragon's head. It's an insane, over-the-top experience.

Guitar Hero veterans will recognize the usual assortment of modes. Career mode lets you unlock all of the songs as you travel to a host of bizarre venues. As you play, you'll earn money that can be used to buy new guitars, characters, outfits, videos and songs from the game's Store. It's fun, but new boss battles, challenges where you must defeat a famous rocker (Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello or Guns 'N' Roses' Slash) by attacking them with power ups that temporarily break strings (making it impossible to play a certain color note), swap the colors of the notes or make them blink take away from the whole "I wanna rock" experience. We appreciate the effort to add something new, but battling "bosses" ultimately makes this more like a traditional video game than a cool guitar simulator that lets you enjoy playing and listening to music.

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Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock

Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
  • GenreMusic
  • Release Date10/28/2007
  • PublisherActivision
  • DeveloperNeversoft Entertainment
  • ESRBT - Teen