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Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (Wii)

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Genre: Music & Dancing / Suitable for 12 years and over / Release Date: 2009-04-24 / Published by Activision

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      13.02.2011 15:55

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      A great game that places gameplay above all else

      After playing Guitar Hero at a friends house I was instantly hooked to the easily accessible nature of the game play and the fantastic music to play along to. This led me to take the plunge and purchase Guitar Hero 3 days later.
      What struck me initially was how easy it was to set up and play, the guitar that came bundled with the software only required the Wii remote to be plugged in and all was ready to go. The variety of songs on offer was varied (from old Black Sabbath to bang up to date Killers), I think anyone of any age would find several songs to suit them, my personal favourites being the old grunge tracks from the likes of Smashing Pumpkins.
      A word of advice for any newbie players would be to quickly increase the difficulty to Medium as soon as you can so that you don't get stuck in a rut of easily completing every song.
      The lack of downloadable content for this release of Guitar Hero is a let down, but the sheer volume of tracks mean you will not become quickly bored. If you have friends around to play often, then investing in another guitar is a great investment.
      All in all, this is a great introduction to the Guitar Hero series, but hardcore fans may be wanting of more content that is available on other console platforms.

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      13.08.2010 14:36
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      Great car, lots of space for a smaller car.

      For all who are looking to buy a new Renault Clio, i cannot express just how great they are. Two years ago i was gutted when a rather large 3 month old BMW wrote off my first ever car, that little Punto was a temperamental little thing but a lot of fun, so when Enterprise supplied me with a petrol Renault clio, which appeared to me to be enormous compared to my cute little Punto, i was a tad apprehensive. However, after about a half hour i was totally convinced. I then set upon finding a diesel version for myself, which i did at Goscote Renault dealership in Leicester. I managed to get an ex demo for almost £3,500 cheaper than the list price for one of these beauties. The one that i have now is the Dynamique version and i can honestly say that it is the comfiest and most practical car i could have chosen. Yes at first i was worried about the size of the car as my first being the Punto and the car i learnt to drive in a Fabia, were a lot smaller, but i did struggle to fit my drum kit into the Punto whereas the Clio handles it with ease and i still have space to take a couple of monitors. Also i was surprised at the speed of it, My Punto had been a foot to the floor job just to get it going whereas this car i only had to move the accellerator a tiny amount for it to be zooming away. Fantastic! So if you are considering buying a new Clio, The Dynamique 1.5 Diesel is a great choice especialy when you realise you're getting about 700 miles to a tank! (As long as you're not flooring it everywhere!) The only downside i can find on the car is the CD player is in a bit of a dodgy place. For example, if you have a very annoying passenger who likes to change CD's several times in a journey, where the CD player is currently situated it is very awkward to get to it whilst the driver is trying to change gear. But other than that it's fab!

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        13.08.2010 14:13
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        Suited for Rock fans

        For those not familiar with the concept of Guitar Hero, the idea of the game is to hit the coloured buttons on the plastic guitar at the time they appear on the screen to keep the music playing and build up points. There are varying levels of difficulty, with the easiest level open to most after a few goes needed to pick up the rhythm to the insanely difficult were you feel you need 8 hands and the speed of a cheetah to be able to do it. However the hardest is not impossible as I have seen it done. If you enjoy rock songs then you will love the line up of songs, they include greats like Guns n Roses and Kiss amongst many others. The career mode involves you playing sets as you progress though a career of a rock start, meaning venues start of small and get grander as you progress, it's the most exciting career mode nor does it have a real story but that is not the purpose of the game. One annoyance for me was having to put the Wii controller in and out of the guitar, if you use the silicone sleeve for your Wii remote this will become a pain each time you want to play, seeing how the PS3 works standalone I wish they tried something similar for the Wii.

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        13.04.2010 07:57
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        Rock out on this great game on the Nintendo Wii

        THE SUMMARY
        Play the specialised Wii guitar and master some all time classic rock songs. Aim to become a true rock legend in your own right.

        THE STORY
        There is not much story to this game. You pick your character and then attempt to make them a rock legend. To do this you will have to master some amazing rock songs and also battle against some of the greatest ever guitar players who have lived including Slash from Guns and Roses. Make your way through the songs and defeat the masters until you get to your final challenge. Can you beat the Devil himself? Give it a go it is great fun.

        THE GAMEPLAY
        The gameplay on this game is fairly simple to master. The game consists of your band taking to the stage and performing a song. Along with this song you will see a the neck of a guitar on the screen as the song plays a bar moves along the neck of the guitar and indicates when the buttons should be pressed. There a four buttons which can be pressed and these are located on the neck of you Wii Controller Guitar. In addition to pressing the neck buttons you also have to strum the strummer button at the same time. Add on top of this the chance to play with the Waa Waa and you have got one top game. I found the keys a little hard to press to start of with as the fingers on my left hand are a little lazy but soon i was playing like a pro.

        THE GRAPHICS
        The graphics on this game are a good as they need to be as it is all about the music and when you are playing you just focus on the neck of the guitar. If you are watching it is good fun watching your opponents perform on the stage and there is plenty to keep you interested.

        THE MUSIC
        This game is all about the music and fortunately it is fantastic. Rock along to songs by Free, Guns & Roses, The Killers and many more there are some real anthems here that will be stuck in your head for days. I know I will have Slow Ride permanently engrained on my psychy from now on.

        THE RATING
        I would rate this game 6/10 although it is great fun for a week or so you will eventually tire of the songs especially if you get stuck on one for any length of time.

        So in conclusion great game, limited lifespan.

        WhiteMarion - KOTEJ
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        Also Published on Ciao Under Name: www.kotej.com

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          06.04.2010 11:59
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          A brilliant party game.

          Oh, Guitar Hero, how I love thee! This is the third game in the Guitar Hero series and was given to me by a friend. You can buy it on Amazon with a guitar for £54.99 and Play.com has the game only for £15.99 upwards.

          As given away in the subtitle, 'Legends of Rock' contains a lot of classic rock songs, although a few more modern ones also feature. Backcomb your hair and don your leathers for this version of GH - Poison, Guns'n'Roses and The Rolling Stones all feature in this!

          For those who are unaware (though I do find it hard to believe if you are) I will briefly explain the game. The concept is fairly simple - you have a guitar with five frets, all in a different colour, a bar to strum like a string and a whammy bar. You choose a song to play and the frets match the notes on the screen and as a note appears, you strum the bar whilst holding down the respective fret. Simple, right?

          But, like many things in life, the theory is often more simple than the action.

          Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock has four difficulties, ranging from 'easy' through to 'expert.' The songs for all levels are the same, however the higher up the difficulties you go, the faster the note playing becomes and the notes appear more frequently. You use just 3 fret buttons on easy, 4 on medium and all 5 on hard and expert. As you progress through the difficulty levels, you will need to use techniques such as 'hammer on' and 'pull off' to progress through the songs.


          There are two routes through this game - you can either simply play on the 'quickplay' mode which is just choosing a song and playing it, or you can play through on 'career' mode. You can do this solo, or if you have a second guitar, you can play through as a band, with the second player playing the bass part. You can choose individual difficulities, in case one player is much better than the other.

          On career mode, you play a total of 8 gigs, progressing in difficulty as you go along. In order to progress, you must complete the songs in each gig. In 'expert' you must complete all 4 songs, plus the encore/guitar battle in each gig; in the earlier levels, you only have to do 2/3 songs and the encore/guitar battle, which is handy if you're strugling to get your fingers round a song. Encores must be completed to move on to the next gig, however if you fail a guitar battle three times in a row, you are given the option to 'wimp out.'

          The guitar battles are great fun and you can practise against a friend in 'battle mode' if you are struggling. The idea is that each player takes it in turns to play part of a song and if you hit enough notes, you can collect a bonus to 'attack' your opponent with. These can be things such as 'broken string,' or 'lefty flip' which can cause your opponent to miss notes and crash out, resulting in a victory for you.

          For the real perfectionists amongst you, at the end of each completed song, you are given a rating and a percentage of notes hit. 3* means that you have made it through the song, 4* means that you have played fairly well and 5* means that you played really well. It's important to make sure that the audience meter doesn't fall into the red, as you may well be booed off the stage. You are paid depending on your rating and with this, you can buy clothes for your characters and instruments.

          Another useful feature is the practice mode, where it teaches you how to do techniques such as 'hammer on' and 'pull off' which you will need later. You can also practise songs and parts of songs at a slower speed, so you can get used to them, if you're really stuck on a song.

          If you make it through to the end, you get to play Dragonforce's 'Through the Fire and Flames' as the credits roll. All I have to say is good luck doing that on expert.

          This game is addictive and is also a great party game with a few friends and some beers. Unfortunately, I have made my fingers hurt through playing so much and am currently stumped on Knights of Cydonia by Muse, on Expert. Anyone wanna help me? Perhaps I should learn the real guitar instead!

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            27.01.2010 03:40
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            The Wii shows its limitations

            I own Guitar Hero 3 for the PS3, but recently got the chance to play the Wii version which, without doubt, pales hugely in comparison to the other next-generation versions due to the limiting nature of the Wii's technical architecture.

            The set-list, however, really is rather excellent and the same great gameplay is there. There are new additions, like enhanced hammer-ons and pull-offs, but they also do make the game a lot easier, as you can afford to be lazy and the note board is a lot more forgiving than in the previous games. Still, with classic tunes like Guns 'N Roses Welcome to the Jungle, there's so much to like here. There are also a few new modes, such as Battle (where you attempt to psych out your opponent by using Star Power), which inject some innovation into things.

            Visually, it is quite good-looking for a Wii game, and the arenas and character models in particular are impressive. However, this game is in no way about the visuals, but the music, and in that regard it totally delivers. My real complaint, though, is that the game just pales when you've played the other versions on either the PS3 or Xbox 360. The Wii version not only lacks the DLC of the other versions, and the online offering is heavily flawed, with plenty of lag, and even connecting to a game is a challenge because of the irritating friend code system.

            While Wii gamers will have to take what they can get, this is a game severely limited by the Wii's lesser technological prowess even if the single player songs are superb. The guitar is just as great as before, but the toned down features are very disappointing.

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            15.01.2010 21:24
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            Try it!

            This is the probably the title that set the music game trend on fire and why we now have so many music games like Guitar Hero, Rock Band, Band Hero, DJ Hero, Lego Rock Band, Beatles, Guitar Hero Metallica!

            You need a plastic guitar as well to play the game which I got for £35 at HMV a while ago but the RRP is a bit overpriced! It is really fun to play this game and all you have to do is press the correct buttons at the correct time. It is quite responsive and works well!

            There are loads of brilliant songs on the game and you never run out of songs to play. I love playing Ruby Ruby Ruby or Sunshine of Your Love! The game gets really hard on hard and expert modes and almost impossible to complete a song on expert! In career mode you play through making your band reach rock history!

            The graphics are good and the audio is actually pretty good with the songs loud and clear and excellent songs choices to play!

            Overall I really like this game and find it great fun at times! However I would not pay £70 or something for it!

            This review may also appear on other sites under the names ns1209 and mariofan123.

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              01.01.2010 20:02
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              guitar hero.....good fun with friends/family.

              after playing this game at a friends house i decided to invest in one for home. After about a hour of being booed off stage i got to grips with the controls. You have to co-ordinate your fingers in time to the flashing lights that move across the on-screen guitar. the more levels you complete the harder the game gets needing more fingers and quicker reactions. You are rewarded for your wins with 'cash' which you can use in the virtual shop to jazz up your guitar or even your player, and 'cash' can also be used to purchase more songs. If you get bored with the one player mode, or even fustrated you can swith to wifi and play strangers or friends you have added. An added benefit is you can choose your level of skill whilst playing against other players, meaning you dont have to be afraid that just the 'experts' play.

              Ive just one problem with this game. after an hour of play, because of the way the screen picture moves and you have your eyes fixed on one spot, your eyes seem out of focus once you come off it which made me feel a bit sickly!! but like most video games, it does advise a break between playing!

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              05.09.2009 11:10

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              Okay for non musicians

              I dont actually own this but I have played it at a mates house. I wasnt really that impressed with it to be honest.

              I'm a bit of a guitar player and I thought it would help me learn a few new tunes to add to my poor existing library, but it was so different. Absolutely nothing like the real thing in any way shape or form!!

              As a game if you are not a musician and have never picked up a guitar or dont intend to play the real thing then yes I reckon this would be a good game, but I wouldnt buy it purely for the fact that it DOESNT help you to build up your music skills.

              I dont really know what I expected from this game, but it didnt match up to my expectations. Everyone was raving about it and I just dont think it is as realistic as it could have been. A good attempt, but not for me I'm afraid

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              31.07.2009 20:19
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              A good edition to the Guitar Hero collection, lots of iconic songs.

              Years ago my friend, Henri, introduced me to Guitar Hero and I was hooked. Unfortunatally I only had a PC so I had just admire Guitar Hero from afar. Then when my house bought a Wii I just new that I had to get Guitar Hero and I was even luckier because HMV was selling it for £35 compared to the original and expensive £70. I have also seen it in CEX (The second hand electronic store), but it was expensive there as well at £60.

              For my £35 pounds I got: 1x Wireless Guitar, 1X Wii Game Disc (Legends of rock), 1X sheet of stickers to personalise the guitar.

              "Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock" is a sequeal in the Guitar Hero (GH) series. Others include GH Metallica, GH ... The game disc is compatible with Guitar Hero Wii Guitars and so could be purchased separatly as just an addition to your GH collection. The best place to buy the game separatly seems to be CEX (www.cex.co.uk) where they sell it for around £12.

              For those of you who are new to GH, it is a game which is based around the mastering of songs using the guitar controller. It is similar to the dancemat game where the notes you need to play are displayed and you press the corresponding buttons to the notes needed when they are under the front line. There are four different modes of play: Career, Co-op Career, internet challenge and free play

              Career:
              This is where you start as a garage band and complete three out of the four songs offered and a bonus track to progress to the next level. The hardness of the songs progress as you move through the levels. The bonus track may either be just another track or it might be a battle.
              A battle is a track where you "jam off" against an iconic Legend of Rock. In this you collect weaponds by playing certain notes and then use them against your oponent - it is very challenging at times.
              When you complete a song you are given money, which can be used in the ingame shop. The amount of money you get is dependant on your score, which is dependant upon how good you played. To play well you want to hit as many notes as you can in succesion. You will fail a song if your "rock" counter hits 0 and you get booed off the stage. Your rock counter will fall if you miss the notes. The soundtrack for in game play is the song that you are playing, but the guitar part will only play if you play, also if you play the wrong note then a bad noise will come out of your Wii controller (Which is placed inside the guitar controller) to emulate a badly pulled string. It is amazing what a difference it does actually make. My sister has this game and I'm only alowed to play on it if I play it well, then she can listen to songs that she likes, but if I play it badly then it does sound like a badly played piece. A pretty obvious thing to do, but you wouldn't believe the difference it makes. I also must admit that when I have finished playing a song and done it well I get a rush of happiness.
              The game ends when you have completed all the levels (8), but the fun isn't over then you can either go into the ingame shop and buy bonus tracks, or go online to buy other tracks or step up a hardness level.
              The hardness levels are Easy (Which involves your index, middle and ring finger and has less notes), Medium (Which includes your little finger), Hard (involves the movement of fingers), and very hard (lots of notes lots of moving of your fingers). I have only been able to play on Easy, it gave a substantial challenge and on a couple of games I have failed. I am still mastering easy ones at Medium. So it is still providing me a challenge even though I've completed one level.

              The Shop. In the shop you can buy bonus tracks, new outfits, new guitars etc. I find that the only useful aspect of this is the bonus tracks, but if you like adding to the character then you would enjoy the shop. You can earn unlimited money, so it's never a problem of running out.

              Co-op Career is two players in career mode -need two guitars. There are no battles in this and only 6 levels, but that's still a lot of playing.

              Online play is where you connect to the internet and compete in battle mode or in a face-to-face where the person with the highest score for that song wins.

              Free-mode. This is where you can play till your hearts content and practice on getting a good score. The main problem I have is that you can only access songs which you have gained through your career, which I guess is an insentive to play the game, but I bought it I should be able to play any game I want!

              As you can see there is a large amount of play modes and the game is quite challenging which makes it very entertaining and I havn't got bored with it yet! The emulating of the guitar is also excellent, you need to strum when you want the note to be played, you can "hammer-on" and "pull-off" -no this isn't for the groupies it's a guitar technique to play complicated rifts.

              To get started on the game it is advisable that you go through the tutorial, which will give you good hints but is a little long winded. They teach you how to play but you can't skip forward through the annoying talking and they give you little exersizes which you need to complete before they tell you more. I would like to see an addition of a "quicky" such as hit this and this when the note comes up.

              The songs are varied and contain a lot which everyone will know in total they have 73 songs. My favorites are the ones I know: "Muse -Knights of Cydonia, Alice Cooper- School's out, Killers -When you were young".

              The graphics in the game are quite basic, but they don't need to be good as the whole game play is looking at a rolling scroll of notes. It does seem to take a little while to load up each song, but not too long and that break is sometimes what you need after you've been concerntrating for so long (The songs are full length!).

              This game is really easy to play, all you do is hold down buttons and strum in time to the music, however it is difficult to master. Which I think is the basis of all great games. The songs involved means that it is a 12+ game, I think this is a perfect age to start playing the game.
              Once you have the guitar controller you can add discs from the series to your collection so the game play could be never ending.
              The wireless guitar also makes for a lot less hassel and it's really easy to slot in your controller. In all I do love this game, I have found that the medium level is a little too challenging, but I will persavere. I feel that the origianl £70 is a little too expense and I am glad that I got it cheaper. I wouldn't buy it from Ebay or anywhere where it is difficult to take it back if was damaged on arrival.

              I do recommend this game. I think it would make an ideal present for someone who appreciates older music, as I doubt that some 14 year olds will know most of the songs. Having said that I whole heartidly admit that I am no song buff, but I did recognise a whole host of these ones. It is also a multi-player game in single player mode as you get to sit around and cheer on (or laugh at) the person playing. We normally compete to see who can get the higest score.

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                15.07.2009 17:21
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                Best game in the series

                This is the first Guitar Hero game to be produced for a Nintendo system and it is the first Guitar Hero game I've played. I actually play real guitar and if you think that if you are good as this so therefore you will be good at real guitar then think again. Once you get the hang of it you should be rocking along in no time, There are 4 difficulty levels which means anyone can play and sound relatively good.

                The game comes with a stylish white Les Paul wireless guitar controller. There are five different coloured buttons on the neck and a strum bar which you press down together with a button to play a note. There is also a whammy bar which you push in and out when you play specific notes in order to gain star power. Star power doubles the combo that you have for a sort time. The highest normal combo is x4. You get combos and maintain then by not making mistakes. The rock meter shows how well you are doing and if you make too many mistakes then you fail the song and get booed off.There is a story mode which you can play solo or with a friend (one plays lead the other plays rhythm or bass). This involves you choosing songs to play at each concert, the further along you get, the harder the songs.

                After some concerts there are also guitar battles where you have to play against a legend such as Slash, you have to get as many notes as you can, there are also weapons which you get for completing a series of notes, you then fire these weapons at the opponent and this causes some bad effect i.e. their difficulty is increased. The goal is to hit the opponent with a series of weapons causing them to fail.You get money from doing well in career mode which you can then use to buy characters, outfits, guitars and songs.The song list is good with something for everyone, though a lot of bands I hadn't heard of before. Some of the songs aren't the original but have been covered. The songs are fun to play but some are hard due to awkward note placing nothing else. As a side note some of the songs are way more complicated in this game than they are when playing real guitar.

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                13.07.2009 12:47
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                Great fun

                This title in the Guitar Hero Series has really made it into a very popular franchise. Guitar Hero 3: Legends Of Rock entwines great visuals, songs and above all Gameplay to make a truly amazing Rock experience, second only to the real thing, in my opinion.

                First of all, price. The game's RRP with disc and guitar is £70.00, which I think is extortionate, although I picked this up for £35, in HMV, so I was happy with that. I personally think the game is worth about £40, as the longevity is good, but after all, all you do is play guitar. There are in total 73 songs available in the game, but as more games come out you can buy discs for these.

                Gameplay. The way to play this game is by pressing down fret buttons, coloured one at the neck of the guitar, in time with strumming the strum bar, at the bottom. This does seem quite easy, but as there are 5 buttons and only 4 fingers available to press, it can get tricky on hard and expert mode. I can just about cope with medium. It, surprisingly, is quite realistic, and you do get quite carried away with some of the songs, my favourite being Slow Ride, by Foghat. In Career mode, you make a band and try to play your way to the top of the Rock hierarchy, this mode continuously gets harder as it goes along. Also there is a co-operative Career mode. In quick play, you just select a song, and play, trying to beat your previous high score. There are also tutorial and Practice modes.

                Graphics, whilst not as good as the Xbox360 and PS3, are still very good on the Wii, with the band characters and the stadia getting portrayed really well.
                Audio is great, the songs themselves are very loud, as you would expect at a rock gig. You can hear the fans and other instruments well, and overall both graphics and audio create a good atmosphere.

                Overall a great game for the family to play against each other. If you can pick up this game on sale, I would recommend it to anyone.

                Thanks for reading.

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                  18.05.2009 15:28
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                  Well worth the money. Great game.

                  When the Guitar Hero franchise first came out, it looked incredible. Playing some of your favourite tracks in your front room while trying not to be booed off stage by a motorbike gang in a backstreet lock up seemed outrageous but fun at the same time. A lot of my friends had played the game and they all raved about it, but the sticking point for me was the price as the RRP was £70 for the guitar and the game. Then came the HMV sale and the price was dropped to an amazing £40. I had to splurge because this (I hoped) would make my day. And as yet, it has failed to dissapoint me.

                  The Gibson Les Paul guitar that comes with the game is well equipped with the added extra of a whammy bar, which comes in useful throughout the game. There are stickers in the box too that you can add to the guitar face if you want to create your own, personal touch to the guitar.

                  There is a practice mode which is a good starting point for Guitar Hero virgins as there is a step by step guide of how the game works, when best to strike each note, etc, but most people dive straight into the full game because they cannot wait to rock out.

                  The full game takes you on a journey from performing easy tracks in an illegal backyard concert where the police turn up at the end, through many venues, to stadium gigs and rooftop live performance. There are four songs to perform per concert with some guitar battles to play along the way.

                  In easy mode, the player uses the first three buttons on the guitar to strum along with and to get to grips with the gameplay and how each song works. The more adventurous you find get, the more difficult the levels become, until you find yourself getting premature arthritis from trying to play the two opposite end buttons at the same time.

                  The gameplay is brilliant, and the two player battle modes are equally impressive (although you will look like the two guys from Status Quo in your living room!!!).

                  There are numerous guitars, equipment, and characters that you can buy with the money you make from the concerts, including slash himself!!

                  After all this, you can youtube all the nuts around the world who have managed to score 100% on the hardest song and the hardest level to see where you are going wrong!

                  All in all, a great game to rock out to by yourself, in front of friends or with one other person. Something for everyone.

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                  15.05.2009 00:26
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                  The perfect way to realise your rock star dream without leaving your armchair

                  As a self confessed failure of anything musical (it took me a week to master the triangle at school) I was worried that I would be completely useless at playing Guitar Hero. Fortunately, this games does not require the awesome dexterity in the fingers that the craftsmen like Jimmi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Brian May and Slash exhibit so effortlessly. As long as your fingers have the strength to press some fairly largish buttons you will be able to enjoy this game.

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                  As part of the purchase of the game you get a wireless imitation guitar within which your normal Wii remote slots in. As soon as the game is loaded the buttons on the guitar take over from the remote which took me a while to discover, but is actually a much easier way to operate the menus in the game. This wireless guitar truly helps to create the illusion that you are a genuine rock star - something I have had delusions of for many years and can now act out shamelessly.

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                  The obvious place to start is with the Training section (unlike me who never ever reads any instructions, dove straight in and was consequently booed off stage within 20 seconds). There are four tutorials to choose from -Basic Lessons, Star Power, Guitar Battle and Advanced Techniques.
                  As a beginner the one you will start with is Basic Lessons which will teach you how to hit notes. You will experience for the first time how the game works, coloured discs float down the screen and as they hit the targets at the bottom of the screen you will learn at what point to strum. This will also teach you how to hold long notes and how to play chords.
                  The other tutorials will teach you more advanced tricks such as how to gain star power which will give you the chance to increase your points after you manage to hit a star power sequence consecutively, how to play guitar battles and more complex techniques known as hammer on and pull off for when you have to deal with notes very close together.

                  These tutorials are narrated by a rock God which makes them fairly entertaining to do, so if you don't normally like being told what to do (like me) these shouldn't bother you too much. They are very easy to follow and give you a quick understanding of how it all works and also in this section there will be the opportunity to practice before you give the real thing a go.
                  You then have the option of either playing the game in Quickplay mode or as a career.

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                  Quickplay
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                  With Quickplay you can literally select whatever song you want to play in whatever difficulty level you want (Easy, Medium, Hard or Expert), with any of the available characters and just let rip. This will give you the best opportunity to practice, if you find yourself struggling with a song or just a particular part of it you can enter a practice mode on the menu for each song which can allow you just to practice the whole song or just parts of it, with the extra feature of slowing it down to give your fingers a chance to learn the moves!

                  You can judge how well you are doing in each song by a meter on the right of your screen which will read Green for good, Yellow for satisfactory and Red for "Oh my God get me off the stage".

                  At the end of each song you also get some statistics so you know how many notes and what percentage you hit, plus how well you performed in each section of the song so you can track your overall progress to see how well you're improving.

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                  Career
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                  With the career you have the option of playing solo guitar, or as a Co-Op Career (if you have a second guitar and Wii remote and a second willing person) where a guitar and a bass guitar play in tandem. The bass guitar will play slightly less notes and be a little easier so it's best to avoid two very competitive people playing at the same time - that can wait for guitar battles.

                  The songs will be played in exactly the same way as the Quickplay and you will still have the opportunity to practice the songs, but the only difference is your points from each song will contribute to the final total of your whole career, so a poor score may hinder you. But you can replay each song and your overall points will go up if you improve on that song.

                  Assuming you can successfully master each song, you will have to play three guitar battles throughout to progress further in your career - the first against Tom Morello, the second against Slash and finally against Lou (who seems to be the Devil) to complete your career. On Easy you will have the opportunity to woss out if you fail to complete the task three times running which will allow you to carry on with the rest of your career, but on higher levels you must defeat these villains or your career can go no further.

                  The tutorials will help you to learn how to win at guitar battles, but I think practice is the only way. The better you get, the easier it will be to defeat them.

                  So what to do with the money you win. Well there is a shop which you can browse at your leisure and you can purchase things like new Guitars, Characters and Bonus Songs. If you are a fan of guitars you will probably appreciate this, but the thing I preferred most from this section was the Bonus Songs which you will then get to play for fun.

                  And that is about it, the better and more confident you get, the harder the difficulty levels you can try until you are an ultimate Guitar Hero.

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                  Multiplayer
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                  This is the section for those more competitive sorts. In here you will get to play against an opponent on any chosen song either with a straight Face-Off where they whom score the most points win or as a Battle where as in the Career rather than by just playing better than your opponent you get to sabotage them. By successfully completing battle sequences you can arm yourself with such weapons as broken strings or exploding amps which you can then attack your opponent with. Brutal!

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                  Nintendo WFC
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                  If defeating your friends isn't enough you can play on-line Head to Head against other players. This isn't something I can really comment on as I've always been too fearful of humiliation to try this.

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                  The Music
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                  There is a very good range of song on this album for all generations so there should be something for everyone, ranging from oldies like The Sex Pistol, ZZ Top and Black Sabbath, to more modern songs like Weezer, Disturbed, Muse and Slipknot.

                  There is also quite an eclectic mix on the bonus songs if you can't find what you're looking for on the normal playlist.

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                  Conclusion
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                  With the price at about £42.99 (shop around) to get both the game and guitar it is quite an investment but I would say thoroughly worth it for the hours of enjoyment you can glean from it. You get a great sense of satisfaction as you begin to get better and before long you will believe yourself to be a proper, hard core, head banging rock star. But try to avoid trashing your living room, putting your guitar through the TV is probably one of the quickest buzz kills.

                  The only real dangers are RSI if you find yourself playing for too many hours in a row (my wrist has now regained it's full strength), and serious delusions of grandeur, otherwise this game is simple and excellent fun which you won't really get bored of. Once the obsessive playing dies down, this is the kind of game you will turn to again and again for entertainment.

                  The different difficulty levels mean that even if you are slightly uncoordinated you can still enjoy this game as every song you complete will feel like an achievement - and kids of 12 plus and adults can enjoy it alike.

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                    11.05.2009 19:06

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                    My boyfriend convinced me to buy this game and under duress I splashed out and bought it. Seriously, this was one of the best decision i have ever made. I love this game. As do this whole of my family. We fight to play it and have even christened a hat 'the bandanna of rock' which must be worn at all times whilst playing. The songs on the game are amazing. I think Barrcuda is possibly the best and i often find myself singing along as i play. Although it's pretty easy to unlock all of the songs the rock offs with famous guitarist and potential to progress to differend levels of difficulty make this a game that just keeps giving. It never ends. If you want to play a game for a few hours and not have to come back to it this game is not for you. If, on the other hand you feel the need to play something that could quite possibly take over your life. This is your game

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                  Crank Up the Volume and prepare to rock around the globe with Guitar Hero? III: Legends of Rock. Battle against some of the greatest legends to ever shred on a guitar and become one yourself! Take your skills online against other Guitar Hero players from around the world.