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Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (Wii)
Member Name: oxonian
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (Wii)
Date: 25/08/08, updated on 25/08/08 (268 review reads)
Advantages: Amazing tracks, supreme graphics, and ludicrously addictive. Rock like a Guitar God!
Disadvantages: Amount of decent tracks you can purchase is limited.
When Guitar Hero III was released for the Wii, it was inevitable that one particularly copy would be in my home soon, especially when coupled with the fact I am a massive fan of innovative games on the Wii, such as Wii Sports and Wii Fit.
When you turn on Guitar Hero, you are presented with the menu screen, which primarily allows you to tackle Career Mode. Career Mode involves selecting a character and playing three of four available tracks at a range of Gigs. You earn money for each track your play at a gig which can be used in the store. The Tracks involved are all famous, and most are true rock and roll anthems. Once you have completed three of the songs, you are either encouraged to play an Encore, in which you will play a new song, or you will be invited to Battle with a rock hero.
The three that appear in the game are Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, the famous Slash of Guns n Roses, and the Devil - which is the opponent you have to beat to complete the game. Career Mode is also available as Co-Op Career Mode, which is where you and a friend can play Career Mode at the same time.
There is the Quick play mode which is where you can play any of the tracks available in Career Mode other than the battle tracks. The main purpose of this is to just go straight into hammering some tunes, and to smash yours or your friends'/relatives' best score on the track.
Other options include practice mode, tutorials, and a store, where you can buy outfits for your character, videos, (featuring Slash, The Sex Pistols and Tom Morello) and tracks, although disappointingly the only recognisable one for me was Ruby by the Kaiser Chiefs. Lastly there is a 'Nintendo WFC' option, which if selected will connect you to the internet, where there is a worldwide network of players.
How to Play
You play Guitar Hero using the Les Paul Guitar, which connects to your Wii via a wireless connection. This Guitar is designed to the scale of a toy guitar, with 5 fret keys and a strummer. The gameplay is very similar to the Dancing Stage games, where a series of notes come towards you on the screen and you have to press the relevant fret key and strummer at the same time at a particular point to play the note. You play mainly to complete the song and this is determined by a meter in the bottom of the screen telling you if you 'Rock' If you are doing badly, the rockometer will flash and the song will finish there and then.
You are also able to amass a points score for the song. If you hit a long succession of notes (a streak), the greater the rate you will amass points for the song. You have a Whammy key as well which allows you to create excellent riffs and you can gain temporary 'Star Power', by tilting your guitar at a particular point in the song, which will allow you to double the points each time you hit a note.
There are four levels of difficulty, which are Easy, Medium, Hard and Expert. Easy is a good way of getting used to the strum and fret key playing method, and it requires you to use no more than 3 of the keys, so you only have to use three fingers. Medium is a challenging mode, which is difficult enough to look impressive in front of your friends as you are using four fret keys this time. Hard mode is tough because you will need to use five fret keys with four fingers. Once you are ever good enough to play on expert, you are truly a master, because not only are you using five keys, but the notes come at you so fast, you have to negotiate 30 notes to play within 5 seconds.
I bought this game and played it the same night, once I had put my little boy to bed. Now, I have to warn you, this game is monstrously addictive, and I do not say that lightly. As soon as I played it, I was hooked for hours. You are given a gaming experience which is quite realistic and totally fun.
Truthfully, I bought this game three weeks ago, and I have played it every day, sometimes for over 3 hours at a time. It is just amazing. The key driver for me is constant improvement. I am tremendously self-competitive, so not only do I get a buzz from annihilating my, and my fiancée's, previous scores but I play with the intention of getting to 'Expert' standard as soon as possible.
Guitar Hero is hugely enjoyable for the wannabes like me that can almost live a Rock Star life, just without the colossal financial prosperity, the drugs, the alcohol (actually...) and the massive estates that are worthy of exposure on MTV's 'Cribs'. You really get in the mood when playing kicking rock anthems, especially if you put the volume on loud. I am sure that jumping around your living room Slipknot-style when playing riffs will not be quite out of question if you get your hands on this.
I have to say I think this game is just magnificent. I have played hundreds of games in my 20 years of console gaming, and this is country miles ahead of the rest... even GTA 4! The music, the colours, the graphics, the realism all contribute to giving you as a player a terrific experience.
Personally, until I have completely conquered the game, and am virtually invincible, I will not stop playing this game. Guitar Hero is brilliance, it is genius, it is incredible and it is a virtuoso creation. If you have not got it already and own a Wii, I would strongly recommend you get it now - the hours of excitement and exhilation it will give you is priceless!
I bought Guitar Hero for £44.99 from HMV with the wireless Les Paul Guitar.
Slow Ride - Foghat
Talk Dirty to Me - Poison
Hit Me with your Best Shot - Pat Benatar
Story of my Life - Social Distortion
Rock and Roll All Nite - Kiss
Mississippi Queen - Mountain
School's Out - Alice Cooper
Sunshine of your love - Cream
Barracuda - Heart
Bulls on Parade - Rage Against the Machine
When you were Young - The Killers
Miss Murder - AFI
The Seeker - The Who
Lay Down - Priestless
Paint It Black - The Rolling Stones
Paranoid - Black Sabbath
Anarchy in the UK - The Sex Pistols
Kool Thing - Sonic Youth
My Name is Jonas - Weezer
Even Flow - Pearl Jam
Holiday in Cambodia - The Dead Kennedys
Rock You Like a Hurricane - Scorpions
Same Old Song and Dance - Aerosmith
La Grange - ZZ Top
Welcome to the Jungle - Guns n Roses
Black Magic Woman - Santana
Cherub Rock - Smashing Pumpkins
Black Sunshine - White Zombie
The Metal - Tenacious D
Pride and Joy - Stevie Ray Vaughn
Before I Forget - Slipknot
Stricken - Disturbed
3s and 7s - Queens of the Stone Age
Knights of Cydonia - Muse
Cult of Personality - Living Colour
Raining Blood - Slayer
Cliffs of Dover - Eric Johnson
The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
One - Metallica
Summary: One of the most exciting and realistic gaming experiences!
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