Product Type: Activision Wii games
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Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (Wii)
Member Name: Whizz11
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (Wii)
Advantages: Brilliant game
My husband and I love our Wii and are always looking for new games and when Guitar Hero came out we knew we had to get it. I had heard about it alot from other people and from reading reviews for other games systems so was excited when I saw it had come out for Wii.
We bought the game pack from Argos for £69.99, a bit steep for a new computer game but bear in mind that you are not only getting a game but also the hardware to go with it, namely the guitar. The guitar is plastic and I would say almost as big as a real guitar but not quite. It looks and feels like a real guitar so already the game has an authentic feel to it. It comes with a strap that you can detach and that allows you to put over your head and hold onto the guitar safely, much like a real one. When you first start out with the guitar the funniest part for us was the stickers that came with it that allow you to customise your guitar or "pimp it out" as I like to say. The guitar comes as just a plain white guitar but the stickers are great. They include skulls, flames, stars etc to make you look like a real rock star. Nintendo also sell different face plates that you can buy to add to the guitar if you wish such as a Union Jack one but these of course cost extra and do not come in the original packet.
The guitar has 5 coloured buttons at the top of the guitar which are the fret buttons and what you play the notes with. There is also a strum bar which you press and is like strumming the strings on a guitar and a whammy bar. You Wii remote fits into a slot in the guitar and allows you to play freely and remotely without having any wires hooked up to the games console.
When you first start the game there are various game options you can pick.
The Career selection basically lets you have a career as a rock star. You get to choose and design your character which is fun because there are different hair styles and outfits you can pick. The graphics for this is very good as some of the characters to me look rather life like, not like the little Wii characters in the Wii Sports or the Wii play games. Then you start to play!!!!
In each section you have to play 3 out of 4 songs to the end to move forward to the next level and unlock new songs and new venues to play in. You will also earn cash (with some deducted for agents fees etc) and can go to the store to buy additional songs, equipment etc. To play is easy, basically on the screen you see a bar for the notes on the screen that keeps moving as the song progresses. Then, for example when you see a red note come on the screen you press the button on the guitar that is red, strum the strum bar and so on. If you play the note in time it bursts into flames and lights up, if you don't get it you heard a dud noise to tell you you've missed it and the note doesn't light up. The songs get increasingly harder as you go along with various note combinations, etc. If you play the song to the end you have completed that song and can move to the next song. What I find nice is at the end it shows you the percentage of notes you got and also how many notes you managed to string together. Sometimes my husband and I use this as a little competition between ourselves to see who played the song better.
You can also select the Co-op Career gameplay where you work with another person to complete the songs and also a quick play where you just play any song you wish. This is fun when you first begin to get a hand of how to play.
What's fun is the game also inlcudes various face-offs with different "Guitar Legends" such as Slash and Tom Morello. Slash plays a few notes and then you play a few notes and back and forth until one player enters the Death Zone and you die. My husband was so excited when he was able to beat Slash.
With this game I find the more you kind of play around and act like you're playing a real guitar the better. On some notes if you shake the guitar the notes turn bright blue and go into a power mode which is very cool. All the songs are brilliant. It includes just about every rock classic you can think of (over 70 songs) and the songs will really get stuck in your head.
The game is rated 12 because it contains infrequent moderate sex references but really I think this is fine for younger kids to play as it's mostly in the lyrics which you don't always pay attention to, you're too busy trying to make sure you don't miss the notes! It's a great attention to the Wii collection and a game I definitely recommend.
Summary: Guitar Hero for Nintendo Wii
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