Product Type: Activision Wii games
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Addictive, finger tapping rock fury
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (Wii)
Member Name: Helsieboo
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (Wii)
Advantages: Addictive, fun, social game
Disadvantages: Fingers hurt!
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!
Summary: A brilliant party game.
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