Product Type: Activision Xbox 360 games
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Strum through the fire and flames!
Guitar Hero 3: Legends Of Rock (Xbox 360)
Member Name: Kezz360
Guitar Hero 3: Legends Of Rock (Xbox 360)
Advantages: Fantastic, Fun Game with added online play!
Disadvantages: Too hard for me!
Before I start my review I must answer the question that you're all probably asking. How have I got this game now when it isn't even out in the UK yet? Well, yes thats true, it's not out in the UK as I write this, and because I just couldn't wait to get my hands on it, I ordered it from America as it is a multi-region disk so I can happily play it on my English Xbox.
WHAT IS THE OBJECT OF THE GAME?
For those of you who are unfamiliar to the Guitar Hero series, the aim of the game is to complete a range of songs with a high score and 5 out of 5 stars. To get this, you will need a wired or wireless guitar or a standard xbox360 controller if you're too stingey to buy the guitar! For those of you using the controller, it's best to look in the manual to find out which buttons correspond with which colour on the screen, but for those of you using the guitar, you hold a note as it comes at you on the screen and strum the note to play it.
It sounds simple right? Well it will be for those of you who have played other Guitar Hero games, but if this is your first try, you might want to take the tutorial first, which you get an achievement for completing anyway. The tutorial will run through what you have to do. To cut a long tutorial short, basically, when you choose a song to play, a fret board will appear on your screen and it will be scrolling towards you like a conveyor belt. Eventually, you will see a range of coloured notes on your screen that you need to play, and to do this, you hold your xbox360 guitar as you would a normal guitar, place your finger on the colour that you see on the screen, wait for the colour to approach you, and then strum your guitar, which, if done correctly, will play a note, just like with a real guitar!
As with most games you will have the option of which game mode you want to play in, and of course there is always a 'Career' mode. In Guitar Hero 3, the career mode is where you go to create your own band, pick a guitar player, choose your difficulty (Easy, Medium or Hard) and then go through the song lists to complete the game. Now, that sounds far too easy doesn't it? Well, this game is not one that will take just one weekend. No no no no no. This game has made it so that if you want to get the achievements for completing the game in every difficulty, you actually have to play it in every difficulty. Unlike some games where you can play it on Hard straight away and get the achievements for completing Easy and Medium without even going there. Well be prepared for long nights, bags under your eyes and funny looks from your co-workers when your fingers start to shake uncontrollably!
In career mode you will earn money for every song you complete, and even more money for every song you complete with a 5 star rating. Unfortunately, there is not much point in trying to get 100% on every song because you are not rewarded for this, which is a shame because I love perfection. With your money, you can visit the store to buy things such as guitars, guitar skins, characters, songs and some behind the scenes videos into the making of the game. There are a wide range of guitars and an even wider range of guitar skins which is great for people who love to customise. It's also worth noting that you can also unlock special guitars and unlock characters including Tom Morello and Slash. Once you have unlocked these characters, you can then buy them from the store and play as them in your career!
One thing that has been added into this game that wasn't in the previous games is the fact that you can now have a battle with bosses. How does that work I hear you cry? Well, in battle mode, you will be head to head with a boss, and it's basically time to show off your guitar playing skills while trying to ruin your opponents. As you are playing, you will come across spikey looking notes and once played, you will be receive certain weapons to use against your enemy. Weapons such as, a broken string, a backwards fret board and constant double, or you can increase their difficulty. This is alot of fun, but not when it happens to you, because they can also get these weapons and ruin your rhythm too!
ABOUT SLASH & MOTION CAPTURE
Just before I continue, I must say I was very impressed with one particular aspect of the game. We all know Slash right? The guitarist from Guns n Roses, well, he actually did motion capture for his guitar hero character, so when you play as him, the movements he makes are the ones that were actually captured from him when they made the game. You can actually purchase the video of this from the guitar hero store.
You will notice that Bret Michaels makes a character apperance on two of the tracks and he also used motion capture to show his signature moves on screen.
If you're getting frustrated with certain songs in your career then head on over to co-op and bring someone with you. This is basically two player mode where you can either work together to complete a song, work against each other, or go head to head in one of those battles I spoke about before. I really like this mode because it's alot of fun battling with your boyfriend, girlfriend, sister or even parents! Show 'um what you're made of!
The one thing that is abit annoying for me is that because I only have one guitar, when I want to play with my boyfriend, it means one of us has to use the controller which can become a little tricky especially when you have constant reptitive notes, it can take it's toll on your fingers!
MULTIPLAYER - XBOX LIVE
Ahh yes, the mode that all Guitar Hero fans have been waiting for. The chance to play with their friends over xbox live. I must say this has been a great addition to the game and is most anticipated by alot of hardcore GH fans. But, the killer question, does it work? Well, the answer to that is yes. I have only played live afew times, as at the minute I am trying to get my fingers around the 'Hard' mode, but from what I have played, it definitely seems to work. I tend to play against or with my friends so I haven't come across anybody new yet, but tha doesn't matter, it's still Xbox Live and it still works! Just don't expect too much conversation out of your opponent because they will be concentrating so hard to try and beat you!
As with co-op mode, you can play with your friend, against them, or go head to head in a battle which is always fun, if not frustrating when your friend has a streak of weapons to use against you.
There have been afew complaints from people about the online play, such as, the people they play against will only play in 'Easy' mode because it's the easiest way to get 100% and beat you, but I haven't actually come across any problems yet. Maybe thats because there aren't many people playing it world wide yet, we'll wait and see what it's like after nearly everyone in the UK gets it for Christmas!
The majority of the characters from Guitar Hero 2 have been transferred over to Guitar Hero 3 although they look alot more realistic now and have curves and expressions that actually look real! A new addition to the GH3 character list a young japanese girl called Midori who I tend to play as because she wears purple and it's my favourite colour. Another thing I must point out is that the singer from guitar hero 2 has been somewhat altered and he looks amazing now. He actually has hair that moves and he's got teeth so his mouth doesn't look hollow anymore! Alot of detail has gone into the appearance of these characters and it really makes the game alot more appealing to those who like to look at pretty things.
There are far too many songs for me to list out so I will only mention just afew of my favourites and afew of the popular ones. I like the cheesier songs that are alot of fun to play and have an excellent rhythm, songs like 'Rock you Like a Hurricane' and 'Before I forget' and 'Cult of Personality' which is also featured on the GTA Vice City soundtrack. One song me and my boyfriend were both surprised to hear was a song that's actually featured on the xbox360 game 'Saints Row'. It's called 'FCP Remix' and it's by 'Fall of Troy'. Doesn't ring any bells? Well the chorus goes like this "I don't wanna see the daaaaaayy, her tears are falling on my graaaave, this is my, one last chance, to take back, no regrets".
There are of course the more popular songs to play amongst hardcore guitar fans, such as 'Welcome to the Jungle', 'Paranoid', 'Evenflow', 'Black Magic Woman', 'Raining Blood', 'Number of the Beast', and of course 'One' by Metallica. Oh and fear not even bigger hardcore fans because there is of course that one song that will have yo at your wits end! I think it's safe to say you should definitley stock up on your snacks, booze and energey drinks because you're going to need these if you're wanting to complete 'Dragonforce - Through The Fire and Flames'. Remember 'The Trooper' by Jordan on GH2? For those of you that don't know, it was the hardest song to complete and people were posting videos of themselves on youtube showing us that they finally managed to finish it on Expert. Well 'Through The Fire and Flames' is another one of these songs and I expect to see hundreds of videos on youtube through the coming months of people attempting to show off their skills.
The graphics, admittedly, aren't anything spectacular and they don't really give us that 'wow' factor like Gears of War or Ghost Recon, but they certainly have gone into detail. Each charcter is not as square looking as they are in Guitar Hero 2, which really made the game look like a badly made Playstation 2 game, but here in GH3, there is more detail on the characters and even the venues have something more than just a stage and lights.
I quite like the graphics because they do look a little retro and funky and I especially like the lighting effects. So, overall a vast improvement from GH2, but don't expect anything too impressive.
The sound is brilliant. You can usually always hear your guitar playing only slightly louder than other instruments. but this is of course useful because you need to note if you are hitting your notes correctly. The guitars sound excellent, very realistic and I hear that one or two songs were actually re-created for this game! One particular song being Sex Pistols - Anarchy in the UK, yes they actually went to the GH studio to re-record their track as the originals could not be found. Now thats cool!
The crowd sounds are also very good, very realistic and bring alot of atmosphere to the songs you play. There are only afew songs that aren't sung by the original artist, but as with GH2, the covers sound very alike.
I had no problems at all with the gameplay, no lag, no nothing. However I have spoken to people who have bought the new wireless guitar and they have said they have had to offset their lag because the wireless guitar is afew milliseconds too slow. Luckily, I don't have that problem as I am using the guitar from GH2, but I just thought i'd point that out incase any of you are considering to buy the wireless guitar.
Other than that, everybody I have spoken to has had no other problems. All of the notes are easy to hit and I can easily activate my bonus 'Star Power' when I hold my guitar vertically. An excellent game!
Probably still one of my most favourite things about the Xbox360, achievements! I almost have 10,000 gamer points to my name, and with this game, I hope to get there soon. The achievements in this game are quite easy to get once you have passed your comfort zone, and by that, I mean, once you have passed the easiest difficulty. As I write this, I have completed this game in Easy and Medium and I have attempted Hard and Expert but I didn't get very far before I failed the song for being rubbish. You will receive only a small amount of gamerpoints for completing the tutorial, getting a certain amount of points, completing certain difficulties and refusing to battle a boss, which by the way you will receive an achievement but no gamerscore. Yep, that particalr achievement will earn you, 0. Don't believe me, wait and see and you'll realise I am telling the truth.
You can also receive achievements for the online interaction and co-op play too, so not all of the points are restricted to career. Overall, this game will earn you 1000 gamerscore if completed 100%, but be warned there are some stupid achievements, like beat one of the creators of Guitar Hero 3, I mean, come on!
I thoroughly enjoy this game, even though it gets too hard for me and I end up gritting my teeth and screaming, it is still a ver fun game to play and me and boyfriend could spend all night on it, but unfortunately I have work to go to in the morning and I certainly don't want to look like death warmed up when I arrive for work. I will continue to try and beat this game but with me being female, it's hard for my tiny hands to stretch all the way over the 6th note.
The song lists, in my opinion, are very good, they have even catered for us Brits and have included a song we will hear often on the radio, 'Kaiser Chiefs - Ruby'. There are of course those few songs that I cannot stand to play and could probably send me to sleep, but other than that, the list of songs has a wide range of old and new, whereas before, In GH2, I felt the list of songs had far too many old songs on there that I didn't really recognise. So, if you are looking to rock out to some awesome oldies or some funky new hits, then this game is for you!
I am very glad I have bought this before the release in the UK as I can now spread the word about this awesome release and encourage all xbox360 owners to taste this game. It would make an excellent Christmas present if you're stuck on what to buy your brother or boyfriend, but just be prepared to not see them for a while. Uusally straight after me and my boyfriend have eaten our main meal, we wash up and whack on this game, and I know that sounds completely sad and pathetic but we're both gamers who love to rack up our gamerscore and enjoy playing excellent, fun games. If you're worried about not being able to play this, you need not worry at all. If you have 'alright' hand-eye co-ordination then you'll be fine, if I can do it, so can you!
The makers of Guitar Hero have already brought out some downloadable content for this game so rest-assured you're probably never going to get bored of this. I think it's safe to say that most kids and kids at heart will be spending their Christmas holidays playing this game, but hey it keeps them off the streets making trouble! I can't stress enough how much I have enjoyed playing this game and I cannot recommend it enough. This game is rated 12, why I do not know but even still, it's brilliant.
How does this game compare to GH2? Well as I have covered in my review, the graphics are significantly better, the song list is brilliant and the extra modes and characters they have thrown in really make this game become alive. In my opinion, I prefer GH3, some people may disagree with me there, but this is my review about what I think of the game. I don't think I will be returning to play GH2 after tasting this game and all of it's glory, because I think it's safe to say that GH3 has definitley delivered an excellent game that will be fun for some, but a challenge for other.
So, overall, I am very impressed with this game and I look forward to a possible Guitar Hero 4 with an even bigger song list and other extras, but for now, I'm on a mission to try and get my fingers to move faster and stronger to complete this game in 'Hard'. I hope you can all enjoy this game like I have, and if after reding this review, you can't wait for the UK release, then try buying it form America, although you'd probably have to wait afew days due to shipping, but it's well worth the wait. Enjoy.
This game has sold $100million worth of copies of this game in it's first week of release in North America.
This game is available on Xbox360, PS3, PS2 and Nintendo Wii and apparently some versions of the game differ depending on the console.
This game is out in the UK and the rest of Europe on 23rd November 2007.
Summary: An excellent Christmas present!