Published by: RedOctane
Developd by: Neversoft Entertainment
By Alexander B. Huls and Miles Baker
Alex’s Take (for the Xbox 360 version)
If the new installment is any indication, Guitar Hero is going to be around for a long time. Some were worried that the change in management might affect the game’s quality, but Neversoft has managed to create another successful game in the series and in some ways the best one yet.
Without a doubt, Guitar Hero III has the best soundtrack to date. The previous games had a handful of songs that were too far above the back that you would end up playing those and skipping others. In the third game, you almost don’t want to repeatedly play your favorite because you’d be missing out on playing songs that are equally good. QuickPlay has never been harder, because there are just too many good choices there. Of course, the best part of having a great soundtrack is that it makes the game that much more fun to play.
While the basic and most important elements of the game are all awesome, not everything works. It’s partly on account of these cursed slabs of meat I call hands; I’ve pretty much reconciled myself with the fact that I’ll always be a Medium-difficulty-level kind of guy. As Miles will say, for someone like me, who apparently just can’t move his fingers fast enough, Hard is too fast too soon, with too many buttons. Hell, I can barely make it through Metallica’s “One” on Medium, let alone the musical monstrosity that is DragonForce’s “Through the Fire and Flames.” Also, though the Battle Mode isn’t a bad idea in theory, the execution is somewhat mangled, on account of Mario-Kart-like “weapons” employed. You’re better off sticking to the usual Face-Off and Pro Face-Off modes. Finally, even though the little video cut-sequences in between set lists in career mode are welcome, it becomes annoying when its narrative plays on the idea of selling out, when Guitar Hero itself has purchasable guitars sponsored by Axe and an entire stage with Pontiac emblazed on it.
What really matters though is the quality of the soundtrack and its fun factor, and though I wish the game was more accommodating in the difficulty department, Guitar Hero III is exactly what you want — and even need — from a Guitar Hero installment.
Now, I didn’t buy the new guitar for the Xbox360 because a) I already have two guitars, and b) I’m really saving up for Rock Band, I can’t really weigh in on the new Les Paul, but that’s why we have Miles Baker, our own personal Spider-Man, ready to swoop in and save the day.
Miles’ Take (for the PS3 version)
The new wireless guitar is much like the game itself — mostly awesome with a few flaws. The size is a little bit larger than the other models, which makes it feel a little less flimsy and better in your hands. And this baby is sleek. I’ve been known to caress it in a way I should reserve for lovers. The wireless function of it is merely okay. I’m not doing a lot of moves that require me to be cord-free, but there it is — no cord. The most annoying feature is that you have to plug a USB doggle into the front of your machine to make it work. I don’t know why they didn’t use the built in Bluetooth, because then we could also have a rechargeable battery, rather than this AA nonsense.
That said, I love my baby.
As for the game — amazing songs, a ton of fun to play. I just wish the difficulty were more manageable and the learning curve less steep. Activision is assuming people can see faster these days, what with our fast-cutting music videos, but they are wrong. But I still see at the same speed I always have and still only have five four fingers and one thumb. If you’re going to introduce the fifth button, maybe have a song or two at normal speed just so we get the hang of it. But as I type this I’m confused that my fingers aren’t being associated with a colour (I can’t wait to wear a ring on my red button finger, it will be so romantic). So to ease my confusion I’m going to induce more carpal tunnel syndrome.
Miles’ Top 5 Songs, the most awesome/fun to play
1. My Name is Jonas – Weezer
2. Ruby – the Kaiser Chiefs
3. Bulls on Parade – Rage Against the Machine
4. The Metal – Tenacious D
5. Black Magic Woman – Santana
1. Hier Kommt Alex – Die Toten Hosen
2. When You Were Young – The Killers
3. La Grange – ZZ Top
4. Pride and Joy – Stevie Ray Vaughan
5. Same Old Song and Dance – Aerosmith