Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 90
    Kudos to Aspyr for making a great port of the game and keeping all of the important aspects of the Guitar Hero III experience intact, including the online play, which is as simple as jumping into the online menu and challenging other guitar heroes. Still, if you can buy the console versions of the game, you're better off doing that.
  2. 90
    Damn, is this one fine game. If you've ever dreamed of shredding blistering licks in front of an adoring audience, you need to pick up Guitar Hero III.
  3. 85
    Everyone got it right where it counts, though, and the third entry into the Guitar Hero franchise is just as fun as ever.
  4. With Guitar Hero 3 from Activision you can feel like a real rockstar - without the need for guitar lessons or changing your hairstyle.
  5. Why on Earth would you learn to play real guitar when you can play this? [Jan 2008, p.72]
  6. Even with its faults, Guitar Hero III is still a wildly addictive music game that works just as well, if not better, on the PC.
  7. Prefer a beastly PC over a console? It’s about time you played some Guitar Hero. Fun for kids and adults, great alone or with friends, and perfect for pretending you’re awesome at something you may well suck at in real life. [Mar 2008, p.57]
  8. 80
    A solid port of a fairly awesome game. If not for the high system demands and random slowdowns, it might actually compete with the 360 and Wii for the best version available.
  9. If you can haul a high spec rig into the living room, then go for it. Otherwise, this may not inspire that vital spirit of rocking out. [Feb 2008, p.104]
  10. The PC version is a nice attempt that finally gives PC gamers the chance to experience one of the best game franchises to start up in the past few years. However, the laggy performance and slowdown makes the PC version pale in comparison to its console brethren.
  11. Guitar Hero is welcome on the PC, and will certainly delight those who were jealous of their rockstar console friends – or at least those who are able to run the game without issues.
  12. Guitar Hero III for the PC is a decent game. If you have a PC with the latest hardware and no consoles but you want to play Guitar Hero, you can’t really go wrong here.
  13. Guitar Hero III delivers the rock to PC owners, but it does it with the performance capability of a second-rate bar band.
  14. Consoles, you win this round. [Feb 2008, p.82]
  15. Guitar Hero III's shortcomings feel like the unfortunate consequence of being a hastily made port. [Jan 2008, p.86]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 47 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. Oct 21, 2010
    my first venture into the world of music games and wasnt sure at $100 for a game but it was worth it. i played the hell out of this game and had alot of fun doing it. the diffuculty setting was abit insane especially for people who are new to this typ of game . it felt like it was for the hardcore fans who played Gh 1 and 2 prior to this game . still i enjoyed it and it has a great track list of some great rock songs not by some crappy cover bands like the first 2. Full Review »
  2. GriperRehash
    Mar 9, 2008
    On the note of "cool", if you don't understand that a majority of games get sold on hype alone and people LOVE those games on hype alone then you should stop and ask yourself why you bought the last game you did. Games like GH are sold on hype and "cool"... It is "cool" to look like a fool because that is "in". If you are a 9yo and brought a Barney lunch box to school, I guarantee you that in a weeks time you would not bring that lunch box again for THAT is the power of psychological influence. Because the other kids have "grown out of" Barney and you have not, you will have social influences to adapt to the majority belief and will most likely do so. If something is deemed "cool" the first thing to do is, well, do it so that YOU are cool. Additionally, "feeling" you are doing something is not the same as doing it... simulated entertainment is not the same as real entertainment. Simply put, if you shove a child in front of a television (simulated) to get it to shut up, you are hurting that childs development. What occurs with GH is that teens are less motivated to pick up guitar lessons and that the group interactions that would occur within a band never do. (See Music and Development) (See Groups and Leadership). But there Full Review »
  3. ChristianSaona
    Feb 28, 2008
    Griper you think that commenting without play the game its a good option?
    Well... Guitar Hero its the same think as Dancing genre, need
    practice and skill, if you are a noob that never played a guitar or something else, leave the game and aclaim it and cry in your bed.
    Dancing has an EXPENSIVE HUNK OF METAL, and you dance alone because you has no life, no friend and you dont go to partyes.
    Guitar Hero its still great, has good graphics, and its the same thing if you spend money in a console or a video card, when you play EXPERT or HARD difficulty its like playing a real guitar, you need speed and concentration. The game has unlockable items and song like the DDR games. I rated it 10!
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