Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 85
    Everyone got it right where it counts, though, and the third entry into the Guitar Hero franchise is just as fun as ever.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Guitar Hero III delivers the rock to PC owners, but it does it with the performance capability of a second-rate bar band.
  6. Consoles, you win this round. [Feb 2008, p.82]
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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]
  10. With Guitar Hero 3 from Activision you can feel like a real rockstar - without the need for guitar lessons or changing your hairstyle.
  11. Why on Earth would you learn to play real guitar when you can play this? [Jan 2008, p.72]
  12. 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]
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  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 45 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 »