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6.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 54 Ratings

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  1. GriperRehash
    Mar 9, 2008
    0
    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 youOn 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 Expand
  2. Griper
    Jan 8, 2008
    0
    It's DDR, which would have died out a long time ago if it weren't for people who mistakenly think it's fun. The difference is, now you have an EXPENSIVE HUNK OF PLASTIC as a controller giving the illuision that you're supposedly playing the songs instead of dancing to them. On the positive note... at least you look minorly cooler with a guitar controller than you look It's DDR, which would have died out a long time ago if it weren't for people who mistakenly think it's fun. The difference is, now you have an EXPENSIVE HUNK OF PLASTIC as a controller giving the illuision that you're supposedly playing the songs instead of dancing to them. On the positive note... at least you look minorly cooler with a guitar controller than you look doing the absurd DDR "moves". Personally, I think it's 90% about the songs, 8% about people thinking they're playing the songs... and 100% about the Japanese brainwashing other country's with their subcultural. And on the note that people who gripe about DDR suck at it... obviously they do. DDR isn't about "skill" it's about practice. And spending hours Practicing just to unlock another song sounds a little too much like work to me. Expand
  3. amsleeping
    Jan 20, 2008
    10
    Griper, you obviously dont know the meaning of the word... "game". I don't personally enjoy DDR, but what makes you think people play guitar hero to look cool? And about people who feel that they are playing the song... isnt that the game's ultimate goal? To allow people to escape realism and make them feel special... just like chopping an orc in warcraft or driving a lambo in Griper, you obviously dont know the meaning of the word... "game". I don't personally enjoy DDR, but what makes you think people play guitar hero to look cool? And about people who feel that they are playing the song... isnt that the game's ultimate goal? To allow people to escape realism and make them feel special... just like chopping an orc in warcraft or driving a lambo in need for speed. You obviously are a narrow-minded person, and more embarrasingly, you proved it so by making such comments on the internet for all to see. shame. Don't mind me. just bored at the moment. Rated 10 to pull the rating back up. Expand
  4. JohnRoberts
    Feb 19, 2008
    10
    Simply an incredible game, and the most fun I've had with any video game in many years. There's a very good reason why the console versions are STILL selling out at stores, months after the game's release.

    Warning: you will need a powerful PC to be able to play this. The graphics are ported from the Xbox 360 version, which was pretty dumb since a ton of people have
    Simply an incredible game, and the most fun I've had with any video game in many years. There's a very good reason why the console versions are STILL selling out at stores, months after the game's release.

    Warning: you will need a powerful PC to be able to play this. The graphics are ported from the Xbox 360 version, which was pretty dumb since a ton of people have computers that aren't brand new.

    If you get bad framerates, TURN OFF THE CROWD GRAPHICS. The high polygon count of the crowd is responsible for 95% of the slowdown.
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  5. Muz
    Dec 2, 2007
    9
    Great game from beginning to end. In fact it tends to get better as you get to the end. The difficulty curve is great, it's an easy game to pick up, very difficult to master, but you'll learn to get better at it as you play along. The game has some great songs that guys like me have been trying for years to play on a real guitar and anyone who loves animations would enjoy seeing Great game from beginning to end. In fact it tends to get better as you get to the end. The difficulty curve is great, it's an easy game to pick up, very difficult to master, but you'll learn to get better at it as you play along. The game has some great songs that guys like me have been trying for years to play on a real guitar and anyone who loves animations would enjoy seeing how the band animates perfectly with the song. Many people seem to claim that it requires a good computer to play, but the game runs perfectly smoothly on my 3-year old computer. Expand
  6. Campbell
    Jan 26, 2008
    3
    John, the reason why they upped the difficulty is because it's a PC release. When you are upgrading your console to a PC you are inherently upping the difficulty of your gaming, because your playing on a machine that wasn't made for kids still developing their motor functions. This game is nothing like playing the guitar, it is, as Griper said, like DDR with your fingers. It John, the reason why they upped the difficulty is because it's a PC release. When you are upgrading your console to a PC you are inherently upping the difficulty of your gaming, because your playing on a machine that wasn't made for kids still developing their motor functions. This game is nothing like playing the guitar, it is, as Griper said, like DDR with your fingers. It uses a disguised, albeit very effective copy protection method, that is, even if you download the game, you still cant play it without your crappy piece of plastic. Expand
  7. ChristianSaona
    Feb 28, 2008
    10
    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
    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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  8. KristopherA.
    Dec 1, 2007
    10
    Guitar hero III is the best game ever for the xbox 360, it has great graphics and great songs. And the guitar is the best yet, i like it because it is wireless and the sticker sheets are awesome!!!!!!
  9. John
    Dec 14, 2007
    6
    Same Guitar Hero gameplay, removed co-op Multiplayer (WHY?!) added a new songlist (Most of which is terrible, but to each your own.) and upped the difficulty somewhat (Still the same difficulties - Easy, Medium, Hard and Expert but if you've played the previous games you'll notice that they are harder.) Boosted somewhat by it's online capabilities but it's still the Same Guitar Hero gameplay, removed co-op Multiplayer (WHY?!) added a new songlist (Most of which is terrible, but to each your own.) and upped the difficulty somewhat (Still the same difficulties - Easy, Medium, Hard and Expert but if you've played the previous games you'll notice that they are harder.) Boosted somewhat by it's online capabilities but it's still the same game with minimal improvements. Good for solo or friends play, though there are better things out there. Expand
  10. KevinBogs
    Dec 29, 2007
    5
    Looks good, but still laggy even after a nice graphics card and ram upgrade in hard and expert mode. A 3.0 P4 computer with 2g ram and 512 ddr2 graphics card makes the game barely playable in medium.
    Multiplayer still does not work, and there are no downloads in the download section EVEN AFTER CHRISTMAS.
    Just another game that was released before its complete by a greedy company
    Looks good, but still laggy even after a nice graphics card and ram upgrade in hard and expert mode. A 3.0 P4 computer with 2g ram and 512 ddr2 graphics card makes the game barely playable in medium.
    Multiplayer still does not work, and there are no downloads in the download section EVEN AFTER CHRISTMAS.
    Just another game that was released before its complete by a greedy company who didn't want to miss christmas sales.
    GET ON THE BALL AND GET IT WORKING, YOU HAVE OUR MONEY ALREADY.
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  11. Oct 21, 2010
    8
    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 trackmy 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. Expand
  12. Jan 26, 2015
    9
    Guitar Hero 3 is a fantastic game with a lot of songs to have fun with and play. As well as downloadable songs which have been unfortunately taken off the Xbox market. The game also has decent graphics and a very fun campaign which is especially fun with 2 players. 9/10 (Awesome)
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  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.