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7.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 58 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 58
  2. Negative: 12 out of 58
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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. 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
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.