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  • Summary: Fire up the fretboard, crank up the amp and get ready to rock like never before. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock drops you into the spotlight of the largest and most legendary rock concert ever. The star-studded soundtrack includes master tracks by such legendary artists as Guns N’ Roses, The Rolling Stones, Beastie Boys, Muse and Pearl Jam, with added songs as made legendary by Kiss, Alice Cooper and Heart. Now drop that air guitar, tune your exclusive new Les Paul Guitar Controller and shred the night away with Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. [Activision] Expand
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  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. 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.
  5. 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]
  6. 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.
  7. Guitar Hero III's shortcomings feel like the unfortunate consequence of being a hastily made port. [Jan 2008, p.86]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. amsleeping
    Jan 20, 2008
    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
  2. JohnRoberts
    Feb 19, 2008
    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.
  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!
  4. 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. Expand
  5. John
    Dec 14, 2007
    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
  6. KevinBogs
    Dec 29, 2007
    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.

  7. Griper
    Jan 8, 2008
    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

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