Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. Negative: 0 out of 24
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  1. Forget the other versions exist and enjoy this one for the boss battles, great multiplayer and all around good rockin’ time.
  2. Even with a new developer, the game doesn't miss a beat.
  3. Not having wires across the floor gives great freedom to the player and encourages stage antics, a great addition to any party.
  4. Despite sharing the exact same innards as Guitar Hero II, Legends of Rock is, in every conceivable way, a better product than its predecessors. It's better presented, better put together, more professional, more complete.
  5. This game is substantially harder than the previous two.
  6. But for a series that I have traditionally given perfect scores and continuous editorial awards, I can’t help but feel a bit let down by some personally distasteful music and poor note designs.
  7. You're in for one hell of a good time. [Oct 2007, p.108]
  8. Playing Guitar Hero III is like picking up a brand-new, fashionable (wireless!) guitar. It may have a light but solid body, a sexy and sophisticated shape, more durable strings, more easily adjustable tuners, and hell, it may just sound better, but it doesn’t have the spit and polish - that look of a mature instrument which reminds you of all the years you’ve spent with it, of all the sweat and beer stains.
  9. There are two good reasons why you might need to ignore our “rent it” recommendation and go buy Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock right now. One, you’re absolutely sure you’ll have a blast playing with and against people online and moving up the leaderboards for a very, very long time to come (again, this isn’t an option on the PS2 version). Two, you can’t wait another minute to have your fingers tied in knots by the three-note chord and wiggly solo onslaughts this maniacally challenging game throws your way.
  10. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock will have you addicted until Guitar Hero IV comes out, and I can guarantee that your money will not go to waste on this game.
  11. However, on the whole Guitar Hero III is a lot of fun to play and has plenty of tracks to keep virtual rock stars busy. Overall you won’t be disappointed with Legends of Rock.
  12. The game itself is an enjoyable experience for fans of the series – it’s tweaked just enough to warrant a purchase and the soundtrack is phenomenal. The lack of online and the new guitar controller are a bit of a disappointment, but the game still rocks and is recommended for those that have yet to take the next-gen console plunge.
  13. Guitar Hero III ups the ante with increased difficulty and new modes, and though not everything it adds is fantastic, the excellent tracklist and stellar gameplay are sure to keep you hooked.
  14. 80
    While Guitar Hero III is still an extremely solid game, there might as well be neon signs flashing in every venue: "isn't it time for you to get a new console?" You'll get your money's worth out of it, but it's hard to shake the feeling there's a better party going on somewhere else.
  15. Despite bringing Gamestyle many hours of joyous giddy pleasure and drooling, Guitar Hero III is a teensy bit of a letdown.
  16. The best song selection yet combined with unparalleled playability and a challenge for anyone from beginner to master makes this PS2’s definitive music game. A must-have for anyone who plays video games to have fun.
  17. The lack of Co-op Quickplay is disappointing and the Guitar Battles are lame, but Neversoft does the Guitar Hero formula proud and I eagerly await to see what they can do with part four.
  18. There has to be several of 70+ tracks on here that you'll enjoy a majority of if you're over 25. If you haven't jumped on the bandwagon by now, you won't be dissapointed.
  19. 80
    The soundtrack is fantastic, and it really is hard to argue with any facet of the gameplay. Everything outside of the game itself, though, is in need of an overhaul as the presentation is growing a bit stale.
  20. Maxi Consolas (Portugal)
    As fun and addictive as the previous ones, although the increased difficulty might be a little intimidating to anyone who intends to join the Guitar Hero cult at this later stage. But the new Les Paul guitars, the co-op career and the fabulous track list form, once again, an incredible experience. [Dec 2007]
  21. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    All the best stuff from the first two games has been kept in and everything that's been added just makes this GH the best yet. [Christmas 2007, p.80]
  22. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock is undoubtedly the best game in the series. The amazing soundtrack, superb wireless guitar, subtle tweaks, and excellent online multiplayer are exactly what fans have been wanting from the series.
  23. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock is faithful in almost every aspect to the formula of success that Harmonix came up with, and the additions are few and meaningless.
  24. The co-op career and battle modes are great fun, but had the new tracks been released for GH2 as downloadable content, we would no doubt have had just as much fun.

Awards & Rankings

#8 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2007
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 54 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Bobbobbo
    Jan 20, 2008
    The best game I have ever played.
  2. Jan 30, 2017
    Guitar Hero fue un boom para su época, adaptando mecánicas de otros juegos musicales a un publico mas Rockero, en esta 3 entrega tiene mejorGuitar Hero fue un boom para su época, adaptando mecánicas de otros juegos musicales a un publico mas Rockero, en esta 3 entrega tiene mejor soundtrack, condicionan mejor el uso de la guitarra, se siente mas el espíritu metal rock punk. mas largo, mas dificultoso, mejor. Slash aparece como el jefe jefazo que mas se puede pedir. una experiencia inolvidable y entretenida, muy recomendado Full Review »
  3. Feb 27, 2015
    There is a lot of content in this game to keep you coming back for more! There is a large variety of songs and its fun playing the classics.There is a lot of content in this game to keep you coming back for more! There is a large variety of songs and its fun playing the classics. Only downside I can think of is that sometimes the buttons I pressed on the guitar wouldn't register so sometimes my score would mess up. Full Review »