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Generally favorable reviews- based on 54 Ratings

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  1. GarrettG.
    Nov 2, 2007
    7
    I enjoyed it, but it's sticking to me as the least fun and most disappointing of the three main games, at least beating the 80's disk but falling short just about everywhere else. I don't fault the boss battles as much as it seems others are. While there's too much luck in drawing the better powerups involved against the computer, and they're horribly dull against I enjoyed it, but it's sticking to me as the least fun and most disappointing of the three main games, at least beating the 80's disk but falling short just about everywhere else. I don't fault the boss battles as much as it seems others are. While there's too much luck in drawing the better powerups involved against the computer, and they're horribly dull against another person, they are ultimately skippable. Failing or dodging one doesn't ruin the experience. The songlist goes from phenomenally fun rockers to dreary, repetitive endurance exams, and the top-tier songs ramp up the difficulty too much too quickly. But worst of all are the bugs. How does the omission of co-op quickplay make it past QA? It's touted on the back of the frickin' box! What's with the occasional lag and disappearing notes when using star power? The stuttering backgrounds? And what's with the loading screens when restarting a song, or taking the progressive scan option out of the in-game options menu, regressions compared to GH II? Why take out Clive Winston, Eddie Knox, Pandora and the Grim Ripper and replace them with a 4chan fantasy, a fat Elvis clone and a robot? Where are the rhythm guitar parts in co-op? Why force songs to be unlocked only in co-op career? And how the hell does Neversoft - known for the level of customization in letting players make their own characters in the Tony Hawk series - only add some new outfits and skins but nothing else? Why no create-a-rocker mode? Then there's the missed opportunities to tune the gameplay. (How long has Guitar Freaks rewarded greater accuracy on individual notes?) The whole thing is just a marginally better cash cow than Rocks the 80s, and that's mostly because of the better, bigger setlist. I'd say buy it, but not yet - wait for used copies and/or price drops to start showing up. My score's just for the game; I did not buy the new controller. Collapse
  2. Regnr8man
    Oct 30, 2007
    6
    Expecting greatness, I am most disappointed in the unnecessarily aggravating boss battles. I would much rather attempt to better a song than to have to continually listen to an annoying, music-less interlude composed by a professional guitarist with the sole intent of screwing you up to delay your progress in the game. It is a jarring interruption in the flow of the game and does not Expecting greatness, I am most disappointed in the unnecessarily aggravating boss battles. I would much rather attempt to better a song than to have to continually listen to an annoying, music-less interlude composed by a professional guitarist with the sole intent of screwing you up to delay your progress in the game. It is a jarring interruption in the flow of the game and does not enhance the Guitar Hero experience at all. As usual, the song list is a mix of a few great songs amidst a conucopia of unlistenable noise. It seems the good folks at Neversoft attempted to pick the worst rock songs ever composed. The graphics are fine, a huge step up from it's predecessors, but face it, no one plays Guitar Hero for it's cutting edge, next-gen graphics. If you're a die hard Guitar Hero fan, like I, you'll play it, but somehow, the magic is gone. Expand
  3. TBONE
    Feb 16, 2008
    6
    This was the first GH i bought. The songs are really what makes or breaks. I guess if you love over 50% of the songs, it's pretty good. I'd say it was marginal for me. Personally, I think Devil Went Down to Georgia sucks balls. Metallica-One is by far the best. Ok there is good GNR and some other good stuff too. Boss battles I really didnt mind. And what's with noThis was the first GH i bought. The songs are really what makes or breaks. I guess if you love over 50% of the songs, it's pretty good. I'd say it was marginal for me. Personally, I think Devil Went Down to Georgia sucks balls. Metallica-One is by far the best. Ok there is good GNR and some other good stuff too. Boss battles I really didnt mind. And what's with no friggin AC/DC? From now on, no AC/DC = I don't buy the game. AND no van Halen. Recipe for success next time: AC/DC Back in Black and Van Halen Hot For Teacher. Expand
  4. SheilaA.
    Nov 16, 2007
    7
    I've waited...and waited...and waited. Finally purchased the game and the bubble just leaked instead of popping. Never did I think I'd be more disappointed with a GH title more than Rock the 80s, but I have to say the hype is more than it should be. Don't get me wrong, I'm rockin' and doing my thang, but the luster of GH is truly missing from Legends. I agree with I've waited...and waited...and waited. Finally purchased the game and the bubble just leaked instead of popping. Never did I think I'd be more disappointed with a GH title more than Rock the 80s, but I have to say the hype is more than it should be. Don't get me wrong, I'm rockin' and doing my thang, but the luster of GH is truly missing from Legends. I agree with most of the other comments...it's not a "gotta have it yesterday", but it's one true GHers will no doubt buy just because they're loyal to the series...like me. Expand
  5. KevinL.
    Nov 6, 2007
    6
    Not as balanced as the other Guitar Hero games. The difficulty level is very high with very few moments to rest your fingers. Sometimes it is challenging but other times it is downright too difficult on many of the songs--even in medium mode. Too many new menu screens have been added that needs to be traversed just to start the game and there seems to be a lag issue when selecting Not as balanced as the other Guitar Hero games. The difficulty level is very high with very few moments to rest your fingers. Sometimes it is challenging but other times it is downright too difficult on many of the songs--even in medium mode. Too many new menu screens have been added that needs to be traversed just to start the game and there seems to be a lag issue when selecting characters, guitars, etc. I preferred the balance of all the older guitar hero versions. Expand
  6. RT
    Dec 31, 2007
    6
    I own both GH 2 and GH 3 and I have to say I enjoyed the second one a lot more than the third. The selection of songs in GH 3 is just not as good. Also, the difficulty level is too high. I am not a veteran player, but I can beat GH 2 on medium difficulty with no problems. GH 3 is just too challenging and frustrating to be really enjoyable. The battles against a computer are just plain I own both GH 2 and GH 3 and I have to say I enjoyed the second one a lot more than the third. The selection of songs in GH 3 is just not as good. Also, the difficulty level is too high. I am not a veteran player, but I can beat GH 2 on medium difficulty with no problems. GH 3 is just too challenging and frustrating to be really enjoyable. The battles against a computer are just plain dumb and unnecessary. Expand

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Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

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  1. You're in for one hell of a good time. [Oct 2007, p.108]
  2. 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.
  3. 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.