Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 36
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 36
  3. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. You'll easily spend months playing through the different difficulty setting to unlock new tracks, guitars, playable characters, and other excellent features.
  2. You're in for one hell of a good time. [Oct 2007, p.108]
  3. 90
    Neversoft has done an admirable job of recreating Guitar Hero's gameplay, and the new guitars, fantastic setlist and challenging note charts push the series forward, even if some players may not be quite ready to rock that hard. Features like the boss battles, online play and co-op could have made Guitar Hero III a legend itself but end up feeling unpolished.
  4. 90
    The Wii version has online play as well.
  5. Neversoft did an admirable job, especially considering they had to take a legendary franchise and rebuild it from scratch and Vicarious Visions created an excellent Wii port. 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.
  6. There's nothing else like it. If you've never picked up the placcy guitar, now's the time. [Christmas 2007, p.66]
  7. For my money, though, thanks to its strong song lineup and wireless rock capabilities--it's the perfect progression for the series. [Dec 2007, p.84]
  8. It's so good, you won't care that you don't have two-channel sound. I don't, which I think is a testament to how amazing the Guitar Hero experience is.
  9. An incomparable gaming experience, well worth the expense. And Wi-Fi (co-op and competitive) means no need to splash out on a second guitar. Deserves to be a rocking hit. [Christmas 2007, p.40]
  10. Gripes about the lacklustre visuals and unwanted gameplay tweaks aside, Guitar Hero III is truly great, even if it's somewhat harder than we were expecting. [Christmas 2007, p.75]
  11. The learning curve will be steep for some, but give it a chance. The satisfaction level is even higher, and that's always the best reward a video game can give.
  12. 93
    Despite it's flaws, Guitar Hero 3 has it where it counts, which is a quality-and-quantity song list, tons of unlockables, challenge, and online play. It seems that every other day I am discovering a new "OMG, this is my favorite song!" track.
  13. 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.
  14. Even with a new developer, the game doesn't miss a beat.
  15. Despite a few shortcomings make no mistake Guitar Hero III is a must have.
  16. 90
    If you’re looking for the best version of the guitar peripheral, then the Wii version wins out. Not only does it have a more weighty feel to it, but it also rumbles when you kick into star power--pretty cool.
  17. Veterans, this game is everything you could hope for an more. While Battle was a bust, what is still tried and true to the series is still amazing.
  18. Brilliant fun. [Issue#17, p.76]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 79 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 33
  2. Negative: 5 out of 33
  1. ZathainS.
    Mar 12, 2008
    Let me begin with a simple sigh. The 3rd Guitar Hero seems to have lost its touch with the charm and mechanics of the first two since activisions take over. For whatever reason, the Wii version feels slightly broken. Compared to the other versions I've played on PS2 and 360, this one seems much more innaccurate. Comparing it to its previous installments, its also much harder, which at first is a welcomed guest, but the final duel with Lou and Through Fire and Flames are down right rediculous, and belong in the bonus songs and go the way of Jordan... which was a much better song than atleast the DragonForce one. If thats not enough, they haven't even announced extra guitar's for the wii, so co-op and its extra songs (MAJOR OVERSIGHT on activision's part) are as good as untouchable, even if only one or two are decent. Beyond all this, its still guitar hero. And guitar hero is fun, even if activision has tried its hardest to screw it up. I suggest getting it on another system or waiting for rockband. P.S. While Guitar Hero is definately not an actual instrument, thats no reason to pointlessly flame its players. Most, if not all, understand that the actual instrument is much more impressive when played, no matter how arrogant some of them may be at times. Heck, the game may even inspire some to pick up the instrument, such as myself... even though I'm heading for keyboards and synths now. Full Review »
  2. Apr 3, 2013
    I have to admit, I have never played GH I and II since they werent made to Wii. But that summer when me and my brother picked up this game after helping our dad so we could get money was awesome. We did stage performances and perfected our playing. My brother reached nearly to the last song of expert and I started my own expert career. Still today lots of fun with friends due to awesome song list. Full Review »
  3. Nov 24, 2011
    Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock provides a slew wildly over-charted chords and general inconsistency in its charting of its decent set of songs. The only new feature of consequence is the guitar battle system which is more a luck-based affair than anything else due to the random attacks doled out to players. Still, it remains an entertaining challenge and good practice for plastic-guitarists, but others need not apply. Full Review »