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Guitar Hero lll: Legends of Rock with Les Paul Guitar Controller (Wii)

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Manufacturer: Activision / PEGI Age Rating: Age 12+ / Publisher: Activision

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      17.01.2011 10:59
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      Great for music-lovers everywhere, but there's little to the gameplay for anyone else.

      I bought Guitar Hero: III having played it round a friends house, and then seen it on offer on Amazon (Guitar Bundle) for around £50. Gameplay As the first GH game for the Wii this was set to be a 'breakthrough' for this genre, what with the wireless connection via the wiimote, allowing greater freedom to jam and headbang your way through the tracks. As with all the latter games, it is played through the Guitar Controller, with Wiimote plugged in, and you press and hold the coloured buttons, and "strum" with the bar at the centre of the guitar. In GH:3 you follow a set list for each gig, and have to pass a certain number of songs for each gig to unlock the next. In some cases you also have to battle a famous rockstar, such as Slash. Once you have defeated them, you can then play as their characters, if you choose to. You are earning money as you play the gigs as well, which can be spent on locked characters, guitars, outfits and specials which include clips of the guitarists/bands talking about making the game with Activision. This game has several multiplayer options including: Face-Off, Pro-Face-Off and Battle, as well as co-op career mode. The Face-Off's and Battles are great for experienced players who want to challenge friends, while co-op is an excellent way to introduce newbies to the game. Graphics Frankly, the graphics in this game leave much to be desired. The characters look blocky, and the backgrounds are plain and hardly glamorous. It can also look quite dark on screen at times, but the runway with your notes on is clear. The movements you make on guitar hardly match up to those on screen, which is a little sad, although you'll find you don't look at what's going on behind your runway very often, its more there for spectators. Thankfully, the games get better as they get newer (e.g. World Tour, Band Hero etc) in terms of graphics. Music Well, I have to say that the music chosen for this game is just spectacular! You have a mix of old and new (although erring on the side of older, as it is meant to be the "Legends of Rock") so there is something for most ages, and I can guarantee that you will know most of the tracks on the list, because they have been iconic at some point along the way. According to the case there are "over 70 rockin' tracks" and I really feel you get good value in terms of music, as they even include bonus tracks (which can be accessed via a tab on the set-list), which have more modern music, and a lot of foreign music, which gives a wonderful insight into the pop-rock musical worlds of other cultures. Other Positive This game really has character to it, and feels like it has good plot progression as you play. Especially helped by the cut-scene cinematics which are illustrated cartoon-style (the only GH game to have this feature unfortunately). The difficulty levels are well spaced out so you can feel the difference in skill immediately, whereas in later games they can feel a bit too similar. If you like the music, then playing the different skill levels can really add to the length of gameplay you can enjoy from the game. The load times are also, thankfully, quite short. Other Negatives There is no way to create your own character in this game, the most customisation you get is to name your band and change the set characters outfits and guitars. Having said this the set characters are very amusing, and come with a little back story that you can read as well. The Guitar Controller (Les Paul) which originally came with the game, is the worst of the ones that I have tried: it clicks, it clacks, the buttons stick after a while and eventually it breaks (obviously dependant on how long you've had it, and how hard you play). The newer Guitar Controllers are excellent though, so if you're buying game-only and guitar separately, please heed my advice and go for the latter generations! Overall this is an excellent game for rock-junkies who love the feel of playing loud music spanning many generations, but is less than brilliant for casual gamers who may find the game has limited gameplay for them.

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        24.11.2009 10:40

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        A groovy game with loads of great songs, a really fun game to play. 10/10

        Guitar hero 3 was the first outing for activiosn on the Wii, previous games from the series were released on the pc and the playstation 2. This version of the game was sold as a bundle with a les paul style controller. Or you could buy the software only. Not sure that would be such a great idea as without the guitar its kind of pointless! The guitar has removable face plates and stickers allowing users to pretty much customise their guitar any way you want. The wiimote fits neatly into the top half of the guitar in a special slot. This is then used to control the game and act as the motion capture/trigger too. The idea of the game is to play corresponding notes on screen to the buttons on the fret of the guitar. There are a number of different diffculty levels. from easy to expert (good luck). The game itself has nearly all master recordings, no covers by crappy bands such as rock revolution. Which is littered with awful covers. Are master recordings really that hard to get hold of? This game is quite simply a pick up and keep playing game. The track listing is also very extensive and has a good range of music on the disc, not to mention the downloadable content too. There are 39 songs and 25 bonus ones too. Loads of music for you to get your teeth into. Once you get the hang of the game you will be jumping around all over the place like a rock star Definitely one to get if you want to play alone or if you fancy a bit of two player action. Get another les paul and co-op play, battle each other or go head to head. A great game that is available on all platforms so regardless of what console you own go and buy this game!!

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        07.09.2009 12:10

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        For anyone whos ever wanted to be a rock star this is your chance!

        Hey hey I wanna be a rock star! I've got the co-ordination of a new born giraffe but that hasn't stopped me having an absolute blast with Guitar Hero III. Theres a wide variety of tracks including Eric Johnsons "Cliffs of Dover" its an awesome tune to play and once you've got the rhythm it just flows. Theres enough variety on the disc to suit a wide range of musical tastes. The Les Paul Guitar is incredibly easy to play, even our arthritic octogenarian Grandfather managed to master it. The only let down is the huge leap between skill levels required. The easy level is really easy, the medium considerably more so and as for hard and expert without hours and hours of practice you really don't stand a chance. Its great fun trying though. Wii Guitar Hero III is what the Wii was made for. If you only ever buy one Guitar Hero game make it this one its the best one yet and you won't be disappointed.

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        30.05.2009 16:17

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        Great game but loses playability quickly

        I had heard alot about this game and therefore was eager to try it. When I saw it in a high street store recently on offer for £35.00 I thought it was too good to be true and had to have it. The guitar is white and comes with stickers for you to customise the guitar which is a nice touch. The other packages come however with a more realistic looking guitar. Playing the Guitar I found quite difficult although my husband was more adapt at it than me. I had never heard of some of the songs and therefore I thought the song choice was quite limited and it is difficult to play along with a song you are not familiar with. Overall however, the game is great fun particularly if you play together with friends. Would deffinately recommend it as it is worryingly addictive despite the lack of popular songs.

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        24.05.2009 21:26

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        Great for a laugh, and a bit of competiton with your mates, but it doesn't compare to a real guitar.

        I bought Guitar Hero III for my Wii console a little while ago, and I have to admit I was rather disappointed. Being an actual guitarist myself, I found it ok for a laugh, but it doesn't compare to actually playing the guitar. I can see the appeal of getting together with your mates and having a bit of competition, but on your own, when you could be practicing a real guitar, seemed a bit pointless, for me, personally. However, I'm sure that many people would enjoy it, perhaps more boys that girls, as it is based all around heavy rock songs, and rock legends. Saying all that, the graphics where very good, and it didn't take long to get it set up and learning the basics. The controller is good, and comes with a strap and stickers, but is quite small. Also, I found some of the songs more appealing than others, but then everybody likes different things. Overall, I think the game itself is good, but it doesn't really compare to an actual guitar. Great if you want a music-based game that you can get more involved in, and have a laugh.

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        07.03.2009 21:43
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        A great buy

        Being the first appearance of the Guitar Hero franchise to hit the Wii, Legends of Rock represents another quality game from Activision. An RRP of £70 is a bit steep, but I picked this up online recently for just £35, which is unbelievable when you consider that it includes the wireless remote Guitar. The Wiimote fits snugly in to the guitar and the added functionality makes the whole playing experience simple and fun. As usual for games like this it is a very social game, one which my children enjoy (almost) as much as me. As far as kids go it has a 12 rating, which surprises me a little as I think it is a little severe. There is a little language in it, but only within a few of the songs, so these are easily avoided. The game allows the user to pick it up and play straight away, blooding the uninitiated on a gentle opening four tracks including Pat Benatar and Foghat. Initially the songs are a little retro, but some more current tracks filter through as you progress. Difficulty slowly ramps up and eventually you come up against Tom Morello for a guitar battle. This boss stage is a must-win in order to progress. A few attempts is required to get the hang of the battle, but he is soon swept aside. As the user progresses, new guitars can be purchased, along with different guitarists and outfits. I won't spoil it for anyone reading by listing all of the unlockables, but the Dragonforce song is something to behold if not for its dreadfulness then certainly for the breathtaking skill required to extract so much mayhem out of a guitar. The multiplayer mode is also good fun, where you can play off against other people around the world in a guitar-battle style. This only adds to the longevity of the game. I am still amazed that its free. If anyone is wondering whether to buy this game I would say that at £35 it is a must buy. Favourite tracks: Paint it black (Rolling stones); The Metal (Tenacious D); Cherub Rock (Smashing Pumpkins....

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          14.08.2008 23:25
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          Fun game well worth the money for any Wii owner.

          Having never played a Guitar Hero game before, I was impressed and very happy when I recieved it as a gift. Upon turning it on I found there are several modes within the game - a solo 'career' mode, a co-operative 'career' mode, a standard multiplayer mode, training, and WIFI mode for internet gaming. Within the solo career mode one player plays along to the songs on screen using the buttons on the provided guitar controller, which the standard Wii remote slots into to provide connectivity. There are four modes; Easy, Medium, Hard and Expert. As a beginner I found the easy mode quite hard at first but soon picked it up as you only use three of the five buttons in the easy mode, moving up to four in the medium mode and all in the hard and expert modes. Throughout the game you play along to a selected catalogue of songs, with the occasional 'boss battle' where you have to play against a recognised rock figure. As you play 'gigs' you earn money with which you can buy guitars, songs, and even outfits for your characters. Co-operative career works more or less exactly the same as solo career, except one user plays guitar and one user plays bass. There are also a few different songs available in the co-operative mode that you can't get in the solo mode. Within the multiplayer mode you can choose three different options, all of which basically feature two players playing the same song against eachother, using 'power ups' to sabotage their opponents playing and hoping to be the winner by gaining the most points. Within the training mode you can pick any of the songs from the extensive catalogue and practice on them, slowing down the speed if needed which comes in really handy for some of the harder songs on the higher difficulty levels! Something that makes this game impressive is the online gaming feature. You can choose to play against either your friends, or strangers in three different modes, similar to the multiplayer mode. You can choose to play against people with a similar skill set to yourself, or against anyone, on whatever difficulty setting you choose and any song. The one downside that I could find to this game is that you can not download any new songs for it despite the online capabilities. This is a shame as on the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions they release song packs which you can download onto your console. Although the Wii game has quite an extensive song catalogue, once everything is mastered it could possibly get a bit boring, though I'd imagine this would take a huge length of time with the difficulty of some of the songs on the expert mode! Overall this game is fantastic and definitely value for money, can be found a lot cheaper online than in places such as HMV on the High Street. Great for either single players or playing multiplayer, although you would need to invest in a second guitar controller before being able to play properly! 100% recommend this game to anyone who has a Nintendo Wii, takes a while to pick up how to play it but its definitely worth the effort.

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          04.08.2008 18:04
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          Become a virtual rock star

          I love this game. This was in fact the first in the Guitar Hero series of games that I have managed to get my hands on. The guitar controller for the Wii is sturdy and well made, and is not too small to make you feel silly when you use it. The song selection is good and spans a good variety of music within the rock genre. My personal favorite track to play is Priestess' Lay Down, which when set on advanced mode, is the correct balance of difficulty and fun. The graphics are fairly good - but you could argue that graphics aren't important in a game of this type. The Xbox 360 version looks a lot crisper due to its Hi-def output, but apart from that, they look pretty similar. As a guitarist myself, I would highly recommend Guitar Hero 3, and as a gaming fan, I would recommend it also.

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            09.07.2008 10:47
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            One of my favourite games on the Wii

            The Guitar Hero franchise has gone through something of a meteoric rise in recent years, but might have been plagued with some serious issues, had new publisher Neversoft not got the hang of things as quickly as they obviously have done in this latest installment. This is the first time a Guitar Hero title has appeared on a Nintendo console, and the innovations pave an interesting path ahead. The guitar and the Wiimote combine effortlessly, and the WiFi service is the best way to be 'rockin' all over the world' without your wallet having to sacrifice a few pennies. The new guitar supplied with the game is exceptional. Based on the Gibson Les Paul, the new design works well. The buttons feel better to hold, and the fret bar isn't as 'clacky' as before. The Wiimote sits inside the guitar, and vibrates satisfyingly when 'Star Power' is ready. Also, the sound where you miss a note pulsates through the-albeit tinny-speaker in the remote, giving you a more immersive experience. However, this title goes against Nintendo's policy for 'family fun' as this is without doubt the hardest game in the series. The songs in the first tier on 'Easy' will provide many novices with problems, as the notes fly towards you in greater numbers than the previous 360 and PS2 incarnations. This difficulty probably has something with the song choice, which definitely leans towards the really fast, metal side. But nevertheless, this is the best soundtrack yet on a Guitar Hero game. The majority of the songs are fantastic to play, and include the likes of Metallica, Guns N Roses, Aerosmith, Rolling Stones and Iron Maiden to name but a few of Guitar Hero's 50-odd master recordings. Even the Sex Pistols re-record 'Anarchy in the UK', just to unleash more havoc on the youth of today. And then there's the infamous 'Through the Fire and the Flames', which has become somewhat of a pilgrimage for YouTube fiends to show off their skills. 3000 notes fly towards you in the space of 7 minutes, with many players wrists developing advanced arthritis even before they've hit their teens. So the track list is kind of a Catch 22. Brilliant, but difficult to play. Completing a solo then at this difficulty makes the experience that much more satisfying. One of the new features of Guitar Hero 3 is the inclusion of different multiplayer modes, and some of these transfer into the single player campaign. 'Battle mode' throws the guitar rulebook out the window and asks you to complete tricky sections of a song to earn powerups, which can be unleashed onto your flailing foe. It's a brilliant idea, but it's not implemented very well. The fact is, once your earn a powerup, you can store it along with 2 others so you can let loose a 3 pronged attack on your not so guitar 'Hero' friend. Unleashing 1, let alone 3 powerups on a friend will pretty much finish the song, because your opponent will not be able to recover. This mode is used in the single player, and these translate as boss battles where you get to shred against 'Legends of Rock'. Slash, Tom Morello and Bret Michaels are all there for the taking, but the AI on hard and expert difficulties as well as the difficulty of the individual song make it nigh-on impossible to defeat these foes on first try. Other mulitplayer modes include 'face-off' and 'pro face-off', with 'pro face-off' being where each player plays the whole song and normal 'face-off' being where each player has a small section of the song to play and each player can select a different difficulty. This makes playing with novice or advanced friends difficult, because the people playing on Easy will struggle to accumulate the points another player will on Hard, meaning if you want a true competition, you need to find someone who is of similar standard to you. Also, there is a new Co-op single player mode, but this can only be played locally, and after experiencing Rock Band's tremendous local mulitplayer-even just guitar and bass- this Co-op experience is a bit of a let down. Unlike in Rock Band where it feels as though you're playing WITH them, in Guitar Hero, if feels as though you're only playing NEXT to someone, and there's no real interaction between the two of you whilst playing, both on and off the screen. Another point is that some of the songs can only be unlocked through Co-op campaign progress, but these songs don't really fit the Co-op bill. 'Sabotage' by the Beastie Boys and 'Suck My Kiss' by Red Hot Chilli Peppers are two that must be unlocked, but really aren't renowned for their multi-guitar playability. And then there's a final gripe which also serves as a word of warning. Although advertised as supporting Dolby, the early versions of the game- pre-April 2008 I believe- only support Mono. This is fine for anyone just playing the sound through their television. However, if you were too hook up a competent surround system to your Wii, then you wold certainly notice the difference. This is a bit of a letdown really because this game is about the music, but can't technically deliver the music at its best. To close, Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock is a fantastic and addictive experience which will satisfy many peoples ambition to become a rock god. The soundtrack is long and fantastic, and the difficulty tiers are perfect for those who want to spend months progressing through the game and becoming better at it. That said, with the difficulty, its going to take a long time, and some might not be able to get over how tortuous some of the latter songs are. The online functions work well, with very few technical hiccups, but the modes themselves prove to be a bit of a letdown. But, this shouldn't put you off this great package which should mean your Air Guitar is cast into Rock n' Roll Heavan, whilst you and you white, plastic guitar are inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame.

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              02.07.2008 14:09
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              fab!

              Guitar Hero III (Legends of Rock) is one of the best Wi games out. Great fun and all can play at any level. The basic idea of the game is good and the tutorial section is very good. The guitar which comes with the game is very simple to use and whilst small enough for a child to use, is big enough for a an adult to comfortably use. There is a wide variety of songs which appeal to all music tastes. There are not many modern numbers on there, and a lot of the songs are heavy metal which can be a bit hard on the ears. There are plenty of bonus songs which are great for you to practice your skills. Overall Guitar Hero III (Legends of Rock) is one of the best Wii games available and i would definately recommend it to people of all ages and music abilities!

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