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Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock

Developer: Neversoft Entertainment Publisher: Activision
28 October 2007
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Melhora tudo que veio antes na série, com destaque especial pra seleção de músicas, que combina hits de diferentes épocas e várias hiddem gems.

Mas o destaque de verdade aqui são as batalhas contra bosses. Com elas, a campanha ficou bem mais engajante e a série criou seus melhores momentos.
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This game turned me into a music fan.
I owe my music taste to this game.
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A fantastic addition to the franchise. A slightly less amazing tracklist, but there is a sharp improvement to the hammer-ons, and the addition of the battle mode was quite a lot of fun growing up as a kid playing with friends. With the original idea of guitar hero being as phenomenal as it is, this was pretty much expected to be great from the start, but I think they did a great job of polishing everything without changing it too much, to make it easier to tap, have better hit calibration, etc. Truly a great videogame, plus I got to the semifinals in the GH tournament at Gamestop on the night of its launch, so that's a cool little childhood memory of mine.

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT: 4 stars expert Through The Fire and Flames
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An acceptable extension of the franchise, with a few baffling cuts on the soundtrack (why are Stone Roses a bonus band?) but a mostly well-rounded setlist, GHIII still comes off disappointing because it lacks the HMX ingenuity and charm. While the game's engine makes the presentation look better, the character design and completely scripted animations make it feel worse and highlight its shortcomings. And this is to say nothing of battle mode, the complete wrong move for this sort of game, or a lot of questionable charting choices, especially in chord heavy metal like Slipknot and KSE. It filled the void, but still didn't do a lot artistically against the newly released Rock Band.
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After the incredible Guitar Hero II, RedOctane, the company that owned the Guitar Hero license, was bought out by Activision. The company that actually developed the Guitar Hero games, Harmonix Music Systems, was purchased by Viacom. This created a large mess, and the companies had to go their separate ways after Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s was released, to fulfill the three-game contract.
Harmonix would go on to release Rock Band in partnership with MTV Games and Electronic Arts, which expanded the "plastic guitar" genre to include plastic drums and Karaoke Revolution-style vocal parts.

Meanwhile, Activision and RedOctane got Neversoft Entertainment, best known for their work on the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series, to develop the third main entry in the Guitar Hero series. This wasn't a good decision from an objective standpoint, but they made BANK, so who am I to judge?

See, Harmonix is a company full of musicians. They understood how guitars worked, and figured out how to translate six strings and 24 frets to five buttons and one strum bar in a way that was fun and made sense. Neversoft kind of didn't.
While they got better as the series progressed, Guitar Hero III has an overabundance of three-button chords, which sticks out like a sore thumb in comparison to Harmonix's games, which use them sparingly.
A big example of Neversoft not knowing how to chart a song is Before I Forget. The song is in drop-D, so most of the chords are played with one finger. This should naturally translate to the player pressing one button, but instead translates to a finger-crunching bridge that is physically painful to play. When Harmonix put Before I Forget into Rock Band 3, they made that section the easiest part of the song.

The biggest complaint about the game has to be its difficulty curve, or lackthereof. I will admit that Guitar Hero II's first tier, particularly on PS2, was perhaps too difficult, especially for first-timers.
Guitar Hero III has four tiers that are easier than GH2's first tier. If I were to compare the difficulty of each tier of GH3 to GH2's tiers:
GH3 Tier 1 = easier than GH2 Tier 1
GH3 Tier 2 = easier than GH2 Tier 1
GH3 Tier 3 = easier than GH2 Tier 1
GH3 Tier 4 = easier than GH2 Tier 1
GH3 Tier 5 = GH2 Tier 3
GH3 Tier 6 = GH2 Tier 4
GH3 Tier 7 = GH2 Tier 5
GH3 Tier 8 = harder than GH2 Tier 8
Yeah, it's whatever if you've already beaten GH2 on expert. You have to remember, though, that this game introduced a lot of people to the series, and a difficulty curve this bad is just attrocious.
In order to compensate for the ridiculous difficulty curve, Neversoft made the note timing ridiculously loose. It's hard to explain what I'm talking about here, but the window for hitting the next note in a HO/PO section is far too large for the first seven tiers to be challenging, and doesn't help with dumb shit like Raining Blood.

This game introduced "guitar battles", which were just awful. I will note that they later got this concept 100% right in Guitar Hero: World Tour, before immediately abandonning it for whatever reason.
The point of Guitar Hero, as I understand it, is to make the player feel like they're playing a song. Guitar battles in GH3 feel really out of place, with power-ups you need to use to force your opponent to fail the song. GHWT fixes it so that you and the celebrity guitarist are just jamming, and you need to play well enough to "hang" with him.

The guitar peripheral itself seems great, but they fucked it up. RedOctane made it so the neck of the guitar detached for easier storage, but this was the absolute worst thing to do. It caused connection issues, especially if you separated the neck and body often, and you'd have to buy another one to keep playing. If you're on PS2, you can use the GH2 SG, and on 360 and PC, you can use the GOAT GH2 Explorer, but good luck on PS3 and Wii. Rock Band guitars don't work with this game, naturally.

Co-op encores were a shitty idea, since there's no way to unlock them in single-player without cheats. It wouldn't be so bad if they didn't restrict fucking Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll to this shit.

One final thing I need to address is the characters. Jesus Christ, I don't know how they did it. In a game with no dialogue, they managed to ruin at least half the cast. Izzy looks ancient, Judy went from "cute" to "turboslut", the singer is TERRIFYING, and the drummer is a robot.
I do appreciate them continuing the joke that Xavier cannot decide what the fuck he's supposed to be beyond "token black guy", going from big dreadlocks guy to funky disco man to Jimi Hendrix.

This game is just frustrating. It's got so many flaws, but the songlist itself isn't bad, for the most part. I mean, sure, I hate The Metal, Raining Blood, whatever. I don't think I've played one of these games where I DIDN'T hate a few songs. The Beatles: Rock Band excepted, naturally.
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ruined the characters terrible final boss
Standout tracks:
Guns N' Roses/"Welcome to the Jungle"
Priestess/"Lay Down"
The Rolling Stones/"Paint it Black"
Living Colour/"Cult of Personality"
Mountain/"Mississippi Queen"
Aerosmith/"Same Old Song and Dance"
Eric Johnson/"Cliffs of Dover"
Scorpions/"Rock You Like a Hurricane"
Smashing Pumpkins/"Cherub Rock"
Blue Oyster Cult/"Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll"
Weezer/"My Name is Jonas"
Pearl Jam/"Even Flow"
Rage Against the Machine/"Bulls on Parade"
Red Hot Chili Peppers/"Suck My Kiss"
The Killers/"When You Were Young"
Queens of the Stone Age/"3 is and 7 is"
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I think these games are made for guitar heroes themselves, who can actually have fun playing fake guitars. Other people should play real guitar instead.
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cloudydonut Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock 2022-08-18T11:51:48Z
2022-08-18T11:51:48Z
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razerplease Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock 2022-08-15T06:38:01Z
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stealmycorpse Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock 2022-08-13T07:16:36Z
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lmaobox Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock 2022-08-12T18:22:52Z
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phazonfire Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock 2022-08-09T21:36:18Z
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Brock5575 Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock 2022-08-07T15:21:49Z
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  • slib 2021-08-18 23:30:56.594248+00
    Strong contender for one of the ugliest art directions in mainstream gaming
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    • cryo 2022-02-02 18:50:18.131519+00
      yeah seriously lmao they really botched it, gh2 holds up so much better aesthetically
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  • khaledo 2021-08-23 12:25:28.308203+00
    without the guitar accessory this game really begins to feel like a very bland and boring take on rhythm
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    • cryo 2022-02-02 18:50:44.303094+00
      ??? who played gh without the guitar? lmao
    • SlappyButternuts 2022-02-16 14:13:06.186482+00
      jesse what the fuck are you talking about
    • suzannevegan 2022-04-24 23:52:40.675712+00
      millions of people played this without the guitar lol fucking gringos
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  • lno579 2021-11-26 15:01:43.446777+00
    frenchie is dumb
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    • lno579 2021-11-26 15:02:52.250642+00
      i literally only considered started playing music because of the plastic guitar games and i still play them now and then to have some fun. it's extremely different from playing real guitar and learning songs on that, way arcadier of course
    • lno579 2021-11-26 15:03:39.741658+00
      if it wasn't for green day rock band in specific i probably wouldn't have picked up a guitar
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  • yungja2k 2022-02-02 04:46:45.15084+00
    put me on to so many great bands
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  • VariousThings 2022-04-02 02:10:49.303801+00
    I really dislike the difficulty balance on III. I can do plenty of games from the Rock Band series on Expert, but GH3 has many tracks that are more painful than enjoyable, even just on Hard. I have never got anywhere close to surviving The Devil Went Down to Georgia boss fight on Hard. :(

    I also overall prefer the presentation and gameplay of the Rock Band games in other ways (e.g. the slightly different system they use for charging and activating Star Power/Overdrive).

    But I did like how Guitar Hero had more detailed post-track stats breakdowns.
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  • phoenix5511 2022-07-09 17:24:09.3107+00
    The guitar hero/rock band series is a 10/10 all together for me just for the sheer amount of hours I put into them, I cannot deny these games a perfect score. For some reason I chose GH3 to represent this series... Maybe because it has the most consistently fun and memorable tunes
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  • deximo 2022-08-07 06:28:05.616405+00
    last 2 tiers of this blow because of strange overcharting w chords and insane tap sections (fuck you One)
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