Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock


Computer Platform: Xbox 360 (Microsoft)
Produced by:
Price Range: $61 or over
Learning curve time: 1-30 min.
Age level: Children (Older)
ESRB Rating: T (Teen)
Patches / Upgrades: Free and Recommended
System Requirements: XBox 360 and Guitar Controller

     Reviewed By: Sascha

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆
Genre: Rhythm / Music
Rating: 3 of 5 (average)
Gameplay: 4 of 5 (good)
Violence: 4 of 5 (barely present)
Adult Content: 3 of 5 (mild)

Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.  Illustration copyrighted.

It was no surprise that the 2005 smash-hit Guitar Hero for Playstation 2 would become a series. Any game that let us live out our rock and roll fantasies would be lucrative, to say the least. Well, it’s 2007 and the three-quel has arrived– and let me submit that it was the obvious choice for parents nationwide looking for a gift to give their gamer child.

In the rare event that you, reader, have not picked up this or some iteration of Guitar Hero (or its big brother Rock Band), I would assume your hesitation for buying this game would be its ‘Teen’ rating and ‘Mild Lyrics’ ESRB rating.

More on that after the break.

There is very little plot to the game, but here it goes: you are a budding rock and roll guitarist and you join a bassist, singer, and drummer who have been advertising for just the role you’re filling. Along the way, your band will become increasingly famous, playing at larger and larger venues while at the same time struggling with a rather underhanded agent.

The game will not blow you away, even on your fancy-pants HDTV, like stellar XBox 360 games will. The graphics are crisp and very beautiful, and the guitar interface flows like butter down your screen. The art direction is very keen, though there are a few skeletons here and there for that more ‘extreme’ aesthetic. I use quotes because it is negligible.

SOUND: 5/5
More than half of the songs you play are by the original artists, which will appeal to any rock enthusiast. After all, no one can do Axl Rose better than Axl Rose, right?

VIOLENCE: 4/5 (Sparse Incidences)
No one is injured in this game. The only violence comes from a guitar which is shaped like the upper torso of a skeleton, and from the Prison Venue in which Riot Gas is fired into the audience. Oddly enough, the audience does not react to the gas at all. Additionally, heavy metal band Slayer’s ‘Raining Blood’ is somewhat violent, if one is lucky enough to understand the rapid-fire lyrics. The blood is raining from a lacer in the sky, by the way.

SEXUAL CONTENT: 2.5/5 (Possibly Provocative)
Of the three female guitarists, one is tastefully dressed (Midori), and the two have fairly provocative outfits. Casey Lynch wears tight leather pants and a black bikini top, and her black thong straps peek slightly over her waistband. Redeemingly, her mannerisms onstage are not sexual in any way. Judy Nails, on the hand, is well-endowed and carries a sultry expression on her face and in her mannerisms at all times. She wears a torn shirt over a satin-colored brassiere. She is on the front of the Guitar Hero III box, for the uninitiated.

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Away from the guitarists, there will appear dancers in a couple of stages that are better clothed (by a thin margin) than either Judy or Casey. It would be these two guitarists that could raise objections.

OCCULT OVERTONES: 3/5 (Possibly Offensive)

Warning! Here is a minor spoiler.

Alright, here it goes.

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Your agent turns out to be Lou! As in Lucifer. Turns out that you accidentally signed away your soul when you signed on to be his band. The last level, Lou’s Inferno (a cute, tame version of Hell) has the 6 most difficult songs of the game, and as the story goes, you escape Hell by playing better than the devil. The intent of the game is to be funny, as Lou-cifer himself looks like a southern rocker from Atlanta. If you beat the game, you unlock him as a character.

Additionally, Iron Maiden’s ‘Number of the Beast’ is in the game, with lyrics of ‘Six! Six Six! The number of the beast!’–though this song probably took most of its content from the book of Revelation, which we all know is the opposite of Occult.

All in all, I’d heartily recommend this game. There are a few elements which could possibly turn off some gamers and parents, but I feel that a little guidance would more than compensate for the game’s dips in Sexuality, Occult, and Violence. If you don’t mind those aspects, which are minor in this game, then by all means — rock out.

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Year of Release — 2007

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