Become a rockstar with Guitar Hero III

One of the coolest features of the game, without a doubt, is the soundtrack, which holds around 70 songs

At Toybox HQ this week, we’ve been rocking hard with Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.

We are playing on our Wii console but the bundle is also available for Xbox 360, and PlayStation 2 and 3.

The game comes with the Guitar Hero game and a Gibson Les Paul replica guitar sans strings. The guitar controller has seven controls — five differently coloured buttons on the neck of the guitar, another controller used to strum and a whammy bar. Playing the game is a little tricky at first; you must press and hold the buttons on the neck and then strum the guitar when the notes crosses the strum line on the screen.

One of the coolest features of the game, without a doubt, is the soundtrack, which holds around 70 songs. More than half of the songs are the original songs by the artists, rather than covers created for the game.

The track-list includes classic tracks such as Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” and the Rolling Stones’ “Paint it Black”, punk hits such as Sex Pistols’ “Anarchy in the UK” and newer tracks, such as Pearl Jam’s “Even Flow” and Weezer’s “My name is Jonas”.

Heavy metal classics such as Slayer’s “Raining Blood,” Iron Maiden’s “Number of the Beast” and Metallica’s “One” made this ex-metalhead (it is hard to believe, I know) quite nostalgic. Unfortunately, it turned out I’m a crap Nintendo guitar player. I’m still struggling my way through some of the super-easy tracks, and occasionally I get booed off stage. So the closest I get to experiencing the aforementioned tracks is by singing along when my natural born rockstar testing partner whizzes through them, hitting nearly every note.

The game has four levels which are Easy, Medium, Hard and Expert. While I’m still stuck at Easy, this level was a blast for my testing partner. You only have to use three keys, and after one or two songs he had it mastered. It only took him a few hours to complete all the tracks on Easy.

Medium was a bit harder because now you have to use four keys on the guitar, but he still thought this was quite easy. Hard is a completely different story and he still has one more level to go. Currently my testing partner has only beaten four songs on Hard and that was after about 40 minutes of practice for each song.

Even though I’m not doing very well, Guitar Hero III is a lot of fun. The awesome soundtrack keeps popping up in my head during the day, and I just can’t wait to go home and have another go. It is a very addictive game in an “I’ll-just-do-one-more-track” kind of way. But, the extreme difficulty of some of the more intense tracks could potentially scare off new players.

Guitar legend Slash of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave are part of the game as playable characters — once you’ve gone head-to-head against them, playing original guitar tracks.

The Wii remote fits into a port on the back of the guitar, working as the guitar’s tilt sensor. It also does some other cool things, such as playing all the missed note sounds through the Wii remote speaker. This is a feature that I am not very fond of at the moment.

We bought our Guitar Hero III bundle for Wii in a game store for $170 including GST.

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