Guitar hero 3 review

A few weeks back I got a chance to play Guitar hero 3 on my friend Penpen's Wii. Now, before that I thought I was decided on getting Rockband but apparently not. I know Guitar hero has been in the market for the longest time but for some reason I never got into the bandwagon... I saw it several times in the SM appliance shops running in the TVs but never actually got to try it or even saw people playing it.

Me nailing that Cliffs of Dover solo

So anyway, I got to play Guitar hero... 1 week later, I got my own copy for the PS3. I was at first pretty torn between getting Guitar hero and rockband. But finally decided on getting GH3 because people were saying that Rockband was easier to play and that you need 4 players or the full band to enjoy it (lead, bass, drums, vocals). For the best single player experience, GH is the way to go.

As the notes move down, you need to press the fret and strum at the same time

The story's pretty straightforward, you're a lead guitarist (or rhythm/bass if there are 2 players) for a band that's starting out so you begin by playing in the garage and eventually earn money to play in bigger stages with more fans. It's not the deepest storyline, but come on, this is a guitar game, not an RPG.

Some GH3 before going to work


The menus are very clean. Everything is straightforward the way I like it. There are options to play in career with the storyline or you can play 2 player co-op. You can also go online and challenge other guitar heroes OR play co-op with them. You navigate by using the guitar as the controller. Fret buttons are the OK and BACK buttons and the strummer is the up/down.

Game gets harder as you play

It's guitar hero. There are 5 fret buttons and a strummer and the game follows a "dance revolution" style where you have to hit the fret and strum it as the note passes through the line. Pretty straightfoward right? Well it sounds easier than it really it. I play the guitar in real life so i had an easier time playing it at first in terms of correct positioning of the hands. But later on I realized that that was just about everything that my real-life guitar skills were good for.

The game has 4 difficulty levels, easy only has you playing with 3 fret buttons, 4 for normal and 5 for hard. The last difficulty level "Expert" really puts your guitar hero skills to the test. I personally havent had the guts to try out Expert yet as I'm just finishing up the Hard level.
and even harder later on...

As for the track list, the game features about 60+ songs. I dont know half of the songs since they're mostly Rock songs from 60's to the present but there are some that I just absolutely love like Welcome to the jungle by Guns and roses, One by Metallica and Black Magic woman by Santana. Same thing as most games today, there are downloadable content available on the Playstation store which you can purchase for about 100php per song, (some are free though).

The hardware

This is a really fun game to play. It unleashes the inner rockstar in people who play it. There was a moment just earlier today while playing hard that my eyes were looking at the notes and my fingers were moving on their own. It was the greatest thing ever, like my eyes were shorted to my fingers and not going through my brain anymore. Awesome. Quite addicting also, it has the power to make me keep saying, "1 last song" every time i finish one which makes me end up playing for 2-3 hours instead of 1.

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