Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock
Who remembers the days of extortionately expensive console peripherals that can only be used with one series and eat batteries like I eat Jaffa Cakes? Particularly on the Wii?
Guitar Hero, the guilty pleasure of many a gamer, and the core of many parties around the globe. Since the launch of Guitar Hero in 2005, developers Harmonix (among others) have churned out a ridiculous 25 Guitar Hero and/or spin off games, including a relaunch with Guitar Hero Live for the recent generation of consoles.
I was late to the GH party, only really getting into it with the purchase of a Nintendo Wii and my dad seeing a bargain offer on the GH:3 guitar and game. As a Wii player, I was largely stuck with 3 – partialy because I enjoyed the songs, partially because I didn’t have access to the other versions. That and the playlist was full of songs I already knew (which makes it a lot easier to pick up and learn).
Much like the other titles, you pick up your guitar and play along to a myriad of songs – in this game mostly rock and metal – getting better and better with harder and harder songs, until you beat the story mode and play it again on the next difficulty up. I’m sure I needn’t explain more.
So why do I like GH:3 over the other entries in the series? The music choices are a particularly important part of this choice. For the full list, head to the Wikipedia page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_songs_in_Guitar_Hero_III:_Legends_of_Rock – but some of my favourites are:
Barracuda – Heart
When You Were Young – The Killers
Black Magic Woman – Santana
The Metal – Tenacious D
Knights of Cydonia – Muse
and of course, the infamous Through the Fire and Flames – DragonForce
I found the difficulty to be much more appropriate to my own abilities with learning things and following beats and rhythms, although the game was often cited as being too difficult. It fit my musical brain, and even now other similar games I find easier.
It put me in a chilled out trance. Watching those notes flow down the stream and whammying that bar all helped me zone out when I needed to stop thinking for a while.
Talking about Guitar Hero is harder than I thought it would be. It’s such an entrenched part of gaming history now, despite its oversaturation. Most gamers (and even some non-gamers) are aware of it, even if they haven’t played it. The premise is simple, and everyone has their favourite.
G is also a hard letter to think about. I actually don’t have any Honorable Mentions this week.