The Chronic Consumer

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Guitar Hero III Bundle

gh3.jpg I’m not much of a music fan, so I never paid attention to the Guitar Hero video game series. I’d heard of it, of course, and knew that the games were wildly popular, but it just didn’t seem like something that I’d enjoy playing.

However, the hype surrounding the release of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock was impossible to ignore. Even my husband was intrigued, so he decided to take a break from his usual war and racing games to download the demo for Xbox 360. After playing for an hour or two, we were both hooked, and decided to go ahead and buy the bundle, which includes the guitar controller.

Gameplay: The gameplay is very straightforward. You select a character, select a song to play, and then push buttons on the guitar controller (or standard controller) to correspond with the scrolling notes of the song. The notes are all color-coded, so it’s not as though you have to read music or anything like that.

There are four different skill levels: Easy, Medium, Hard, and Expert. The degree of difficulty increases with each level, so even though you’re essentially playing the same songs on each level, it’s still different. For example, the notes come faster, you have to use more controller buttons, and you have to play chords instead of single notes.

Game Options: There are a few different gaming options to choose from in Guitar Hero III. First, you can choose Quickplay to play a single song from the catalog. Second, you can choose Career Mode, wherein you work your way up from backyard garage band to international superstardom by progressively “beating” songs, finding new sponsors, and getting better and better gigs.

There’s also a Career Co-op mode that allows you to work through a career with a friend, and an online mode that allows you to engage in online play with people around the world.

Reaction: As a first-time player of the Guitar Hero series, I had mixed reactions to Legends of Rock. On the one hand, I absolutely love the concept and think the game is a blast to play — but only on the Easy level! My husband and I both have a lot of trouble on Medium, and we already know that there’s no way we’ll ever beat the game on Hard or Expert.

We’re both pretty dexterous, and my husband is especially proficient at all kinds of video games. But the jump in difficulty from Easy to Medium seems to be pretty extreme in this game. Maybe others who have played the first and second versions can chime in with their opinion; I’d love to hear what you think about the difficulty levels in Guitar Hero III.

Playing the game with the guitar controller is very cool, albeit a bit harder than with the standard controller since you have to strum as well as push the color buttons. Even so, it wouldn’t be half as much fun on a regular controller!

Overall, my husband and I both like Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. The bundle was pretty expensive at $100, but the purchase was worth it for us. There are so few video games that we can both play together, that we gladly paid more for this one!