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August 27, 2007
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock - PS3 Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer
7/11/2007ActivisionRed OctaneNeversoft
Offline Players Online players Price Anticipation
1-22$169.95

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The move to HD widescreen visuals are great.
Certainly one of the biggest franchises in recent years has been Guitar Hero from Activision. So popular is the game that in America alone Guitar Hero II has now surpassed 3 million units in sales after 42 weeks - considering that each copy would have been sold with the guitar peripheral (or at least the first game as well) that's a lot of dollars - and a lot of fans. To say that a third title in the series (well, if you exclude the recent Guitar Hero: Rocks the 80's 'expansion pack') is anticipated is an understatement at best. This could quite possible be the single best reason to upgrade to a Playstation 3 (although we must point out that the game will also be coming to PS2).

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The interface remains largely unchanged.
With this new game comes an all-new guitar. For the Playstation 3 that means wireless! The controller is based upon Gibson Guitar's Les Paul model. PlayStation 2 gamers will get to shred on a new exclusive shape, Gibson’s Kramer guitar, popularized by hard rockers and known for its body design, pickups, electronics and construction for furious finger fretting.

If you've played the previous games in the series you should know what to expect from Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. Not only can you play the game on your own with various difficulty levels, but can also jam with a friend (assuming you have a second controller). The good news though is that the developers are including plenty of new content as well. In this game you can expect to see a multiplayer action-inspired battle mode, gruelling boss battles, a host of exclusive unlockable content and visually stunning rock venues. Expanded online multiplayer game modes will also allow axe-shredders worldwide to compete head-to-head for true legendary rock status. While continuing to retain all the key features from their prior legendary performances, fresh downloadable content will be offered on multiple platforms, and players can now shred to a killer set list from many of the most popular rock songs ever recorded.

So what about the songs? Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock will include over 50 tracks in total, some using the original artists, others being covers as well as some songs customised to each platform, and for each territory. So far Activision has confirmed the following tracks:
Slash’s Original Boss Battle Recording
Welcome to The Jungle (by Guns N’ Roses)
Paint It Black (by The Rolling Stones)
Cherub Rock (by Smashing Pumpkins)
Sabotage (by Beastie Boys)
The Metal (by Tenacious D)
My Name is Jonas (by Weezer)
Knights of Cydonia (by Muse)
Even Flow (by Pearl Jam)
Lay Down (by Priestess)
Cult of Personality (by Living Colour)
Rock and Roll All Nite (as made famous by Kiss)
School’s Out (as made famous by Alice Cooper)
La Grange (as made famous by ZZ Top)
Rock You Like a Hurricane (as made famous by Scorpions)
Slow Ride (as made famous by Foghat)
Barracuda (as made famous by Heart)
Miss Murder (by AFI)
Through Fire and Flames (by Dragonforce)
Number of the Beast (by Iron Maiden)
3's and 7's (by Queens of the Stone Age)
Suck My Kiss (by Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Raining Blood (by Slayer)
Reptillia (by The Strokes)
Paranoid (as made famous by Black Sabbath)
Cities on Flame (as made famous by Blue Oyster Cult)
Mississippi Queen (as made famous by Mountain)

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Guitar Hero III's locations are pretty nice.
Now we have to admit that this is a damn impressive tracklisting and we have suspicions that Activision are keeping a couple of big tracks up their sleeves until closer to release in late September. But tracks such as Welcome to the Jungle, Paint It Bloack, Barracuda, Suck my Kiss and La Grange should be great tracks to jam to. Activision are well aware that Electronic Arts are prepping Rock Band for release and will want to get a big jump on them (which has been made easier with EA's title delayed until Q'1 2008 now!).

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Sparks, smoke, wavy hair; it's all there!
In terms of big exclusives Activision has confirmed that former Guns n Roses and current Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash will be a playable character in the game and, as you may have seen, the Guns 'n Roses song 'Welcome to the Jungle' will be playable in this title. Poison front man and "Rock of Love" star Bret Michaels will appear as a lead vocalist character in the game. Bret Michaels even participated in a motion capture session to record his signature moves for the game. With full body, facial and clothing scans, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock developer Neversoft was able to create an authentic in-game character.

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Going off on a harder difficulty level.
I can't stress enough just how exciting the release of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock is on PS3. Our only slight disappointment is that we will have to buy the wireless controller which adds an expense onto the game. It would have been much nicer if we could reuse our two PS2 Guitar controllers with the game. Still, this is probably going to be the best bang for buck we're likely to see on the PS3 this year - even at $AU169.95 recommended retail price. A stunning tracklist and sharp visuals will make this a winner all the way. Expect an early November release.