previews\ Oct 20, 2007 at 8:00 pm

Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock - WII - Preview 2

E for All 2007 Preview

“Dude, there’s a Wii remote in your guitar.”


“Dude, look! There’s a remote! In YOUR guitar!”

Dude looks down. “Whoa.”

That was the reaction had by one fan playing the Wii version of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. It seems that each system will get its own unique guitar, but none is as unique as the one featured on Nintendo’s motion-sensing console. We weren’t able to take the guitar apart to find out exactly how it works, but it appears that players are supposed to insert their remotes and snap the guitar together. It’s a strange concept but is actually very cool looking.

The game itself is 100% of what the fans were craving: Guitar Hero 2 squared. Legends of Rock’s expert mode is much more intense than the last game. Your fingers must be limber, experienced, and ready for a workout. Notes scroll by at about the same pace as before but their formations and the overall number of notes are where the challenge is born. Even if your left hand can keep up with the frets, being able to strum fast enough – not just quickly, but in tune with the notes – is another difficulty to overcome.

Legends of Rock’s graphics are slightly flashier than the PS2 games but not as high-res as the Xbox 360 version. The characters aren’t as realistic either. Fortunately, none of that matters. We could barely hear the song we were playing at E for All, but the brief sounds that came through were all that was needed to keep the fun flowing. There’s just something really addictive about this series, with or without the proper acoustics.

Wii players may be surprised by the guitar controller’s size and weight. Despite being wireless, the controller is very light. It also features buttons that are slightly smaller than the previous games. In gaming, smaller doesn’t necessarily mean better. But for a game that requires you to imitate guitar playing, the closer the frets are to each other, the easier it’ll be to perform your favorite – but always most difficult – music tracks.

The game’s soundtrack is going for a mix of old and new hits, ranging from The Killers’ “When You Were Young” to Heart’s “Barracuda.” Full track list announced (thus far)

We can’t wait for the game’s release, and thankfully, we don’t have to – Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock ships October 28.




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