Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock

Common Sense Media says

Edgier sequel still rocks the third time out.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Doesn't shy away from the seedier side of the rock lifestyle, with references to drinking, sex, and trashing hotel rooms.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Some sexual innuendo in the lyrics. Male and female characters sometimes sport skimpy, revealing outfits.

Language

Curse words are blanked out but you can guess what they are. An example is the punk character's motto: "I eat disco and s--t emo."

Consumerism

Songs are from commercial bands. Slash and Tom Morello are playable characters. The game is saturated with musical brand names including Gibson guitars, Ernie Ball strings, Zildjian cymbals and Paste magazine. There's also the occasional non-musical brand like the Pontiac truck that appears in the video shoot.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Numerous references to alcohol. The band plays in bar. Beer cans and liquor bottles are frequent parts of the scenery.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this very engaging musical rhythm game is best played on a guitar-shaped controller. The game includes sexual innuendo and alcohol references in the lyrics. One of the game's venues is a bar, and several of the characters are in sexy bar garb. More so than in the previous versions of Guitar Hero, name brands are everywhere, including branding the guitar controller as a Gibson guitar; most of the commercialism is confined to music-related products, but you will also catch a Pontiac truck.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

GUITAR HERO III: LEGENDS OF ROCK is the first truly cross-platform Guitar Hero, with versions for PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and the Wii. Using a special guitar controller, you play along to a song by pressing the neck and \"strum\" buttons in time to the music. The career mode now features a beefed-up story that follows your band's rise to fame: You start out playing backyard parties and dive clubs and move up to shooting music videos and headlining sold-out venues overseas. The money earned from playing gigs can be spent on new characters, outfits, songs, videos, and guitars including Gibson's iconic Les Paul, SG, and Flying V (thanks to an in-game endorsement by the guitar maker).

Is it any good?

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A music game is only as good as its song list, and Guitar Hero III delivers a steady stream of guitar-driven classics from the likes of Metallica, Black Sabbath, Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Rage Against the Machine, and the Smashing Pumpkins for a total of 42 songs. Guitar Hero III features a new co-op mode that lets a second person play along to the same song on a rhythm guitar or bass, and the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions support the ability to jam with friends online. Boss songs, where you must out-duel another character on the guitar to continue, are another new addition.

Guitar Hero III features four levels of difficulty ranging from Easy to Expert, which means that both music game veterans and guitar newbies can rock out comfortably. If players have guitar controllers from previous games, they can buy the game only for $49.99 (PS2) or $59.99 (Xbox 360). Bundles that include a wireless controller cost $89.99 (PS2 or Wii) and $99.99 (Xbox 360 and PS3).

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about product placement. Did you notice the name-brand rock equipment? Would you look for those products in a store? How about the Pontiac truck? How do these products benefit from this type of advertising? Why do you think they're targeting kids? Did you enjoy "battling" other characters or would you have preferred that the game was only about playing songs?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2
Price:$50-$60
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Activision
Release date:October 28, 2007
Genre:Music and Dance
ESRB rating:T for Lyrics, Mild Suggestive Themes (Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 10 years old July 30, 2010
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weird

it is an ok game but i like rock band better.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written bywarren112 April 9, 2008
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Music is great. Dual career mode is great group fun.

I play this game with my son. The dual career mode requires 2 guitars. Some songs are only unlocked in dual career mode. Both my son and I are enjoying playing this game. We can either play against each other or play together (one on lead guitar and the other on base). It is a lot of fun for both newbies and gets better as you get experienced. Fun for a group of people.
Adult Written bynothappywiththis April 9, 2008
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Sad

Wake up parents, do you not see the 666 in the background on this game? Do you really want your children jamming to the Beast and the Harlet? Check out the background next time. Satan will use any avenue he can to expose himself to our children. It is a shame that this had to be put in this game. We will not allow it in our home! The devil has no place here!

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