Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock

Game review by
Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Edgier sequel still rocks the third time out.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 17 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 81 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

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


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


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."


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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10 and 15-year-old Written byreidh December 9, 2014

A good game!

I think this game is fine for 8 and up half the time they won't pay attention to the people on the screen because they'll be watching the chords so mu... Continue reading
Adult Written byTimTheTVGuy October 20, 2012


I love this game.I enjoy the endorphan-rushing rock n roll music in this game! I LOVE THIS GAME!
Teen, 13 years old Written byBanditoSweetener November 24, 2018

Better For Teenagers

I’ve played this game for a while, but never found it offensive in anyway. Until I brought my sister to play it. First of all, in the beginning where it shows t... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old February 2, 2018
This shouldn’t be rated T, it should be rated E10+ because uncensored uses of “s**t” are an E10+ (1 use uncensored) or T (2+ uses uncensored), and every Swear... Continue reading

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?

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).

Talk to your kids 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?

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