A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Doesn't shy away from the seedier side of the rock lifestyle, with references to drinking, sex, and trashing hotel rooms.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexual innuendo in the lyrics. Male and female characters sometimes sport skimpy, revealing outfits.
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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."
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
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).
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