RedOctane Guitar Hero III

  • Review
  • Specs
  • Images
  • User Reviews
  • Buy Now
RedOctane Guitar Hero III
  • RedOctane Guitar Hero III
  • RedOctane Guitar Hero III
  • RedOctane Guitar Hero III
  • Expert Rating

    4.25 / 5


  • Career mode is much more enjoyable than in any previous Guitar Hero, the best guitar peripheral yet can pull double duty with the PS2 version of GH3, downloadable content seems to be more consistent this time around


  • Some of the best tracks are locked in co-op career; a bit too many obscure metal tracks towards the end, while some great tracks are mired in the no-man's-land of bonus tracks; online is a notch below the Xbox 360's

Bottom Line

A far cry from the Xbox 360 version, Guitar Hero III on PS3 is a great game and you're still guaranteed a good time.

Would you buy this?

The Guitar Hero franchise has finally arrived on the PS3, but it doesn't quite match that momentous first time you plugged that wired Gibson into your PS2. With a superior version of the game on the Xbox 360, and a potential Hero-killer on the horizon in the form of Rock Band, Guitar Hero III on the PS3 is like catching a sweet second-stage show at a music festival -- you'll have fun, but you can't help but think that there's more entertainment to be had elsewhere.

Nobody rocks like... Springfield!

While the core gameplay may be the same old song, Guitar Hero III feels drastically different -- perhaps as a result of Tony Hawk developer Neversoft taking the reins of this title. The title is much more polished as a result, which has both positive and negative aspects. The track list, as a whole, is a bit stronger, particularly the bonus tracks which aren't as beholden to the Boston rock scene since Harmonix is out of the picture.

The addition of a bona-fide story-based career mode, replete with rock legends like Tom Morello and Slash really give the game the feel of a rock odyssey. On the other hand, there are some things that make us pine for a more innocent Hero, like the blatant in-game advertising, and the generic character design.

New gameplay additions to Guitar Hero III are slight but welcome. There's the Battle mode, which is fun, though purists might find it akin to adding turtle-shell tossing to Gran Turismo. The online mode is where the entertainment's at, allowing you to play any song, in any mode (besides career), at any difficulty against an opponent. That is, if you can find them.

We salute you, our half-inflated Dark Lord!

You see, the root of the PS3's version's problems comes from the console itself. The online mode isn't up to par with the Xbox 360's as there is a smaller pool of potential opponents, the inability to actively seek out your friends, or send them in-game messages, or voice chat on a consistent basis.

The slight annoyance of keeping some of the best songs locked in career co-op is compounded by the fact that the Les Paul guitar is not sold separately at this point, and it's the only guitar compatible with this game. You can, however, use your PS3 guitar to help out your PS2 pals with their version of Guitar Hero III, but the compatibility stops there, as the Les Paul is incompatible with the first two games, regardless of which console you play them on.

If you've got both the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3, your choice should be obvious. By virtue of being around longer, the Xbox 360 has more compatibility and a larger, more cohesive community to play with. While you're still guaranteed a good time on the PS3, it's tough to truly rock out when you know there's a bigger venue to play in and a better band on the way.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Crucial Ballistix Elite 32GB Kit (4 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 UDIMM

Learn more >

Gadgets & Things

Lexar® Professional 1000x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards

Learn more >

Family Friendly

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Plox Star Wars Death Star Levitating Bluetooth Speaker

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles


GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy


First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni


For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell


The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi


The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott


My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?