Saturday, March 8, 2008

Guitar Hero 3

If you are good at noticing details that nobody else notices, you may have noticed in my last post, a picture of a Guitar Hero 3 case and some instruction on using the guitar. I hadn't posted about it yet, but the picture kinda ruined the surprise, so I'm posting about it now.

Yeah, I got Guitar Hero. If you know me personally, that may come as a bit of a surprise to you, because I don't really like performing in any way, and I'm not that much into music. But after hearing all of my friends talking about it, and after having SO MUCH FUN with Super Crazy Guitar Maniac Deluxe 2, I decided to get it.

It is a ton of fun. I've basically been playing it every minute I can ever since I bought it. So, here's my review.

Let's see...

The plot... wait... there's not really much of a plot. Just like most "party" type games, (like Wii Sports, WarioWare, Mario Party, etc.) it's mostly meant as just a fun pick-up-and-play game. There is a bit of story, represented by the occasional 30 second cartoon. All that that really does is explain why you are at the current stage.

You start out by playing songs in someone's backyard, (for some sort of party,) and the more songs you complete, the more places you go. Every 3-5 songs you beat, you can go to the next area. The second area, (I believe it is the "Moose Lounge",) is like a bar or something. After that, there's this guy who offers you a record deal, and then you start becoming famous. You go to a video shoot, a jail, London, Japan, the desert, etc.. Right before the end, you find out that your manager actually put "(I own your soul)" at the bottom of the contract you signed, (LOL) and so the final area is in "Lou's Inferno", (Lou is your manager) which is some sort of underworld type place. Anyway, the "plot" (if you can call it that) is fairly funny. It has basically nothing to do with the game, and I suppose that that's on purpose.

The graphics could be better. The lighting and stuff is pretty good, and the textures are great, but some of the animation is kinda cheesy. For example: the drummer acts (and kinda looks) like a robot. He looks chunky, and he stands almost entirely still unless he is going to hit a drum. It's hard to explain unless you've seen him, though.

Other graphical complaints... The singer's mouth looks like he is a puppet, the audience is basically just 3 people duplicated multiple times, but that's all I can think of. Most of the parts with bad graphics are not the main focus of the game, in fact they are really hard to notice if you are the one playing. So, graphics overall: pretty good but not spectacular. I suppose it's better to have no lag than good graphics, though.

Most of the music is really good, although a few of the songs have "questionable" lyrics, although I expected that; it's rated T.

It's really fun to play, and I'm slightly surprised how fast I became skilled at it. I've had the game for about 2 or 3 weeks, and I'm now halfway done with Expert mode. And it's not that it's easy, either, it's really hard, it's just easy to learn.

The main thing about it: it takes a lot of practice. Just like real guitar. I've had to play some songs 20+ times in order to beat them.

Overall, it's really fun, glad I bought it, etc. Not sure if it worth the extra $40, (I'm assuming it's for the guitar,) but if I could have found it for $70, it was definitely worth it.

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