3 Reviews

Guitar Hero III

Steve Hogarty's too old to rock, no more rockin' for him

Tick the following boxes if they apply to you: You are a PC owner. You own no consoles.

You have never played Guitar Hero. You enjoy rock music, guitars, and the company of your friends. If this sounds like you, buy Guitar Hero III right now. It's entirely original, novel and innovative, and incredibly fun to play.

If, however, you failed to tick off any of the imaginary boxes above, this is a trickier beast to gauge. As much as we love the fact that one of our favourite console games has come to PC, it doesn't feel right, or even play well on a small monitor.


And I'm betting your PC isn't central enough in your living area to easily support two players jamming at once, or indeed the small crowd of onlookers this game tends to attract. And attract onlookers it will, especially with 71 tracks from folks like Queens of the Stone Age and Weezer (if you like music), and Muse and The Killers (if you don't).

Guitar Hero is a console game. It's a console game somewhere deep down in its core, and unless you've set your PC up like a console - in the middle of your living room, hooked up to a massive TV - then this will never be the best way to play it. I won't even entertain the notion of playing the game with a keyboard and mouse.

And if you want to get cynical, Activision have given us the old, probably leftover, guitars from the 360 version of Guitar Hero II, those swines.

Even so, this is a perfect conversion. Everything's come through unscathed, but you've got to ask yourself whether you want to play Guitar Hero on a PC. I don't. Consoles, you win this round.

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