Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Guitar Hero III

By: Peter Gruetzmacher

On October 28th of this year Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock will be released in stores. Earlier this year, sometime in May, Activision bought out RedOctane, the original publisher of Guitar Hero I and II. There may be a few changes because of the new ownership, but these will only be in the way the game is produced and sold; it won't affect the actual game in any way.

Guitar Hero III will still have the ability to play guitar or bass in cooperative mode, which will now be able to be played as career mode too. According to the Rolling Stone, Guitar Hero III will contain most, or all, of the previous characters in number 2 plus a few newly introduced characters as well.
Activision is planning to release this game for the PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, Mac, and PC. The Xbox 360, and mosty likely Mac and PC, versions will allow you to download new multi-player tracks off of the online store, which brought in more than 2 million dollars from the online store for Guitar Hero II.

The game will feature a new multi-player game mode called Battle Mode. Battle mode will include many different distractions, known as attacks.
The attacks are:

Broken string: One fret button on the opponent's guitar will not work until it is fixed (by rapidly tapping the button).
Difficulty up: The opponent will play the song on an increased difficulty for a short duration of time (except for expert difficulty).
Amp overload: The fret board will shake and appear blurry, making the scrolling notes difficult to read.
Whammy bar: The opponent will have to use the whammy bar before he/she can play notes again.
Steal power: This will steal your opponent's power-up (this will be lost if used when the opponent has no power-up).
Double notes: The opponent will have to play any single note as a two-button chord, and any two-button chord as a three-button chord for a short amount of time.
Lefty flip: The fret board will be mirrored, requiring the player to switch their handedness on the guitar.
Death Drain: This power-up is only available in Sudden Death mode. Once activated, your opponent's Rock Meter will rapidly drain on its own.

According to the Rolling Stone and Wikipedia there are currently 61 songs confirmed to be in Guitar Hero III.

Below is a list of the confirmed songs. (The two marked with an '*' are songs that are recorded by their original artist)

"3's & 7's" – Queens of the Stone Age
"Anarchy in the U.K." – Sex Pistols *
"Avalancha" – Héroes del Silencio
"Barracuda" – Heart
"Before I Forget" – Slipknot
"Black Magic Woman" – Santana
"Black Sunshine" – White Zombie
"Bulls on Parade" – Rage Against the Machine
"Cherub Rock" – The Smashing Pumpkins
"Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll" – Blue Öyster Cult
"Cliffs of Dover" – Eric Johnson
"Closer" – Lacuna Coil
"Cult of Personality" – Living Colour *
"The Devil Went Down to Georgia" – Charlie Daniels Band
"Even Flow" – Pearl Jam
"Generation Rock" – Revolverheld
"Go That Far" - Bret Michaels Band
"Helicopter" – Bloc Party
"Hier Kommt Alex" – Die Toten Hosen
"Hit Me with Your Best Shot" – Pat Benatar
"Holiday in Cambodia" – Dead Kennedys
"I'm in the Band" – The Hellacopters
"In the Belly of a Shark" – Gallows
"Knights of Cydonia" – Muse
"Kool Thing" – Sonic Youth
"La Grange" – ZZ Top
"Lay Down" – Priestess
"Mauvais Garçon" – Naast
"The Metal" – Tenacious D
"Minus Celsius" – Backyard Babies
"Miss Murder" – AFI
"Mississippi Queen" – Mountain
"Monsters" – Matchbook Romance
"My Name Is Jonas" – Weezer
"The Number of the Beast" – Iron Maiden
"One" – Metallica
"Paint It, Black" – The Rolling Stones
"Paranoid" – Black Sabbath
"Prayer of the Refugee" – Rise Against
"Pride and Joy" – Stevie Ray Vaughan
"Radio Song" – Superbus
"Raining Blood" – Slayer
"Reptilia" – The Strokes
"Rock and Roll All Nite" – Kiss
"Rock You Like a Hurricane" – Scorpions
"Ruby" – Kaiser Chiefs
"Sabotage" – Beastie Boys
"Same Old Song and Dance" – Aerosmith
"School's Out" – Alice Cooper
"The Seeker" – The Who
"She Bangs the Drums" – The Stone Rose
"Slow Ride" – Foghat
"Story of My Life" – Social Distortion
"Stricken" – Disturbed
"Suck My Kiss" – Red Hot Chili Peppers
"Sunshine of Your Love" – Cream
"Take This Life" – In Flames
"Talk Dirty to Me" – Poison
"Through the Fire and Flames" – DragonForce
"Welcome to the Jungle" – Guns N' Roses
"When You Were Young" – The Killers

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