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Guitar Hero III Preview

Neversoft takes the stage in Guitar Hero III on every major console

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Are you ready to rock, again, for the third time? Of course you are, and so am I. Activision is already well into development on the next installment of the wildly popular Guitar Hero franchise, Guitar Hero 3(III). With a release date scheduled for "Fall 2007" you will be rocking out in style with next generation video and audio. The new game is slated to be released on the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and the Nintendo Wii. No word yet on a pocket amp version of Guitar Hero... yet.

Guitar Heroes will be rocking out using Gibson Guitar’s Les Paul and Kramer models as the "industry standards." Activision is promising top secret new game modes and features along with a new multiplayer "action-inspired battle mode", tough boss battles, a bevy of exclusive unlockable content and authentic rock venues. They also plan to expand online multiplayer game modes allowing for wannabe guitar gods to compete head-to-head worldwide for true legendary rock status. My goodness, I can't wait to have a 12 year old kid from France hand me my face as he mops me up playing Cult of Personality.

The goal Neversoft has kept in mind is to not fix that which is not broken. The core gameplay should be the same, only with expanded gameplay modes and features. Downloadable content (let's pray for a better pricing structure than the current Xbox Live one) will be offered on multiple platforms. Activision has worked hard to gain access to material not available in the previous Guitar Hero games. They have also managed to land the rights to use many of the artists original recordings, rather than having cover versions in the game.

The following list is the initial/partial tracklist that will appear in the Guitar Hero III:

  • Paint It Black (by The Rolling Stones)
  • Cherub Rock (by Smashing Pumpkins)
  • Sabotage (by Beastie Boys)
  • The Metal (by Tenacious D)
  • My Name is Jonas (by Weezer)
  • Knights of Cydonia (by Muse)
  • Rock And Roll All Nite (as made famous by Kiss)
  • School’s Out (as made famous by Alice Cooper)
  • Slow Ride (as made famous by Fog Hat)
  • Cult of Personality (by Living Colour)
  • Barracuda (as made famous by Heart)
Activision is promising wireless guitars for all platforms, allowing you to shred from a surprisingly long distance from your console. The exclusive Gibson guitars will include new features such as removable/customizable faceplates that will allow fans to later personalize their guitars, and a new button color design that is intended to create a more authentic rock experience. No word, as of yet, on whether or not the original guitars will be compatible. Let's hope so.

While the Gibson Les Paul model will be the standard guitar for all consoles, the PlayStation 2 will also be receiving a new exclusive shape as well, the classic Kramer guitar, also a Gibson brand, popularized by hard rockers and known for its body design, pickups, electronics, and construction for furious finger fretting.

Dusty Welch, head of publishing at RedOctane, had the following to say regarding Guitar Hero III:

The development team at Neversoft (of Tony Hawk fame-ed.) has been exceptional, and we’ve been able to incorporate a host of fresh new online and multi-player game play modes, along with exciting content into this version of Guitar Hero that our fans have been asking for. Also, many of the top bands and songs we’ve tried to get in the past are now on board, and we’ve definitely got some giant aces in the hole to say the least. In addition, offering a new line of Gibson wireless guitars for each platform is going to truly add to the authentic rock star experience like no other.
With a massive fan base and now being on every major console, one can assume that Guitar Hero III will have one helluva world tour.
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