Zero Punctuation: Guitar Hero III

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Scypemonk:
Is it just me me, or was the sound quality lower with this one? Lots of background noice.

Anyway, if you ever wondered if he's gay, click here.
http://www.fullyramblomatic.com/reviews/playgames.htm

I once rented that movie when I was 16 (9 years ago), and felt pretty proud of myself for getting away with it.
Until I got the damn video home and discovered I'd just paid $3 for the most convoluted boring as hell wannabe-porn movie ever made. On the upside, it taught me that there's nothing spankable about R-Rated movies in Australia and I'm best off with internet porn, which has the added benefit of being freely available and undetectable by my mother.
On the downside, in my attempts to keep my ill-rented tape from being discovered by my mother, I didn't manage to return it on time. 6 days later, the video store called my mother to advise her that there was an outstanding return of an adult movie on her account. My mother drove me to the video store to return my porn and I paid an additional $18 in late fees.

Geoffrey42:

Virgil:
I bet a comparison of some of the dual-released tracks would be interesting.

Have you seen the piece at Games Radar? Sounds like what you might be interested in.

Exactly, thanks for the link!

Corbineau:

Kogepan:
Wow, I hope you're not gay, Yahtzee. There go all my wicked fantasies.

Great review as always. :D Thanks for brightening my Wednesdays with your dry, sarcastic wit.

I hope he is, as that's what all my wicked fantasies revolve around.

LOL! I'm sure Yahtzee will be pleased to be the subject of so many wild fantasies, gay and straight.

It's probably the hat.

was kind of dissapointed with him reviewing this game :( imo guitar hero is as appealing as a karaoke bar filled with drunken germans.

Am I the only person who finds the fact that "heterosexuality" is a tag for this review to be hilarious enough?

Never played GH though and was only the slightest curious about it. Because, all in all, I can't accept a game that involves the mastery of the 12 songs you're confined to and the only chance of getting some new insane tracks to get your cramps on is by buying the inevitable sequel which is pretty much the giddy proclamation of "We've added 10 more songs now, but this totally new feature but not actually fundamental to change the core of the game or to even call it a new game makes it worth it for us to stea-I mean for you to spend your well spent 60 bucks on it."

You could correct me on this though. Because I never touched any of the guitar heroes.

I mean the game!

soladrin:
was kind of dissapointed with him reviewing this game :( imo guitar hero is as appealing as a karaoke bar filled with drunken germans.

You can have a pretty good time with a karaoke bar filled with drunken Germans, imho.

Divinegon:
I can't accept a game that involves the mastery of the 12 songs you're confined to

Agreed. Unless Rock Band gets released on PC (or Wii), and has a wide range of optional extra songs to buy/download, I won't bother with it. (Although, allowing myself a little dreaming, if they release any Blue Oyster Cult albums for Rock Band... I won't be able to resist.)

All I have to say is wanker's cramp + john romero = me, laughing

Wistfane:
as far as i am theoretically informed thats not what you do when you are shit faced with naked girls.

Sex is more fun sober. Guitar Hero is where it's at when you break out the alcohol.
That and hunting EMO's with a crossbow.

Loved the review. From my experience GH3's hard and expert modes are REDICULLOUS and I simply don't have time to try and learn to play like that. With rockband, me and my friends can take turns at each instrument. Appendages tired of wailing on the guitar? switch to drums or the vocals.

great review. Tom Morello is uber, but legend of rock...dunno

Divinegon:
Never played GH though and was only the slightest curious about it. Because, all in all, I can't accept a game that involves the mastery of the 12 songs you're confined to and the only chance of getting some new insane tracks to get your cramps on is by buying the inevitable sequel which is pretty much the giddy proclamation of "We've added 10 more songs now, but this totally new feature but not actually fundamental to change the core of the game or to even call it a new game makes it worth it for us to stea-I mean for you to spend your well spent 60 bucks on it."

You could correct me on this though. Because I never touched any of the guitar heroes.

I mean the game!

The original Guitar Hero game had 47 tracks (30 "As Made Famous By" well-known covers, 17 indy band tracks as unlockables). Each subsequent release had more, (I believe) except for Encore: Rock the 80's, which everyone knows is shite. In addition, each song has 4 difficulties, which really amounts to 4 different experiences with each (at least as a newcomer, as an experienced player you basically skip easy or medium unless you really want the in-game money). And, as of Guitar Hero II, each song has two different sets of notes to play, with a guitar part and either a bass or rhythm guitar part. Again, more to play than just 10-12 songs over and over again.

Awnsering to your question in the video.. No i didn't find odd the fact that the character used a sting on image 110 because the sting is used to hold the floating hand because it seems the floating mechanism is broken... /unless you mean the singer Sting %|

Yay, a good review of GHIII...it's rather annoying to find everyone raving over a game that basically works as an expansion pack. Isn't an expansion pack defined as adding new things while tweeking the gameplay just a tad? IE, not really doing anything new?

And THANK YOU for the remarks about the GH freeks. Honestly, why does one spend hours and hours trying to play Through the Fire and Flames when they can get just as much attention as getting halfway though that song as being able to play something easy on an ACTUAL guitar. God forbid people channel all of this into something actually productive...not to say that it's bad, just overrated...

*plays more entertaining rhythm game*

I really like GH... until I try to play it on the expert mode, then after like 30 attempts I stop playing it and try to get a life or something

Oh,and I thought I was the only one who missed Clive Winston, he was my favorite character too! Why he isn't in the game?? When my friend said he wasn't I didn't believe him LOL

the last part of all his videos are so funny

1: Hard difficulty isn;t too bad. But just as it was said, the last section sucks butt and is impossibly hard. All of you out there who beat dragonforce on expert... you have truly sold your soul to the game "you are fags!":P

2: WTF happened to co-op quickplay. I just want to sit down with my friends and play. I don;t want to have to earn every level again, on every difficulty to play with them

Well done Yahtzee. Yet again... amazing.

Chis:

Divinegon:
I can't accept a game that involves the mastery of the 12 songs you're confined to

Agreed. Unless Rock Band gets released on PC (or Wii), and has a wide range of optional extra songs to buy/download, I won't bother with it. (Although, allowing myself a little dreaming, if they release any Blue Oyster Cult albums for Rock Band... I won't be able to resist.)

You can stop begging for Blue Oyster Cult or other groups from that decade, unless you like covers (GH has had a BOC song or two already). Master tracks recorded in ways useful for the purpose of these games don't exist so they will all have to be re-recorded. The reason Rock Band only has contemporary songs is because they wanted all master tracks. GH still incorporates older music, but again they're covers, and people whine incessantly about it.

Somebody else complained about RO backstabbing Harmonix when they went with a new developer...

Harmonix wasn't backstabbed by RO. RO was the publisher (and owner) of the Guitar Hero IP and they got bought out by Activision. At this point Harmonix was still working with RO to create GH2 and later Rock of the 80's. During this time Harmonix was bought by MTV Games (which I believe EA owns some stake in) so they became competitors. Harmonix got to do what they wanted and that was create Rock Band, an idea that they had pitched to RO earlier but RO felt wouldn't sell well enough due to the additional cost of the drums and difficulty to play them.

As a bit of trivia, RO had been working on a Drum Hero game prior to the announcement of Rock Band but decided to scrap the project when they felt that the game was too difficult for non-drummers to pick up. Creating a peripheral that was sturdy enough to withstand the pounding of continual drum play wasn't cheap either and you can tell this is true by the very shotty nature of the Rock Band equipment, they've had huge problems with all of their peripherals to this point (except the mic). My friend snapped the bass pedal in half and he wasn't even playing it that hard, it was just poorly made.

RO seems to have been correct in their assessment as GH sales are completely obliterating Rock Band currently and its not because Rock Band is supply constrained.

For people posting that playing guitar hero is a waste of time and unproductive... Please stop posting on message boards and go write a best selling novel instead, it will be more productive and has about the same correlation as playing guitar hero and playing an actual guitar.

Ben should keep the beard. It looks good on him.

As always, Zero Punctuation brings that small ray of light into my dingy, poor boy existence.

Also I recommend Rock Band for those who are fans of Guitar Hero but be mindful of the new, cool guitar. Some of them have problems and the company is trying to fix this.

Either than that, the drums r tough. Good Luck.

i love the jerks thing, especially since i used to be apart of the gamespot community,
also i never thought yahtzee was gay, i mean i don't spend anytime in these particular forums, but nothing he has said would lead me to believe he was gay
in fact didn't he devote roughly 20seconds to tits in one review?

Exposed Lie:
i cant believe im the first to mention this (or at least i think i am) but...what the hell is wrong with learning to play a real guitar? :|

I agree, the only GH i've played is GHII. After I failed misserably at beating Missirlou on expert, a friend said "That's bullshit, i think that's even harder than playing a real guitar." 4 months of practice later, i realized he was right, and playing a real guitar makes me proud :D but i do gotta admit, playing GH with a friend is still great fun

Evilducks:
Master tracks recorded in ways useful for the purpose of these games don't exist so they will all have to be re-recorded. The reason Rock Band only has contemporary songs is because they wanted all master tracks. GH still incorporates older music, but again they're covers, and people whine incessantly about it.

I have no problem with the cover of Godzilla. In fact I think it's just as good as the original. In further fact, I think nearly all of the covers on the original Guitar Hero were fantastic. I am NOT begging, you are just trying to find a reason to take a pot shot from your ivory tower. You've obviously never heard of multi-track reel-to-reel analogue tape which, up until the 80s, was the de-facto recording medium for professional studios. Hell, some of them still use it.

"Mario Kart Syndrome" = sheer brilliance.

Thought I was the only one that found those games since the SNES release to be an annoying mess of over-the-top "crippling" power-ups. I have not-so-found memories of the lightning bolt "power-up" that basically turns all your competitors into complete shit for 5 seconds. What was the point, other than to make the racing redundant and dependent on who gets lucky with power-ups? With the next Mario Kart they should push the envelope further, and add a power-up that gives Mario and friends terminal brain cancer right at the start of a race.

Sad to see that GH3 has some aspects of this, it deserves better multiplayer. P.S. One of your best reviews yet.

I wouldn't say it's good, and I wouldn't say it's bad. I just don't see the point to it.

Aww that was hilarious.
"Mario Kart Syndrome" made me roffel

Best one ever! unbelievable much quotable, strong stuff...i love it :)

rhizic:
am i the only person on the planet that think GH sucks?

no, and this is the "review" that relinquishes yahtzee's award for seemingly best taste in videogames on the internet. gh 1 was novel, sure, but it wore thin and quickly became mind numbingly dumb

Joe:

rhizic:
am i the only person on the planet that think GH sucks?

Yes.

He didn't mention which planet mind you.

Mcmungo:
telling a Guitar Hero player to pick up a real guitar is like telling a CS player to pick up a real gun and blow shit up.

that is absurd, sir.

Arbre:

Joe:

rhizic:
am i the only person on the planet that think GH sucks?

Yes.

He didn't mention which planet mind you.

i think he meant mars. clearly. unless she's a she - then venus.

Evilducks:

For people posting that playing guitar hero is a waste of time and unproductive... Please stop posting on message boards and go write a best selling novel instead, it will be more productive and has about the same correlation as playing guitar hero and playing an actual guitar.

but, the exchange of ideas is fruitful - much more fruitful than exercising hand-eye coordination in a very uninteresting and limited way

I own Guitar Hero 3 and I have beaten the entire game on Expert.

And I have to say, this review was positively brilliant. I agreed with every word of it. Raining Blood is not fun, it's not like Bark at the Moon where at least the song is good and inspires you to keep going, it's just pure, unadulterated shit that is hard for the sake of being hard. I beat it just so I could say I beat it and I have quite literally never played it ever again since then because I'd rather jump in a ditch and then light the ditch on fire.

Also, yeah, WTF did they do with Clive Winston? He was my favorite character too.

I have to agree with the whole "freak" theory of some of these fucking songs. It seems like only Christ Almighty or that fucking down-syndrome kid on youtube can do some of these songs on expert.

Edit: Anyone aside from the above two examples who would complete such a feat really neds to find a better use for their time... or an occupation that requires bionic fingers... they would make a killing.

Sure, call me a freak. I've done enough to be considered one in this game (5-star all the expert songs and beat TTFAF anyone?)

In all honesty, this is like taking a hammer, smashing it against my fingers and trying Jordan on expert on a continuous run. I agree almost entirely whole-heartedly with this review (the first in a while, you've been slipping in and out of your groove lately yhatzee.) and... well crap, I'm surprised you didn't burn it more.

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