Guitar Hero III for the PS2: Awesomely Addictive!

Simply Said: “I love this game.” I have only had it three days but I’m already up against Tom Morello in my my first guitar battle. OK! So he’s totally kinking my @$$ on easy, throwing whammy and amp overloads at me left right and as I try to keep up with the 3 Chord solo he wrote just for the game.

The game is as easy or as hard as you like by switching play modes adding chords and even taking on other Kramer Stryker axe swinging head bangers in Guitar Battles. You need to play career mode to unlock songs and progress to the Guitar Bosses which include Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine / Audioslave ), Slash (G’n’R / Velvet Revolver) and Bret Michaels (Poison… Not even CC Deville!?!? I know this was a bit lame for me too). There are even some some songs you can only unlock in coop career mode which makes it a little longer to finish the game as you ‘ll need two guitars and a competent buddy to play bass or rhythm section. My 3 year old daughter just isn’t cutting the mustard on base but she tilts the Kramer with a lot of style! Different versions of the game (PS/XBoX/Wii) have the Les Paul Gibson vs the Kramer Stryker and there is also online game play which I have not had a chance to explore.

I was surprised and impressed with the song catalogue. A quick look in my iTunes shows I have 26 of the songs already and I’ve added them to the iPod in a GHIII playlist so I can study I don’t know if there is a sound track but I you can bet I will post a link to it if I find it.

Here is the soundtrack, I’ve highlighted the ones I already had. Time to get the others!

1. Starting Out Small

“Slow Ride” – Foghat
“Talk Dirty to Me” – Poison (Vocals re-recorded by Bret Michaels)
“Hit Me with Your Best Shot” – Pat Benatar
“Story of My Life” – Social Distortion
“Rock and Roll All Nite” – Kiss (Encore)

2. Your First Real Gig

“Mississippi Queen” – Mountain
“School’s Out” – Alice Cooper
“Sunshine of Your Love” – Cream
“Barracuda” – Heart
“Guitar Battle vs. Tom Morello” (Original composition)
“Bulls on Parade” – Rage Against the Machine (Encore with Tom Morello)

3. Making the Video

“When You Were Young” – The Killers
“Miss Murder” – AFI
“The Seeker” – The Who
“Lay Down” – Priestess
“Paint It, Black” – The Rolling Stones (Encore)

4. European Invasion

“Paranoid” – Black Sabbath
“Anarchy in the U.K.” – Sex Pistols
“Kool Thing” – Sonic Youth
“My Name Is Jonas” – Weezer
“Even Flow” – Pearl Jam (Encore)

5. Bighouse Blues

“Holiday in Cambodia” – Dead Kennedys
“Rock You Like a Hurricane” – Scorpions
“Same Old Song and Dance” – Aerosmith
“La Grange” – ZZ Top
“Guitar Battle vs. Slash” (Original composition)
“Welcome to the Jungle” – Guns N’ Roses (Encore with Slash)

6. The Hottest Band on Earth

“Black Magic Woman” – Santana
“Cherub Rock” – The Smashing Pumpkins
“Black Sunshine” – White Zombie
“The Metal” – Tenacious D
“Pride and Joy” – Stevie Ray Vaughan (Encore)

7. Live in Japan

“Before I Forget” – Slipknot
“Stricken” – Disturbed
“3’s & 7’s” – Queens of the Stone Age
“Knights of Cydonia” – Muse
“Cult of Personality” – Living Colour (Encore)

8. Battle for Your Soul

“Raining Blood” – Slayer
“Cliffs of Dover” – Eric Johnson
“The Number of the Beast” – Iron Maiden
“One” – Metallica
“Guitar Battle vs. Lou” (The Devil Went Down to Georgia – Steve Ouimette, original song by The Charlie Daniels Band)

Bonus tracks
“Avalancha” – Héroes del Silencio
“Can’t Be Saved” – Senses Fail
“Closer” – Lacuna Coil
“Don’t Hold Back” – The Sleeping
“Down ‘N Dirty” – LA Slum Lords
“F.C.P.R.E.M.I.X.” – The Fall of Troy
“Generation Rock” – Revolverheld
“Go That Far” – Bret Michaels Band
“Hier Kommt Alex” – Die Toten Hosen
“I’m in the Band” – The Hellacopters
“Impulse” – An Endless Sporadic
“In the Belly of a Shark” – Gallows
“In Love” – Scouts of St. Sebastian
“Mauvais Garçon” – Naast
“Metal Heavy Lady” – Lions
“Minus Celsius” – Backyard Babies
“My Curse” – Killswitch Engage
“Nothing for Me Here” – Dope
“Prayer of the Refugee” – Rise Against
“Radio Song” – Superbus
“Ruby” – Kaiser Chiefs
“She Bangs the Drums” – The Stone Roses
“Take This Life” – In Flames
“The Way It Ends” – Prototype
“Through the Fire and Flames” – DragonForce

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