E3 '07: New Guitar Hero III details, guitars emerge

Activision's newly subtitled Legends of Rock to feature dozens of Gibson guitars, boss battles; publisher touts agreements with all major labels, indie outfits; new controller pics inside.

SANTA MONICA, Calif.--With Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s set for release later this month, it's nearly time for Activision to take the wraps off the first Neversoft-developed entry in the series, the upcoming Guitar Hero III for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, and PlayStation 2. Today the publisher detailed a full lineup of unlockable guitars in the game, which it is now calling Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.

Activision also included a few other scraps of information about the upcoming game, saying that it will include "a multiplayer action-inspired battle mode, grueling boss battles, a host of exclusive unlockable content, and visually stunning rock venues."

The publisher also said that it will be offering downloadable content for the game on multiple platforms, and stressed that it has entered into partnerships with "all the major and independent record labels and music publishers to allow unrivaled access to their deep history of music catalogs."

A full list of the unlockable guitars available in Guitar Hero III follows below:

Gibson:
ES-335
Explorer
Firebird
SG
Les Paul
V-Factor
Super CES400
Marauder
Corvus

Epiphone:
Casino
Coronet
Sheraton

Kramer:
650
Vanguard

Bass Guitars:
Marauder
Corvus
Les Paul
LP Double Cutaway
EDS 1275
ES335
Firebird
Flying V
Moderne
SG
X-Plorer

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Discussion

158 comments
bombslot
bombslot

I love guitar hero 2 and play it with my friends, but nothing can substitute playing a real guitar. Don't get me wrong, this is a great game! I CAN'T WAIT!!!

irongobbo
irongobbo

They Dont put wireless in wiis guitar to make it cheaper

zer0ne
zer0ne

Can I play the previous Guitar Hero games for PS2 using the PS3 wireless guitar???

Taylor9124
Taylor9124

OMG im obsessed with guitat hero 1 and 2 and cant wait for this!!! did anyone else notice a PS3 button to, like the xbox guitar for number 2 had one, and on this one, the upper left corner of the guitars, look they each are diff. one has the xbox button, one has a blue button, and one has a wii nunchuck joystick. sweetness!!!

cheddar101
cheddar101

guitar hero 3 is gonna be awesome but how come the wii guitar has the wii more inside instead of just putting built in wireless

Panman_Dan
Panman_Dan

Im glad to see some new guitar names, and more bass guitars, this game sounds and looks promising.

_Sam_
_Sam_

I haven't played the earlier games yet... I probably should...

rikhan_z
rikhan_z

Do the unlockable guitars have special powers or something?

xgalacticax
xgalacticax

are there going to be britney spears songs?? hahahahahahahahaha... no seriously.......Sony fanboys, please dont hate, everyone deserves to have this on their console. nice to see ps2 is still getting attention. sony better hold on to it because, 100 million units??? .....=Ching Ching!!!

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

I've heard that since the Wiimote fits into the front of the controller it would be cheaper. Since it would mean the controller itself wouldn't have to have the components to have a motion sensor and a wireless signal inside. Hopefully it's true because I don't wanna be payin $60 for an extra controller. Even though I wouldn't hesitate to fork over $60 for an extra controller it would be nice if i didn't have to. Any other ideas, opinions, or facts about this rumor?

Nickolai1979
Nickolai1979

Yes, the RD Artist is a strange omission to me. Both bass and guitar. I've owned both at one time and I miss them in real life and I'll miss them in GH III.

AnimMac
AnimMac

Meh, seems cool and all, but they forgot mt favourite Gibson, the RD. And it would be cool if people could create and insert their own songs, since most songs in GH don't seem to bother me and they left out "the" only genre from the '80s I like.

unclejohn0525
unclejohn0525

I wonder if the Wii version will have downloadable songs. It better.

Zacek
Zacek

Why to insert the wiimote there? To use the tilt action?

xtiansk8
xtiansk8

holy sh@t that is soo hardcoreee!!

stu_gamer
stu_gamer

U can play rock band online so u dont need 4 ppl Lunchbucket16 could have just u and random band members from all around the world

dannyboy2443
dannyboy2443

Looks like there still bringing it to the PS2.

aramitz
aramitz

Why don't they make some deals with other guitar manufacturers? It'd add a bit more realism to the game if it portrayed that not every single band/artist uses Gibson made guitars. They managed to get a bunch of different amp manufacturers afterall. To differ itself from Rock Band it really should focus in depth on the guitar side of things.

GreenGoblin2099
GreenGoblin2099

Note to Activision: We don't care the unlockable guitars. We care about the songs.

jonesy1304
jonesy1304

this looks sweet i have GH I and GH II but i think im gunna give rock band a try. but ill prob get this sooner or later

saint168
saint168

Is the controller gonna be wireless?

-Hells_Gate-
-Hells_Gate-

Only bad thing is this going to Nintendo:|

supersonic49
supersonic49

Awesome, finally GH is coming to Nintendo.

Zaphack
Zaphack

I am definetly getting this game!

Warfust
Warfust

Wow, alot! I can't wait to get my hands on it. :)

phillymaniac14
phillymaniac14

i'll get this for wii and and the possible future wii rock band game

JehovaWrinkles
JehovaWrinkles

Holy crap i really like the graphics they look alot better and crisper than the second guitar hero, and if the new controller came in red that would be hot.

taylor888
taylor888

hopefull they'll paint that thing a different colour than white like maybe the colour of an acoustic guitar, and I still don't see why they didn't model it after a BC rich beast

KingSigy
KingSigy

Rock Band will be better, because Harmonix is working on that!

Mariofan1314
Mariofan1314

Guitar III will be just as good as Guitar Hero II,if not better!

Lunchbucket16
Lunchbucket16

the guitar looks the best outta all of them. i dont like the idea of rock band. it seems you have to have 4 people to have fun with it.

darth-revan
darth-revan

I think i would be much more into this if Harmonix was making it and Rock Band didnt exist.

kyo_tetsuei
kyo_tetsuei

Rock band for me. I'm looking forward to the drums.

PrivateJessard
PrivateJessard

I kinda want the difficulty to be between 1 and 2.

PrivateJessard
PrivateJessard

This guitar is way better than the fender. Fenders suck.

tai_chi_rabbit
tai_chi_rabbit

This ones difficulty is supposed to be between 2 and 1 so if you beat 2 on expert you should be fine.

PrivateJessard
PrivateJessard

I can't wait till this game. I beat the first two on expert. I don't know if I could on this one. I'll start off with it on hard.

mjwickstrom1
mjwickstrom1

Sweet! I'm thinking about getting GH3, because I didn't get GH2.

GH_GOD_OH_YE
GH_GOD_OH_YE

Sounds really cool, iIhope that steve vai is a boss like in crossroads, how cool would that be :)

jesus_knight
jesus_knight

awesome i wonder how the boss battles will be!

bgres077
bgres077

That's all the info we get? Come on.

yoyoda44
yoyoda44

for bass guitars, it is called a thunderbird not a firebird you moron

LikwidX3
LikwidX3

ya cant go wrong with neversoft, and ya cant go wrong with GH, finally ill be able to blaze some frets on my wii.

indigovenom
indigovenom

This is a cool looking game, but my cousin brought this to my attention. "From a leaked memo sent to Joystiq by someone at Game Crazy, prices range from $79.99 USD for drums (roughly £39.76 GBP), to $29.99 USD for the microphone (£14.90 GBP). But the guitar has two different prices for each console. While the PS3 guitar is $59.99 USD (£29.82 GBP), the 360 guitar comes in at $79.99 USD like the drums." and now my cuz is very upset.