Midnight Guitar Hero III launches this weekend

More than 3,000 stores set to begin selling Activision's latest in the wee hours of Sunday morning.

It's well established in the rock canon that Saturday night's all right for fighting, but Activision thinks it's pretty ideal for waiting as well. Activision announced today that 3,000 stores in the US will be hosting midnight-launch events for the game, which will let Guitar Hero groupies get their hands on the latest installment at 12:01 a.m. Sunday--in other words, late Saturday evening.

As the subtitle implies, Legends of Rock will be the first Guitar Hero game to feature actual musicians in-game, with Guns N' Roses' Slash and Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello appearing in boss battles, and Poison lead singer Bret Michaels also making an appearance. The game also adds a multiplayer battle mode, online play, and more to the established series formula.

An Activision rep was unable to say which chains would be hosting the events, but he did say that at least one Best Buy and several GameStops were among the 3,000 locations in question. Those interested in picking up the game at a witching-hour event should call their local retailers.

This weekend, Guitar Hero III will launch on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, and PlayStation 2. PC and Macintosh versions are due out next month. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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EldarLord123
EldarLord123

one thing if anyone has noticed is WHY DOES NO SHOP (online or not) IN THE UK SAY THERE IS GOING TO BE A PC VERSION!!!! It should come out about Xmas though cos all the Europe launch days are like in Late November maybe December.

DJ_Quack_Quack
DJ_Quack_Quack

Say it ain't so! PC VERSION??? OMG!!! I AM WAITING FOR THAT INSTEAD!

thegame1980
thegame1980

@iamprey I was there at midnight to get my copy of Guitar Hero III and there were about 60 people (or should I say annoying 16 year old emo kids) waiting to get the game. I got there rather early (10:30pm) cause I wasn't sure what the line was going to be like and I was third. It was a fun expierence because i was with three of my best friends and it was the first time I had odne anything like that. I haven't beaten the game yet (I have lots of other things to do in my life besides play the game for 15 hours straight) but I REALLY like it so far although I find it a bit harder then the other GH games.

shortster1
shortster1

i already beat the game but still, no review :(

UnstopppableSol
UnstopppableSol

My friends mad lucky, he juss got this 360 in time for this game. I ended up getting this game for the Wii tho, same thing, and i dont care about downloadable tracks too much, i'll juss wait for him to download them and play them on his console. But ya can get a free 360 elite on this site. My friend got one and all u gotta do is one of the offers, the stamp offer is the best one, juss cancel it within 4 weeks. Its only like $15 so just think of it as $15 for an Xbox360, and to top it off, its the 360 elite, so more bang for that $15. http://www.360Elite4free.com/index.php?ref=4275080

lamprey263
lamprey263

To those that waited at the midnight launch, any idea of how many waited in line where you got your copy, or maybe post a link to pictures of the lines?

spawn611
spawn611

just finished playing it was cool, been player for 4 hrs straight. Playing One was sweet. Im not a fan of wirless controlers a little lag :( besides that. IT ROCKS

Moldy10
Moldy10

I already have this. HEE HEE.

redskinStu
redskinStu

What does Rap, Hip-hop etc. have to do with this game?

Noobberry
Noobberry

kill the rapper, protect the fine art

705H1R0
705H1R0

Let me set it straight- Rap sucks. Hip-hop is great. Sorry to all you posers who don't know the difference.

jclthegreat
jclthegreat

SSDSkid- "Yep Rap does suck" old school rap doesn't suck!

earlthecannibal
earlthecannibal

Where are all the rap music fans now?..Nothing worse then posers! this is why Metal/rock music will always dominate planet earth..because you need talent to make rock music. What would a rap band game come with? guns , gold teeth and shinny rims? Rap sucks!!

Gaticus
Gaticus

nope it takes them like one week per game to get a review. If you want a review now go to IGN or a better gaming new site.

shortster1
shortster1

okay, gamespot why don't you have a review yet, i thought that since this was a really big game you would have reviewed it by now plus it already shipped and i thought you would already have it but no oh well i will wait to see the game for myself at 11 :P

jimboboklashaur
jimboboklashaur

At 9 AM I will be very gladly playing a wonderful round of GH3 on my gorgeous PS3 and will not set down the controller ever. Ever again. Until the drums for Rock Band that is.

MetalContra
MetalContra

i just picked it up at gamestop at midnight

zallo
zallo

yes its out already where i live and im going to get my copy soon becuse i preordered

moppy43
moppy43

I remember, I was the first guy outside my GameStop to pick up Encore, and that was pretty sweet. I almost camped overnight outside the mall where I preordered GH3, and if it weren't for the Sox in the World Series and the really bad crime problem in the area, I'd be there. But it should be absolutely awesome!!!!!

gnbfd
gnbfd

Must. Get. GHIII. Then my wii's disk slot will live once again!

MisterNail
MisterNail

Or for some people the release was today. My local Blockbuster broke the street date and I got a copy. :D

greystone227
greystone227

PC version not until next month? Darn. Maybe I'll just pick up the disk for 360.

Superchris130
Superchris130

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Superchris130
Superchris130

"zerohour12" " I still cannot see, at all, how GH III can be done on a Mac and a PC." Guitar Hero PC and MAC = USB controller, Installation disc. Why wouldn't it work?

Superchris130
Superchris130

3 hours, 40 min. Our EB Games is in the mall, which is usually closes at 8. Wonder if its all gonna open...

rykh
rykh

Too bad in North Dakota, stores arent open at midnight Saturday until noon Sunday. State law....ya it does suck.

blackend514
blackend514

It's so hilarious i have had this game for 3 day s now!!! It is pretty amazing i am stuck on 2 player expert career at one, number of the beast, knights of cydonia, cult of personality. I haven't tried 2 do online yet but yesterday it wasn't working.I really need a setlist onluck cheat!!!

dirty55409
dirty55409

I don't know about Super Smash Brows Brawl... but GH3 is gonna be HUUUUUGE!!!! I know so many people that play it (a lot of girls too) the game appeals to a large audience.... plus parents can feel good about letting their child play a game that has no violence in it. (maybe some subtle sexuality in lyrics) but yeah the game is gonna be sick I can't wait!!!

zerohour12
zerohour12

Hell, I think even SSB:B deserves a midnight launch. Not incredibly revolutionary, but a game people would wait until midnight for. I still cannot see, at all, how GH III can be done on a Mac and a PC.

redskinStu
redskinStu

Gots to get it for PS 2. The box set comes with a top hat, right?

FLYmeatwad
FLYmeatwad

Target should have a midnight launch because I'm forced into purchasing it there.

FoxMcCloudDS
FoxMcCloudDS

We have over 200 pre-orders in our gamestop. This game is going to be the biggest hit since halo 3... I look at it like this, if we have so many games in the back room that we need to stack them in the bathroom, then it deserves a midnight launch :)!

videogamr49
videogamr49

I love the Guitar Hero series, but a midnight launch...? Doesn't seem like that big of a game for a midnight launch. Super Smash Bros. Brawl better have a midnight launch :P

umd1998
umd1998

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umd1998
umd1998

i pre-ordered and i'll be there at midnight for the serIes' first foray onto a nintendo console... can't wait - wii will rock you!

akshon
akshon

@Vampire your best bet is actually the PS3 version. Then you can play GH 1-3.. however i just read today that for whatever completely lame reason, you cant play GH 2 with the new wireless controller... lets hope thats fixed by an update of some sort.. with the Wii version, the other ones arent even available.

urine72
urine72

I didnt no that GH had this big of a fan base. over 3000 retailers nationwide are staying open 3-4 hours longer than normal for GH? It just seems silly to me.....I dig the game i got 1 and 2 but i can wait till 9 tommarow morning to get 3 geez!

VampireAlliance
VampireAlliance

GH3 will ROCK MY SOCKS OFF!!! SEVEN TIMES IN A ROW!!!!! Should I get it on Wii? I don't think I want to. I might just wait until I get my PS3..........tell me what you guys think.

okassar
okassar

This game is going to own!GHIII is probably going to whip Rock Band,I'm going to wait and see...and then make my decision.

earlthecannibal
earlthecannibal

The only games worth opening at midnight for are Pc games ...otherwise /yawn

Sora529
Sora529

Hey, I think that Best Buy mentioned in the article is the one here. Literally 5 minutes from my house. Go finally getting mentioned on the interwebz!