According to ESRB, this game contains: Lyrics, Mild Suggestive Themes

Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock Screenshot

Parents might be wary of the Teen rating, but I'm at a loss as to how this game really earned it. The game's lyrics have been sanitized in the few instances where an offensive word might have been, and the female characters aren't any more scantily clad than what you'd find in many other games. Heck, there aren't even any groupies…

Music game fans will want to pick this up immediately. It's the same Guitar Hero we've been playing for a few years now, only with a few minor additions. That doesn't make it any less fun. The difficulty curve can be a bit brutal on expert (and to a lesser degree, hard), but there's a ton of replay value to be had here.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing gamers can technically play the game (since it features scrolling notes onscreen), but will be missing out by not hearing the music. The tutorials feature voiced instruction that doesn't have subtitles.

Mike Bracken

Mike Bracken

Mike Bracken is a 43-year-old writer and bohemian living in Florida with a mountain of movies, books, and video games.

A film critic by trade, specializing in Euro-horror, cult exploitation, and Asian action cinema, Mike has written reviews for a diverse group of print and online publications. He covers horror news, movies, books, and games at and and spent two seasons as The Horror Geek on Comedy Central's pop-culture game show, Beat the Geeks.

Mike's childhood was spent playing videogames any time he got a chance. His parents had a Pong console and his grandmother had an Atari 2600, where Mike cultivated his skills by playing hour upon hour of games like Space Invaders, Berserk, and Asteroids. From those early experiences Mike learned one thing: he loved games.

In 1999, Mike became a staff reviewer at Cinescape Magazine's website where he spent a year learning the craft of game criticism. After internal changes led to Mike leaving Cinescape in late 2000, he joined up with RPGFan in 2001 and spent several years writing reviews for them. Happy, but looking for an opportunity to expound on a wider variety of titles, Mike joined and hopes to help Chi, Dale, and the rest of the GC staff bring a higher level of respect to the field of game criticism.
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