Well, every time I walked into Sam's club I saw kids playing GHII and it looked awesome. So I told my wife I wanted GHIII for my Bday... I think she's regretting it now. I grew up with hair metal in the 80s... so the music was already a plus.
The first day I spent a couple hours with it and went through easy mode.. I've never played GH before, so I figured I'd start there. Wasn't that bad. Playing drums through elementary and high school as well as violin seems to have helped... (rythem wise)
The next level was way more difficult. I'm going to need practice. But, I've picked my fav songs already.
So, career and quick mode seem pretty cool. I have a long way to go to become an expert, but it's just as fun in easy mode for me now.
Online, that's another story. Wow. I'm hooked.
You can go online with friends, or start or join games online including coop, duel, etc. It's great! You choose options like skill level, ranked, etc and look for games. There's almost always one there. The random online games is reallyi fun if your buddies are babysitting or eating supper.
One thing I found was if you dont find one, leave the screen on "failed" and one will normallly join even after it failed to find one. Kinda weird, but cool. give it 20 seconds or so after it says it didn't find a game and it may find one afterwards.
So, once you have your butt handed to you with you on easy and your competitor on hard or harder, you mayfind yourself in a coop where you get to play either bass or guitar. Even that is fun! the "team aspect" of the coop is a fresh change from always trying to "win" or beat someone. You may find yourself saying "that's ok.. get back on track dude!" or something...
One thing missing from online is chat. It would be way better if you could have headsets and talk. But, I suppose that also keeps the trashtalk down. But after a good coop you may want to add certain people to your buddy list.... that would be a good option too.
The duels with the "weapons" were fun, but what I found funner was the points battles. You both play all or part of the song and its all about points. For the most part I found there must be secrets (like with star power) that I don't know, but when you get someone about your level it's a blast! It's a challenge to hit every note perfectly, get star power, etc.
MX Unleashed for xbox used to be my all time fav game. so far I've had this for 1.5 days and GH3 is easily way better and more fun. The online gameplay is so awesome and you can tell this is a game that will take time to master (unless you've played the other 2 before and know all the tricks)
But, for all you newbs out there wondering if 90 bucks is worth it... if you like music, like to "air guitar" and like 80s, 90s and current metal/rock, you will love this game!
anyhow, this incoherent review is now concluded. wish I could have done it sober, but GHIII was too fun tonight.
PS. alcohol does NOT help your playing (or your review writing)... lol!
PPS. I got my wiimote to fit find with the glove on. Its snug, but it fits. And the color makes it looks pretty cool.