Monday, April 16, 2007

Guitar Hero 3 - Cause Two Guitars Just Wasn't Enough

It seems that one Guitar Hero story wasn't enough for this week, so here we go, two in a row! Fast on the heels of the Harmonix announcement last week, Red Octane has announced that Guitar Hero 3 will premiere later this year for no less than 4 consoles - the 360, PS2, PS3, and Wii. So no matter what type of fanboy you are, Red Octane's got you covered this fall.

The big news with this one is two-fold. First up, GameSpot is reporting that online play will be co-op this time around, meaning there will actually be some "online play". Second, the Wii version will not make you shred using a Wiimote. There will be a guitar controller for all the consoles, but there's no official confirmation yet on which ones will be wireless. Good money is on the PS3 version, while the Wii could be a "hybrid" wireless setup, as with classic controller. Count on MS to attach a cord to the damn thing one more time...

And for those of you wondering about the microtransactions, don't worry, they'll be there - the three next-gen consoles will have a full marketplace with downloadable songs (at least). It'll be interesting to see if pricing is uniform across all the online services.

You can't blame RO for cashing in on a goldmine like GH. It's rare that a peripheral sells as well as the guitar controllers do, so they might as well make the scratch wherever they can. It reminds me of an old saying: "A gamer and his money are soon parted."

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