The Axeman Cometh: Guitar Hero III in stores this weekend
Every rock critic is a failed rock musician. This is not a general tendency; this is an ironclad rule we're talking about, here. So you can perhaps fathom why we at Paste are all such Guitar Hero junkies. Hell, we wouldn't even be putting out a magazine if we could actually get our copy of Guitar Hero II to play on the TV in the office lounge. Nowhere else can one find such an authentic rock guitar experience... at least without, you know, actually learning how to play the guitar and starting a band. It's not as easy as Art Brut makes it out to be, you know!
By now, GH II's most avid players have most assuredly mastered every of the game's tunes on every difficulty level. And when rock stars get bored, bad things happen to furniture and household pets. Thank goodness, though: Guitar Hero III is almost here! Dropping in stores on Oct. 28, the game's imminent arrival has the whole Internet buzzing with the question: how righteous of a shred session are you going to have to celebrate?
While you're pondering that existential quandary, get ready for a GH III warm-up. Yesterday, a free five-song demo of the game hit XBox Live. Here are those first songs to master:
Pearl Jam - "Even Flow"
Tenacious D - "The Metal"
Priestess - "Lay Down"
Pat Benatar - "Hit Me With Your Best Shot"
The Scorpions - "Rock You Like A Hurricane"
That same Planet XBox 360 article also makes mention of a "Meet Your Maker" competition, where GH III aficionados can take on the game's developers via XBox Live on Nov. 2 from 6-9 p.m. EST.
In other news, a Guitar Hero Essentials compilation has appeared on iTunes, collecting every song that has ever appeared in the series. Perfect for additional practice, no? Oh yeah, and Carmen Electra's a fan of the new game, too. As if greasy fanboys needed any more incentive to master every riff and whammy of Guitar Hero...
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