So this week my mate Mark has come to stay — and this time he’s brought his Wii! With Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, no less!
Strike the pose, people: \m/
I’ve never played any of the Guitar Hero series before and I was well aware that rhythm gaming is not my forte, but I’m still surprised by the degree of skill needed for this game. It’s not just about mindless button-mashing, but actually requires an above-average level of coordination. In fact, I think my (rudimentary) guitar-playing ability helped me out, particularly when I was rockin’ it in the “No More Pencils” harmonics section of “School’s Out” by Alice Cooper. Star Power for the WIN!
Lest any of the above erroneously lead you to the conclusion that I am some sort of Guitar Hero Rock God, rest assured that the most I’ve been able to manage is Medium so far. Hard difficulty is somewhat beyond my meagre capabilities at this point — and let’s not even mention Expert…
In fact, let’s mention the Expert setting. Let’s mention it in the context of the most ridiculously overblown — and downright impossible — Guitar Hero song in existence. Namely: DragonForce – Through the Fire and Flame.
Not knowing anything about the legend that is DragonForce, I foolishly attempted this bad boy on Medium difficulty, only to progress about 5% of the way through the song before unceremoniously being booed offstage. M-Dawg’s run was far better, and he’d been going for over five minutes when he got the boot. But this is DragonForce, and five minute songs are for wimps — the full length is 8 and a half minutes!
This thing is flipping SOLID! Playing it requires some sort of extra-sensory perception: colours race at you at 500bpm with seemingly no pattern, rhyme nor reason, and you’re expected to not only follow what’s going on, but also make some meaningful attempt at playing along! Ludicrous.
But this is Internet, and of course someone somewhere has been locked in a darkened room for six weeks mastering it. Want proof? Here’s the Youtube vid:
And you know what’s even more awesome? The official DragonForce video for Through the Fire and Flames, also handily available on Youtube, albeit in a truncated “radio friendly” version:
Altogether now: “On a cold winter morning, in the time before the light, In flames of death’s eternal reign, we ride towards the fight…”
Light and fight, eh? I see what they’ve done there…