Welcome to Best of 360, what is the best of 360 you ask? Best of 360 is Nerdwest’s year long tribute to the Xbox 360. As I’m sure you’re all aware by now, Microsoft is planning on releasing the next generation Xbox Holiday 2013, which means that this will be our last year with the 360 and we want to send the old girl off in style. We here at Nerdwest will be releasing videos throughout the year counting down the top 25 Xbox 360 games.
Coming in at number 23 is Activision/ Red Octane’s rhythm masterpiece Guitar Hero 3. Now lets get something out in the open right off the bat, this is the only rhythm game that will appear on this list. I know, I know, everyone wants to know our opinions on Rock Band, DJ Hero and the like, but honestly it doesn’t matter. For the most part these are all the same game and it doesn’t matter that you dismiss them now, in late 2007- early 2009 you loved these games. Everyone had one, or they at least spent some time playing one. So deal with it.
There, now that we are all on the same page, lets talk about why, out of all the rhythm games to be released on 360, we are talking about Guitar Hero 3. It’s pretty simple actually; Guitar Hero 3 was the rhythm game to ever be released and marker the height of the fad. GH3 was well polished, featured a decent amount of diversity in musical genres, offered a large scale of downloadable content, and kept the focus on the guitar. Rock Band was a cool game, but what it did was open the door for all sorts of rhythm games that didn’t need to exist. Seriously. No one ever asked for DJ Hero. That shit was retarded. So, when I think of rhythm games, and I think back to my favorite memories playing them, my mind goes back to Guitar Hero 3. So this is a salute to rhythm games, we all loved them, but something’s just can’t last forever.