Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock

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Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
Guitar hero 3.png
Game general and emulation properties:
CERO rating: A
ESRB rating: T (Lyrics, Mild Suggestive Themes)
PEGI rating: 12+
OFLC rating: PG
GRB rating: 12
Game supports guitar controller
Widescreen supported natively
Progressive scan supported
Software rendering only
Supports up to two local players
Languages supported:
English: SLES-54962 & SLUS-21672
Japanese: SLPS-25840 & SLPS-25890
German: SLES-54974
French: SLES-54974
Spanish: SLES-54974
Italian: SLES-54974
Korean: SLKA-25414
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SLUS-21672
Release date: October 28, 2007
CRCs: A46E2D44
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: Playable
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SLES-54962
Release date: November 7, 2007 (Australia)
November 23, 2007
Windows Status: ?
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region NTSC-J:
Serial numbers: SLPS-25840 (w/Guitar)
Release date: March 6, 2008 (w/Guitar)
April 24, 2008 (Korea)
October 9, 2008
Windows Status: ?
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): Neversoft Entertainment
Publisher(s): RedOctane (US, AU), Activision (AU, EU, JP)
Genre: Music
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: IGN8/10, Metacritic82/100
Game description: Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock drops you into the spotlight of the largest and most legendary rock concert ever. The star-studded soundtrack includes master tracks by such legendary artists as Guns N' Roses, The Rolling Stones, Beastie Boys, Muse and Pearl Jam, with added songs as made legendary by Kiss, Alice Cooper and Heart. Now drop that air guitar, tune your exclusive new Les Paul Guitar Controller and shred the night away with Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock retains the basic gameplay from previous games in the Guitar Hero series, where the player uses a guitar-shaped controller to simulate the playing of lead, bass, and rhythm guitar parts in rock songs by playing in time to scrolling notes on-screen. The game, in addition to existing single-player Career modes, includes a new Co-Op Career mode and competitive challenges that pit the player against in-game characters and other players.

Winlogo.png Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel Core i7 @ 3.40 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 @ 768 MB
1.1.0 (r5480) GSdx SSE4 (r5442)
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.11.0
Picture is sliced in gsdx hardware mode. Looks fine in software mode.
NTSC-U Windows 10 (build 17134)
  • Intel Core i5-8250U @ 1.80 GHz~3.40 GHz
  • AMD Radeon 530
1.4.0 GSdx 1.0.0
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.11.0
Graphical glitches happen as soon as any song starts if using DirectX on hardware, then emulation will be stable for a short amount of time until spikes of hanging happen and PCSX2 crashes. Everything else seems to work fine.

(With the safest preset)

NTSC-U Windows 10 (build 17134)
  • Intel Core i5-8250U @ 1.80 GHz~3.40 GHz
  • AMD Radeon 530
1.5.0-dev-2389-ga6db486af GSdx 1.1.0 (20180524200336)
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0 (20180524200336)
  • LilyPad 0.12.1 (20180524200336)
Game is playable with rare slowdowns that may reduce emulation speed down to at most 60%, for short amounts of time (perhaps due to processor termal throttling).

Using 2nd emulation preset, plus EE cyle rate set as -3 and VU cycle steal rate set as 3 seems to offer the best performance in software mode renderer.


Linlogo.png Test configurations on Linux:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
NTSC-U OpenSUSE Tumbleweed x64
  • Intel Core i5-2500
  • Intel HD Graphics 2000
1.3.1+git20150130.2119-1.3 (Packman repository) GSdx


  • SPU-X 2.0.0
  • Onepad 0-Dev 1.1.0
Just too slow no matter what settings i tried, this game is heavy. Hardware mode renders some stages all garble, Software is OK but slower. Joder666


  • Original names: ギターヒーロー3 レジェンド オブ ロック (SLPS-25840) & (SLPS-25890), 기타히어로3: 레전드 오브 락 (SLKA-25414)

Known Issues

Game crashing

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Serious
  • Description: Game crashes at certain points during playthroughs.
  • Workaround: Update to the latest developer builds and enable Automatic Gamefixes.

Audience graphics corrupted & blurry band members

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: The audience may have corrupted sprites in certain parts of any song and/or the band member can be seen slightly blurry when using any hardware renderer with GSdx.
  • Workaround: Use a software renderer instead. Beware this might reduce the emulation performance significantly if you don't have a powerful enough processor for the task.

Public compatibility forum links