The third major installment of the enormously popular music game franchise is also the first to appear on the Mac. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock pits you as an up-and-coming guitar player in a rock band as you play gigs in bigger and bigger venues and work your way up the ladder of success all the way to superstardom. You'll also come across "legends of rock" like Slash from Guns 'n' Roses and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine. The game utilizes a special USB controller shaped like a guitar.
The 296MB version 1.3 patch adds a new "Front Row Cam" option that enables you to experience better performance on low-end configurations, with smoother gameplay. Laptop-specific optimizations have also been made to improve performance. Another change for laptop users: A battery meter icon has been added, to display your laptop's remaining battery charge.
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