Guitar Hero Hard x3

In keeping with my last blog's theme of GH3, I thought I'd start with a bit of an update on that front. So much for my never wanting to attempt the "Hard" difficulty, as I decided I would take the advice so many of you gave and put it (or try to put it) to good use. I've made my way through three of the four songs on the first set, even getting a four star review on "Slow Ride," which I didn't think was a bad deal, considering the panicking that insued as I first started said song. I am having more trouble on "Talk Dirty to Me" however, and failed it my first time through... But, as many of you said, practice makes perfect, and I'm sure it'll all come to me in time.

In between bouts of frustration and pinky finger pain with GH3, I finally jumped into Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, which I have had since Christmas, but for various reasons never started. After spending quite a large chunk of time with the GBA original (which I borrowed from a friend and unfortuantely never finished), I must say that the switch to 3D battles is a great one. That being said, I'm on the fourth floor of Castle Oblivion right now, which is Wonderland, if you follow the pre-set order of floors.

Instead of simply button mashing my way through the game as I did with the original, I am now taking my time, clearing out each and every room for experience points before I even go through the "Key of Beginnings" door (or whatever the first cutscene door is called), and using as much strategy as possible in boss battles, making them (not surprisingly) a lot easier than I remember.

My one complaint comes not from the game itself, but with the TV I play it on, in that it is at least 10 years old and is understandaby NOT a flat screen, meaning that a lot of the card information (for instance, when trying to determine what sort of room you want to create with your various cards) is covered by the "curve" of the TV itself. But, this curvature issue plagues not only video games, but everything from the ESPN ticker on the bottom of the screen, to the NASCAR race standings that scroll along the top, so I guess I should be used to it now.

In other gaming news, I received Big Bang Mini yesterday (you can play a demo if you have a Wii or access to a DS Download Station), so both of the aforementioned games will have to be put on the backburner for a while. I also should be receiving the Max Payne DVD any day to review as well. Hopefully I'll enjoy it more than everyone else I've talked to...

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Posted by Brandy

In keeping with my last blog's theme of GH3, I thought I'd start with a bit of an update on that front. So much for my never wanting to attempt the "Hard" difficulty, as I decided I would take the advice so many of you gave and put it (or try to put it) to good use. I've made my way through three of the four songs on the first set, even getting a four star review on "Slow Ride," which I didn't think was a bad deal, considering the panicking that insued as I first started said song. I am having more trouble on "Talk Dirty to Me" however, and failed it my first time through... But, as many of you said, practice makes perfect, and I'm sure it'll all come to me in time.

In between bouts of frustration and pinky finger pain with GH3, I finally jumped into Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, which I have had since Christmas, but for various reasons never started. After spending quite a large chunk of time with the GBA original (which I borrowed from a friend and unfortuantely never finished), I must say that the switch to 3D battles is a great one. That being said, I'm on the fourth floor of Castle Oblivion right now, which is Wonderland, if you follow the pre-set order of floors.

Instead of simply button mashing my way through the game as I did with the original, I am now taking my time, clearing out each and every room for experience points before I even go through the "Key of Beginnings" door (or whatever the first cutscene door is called), and using as much strategy as possible in boss battles, making them (not surprisingly) a lot easier than I remember.

My one complaint comes not from the game itself, but with the TV I play it on, in that it is at least 10 years old and is understandaby NOT a flat screen, meaning that a lot of the card information (for instance, when trying to determine what sort of room you want to create with your various cards) is covered by the "curve" of the TV itself. But, this curvature issue plagues not only video games, but everything from the ESPN ticker on the bottom of the screen, to the NASCAR race standings that scroll along the top, so I guess I should be used to it now.

In other gaming news, I received Big Bang Mini yesterday (you can play a demo if you have a Wii or access to a DS Download Station), so both of the aforementioned games will have to be put on the backburner for a while. I also should be receiving the Max Payne DVD any day to review as well. Hopefully I'll enjoy it more than everyone else I've talked to...

Posted by DBoy

Good job on completing a couple of songs in GH.  I couldn't do a whole lot of them myself, always failing, but I didn't practice, so I guess that's why.

Posted by HazBazz

You can't expect to pass all the songs first time through. If you want some more easy ones to practice, I would recomend When You Were Young and the main riff to My Name Is Jonas

Posted by c1337us

Well done, clearly you are better at GH then I will ever be.

Edited by jakob187

Kick ass to see you jumping to the next level, dood.  Here's a couple of other tips I can offer you:


1.  Practice your fingerwork.  What I mean by this is try different chords and get comfortable with the feel of them.  Common chords that you find as progressions in the beginning of the game:  G+Y, R+B, Y+O (three most popular chords), then work with G+R, R+Y, Y+B, B+O.  Get used to changing between them on-the-fly.  Remember something else:  moving your fingers from G+Y to R+B can be very easy, and it usually means that you'll need to keep your hand in a position of RYBO than GRYB.

2.  Get used to hammer-ons.  Anytime that you can use hammer-ons, do it...because once you hit Expert, you'll see them quite often.  Remember, you can keep any of the lower notes held down during a hammer-on sequence.  This usually leads into pull-offs as well.  For instance, if you have a RYBO hammer-on progression, that means you can hit the red one...then hold the red and hit the yellow...hold both and hit the blue...hold all three and hit the orange.  On Hard, especially starting out though, it won't be that bit of a problem.

3.  Here are a couple of really good songs to try in Practice mode on the "Hard difficulty" that will get you better with timing and strumming:
  • "When You Were Young" by The Killers (as much as I hate that song)
  • "Story of My Life" by Social Distortion (good for learning strumming patterns)
  • "Lay Down" by Priestess (good for learning hammer-ons)

Again, try those in PRACTICE mode.  Get good at them.  Take them section by section if you need to.

4.  Remember this one thing:  if you can play "Slow Ride" with four stars at Hard, then you can three star it on Expert.  Most of the songs on Hard actually aren't that far off from Expert difficulty.  The only difference is more hammer-ons, as usually the strum patterns and chord progressions are just one note lower and that's all.

Hope to hear some good news next week, ma'am!!!  Keep rockin'!!!
Posted by RenegadeSaint

Wow, that was a quick jump up to Hard.  I'd say you're moving along quite nicely.  I really need to get through the KH series, but it is pretty far down my backlog right now.

Posted by HistoryInRust

Jakob's advice is pretty spot on.

Also, "Lay Down" is just a plain fun song to play, so I'd recommend playing that regardless.  Haha. 

I remember doing really badly at "Talk Dirty to Me" as well.  I think that song is the most troublesome of the first set.  I think.  Can't remember.  Just keep practicing and you'll do fine.

Posted by Bruce

I can play some songs more effectively in RB than I can on my real bass >_>