Is it bad that I'm amused by 100% on Easy?

After buying Guitar Hero III a few weeks back, I have been slowly but surely making my way through the game. I passed every song on Easy (both the Set List and the Bonus Songs), and am now in the middle of the Bonus Songs on Medium. Even though my skills are somewhat decent on Medium, I have yet to move on to Hard since I am having difficulty even imagining playing five notes with four fingers (my proverbial hat goes off to anyone who can compete a song on Hard, let alone Expert).

At any rate, since my little finger starts hurting on Medium after a few songs (I apparently have small hands), I have been trying to get 100% on every song on Easy, and I was down to one - Through the Fire and Flames. Now, after trying that song more times than I care to admit, I had become accustomed enough to the pattern to miss anywhere from 1-3 notes every time, simply based on my own stupidity, a slipping finger, and so on. But, today, I finally defeated my nemesis, and got 100% on the song.

Laugh all you want about my being excited over this, but I have already given up on moving on past Medium (see above), so I am excited with any progress on make on the easier two difficulties.

Other than GHIII, I've also played a bit of the Puzzle Quest: Galactrix demo, which you all can find here. For those familiar with the original Puzzle Quest (think Bejeweled, but with combat), you'll notice a few striking differences: Gone are the medieval landscapes and horizontal/diagonal grid patterns. Instead, you're left with an outer space theme (which I am wild about) and a diagonal orb setting.

My one complaint about the demo comes from said diagonal arrangement, in that it causes a disjointed flow of new orbs into the play area. That is, you could make a match of three orbs in the same relative location two turns in a row, only to have the new orbs come in from top left, bottom right or top right. And without knowing beforehand what the resulting configuration will be, you more-often-than-not accidentally give your opponent a free chance to attack you.

Needless to say, if this is how the final version ends up playing, the game will be a heck of a lot harder than the first one, but that might actually be a good thing, as, once I reached a high enough level in the original, I was decimating everything in my path, and even the final boss put up a fight of laughable proportions.

Hopefully I'll get to experience the whole thing when it releases on the DS next month.

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Posted by Brandy

After buying Guitar Hero III a few weeks back, I have been slowly but surely making my way through the game. I passed every song on Easy (both the Set List and the Bonus Songs), and am now in the middle of the Bonus Songs on Medium. Even though my skills are somewhat decent on Medium, I have yet to move on to Hard since I am having difficulty even imagining playing five notes with four fingers (my proverbial hat goes off to anyone who can compete a song on Hard, let alone Expert).

At any rate, since my little finger starts hurting on Medium after a few songs (I apparently have small hands), I have been trying to get 100% on every song on Easy, and I was down to one - Through the Fire and Flames. Now, after trying that song more times than I care to admit, I had become accustomed enough to the pattern to miss anywhere from 1-3 notes every time, simply based on my own stupidity, a slipping finger, and so on. But, today, I finally defeated my nemesis, and got 100% on the song.

Laugh all you want about my being excited over this, but I have already given up on moving on past Medium (see above), so I am excited with any progress on make on the easier two difficulties.

Other than GHIII, I've also played a bit of the Puzzle Quest: Galactrix demo, which you all can find here. For those familiar with the original Puzzle Quest (think Bejeweled, but with combat), you'll notice a few striking differences: Gone are the medieval landscapes and horizontal/diagonal grid patterns. Instead, you're left with an outer space theme (which I am wild about) and a diagonal orb setting.

My one complaint about the demo comes from said diagonal arrangement, in that it causes a disjointed flow of new orbs into the play area. That is, you could make a match of three orbs in the same relative location two turns in a row, only to have the new orbs come in from top left, bottom right or top right. And without knowing beforehand what the resulting configuration will be, you more-often-than-not accidentally give your opponent a free chance to attack you.

Needless to say, if this is how the final version ends up playing, the game will be a heck of a lot harder than the first one, but that might actually be a good thing, as, once I reached a high enough level in the original, I was decimating everything in my path, and even the final boss put up a fight of laughable proportions.

Hopefully I'll get to experience the whole thing when it releases on the DS next month.

Posted by Arkthemaniac

Keep playing it and you'll get to Hard eventually. It seems unfathomable at first, but it's all about practice.

Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw

I respect anybody that can even beat a song on Medium.  I've only played the game a few times, and I have trouble just on Easy!

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Edited by Arkthemaniac
Sparky_Buzzsaw said:
"I respect anybody that can even beat a song on Medium.  I've only played the game a few times, and I have trouble just on Easy!"
Ok, thats pathetic lulz
Then again, I've probably sunk 300 hours into Guitar Hero/Rock Band, so . . . who's really the pathetic one?
Posted by Jolly_Lolly

Dude GH is just pure poison. I played for like a month straight once and my hand started to hurt pretty bad. Even though Expert is pretty easy now (well, not that easy I guess) I don't think I'll be playing it anytime soon.


Posted by Jayge_

I have a picture on my phone that says "Song Failed- 100% on Medium". I got 100% on this one song (I forget which) and then in the end when there were no notes I strummed until I failed.


That being said, 100% on easy for TTFATF is actually kind of hard, because I tend to get bored before the end of the song and stop paying attention because it's... too easy o.o

Posted by RHCPfan24
Arkthemaniac said:
"Sparky_Buzzsaw said:
"I respect anybody that can even beat a song on Medium.  I've only played the game a few times, and I have trouble just on Easy!"
Ok, thats pathetic lulz
Then again, I've probably sunk 300 hours into Guitar Hero/Rock Band, so . . . who's really the pathetic one?
"
Exactly. Same here, lol.
Posted by Verdugo

RHCPfan24 said:

"Arkthemaniac said:
"Sparky_Buzzsaw said:
"I respect anybody that can even beat a song on Medium.  I've only played the game a few times, and I have trouble just on Easy!"
Ok, thats pathetic lulz
Then again, I've probably sunk 300 hours into Guitar Hero/Rock Band, so . . . who's really the pathetic one?
"
Exactly. Same here, lol."

I fall under that category:(.


Posted by DBoy

Well you're just starting out with Guitar Hero, give yourself a chance and I'm sure you'll be pretty good.  I was never that great at it, I'm better at singing in Rock Band.

Posted by Bruce

I can play on Expert on pretty much every song in Rock Band 2. I've played Guitar Hero since the original, and also started playing actual bass around the same time. Oddly enough, I played Guitar Hero/Rock Band upside down. I use my left hand to strum, and right hand to press the buttons; I find this funny because I had an issue with bass at first due to all my hand dexterity being in the wrong hand. >_>

Posted by c1337us

Medium is about the limit of my ability too.

Posted by ZombieHunterOG

congrats on the hundred percent

i dont think i could do that not because my skills are lacking, i just dislike dragon force and i cant stand there songs 
:P
Posted by Dalai

After playing many hours of Guitar Hero and Rock Band with friends, Easy is simply too easy, even though Medium/Hard is my limit for Guitar Hero.  I can hold my own on Expert on a few Rock Band tracks, though... I consider that a huge accomplishment.

Posted by RenegadeSaint

Congrats on your Guitar Hero success!  As long as you're having fun, don't worry about what level you play on.

Posted by CreamyGoodness
Verdugo said:
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RHCPfan24 said:

"Arkthemaniac said:
"Sparky_Buzzsaw said:
"I respect anybody that can even beat a song on Medium.  I've only played the game a few times, and I have trouble just on Easy!"
Ok, thats pathetic lulz
Then again, I've probably sunk 300 hours into Guitar Hero/Rock Band, so . . . who's really the pathetic one?
"
Exactly. Same here, lol."

I fall under that category:(.

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maybe its just me but i have all the gh games and even the drums are boring after a while. actually i would play the drums but my yellow symbol is busted
Posted by LiquidPrince

Practice makes perfect. Although I completely skipped easy the first time I ever played a Guitar Hero game.

Posted by get2sammyb

Not to piss on peoples opinions and tastes but I just don't understand why Guitar Hero/Rockband is popular. It's so fucking dumb.

Posted by HandsomeDead

One nugget of advice which helped my friend get from Medium to Hard is to try and play as much of it as you can with only your index, middle and ring fingers. That makes you start to move your wrist making you quicker to the blue and orange notes as well as makes you more reliable as the other fingers are more powerful than your little finger.

Posted by TheGreatGuero

I've never been able to beat any of the games on hard. I can get through about half of the songs on the hard difficulty, but that's it. It took me a long time to even get that far, and eventually I got to the point where I found that playing at that difficulty just wasn't even fun, and it wasn't worth practicing to get further. I've kind of lost most of my interest in the series since then.

Posted by HazBazz

Keep practicing and you'll get Hard eventually. I was in the same situation as you, didn't want to move up to Hard, but I stuck at it. Now I've completed World Tour on Expert (which is actually much easier than GH3).

Posted by daniel_beck_90
Posted by Brandy

Thanks for all the great comments of encouragement guys!

@ HandsomeDead - THAT sounds even harder than playing with my pinky! I had thought about simply moving down one key - playing orange with my pinky, and making my index finger play both green and red, but I don't know if I could retrain my index finger to hit both... I definitely appreciate the tip though, and will try it next time I'm feeling brave, hehe.

@ HazBazz - I've heard that about the GH games - that GH3 is the hardest (or at least NOT the easiest). My first "instrument" game (I mainly stick with karaoke games)... Nothing like jumping headfirst into the most difficult game in the series, huh? :-P

Posted by asdfghasdf

It's awesome that you're getting into Guitar Hero. The jump from Medium to Hard is pretty steep, though, in Guitar Hero III from what I've heard. Congrats on 100%-ing every song on Easy. Maybe someday you'll be able to say the same, but in Medium. :)

Posted by HandsomeDead
Brandy said:
"@ HandsomeDead - THAT sounds even harder than playing with my pinky! I had thought about simply moving down one key - playing orange with my pinky, and making my index finger play both green and red, but I don't know if I could retrain my index finger to hit both... I definitely appreciate the tip though, and will try it next time I'm feeling brave, hehe."
I've found that if I rest my index finger on the red key, any kind of movement I need to make is pretty minimal. That being said, i've been playing these games since the original Guitar Hero came out and it took me a long time to get to this without missing notes but just keep challenging yourself on there and eventually you'll find your sweet spot.
Posted by Gameboi

Practice does indeed make perfect, but as long as you're having fun, I wouldn't worry about higher difficulties. More complex button presses or not, the game is the same.

Posted by KnightsofRound

I remember when I first bought GH2 I thought that medium was hard.  I thought that hard was impossible, when I first tried it, and lo and behold after a bit of practice I can play most of the songs on expert without much effort.  Guitar Hero is kind of a pain in the ass though because you really just have to keep playing and playing until you eventually get better without really realizing it.  I eventually gave Guitar Hero up in general because I was started to get pains/cramps in my left hand and I haven't gone back to the series since.