Guitar Hero III for Mac hits stores Dec. 10

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Aspyr Media’s Macintosh version of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock has gone gold master, and will hit retail stores beginning December 10, 2007. It will be appearing on store shelves as a hybrid Mac/PC bundle, for $79.99.

Guitar Hero III is the latest edition of the popular music game that just recently began shipping for console systems at the end of October. This marks its debut on the Macintosh platform, and follows the PC version, also developed by Aspyr, by just a few weeks. Aspyr will be replacing the PC-only version now available in stores with a hybrid PC/Mac version instead. The game includes an “X-Plorer” USB guitar game controller, too.

In Guitar Hero III, you’re a struggling musician who’s trying to climb to the top by making deals with record producers, getting bigger and bigger gigs, sealing endorsement contracts and getting good reviews. You do so by playing music — covers of some of rock and roll’s most beloved songs. Using the bundled X-Plorer guitar controller, you tap out and strum the notes you see on the screen, in time with the music. Do it well enough and you’ll play great — do it poorly, and the crowds will boo and eventually you’ll tank.

As you play songs successfully, you’ll unlock new songs you can play — and Guitar Hero III has them a-plenty. You’ll get to play everything from “Anarchy in the U.K” by the Sex Pistols to “Even Flow” by Pearl Jam, “Sunshine of Your Love” by Cream, “Rock You Like a Hurricane” by The Scorpions, “Bulls on Parade” by Rage Against the Machine, and many more.

Guitar Hero III features more songs by the original artists than ever before, and even sports guest appearances by celebrities like Slash from Guns N Roses and Velvet Revolver, and Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine. The game has unlockable content, a multiplayer action-inspired battle mode, support for bass guitar if you want to play with a friend, online multiplayer game modes and more.

System requirements call for Mac OS X v10.4.10 or later, Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz or faster, 1GB RAM, 5.1GB hard disk space, ATI Radeon X1600 or Nvidia GeForce 7300 or better 3D graphics with 128MB VRAM (Intel graphics chipsets are not supported), DVD-ROM. The game doesn’t require the X-Plorer guitar controller, but it’s certainly more fun to play that way.

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