Mike Schiller writes:
"Despite my suspicion that Rock Band was a better overall product last year, it was Guitar Hero III that kept me coming back to the Xbox again and again. Something about it felt more like a game, where Rock Band was more of a toy. The linear progression, the utterly unrealistic hammer-on/pull-off mechanic, the impossible difficulty of the trickier tracks...it was all indicative of a product that was comfortable in its own skin, something that didn't necessarily strive for realism as much as it tried to present a challenge to gamers willing to take it on. Rock Band always won out at parties, but on my own time, I'd take a session with Guitar Hero III over any other music game out there. World Tour, in trying not to be left behind by Rock Band, has quit being a game and become a toy itself."