Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock
may be "legendary" for the selling out of the GH franchise, but for some reason record breakers love the game. Danny Johnson recently reclaimed his title for highest single-song score in GH3 with a 99% Expert finish on "Through the Fire and the Flames." Johnson, 14, has been battling scores with fellow record holder Chris Chike for almost a year. Johnson is back in the Guinness Book of World Records
, but there's no telling how long until someone else shows up to challenge his score.
I'll be honest, I used to be a diehard GH fan, but ever since GH3 the focus seems to have shifted from having a good time with friends to face-melting difficulty. A lot of the songs in GH World Tour
were artificially harder than they needed to be; it seems like Activision is more concerned about satisfying the high score nuts out there. Strange, considering the uncomfortable indsutry shift toward insultingly approachable casual games, but somehow I find the slightly more forgiving Rock Band 2
more fun to play with my buddies.
GUITAR HERO® ACE RIPS HIS WAY INTO THE GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® BOOK
NEW YORK - February 4, 2009 - To celebrate the launch of the second annual Guinness World Records 2009 Gamer's Edition, the nation's best Guitar Hero® III: Legends of Rock player visited New York City for a mesmerizing record-breaking shred session.
At noon today Danny Johnson reclaimed the Guinness World Record for the "Highest Score for a Single Song on Guitar Hero® III: Legends of Rock" with an astounding score of 973,954 points (a 99% completion rate on Expert Level) for the song "Through the Fire and Flames" by DragonForce. The 14-year-old from Grapevine, Texas traded the record back and forth with former record holder Chris Chike for almost a year, and has been looking for his chance to take back the crown for months now.
Johnson's nimble fingers have attracted over 2.5 million people to his YouTube videos and earned him countless fans. "Danny's ability is as breathtaking as it is unbelievable," said Guinness World Records judge Stuart Claxton, who was on hand to certify the attempt. "With music video games dominating the market right now, it's hard for players to stick out from the crowd. Danny does just that with his amazing speed and near-perfection."
Gamers who believe they have what it takes to be considered video game elite are encouraged to visit the Gamer's section on the official Guinness World Records website, http://gamers.guinnessworldrecords.com to learn more information on submitting their scores and being a part of the online gaming community.
The all-new Guinness World Records 2009 Gamer's Edition, the second Guinness World Records book devoted solely to the world of gaming, is on shelves now and features 90% new records, 750 new photographs, high score statistics and fascinating facts.