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Proto:Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows, Mac OS X)

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This page details one or more prototype versions of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows, Mac OS X).

And you were just a scroll away from being fired too...
Oh dear, I do believe I have the vapors.
This page contains content that is not safe for work or other locations with the potential for personal embarrassment.
Such as: Uncensored songs (Belly of a shark, Bulls on Parade, etc).
This article is a work in progress.
...Well, all the articles here are, in a way. But this one moreso, and the article may contain incomplete information and editor's notes.
To do:
Document the various chart and UI differences.

Hiddenpalace.org logo.png  This prototype is documented on Hidden Palace.

On February 20th, 2024, a prototype dated July 6, 2007 (38 days before final) was dumped.

Achievements and Saves

This build only contains 5 achievements compared to the final's 59; these achievements are:

Achievement Name Description
Stomped out all Easy songs Success, completed easy in career
Stomped out all Medium songs Success, completed medium in career
Stomped out all Hard songs Success, completed hard in career
Stomped out all Expert songs Success, completed expert in career
You played an online match! Play an online match

The save file name is called "Progress" in the final and "Heroic Progress" in the prototype. The content icon and banner used are different in this build as well.

Proto Final
GH3 Proto Content Image.png GH3 Content Image.jpg
Prototype Banner Final Banner
GH3 Proto Banner.png GH3 Final Banner.png

UI Differences

The early menu. Training mode and Xbox Live can be accessed using mods.

GH3 Proto Menu.png

The difficulty screen. Unlike the final build, the letters are lowercase for every difficulty except expert.


Star Power calibration menu. This still remains in Guitar Hero: Arcade.



While most of them don't have audio, there are some differences in the early build. The intro movie for Backyard Bash has some audio changes and a different design for the poster shown at the end.

Picture of Cowgirl on owner card and Opening acts Wanted poster and Mitch Moose Lounge have different name (MITCH CRAZY MOOSE)

The Neversoft intro in this build uses the same video as Tony Hawk's Project 8.


In the MOVIES folder exists a file named end.bik, which is a storyboard for the ending sequence.


Chart Differences

There are five Guitar Hero 2 charts in the game's files.

Song Name Artist Year
Free Bird Some Guys With Beards 1833
Jessica Jessica Not Specifed
Monkeywrench Monkeywrench Not Specifed
Sweetchild Sweetchild Not Specifed
YYZ YYZ Not Specifed

Unused Songs

Metallica's 'Master of Puppets', a song which never made it to the final build can be found in DATA\COMPRESSED\SONGS and DATA\MUSIC, labelled as "masterofpuppets".
An audio file for a cover of Van Halen's 'Unchained' can be found at DATA\MUSIC\unchained.dat.xen.

Van Halen - Unchained (GH3 Cover)

It is currently unknown which studio covered this.


While the song list was pretty much finalized at this point, a handful of songs were moved around in the setlist order between this build and the final. Some songs had slightly different names, too.

Proto Final
Starting out small STARTING OUT SMALL
Slow Ride Slow Ride
Talk Dirty To Me Talk Dirty To Me
Hit Me With Your Best Shot Hit Me With Your Best Shot
Mississippi Queen Story Of My Life
Rock and Roll All Nite Rock and Roll All Nite
Sabotage Sabotage
Your first real gig YOUR FIRST REAL GIG
Story Of My Life Mississippi Queen
Schools Out School's Out
Sunshine of Your Love Sunshine of Your Love
Barracuda Barracuda
Bulls on Parade Bulls on Parade
Reptilia Reptilia
Making the video MAKING THE VIDEO
When You Were Young When You Were Young
Lay Down Miss Murder
Miss Murder The Seeker
The Seeker Lay Down
Paint It Black Paint It Black
Cities On Flame Suck My Kiss
Paranoid Paranoid
Same Old Song and Dance Anarchy in the U.K.
Anarchy in the U.K. Kool Thing
Kool Thing My Name Is Jonas
Evenflow Even Flow
Suck My Kiss Cities On Flame with Rock & Roll
Holiday In Cambodia Holiday In Cambodia
Rock You Like A Hurricane Rock You Like A Hurricane
Black Magic Woman Same Old Song And Dance
La Grange La Grange
Welcome To The Jungle Welcome To The Jungle
Helicopter Helicopter
The Hottest band on Earth THE HOTTEST BAND ON EARTH
My Name Is Jonas Black Magic Woman
Cherub Rock Cherub Rock
Stricken Black Sunshine
3's and 7's The Metal
Pride and Joy Pride and Joy
Monsters Monsters
Live in Japan LIVE IN JAPAN
The Metal Before I Forget
Black Sunshine Stricken
Knights of Cydonia 3's & 7's
Before I Forget Knights of Cydonia
One Cult Of Personality
Battle for your Soul BATTLE FOR YOUR SOUL
Raining Blood Raining Blood
Cliffs Of Dover Cliffs Of Dover
Number of the Beast The Number of the Beast
Cult Of Personality One