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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Guitar Hero 3 Controller Does Not Work for Guitar Hero 1 & 2 (Les Paul Wireless)

Like many of us who have had our PlayStation 3’s for awhile, I had not played any of the Guitar Hero games from the popular Activision franchise that included Guitar Hero 1, Guitar Hero 2, or Guitar Hero: Rock the 80’s. When Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock came out for the Playstation 3 and include the new wireless Les Paul guitar controller – I added it quickly to my Christmas list. Like thousands of others, I was lucky enough for Guitar Hero 3 for PS3 to make it from my list to under our Christmas tree. (thanks Ashley!)

Since Christmas, I have played quite a bit of Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock – enough to become decent on the Easy (Ranked around 15k online) and Medium (won’t mention) levels and struggling mightily on the Hard and Expert levels. I have played online a good amount as well – and have performed better than expected – especially in the battle scenarios. (more on that in an upcoming post this post.)

I have enjoyed the game enough that I wanted to check out the previous versions of the game. After some searching, I found that there was a Guitar Hero 1 and 2 game only bundle which presumably is for people who have already purchased Guitar Hero 3. At $59.95 on – the Guitar Hero bundle was not a great deal, but cheaper than buying them separately used or through a service like So on January 6th, while ordering some travel guides for our upcoming trip, I added the Guitar Hero 1 & 2 game-only bundle to my cart and bought it.

After a brief delay in shipping, the game arrived late last week while I was out of town. I did not get a chance to try it out until yesterday, boy was I disappointed. Neither of the games works with my Les Paul wireless controller that came in the bundle with my Guitar Hero 3 game. At first, I thought it might be a problem with the driver on the controller, or perhaps I needed a Playstation 3 update to get the right drivers for my PS3. No luck.

Do not buy this game if you started on the Les Paul Wireless Controller for Playstation 3.  It won't work
After a few minutes on Google, I still could not tell if it was my issue – or a real compatibility issue. Most of the articles referenced using a Playstation 2 (PS2) controller with the Playstation 3 (PS3) rather than using the newer Les Paul Wireless controller. The buried way within the Activision support pages is an article which directly states that “No. The new guitar will not work with Guitar Hero 1 and 2 or Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s.” What a letdown that is, so much for backwards compatibility. Not even a ray of hope for a patch or driver update.

Interestingly, there is also a USB port on the Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock Les Paul wireless guitar that resembles the same sort of connectivity. Perhaps you could plug it in to get it to work. D not get your hopes up though, another buried answer in the support pages says that port is “This port is currently not used.

How about it Activision / Red Octane? Can a patch be made so we do not need multiple Guitars and adapters to play the entire series on PS3? Luckily for me, – based on incompatibility is accepting a return for my opened game. The game is already on its way back to Amazon.

It also looks like a number of us are going through the same problem as another review on is already pointing out the same thing. Too bad those reviews were not published before I made my purchase. Otherwise, I could of saved a few dollars in shipping.


Anonymous said...

Damn i should have looked to see if the guitar was compatiable! i just got the bundle today and i was soo happy until my guitar did not work!