Back Up Hero achievement in Guitar Hero III

Back Up Hero

Complete all songs as the back-up guitar player

Back Up Hero0
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How to unlock the Back Up Hero achievement

  • SashamorningSashamorning1,937,218
    11 Oct 2010 12 Oct 2010 03 Dec 2011
    45 6 13
    Note: I've heard from some sources that this will only work on earlier versions of the disc. I can't confirm or deny it, but if you don't get the achievement, that may be a reason. I have the version that in the guitar bundle, and it worked for me.

    Only the lead controller will get this achievement. That being said, 44 songs is a lot for two people to play twice. Also, since you can't get this online, it's can be a bit of a pain to find someone willing to come over to do it.

    The good news is that you can get this by yourself.

    First, clear your cache. (My Xbox => Memory => Hard Drive, press Y for options, and clear the cache.) All this does is delete your game updates, it doesn't touch your game saves or gamer data. So yes, when you play other games later, you'll have to update them to play them.

    You have to clear the cache first because later updates have kept the No Fail cheat from letting you get this achievement.

    Second, turn on the No Fail cheat code. Go to Options, Cheats, and enter the following: GR, B, GR, GY, B, GY, RY, O, RY, GY, Y, GY, GR.

    Third, set up your two guitars. In fact, you don't even need guitars. Regular controllers will work. Your main tag should be player one (just in case... I'm not sure). Since you're going for the Back Up Hero, make sure that you play EVERY song on bass/rhythm.

    Fourth, just go through every song on the list. You don't have to play, just keep pressing the green button to go on to the next song. You also have to play all the songs after the career. You don't need to play the bonus songs, but you do need to play all the unlocked songs.

    Fifth, you must turn off the No Fail cheat, and go back into co-op mode. Fail the first song (which lets the game know that the cheats are off). Since all the other songs are complete, it will pop.

    Sixth, profit!

    Edit: I'm including a link to a video that shows that you don't need to play any of the songs, and all the songs have no score. All credit to d1mebagdarrell, who posted the video.

    Edit 2: Per Disturbed 360a, you can get the achievement if you do it all on one sitting, even if it doesn't let you overwrite your save. Thanks for testing that out!

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    x BumbleBeeeCan anybody confirm if you can get this achievement or not if you have a V2/V3 copy of the game please? Thanks
    Posted by x BumbleBeee on 03 Dec 11 at 17:17
    TP5xNightmareWay late to the discussion but I can in fact confirm that you can't use this method with V2 or later copies of the game. I have two different copies, an original that came with the guitar controller and one I got later for my other xbox, and the later one fails every time even with following all steps listed above, and the V1 works find. So yeah, if you have a later version I doubt this will work for you.
    Posted by TP5xNightmare on 13 Sep 13 at 20:48
    NighthawkJoVAnswered my own question: YES, you can go back online, download the update and THEN fail a song to get Back Up Hero/Guitar Wizard and That's What Friends Are For so they show up as online achievements.
    Posted by NighthawkJoV on 07 May 14 at 14:26
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  • Tom115Tom11551,104
    21 May 2009 22 May 2009
    20 9 7
    If you want this achievement but don't have anyone to play with, or they aren't willing to do lead for whatever reason, then you'll be pleased to know there IS a way to unlock this on your own, but it is rather boring and takes a good few hours.

    First you'll need to clear your cache. To do this go to system settings > memory > highlight the hard drive and press Y, X, X, LB, RB, X, X. - This will clear the updates and enable you to get this achievement by yourself.

    Once you've done this, load up GH3 and DECLINE the update.

    Go to the options menu and enter the No Fail cheat (GR, B, GR, GY, B, GY, RY, O, RY, GY, Y, GY, GR ) and enable it.

    Next, go to co-op career and select whatever difficulties you like, (it might have to be the same on both controllers but I don't know, I chose Expert/Expert but as No Fail is on it doesn't matter what difficulty you choose anyway.)

    Now all you have to do is play through the 44 songs. You don't actually have to play the songs so you can do something else and leave it running, just selecting songs when needed.

    I don't know if it's needed but I played at least one note on the primary controller on every song, so do that just to be safe.

    After you finish all 44 songs, go back to the cheats menu, turn the no fail cheat OFF and go back into co-op career, choose the same difficulties and fail any song. When you fail the achievement will unlock.

    You can use the same technique for both Back Up Hero and Guitar Wizard, just make sure you choose the right option for each controller!
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    IsaacYankemDDSIn order for this to work, you need to have the original version of GH3. Eventually the updates were added to the disk, so even if you delete the cache, you're not going back to the original version of the game. If you go to the options screen, it will tell you in the lower left corner which version you have (V2, V3). For this trick to work, no version should be displayed.
    Posted by IsaacYankemDDS on 22 Feb 10 at 01:10
    Matty Tee 93Why does it tell me it can't overwrite song data or something after every song while trying the glitch? Does this mean it won't work?
    Posted by Matty Tee 93 on 17 Apr 10 at 12:54
    HellHoundRuleri already be the the game in co-op but i didnt clear my cash how do i get it
    Posted by HellHoundRuler on 20 Jun 11 at 20:36
  • Ben Online NLBen Online NL51,861
    23 Mar 2013 24 Mar 2013
    5 0 0
    attention!!!
    You can only get this in co-op if you are the host/player 1/the one who started up the game
    This go's for all 5 * ing ,100%, lead and backup and the co-op carreer achievements.
    that means you have to play trough it at least 4 times for the lead and backup achievements for 2 people :( and a lot more for the rest
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