Excerpt: One of my main goals with Rock Band 2 was for Goretopsy, my Rock Band band, to complete the Endless Setlist II in one sitting - 84 songs played back-to-back, and a feat demanding enough to file down the buttons on any half-decent plastic guitar. It was the ultimate challenge that, sadly, I never got the opportunity to experience.
Conclusion: Rock Band 3’s experience is contingent on how much you are willing to invest into the title. While you can certainly enjoy the experience sticking with the plastic guitars, venturing into the realm of real music playing via the Pro Guitar and Keyboard accessories will add to the overall experience and make you simply not want to put your instruments down.
Excerpt: If your concern is that the plastic music instrument genre might be dying, you can at least be satisfied that it lasted until Rock Band 3 came out. If no more of these games ever come out it won’t matter because there just isn’t anything more to add. Of course I hope that tracks keep getting released onto the store because there can never be enough music for the platform, but in terms of features Harmonix have gone so far beyond any other simulation music game that I...
Excerpt: The music game genre has been dying a slow sales death over the last couple years. The original Guitar Hero games sold well, as did the first Rock Band title. Since then, each subsequent release in the genre has seen steadily falling sales. Nonetheless, Harmonix brings us Rock Band 3 , with more new content than a John Mayer live album.
Excerpt: About a year prior to the release of Rock Band 3, both Kelly and I had a discussion on GamerGeeks, wondering just where the Rock Band franchise could go. After all, this was shortly after The Beatles: Rock Band came out and did an amazing job at recreating the history of the Fab Four. But when all was said and done, only one word came to mind about the future of the franchise... Keyboards.
Excerpt: I will freely admit I’ve been inundated with music games in the past month, which has resulted in a temporary aversion to the genre. Even so, in my eyes, it isn’t difficult to see which music game is the class of the category for the holiday season: it’s
Summary: Rock Band 3 is quite possibly the most successful music game ever. It keeps the old Rock Band formula wholly intact, and adds upon it a whole new layer of gameplay that carefully leads you across the slow, rickety bridge from simple imitation to real creation.
Pros: The revolutionary introduction of Pro mode, which supports backwards compatibility on the drums, The well-built, fun-to-play piano peripheral, The superb 83-song setlist
Cons: The cheapest Pro guitar is equal in price to two and a half new games