Excerpt: You might suppose that I would find it easier and easier to review music games each time around, but I find that the opposite is true. It was a simple matter to see differences between Frequency and Amplitude , then from there to see how Guitar Hero and its plastic instruments were a big deal.
Conclusion: The production values may not be noticeably improved over its predecessor, and the game does seem to be overly reliant and hyped on the new peripherals than anything else, but this band still plays a damn good song, even if we're sick of the genre by now.
Excerpt: Fundamentally, the rhythm genre hasn’t changed much since its inception. From the earliest days of the genre, to its evolution in Japan with Konami’s “Bemani” games, like Dance Dance Revolution and Guitar Freaks, to the eventual stateside success of Harmonix with Guitar Hero, there hasn’t been much...
Summary: " Rock Band 3 " is nearly the perfect music game. It may be expensive, but it always seems worth it. The keyboards are a fantastic addition, and I really hope some of the classic DLC is updated really quickly to support this great new peripheral.
Summary: have been pretty solid games in the music rhythm game genre and Harmonix’s track record has been pretty impressive. There was no doubt that a third game in the series would be released by them, but what could they possibly do to improve on the first two?
Excerpt: It’s fitting that the opening scene of Rock Band 3 plays to The Doors’ "Break On Through (To the Other Side)." Rock Band 2 , for all of its technical improvements and music updates, felt more like an expansion pack to a game that was already building its legacy as more of a platform than game...
Excerpt: One of the biggest complaints about simulated rock has been that jamming with plastic instruments just isn’t the same as playing a real instrument. For me, that’s missing the point; these sorts of games have always been more about having pure and utter fun.
Excerpt: Pundits say the music-game genre is dying. They may even be right. (Nice work, Activision.) But there’s still room for a flagship rhythm game that shows everyone else how it should be done. As of now, that game is Rock Band 3 .
Conclusion: With Rock Band 3 EA and Harmonix have created a game with huge depth. It will appeal to casual gamers and enthusiasts and has the potential to achieve the holy grail of music games as the new controllers and pro mode could attract "real" musicians who previously frowned upon titles like this.