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As we inch closer to the release of Rock Band 3 it’s becoming increasingly clear that this game features hundreds of hours of content. This month, we used some extended hands-on time with Harmonix’s latest creation to dive into several new features that fundamentally change the genre, including a brand new tutorial experience and extensive time with the new keyboard peripheral. First, the basics: Rock Band 3 is compatible with all those expensive music peripherals you already have sitting around the house and your old song library. The small improvements to menu navigation make a huge difference to the experience, especially in party settings. Drum pad menu navigation can be disabled. Players can join and drop during songs and change difficulty mid-music. Band score and individual scores are now listed separately. Filters let you select which type of music you want to appear in your selectable song list, and you can rate songs to determine how often certain music shows up in random setlists. Taken together, these improvements help players customize the game the way they want to play it.The more substantive change comes in the alterations to career progression. Everything you do in the game now contributes to your progression, no matter the mode. Over 800 goals exist – you can shoot for them purposefully by looking at a list, or you can wait for them to trigger automatically when you complete them during a song. The game still has a storyline following your band during its rise to stardom, but the plot is now modular and updates occur after certain criteria are met. For instance, creating and naming your band triggers a cutscene about the band getting together and agonizing over its name.
Career progression is now built around progressing through goals that unlock as you play in any game mode
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i just don't know if i really like the whole music game anymore. i though it was cool like what?..... 2-3 years ago... i think. I don't know about you guys but i gave up on music games.
While this all sounds good (and I mean really good), I'm still saddened that there is no power or progressive metal songs here. Having a keyboard would make those really fun to play, especially if that song is "Speed of Light" by Stratovarius. Of course that song would be fun even if you were just listening to it, but I digress.
i think im just going to buy the pro guitar and thats it...hmmm i think RB3 will do good in sales im confident it will bring life back into the music genre...i seriously hate guitar hero and what they did to the music genre, they made it stale to me
so far the songlist is not that hot (with a few exceptions), but all the other features seem awesome. It's a buy for me.
i would invest in this but theres too many bettter games coming out around the same time. but i may get around to it eventully
Looking at that 1980's track list, I think its time to bust out the keytar and get a flock of seagulls haircut. Maybe a neon colored t-shirt or two.
I'm just kidding or am I?
Why is every first post on a GH/RB news article someone saying "I've given up on music games" or somesuch? Jeez, just keep your comments to yourself.
The format and new accessibility makes me excited, but like others I'm skeptical of the tracklist. I just haven't seen any tracks that make me go "Wow, I really want to play that". I guess that's gonna happen when you have 1000+ tracks for your game already.
Dude, that set list is effin epic! Bohemian Rhapsody? WOOT I think I drooled a little
I'm really looking forward to this game. I want to get the keyboard for sure and I think I'll buy a pro guitar too. Not sure about the drums though (I'm not a drummer). Hopefully the setlist will be as awesome as Rock Band 2's.
Sold! Now I can play out that scene in Wayne's World when they jam out to Bohemian Rhapsody in the car, only it'll actually be on the drums, and-- erm, i mean, um... this game rocks.
If you look at the second picture on the second page there is road challenge list. One of them is (blank) freezes over (i don't want to get banned). But this is the name of a tour by The Eagles (my favorite band). Does this mean one of their songs will be in here?
when I thought I was done...gar...I wasn't planing on getting this but...well pro mode...guitar....Might be a good way to start learning and I have been thinking about doing that...also Bohemian Rhapsody is very hard to say no to
I am so excited for this. The power of love? Break On Through? Bohemian Rhapsody? Keyboard? Pro Guitar? Yes, on all accounts, yes.
The Doors had some nasty keyboard songs.. particularly live. I still wish we'd see some more Violent Femmes for some bass-centric songs.. buuut, looks good so far. Show me the money, Harmonix.
I'm sure I'll pick this up, but I doubt at the full $60 especially since I want to pick up the pro guitar as well. I'm not as into the music game genre as I used to be... :O
Can this one help you learn guitar because I suck at the guitar.
I wish I could use the real fender strat that I already own to play the pro mode with!
Is anyone else having trouble navigating to the second page? I see that it's two pages long, but clicking on "2" or "Next" doesn't do anything.
On topic, boy am I excited. I hope the addition of the keyboard + pro mode will give me loads of playtime with learning a new part, just like Guitar Hero 1 or Rock Band 1. I really enjoyed Rock Band 2, but I sort of got bored after a few months.