First Impressions: Rock Band 3

Despite my initial intention to purchase Borderlands from Gamestop earlier in the week, I somehow managed to come home with a copy of Rock Band 3 instead. What can I say, Silver is persuasive like that.

There’s a lot of new stuff in Rock Band 3–“Pro” instruments, mainly–that I can’t play because I lack the necessary equipment. What I can talk about is the new Career Mode. It’s actually pretty cool, in that it’s challenge-based. More importantly, though, you can simply go into quick play and, as long as your band is active, anything you do in Quickplay counts toward the challenges, or at least most of them. It’s nice to not have to go into career mode separately to make progress in that regard.

Additionally, all the songs are unlocked from the start, which is nice, especially for tournament-type purposes. No “unlock all” code needed for that.

Speaking of tournament-type purposes, one of the controversial things over at Score Hero is the removal of Score Duel mode. While it’s not a big deal for the style of tournament run at Connecticon, it does interfere with people who wanted to run technical-only individual instrument tournaments (Although, on a personal level, I myself only used it during a couple Score Hero Score Duel nights).

As far as the setlist itself goes, I’ve only played a small portion of it, but on the whole, I’m not sure I’m as big a fan of this one as I was or RB2’s. This kind of makes sense, though, since a lot of truly iconic songs have already appeared in the series (Or Guitar Hero) either in previous games or as DLC.

In all, I like it. As I said, though, i haven’t really tried any of the new stuff, so hopefully I can come back with an opinion on that soon enough.



  1. What is the new “use real” instruments thing?

    • emptyeye on November 4, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Well, there are apparently two kind of new guitars. here’s a guitar with a ton of buttons on it, and then there’s also a kind of MIDI Guitar that, supposedly, it almost like playing the actual guitar parts of various songs.

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