We all love music games- unleashing our inner rock legends to the clink of missed notes and a denting to rhythm while we tap on our plastic peripherals. The guys here at MLG particularly enjoying the odd Rock Band sesh every now and then. With the recent announcement of all modes that are to be featured in this year’s Rock Band 3, it’s time to finally turn the anticipation dial to 11!
Featuring a hugely impressive 83 songs available on the disc, the third full game in hah Rock Band series will also give access to download all songs that have already been released as DLC (now over 1,500 songs), as well as allowing the user to import tracks from existing Rock Band games (Rock Band, Rock Band 2, AC/DC Live, LEGO Rock Band, Green Day: Rock Band, downloaded tracks and track packs). Tracks that have been announced so far include the likes of artists such as ‘Them Crooked Vultures’, ‘Jimi Hendrix’ and ‘Queen’, with the rest of the song list likely to include recent music, as well as classics from the age of rock n’ roll.
Rock Band 3 will also feature a redesigned and refined music library that will provide recommendations for players based on their favourite types of music, as well as new song filters to make it easier to find that specific track you want to rock out to. Playlists can also be created and shared online between friends whether in-game or on RockBand.com. A comprehensive campaign mode, with over 700 goals and rewards, and seamless integration to online leaderboards is also included for the more competitive player, whilst the all new ‘party modes’ with drop-in/drop out play, party shuffle and the ability to interchange difficulty settings at the touch of a button are added for the more social amongst you. Harmonix are also keen to promote the new ‘Rock Band Pro’ modes which supposedly “empowers players to develop actual music skills”. The new ‘Pro Drums’ setting will give support to three new cymbals, with “game play differentiation between toms and cymbals” whereas ‘Pro Guitar’ will allow use of the all-new “Squier Stratocaster” guitar- a fully functional, full sized, six string guitar that doubles up as a game controller.
For the first time in a music game, the keyboard has also been announced for use within the game, adding to the hefty amount of plastic already required to get the full band experience. It was an expected expansion to the brand, but one which can be looked forward to nevertheless. The addition of the keyboard, and the option to allow three-part vocal harmonies (alike to The Beatles: Rock Band) means the total number of potential band members has jumped to seven.
Rock Band 3 is due out later this year for PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii.