Saturday, November 6, 2010
Me and winter, consider us enemies. The cold weather drives me inside unless it's necessary to go somewhere. That means that me, hubby, and the kids have to find things to do around the house that will entertain us. Good thing Rock Band 3 came out to do just that.
Rock Band 3, the latest in the line of Rock Band video games, rocks it hard with its different levels of play and long list of songs. We already own a couple of Rock Band video games, but this one takes the playing experience to a whole new level.
I could not even begin to cover all that can be done with Rock Band 3. There are the same features that you have experienced in other Rock Band video games and there are some new features that make this one hard to beat.
A revamped Career Mode sets your band on a path to conquer the world, going after over 700 goals and rewards. This is the mode I like to do when I'm playing the game. Players can now use the drop-in and drop-out options to join in or leave a session. There is an all-new face creator and character customization, allowing you to personalize your band members. I may not be one in real life, but I play a punk rock chick with a super stellar outfit in the game.
Your RockBand.com profile presents a feed to display your career achievements, high scores, setlists, and more. Users can select what information gets posted and then link that information to Facebook and Twitter accounts. I haven't done that yet and won't until I've become a little better with play, but bet your sweet dollar I will try this feature when I become a Rock Band pro.
Up to seven players can get together and play Rock Band 3. Three-part vocal harmonies and a keyboard now join the instruments of guitar, bass, drums, and solo voice. The only hardware we don't have for play is the Rock Band 3 Wireless Keyboard. The kids are literally begging for one for Christmas.
The different levels of play make this a game that everyone in the family can enjoy. The younger kids have been using the Pro Guitar Trainer to help get up to speed with real-life skills. The teenage girls know how to handle most instruments in the game and like to show off their talents. I'm one who wants to continuously play a song until I get it right.
There are 83 soundtracks on this game, with some of the most wicked songs for play. From the 1960s to the 2000s, you'll be sure to find a song or few that you'll want to master. Some include:
Avenged Sevenfold - "The Beast & the Harlot"
Slipknot - "Before I Forget"
Jane's Addiction - "Been Caught Stealing"
Smash Mouth - "Walkin' on the Sun"
Def Leppard - "Foolin"
INXS - "Need You Tonight"
John Lennon - "Imagine"
Ramones - "I Wanna Be Sedated"
David Bowie - "Space Oddity"
I like to strum it out on the guitar, while hubby always wants to take over the drums. The kids don't care as long as they get to play.
Rock Band 3 is rated T for Teen due to language, mild lyrics, use of alcohol, and suggestive themes. I don't recommend this video game for the young crowd and a handful of the songs are questionable, but I have to give Rock Band 3 a loud "Hells Yeah" for its improvements and fun factor.
I received game for review from Reverb Communications, Inc. The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way. Please do your own research before purchasing products. Your opinions and results may differ.