Rock Band 3

9.0 Overall Score
Graphics: 8/10
Sound: 10/10
Controls: 9/10

Still a strong game

Too many options, equipment too expensive

Game Info

Game Name: Rock Band 3

Developer(s): Harmonix (PS3, XBox 360)/Backbone Entertainment (Wii)

Publisher(s): MTV Games/Mad Catz

Platform(s): PS3/XBox 360/Wii

Genre(s): Music

Release Date(s): October 26, 2010

ESRB Rating: T


Elton John…Billy Joel…You?!

Just when you thought your band couldn’t rock any harder…Introducing a keyboardist!  Let your new bandmate rock and allow him and others to join in on the singing as the band goes to new heights.

Rock Band 3 is probably the pinnacle of the music games…It has multiplayer singing (back-up vocals, main vocals).  Real style guitars, bass, and drum kits for “pro” levels, and the new keyboard add.  With all this added stuff, it is probably a better game right?  Not quite.  The gameplay is a little confusing with multiple menus, weird online play, a scaled back “tour” and to actually play Rock Band 3 as the makers intended it, it would mean shelling out hundreds of dollars for the pro-instruments…something I think most players wouldn’t do no matter how much they love the game.  Also the song list of Rock Band 3 is good but I think the setlist of Rock Band 2 is more entertaining.

Complete the Rock Band 3 song setlist:

20th Century Boy—T. Rex

25 or 6 to 4—Chicago

Antibodies—Poni Hoax

Beast and the Harlot—Avenged Sevenfold

The Beautiful People—Marilyn Manson

Been Caught Stealing—Jane’s Addition

Before I Forget—Slipknot

Bohemian Rhapsody—Queen

Break on Through (To the Other Side)—The Doors

Caught in a Mosh—Anthrax

Centerfold—The J. Geils Band

China Grove—The Doobie Brothers

Cold as Ice—Foreigner

Combat Baby—Metric

The Con—Tegan and Sara

Crazy Train—Ozzy Osbourne

Crosstown Traffic—The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Dead End Friends—Them Crooked Vultures

Don’t Bury Me…I’m Still Not Dead—Riverboat Gamblers

Don’t Stand So Close to Me—The Police

Du Hast—Rammstein

Everybody Wants to Rule the World—Tears for Fears

False Alarm—The Bronx

Fly Like an Eagle—Steve Miller Band

Foolin—Def Leppard

Free Bird—Lynyrd Skynyrd

Get Free—The Vines

Get Up, Stand Up—Bob Marley and the Wailers

Good Vibrations (Live)—The Beach Boys

The Hardest Button to Button—The White Stripes

Heart of Glass—Blondie

Here I Go Again—Whitesnake

Hey Man, Nice Shot—Filter

Humanoid—Tokio Hotel

I Can See for Miles—The Who

I got You (I Feel Good)—James Brown

I Love Rock N’ Roll—Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

I Need to Know—Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

I Wanna Be Sedated—Ramones

Imagine—John Lennon

In a Big Country—Big Country

In the Meantime—Spacehog

Jerry Was a Race Car Driver—Primus

Just Like Heaven—The Cure

Killing Loneliness—H. I. M.

The Killing Moon—Echo & The Bunnymen

King George—Dover


Last Dance—The Raveonettes

Living in America—The Sounds


The Look—Roxette

Low Rider—WAR

Me Enanmora—Juanes

Midlife Crisis—Faith No More

Misery Business—Paramore

Need You Tonight—INXS

No One Knows—Queens of the Stone Age

Oh My God—Ida Maria

One Armed Scissor—At the Drive-In

Outer Space—The Muffs

Oye Mi Amor—Mana

Plush—Stone Temple Pilots

Portions for Foxes—Rilo Kiley

The Power of Love—Huey Lewis and the News

Radar Love—Golden Earring

Rainbow in the Dark—Dio

Rehab—Amy Winehouse

Rock Lobster—The B-52’s


Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting—Elton John

Sister Christian—Night Ranger

Smoke on the Water—Deep Purple

Something Bigger, Something Brighter—Pretty Girls Make Graves

Space Oddity—David Bowie

Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before—The Smiths

This Bastard’s Life—Swinin’ Utters

Viva La Resistance—Hypernova

Walk of Life—Dire Straits

Walking on the Sun—Warren Zevon

Whip It—Devo

Yoshmi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 1—The Flaming Lips


I’ll be tickling the ivories like a pro!

The keyboard obviously is the biggest add on to the game.  It is alright, but performs more like a “keytar” and the performer really only uses one hand.  It doesn’t really feel like you are performing on a keyboard as much as one of the Rock Band guitars…laid out.  It isn’t a bad add on, but probably not worth the money.

A nice feature added to the game is the variety of “mini-achievements”.  These are often in addition to the regular achievements given by XBox 360 and PS3 Trophies.  It is really easy to keep track of your progress through them and some of the challenges are kind of fun (others are mind numbing).


Now can you afford all this? Just wait til Rock Band Brass Orchestra comes out

Rock Band 3 definitely has its pros and cons.  It is one of the most developed games of the genre but in its extremely developed stage, it seems to lose a bit of the fun of the previous game.  It might be that I’ve become a little jaded to the music games after years of play or it could be that it is just too overwhelming (and costly) to keep up with them.  At least no matter what the future holds, you can now finish a music career with Free Bird as the crowd demands…full vocals, guitar, drums, etc.

Related Links:

Rock Band

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Author: JPRoscoe View all posts by
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