Haven’t bought Rock Band 3 yet? Want to know what the rest of the world thinks about it? Here’s a roundup of reviews from places like The New York Times, Joystiq.com, The Boston Globe, and more, telling you why Rock Band 3 is the highest rated music game ever on Metacritic as of this writing.
Looking to experience Rock Band 3 yourself? Get the free Rock Band 3 demo on Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 featuring four songs from the 83-song setlist! All keys parts are playable on standard Rock Band guitar controllers.
The New York Times – “Harmonix has brilliantly torn down the wall between music games and real music. If you’re willing to put in a reasonable amount of practice - like the couple dozen hours I did - Rock Band 3 can actually begin to teach you to play guitar, bass and keyboards. Just as important, Rock Band 3 emerges as the definitive modern music game even for those who just want to play around with family and friends once in a while.” - Read more
Joystiq.com – “Rock Band 3 is the greatest rhythm game ever made, and quite possibly the only rhythm game you need to own…Video games - not just rhythm games, but all video games - rarely show this much ambition. Even more rare are occasions where developers manage to fulfill the impossibly lofty goals they set before themselves. Rock Band 3 manages both with ease, backing up brilliant ideas with flawless execution. It raises the bar so exceptionally high that, once again, it's just about impossible to see where the rhythm genre is going to go from here. Though I bet Harmonix has some pretty good ideas.” - Read more
The Boston Globe – “’It’s like learning how to read music — or tablature,’ [Andrew] Mello [of Boston indie band Streight Angular] says, taking his first pass through the instructional mode of Rock Band 3…‘I think people will take this and start their own bands and write their own songs.’” - Read more
IGN.com – “Rock Band 3 is the best music game option around.” – 8.5/10 - Read more
Gamespot.com – “Three years after Rock Band blazed a new trail in the rhythm game genre, Rock Band 3 takes the art of living-room rock to new heights. A new keyboard peripheral joins guitars, drums, and microphones, providing a great new way to play along. And if you want to take your musical skills beyond the fake plastic stage, the new Pro modes and instrument training sessions can help you on your way…Rock Band 3 not only introduces new and exciting things to the world of rhythm games, but it does almost everything better than those that have come before it. When it comes to accessible, inventive, and immensely entertaining music video games, nobody does it better than Rock Band 3.” - Read more
GameInformer.com – “In many ways, Rock Band 3 is a culmination of Harmonix’s efforts to bring music to the masses. But it’s also a new chapter in the franchise that starts the gradual merging of real and game-based music. Plenty of naysayers have already declared music games dead. Harmonix certainly hasn’t gotten the message; this band is primed for a new tour.” - Read more
1up.com – “As far as peripheral-based music games go, I can't think of another rhythm game that covers so many genres and instruments, and does it all so excellently. I'm a failed musician, but Rock Band 3 makes me feel like, with a little practice, I might be able to join a band someday that goes on tour further than the edge of my living room sofa.” - Read more
G4TV – “Rock Band 3 is the best music video game I’ve ever played. It feels like a high-water mark for the entire genre; virtually every aspect of the previous two excellent Rock Band games has been tweaked and improved upon, and major new innovations are introduced to the series (and the music game genre itself) in the form of a keyboard peripheral and the new pro-mode, where would-be musicians can learn to actually play a musical instrument using the game. While no game can be all things to all people, Rock Band 3 comes close.” - Read more
For more information on Rock Band 3 including features, the full setlist, gameplay trailer, and more, visit the official Rock Band 3 page.