Rock Band 3 Review and Feature Roundup, Plus Free Demo

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,, 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 – “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 – “Rock Band 3 is the best music game option around.” – 8.5/10 - Read more – “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 – “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 – “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.


I must completely disagree with the positive reviews here. I just had the opportunity to pick up, and play Rock Band 3, after enjoying Rock Band 2 for so many sessions. While yes, some of the new features are pretty cool; the pro modes, play multiple instruments at once, the ability to drop in and out at will, and simple things like when pausing in the middle of a song, the music actually backs up so you aren't right in the middle of hitting notes when it resumes. However, these new features pale in comparison to the gigantic-monstrous-super-confusing step backward that the game has made in managing your band and characters. A new "feature" called a Profile has been added with individual menus along the bottom of the screen. First of all, this doesn't even fit into the game's motif, which is that of a Rock Band. Bands have performers, not Profiles, even characters work, but why not call them performers? Okay, that's a little tangent, but really what does a profile do? Is it a band? Yes and no. Is it your character? Again, yes and no. Is it an instrument? Yet again, yes and no. So what is it exactly? It's some way to further divide your game experience with a difficult and confusing level of abstraction. In other words, it just makes it more difficult to work with. All right then, I'll play along with this new profile "feature". I create a profile, and then create some characters. I'm thinking that the profile is like a band. Nope. These are only some division based on the instrument that is plugged in and active that I can play. And only one Profile can be used at one time. Your friend wants to join? Well, another profile must be created when the next instrument is activated. Great, let's make another one. Oh, but wait, that character you created for your friend is ONLY available in the first profile. So now I have to recreate that character in the new profile. Then for more friends (or family) to play two more profiles need to be created before they can play. Great four profiles. Oh, but wait, another friend comes over and wants to play, but we can't create another profile for the 5th player, it’s not allowed. The game only allows 4 profiles, maximum. Not a huge deal because the game only supports 4 instruments (in this mode), so someone has to drop out anyway. All right, so we should create the new friend's character in the drop-out's profile. Hummm.... but wait, drop-out wants back in the game on the next song, but new friend doesn't want to drop out, okay, I will. But new friend's character is not in my profile, and I can’t create a new profile, so I have to recreate new friend's character in my profile. See how confusing this is? So what are profiles again? Why was it designed this way? I can’t share characters among profiles, and I can’t swap multiple profiles. I can only create four profiles, however the first profile to be activated determines what band is active. If my profile is called Jet (for example), then the band name is Jet’s band. All the scores and progress is assigned to Jet’s band. But if you first activate another profile, let’s say it’s called Loser, then the Band is called Loser’s band, and all the activity and progress is saved in Loser’s profile. Even more confusing, right? Well, if profiles are bands, are they touring performers from other bands touring with your band? Oh, and then if the super-awesome band name you’ve used before (or just thought up), was already randomly chosen by someone else (anyone in the Rock Band Universe) then too bad, you’re out of luck, you have to think of another one. I really don’t understand what the goal was with Profiles in Rock Band 3. If they are Instruments, call them instruments and allow the performer to be chosen from any character created in the game. If Profiles are performers (or characters) name them as such, and allow them to choose an instrument. And if they are bands, well that just doesn’t seem to work, why have four bands playing simultaneously but together at the same time? Seriously, was this really not thought out? Who made this decision?

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