Rock Band™3 is the next generation of the ultimate social and interactive music gaming platform developed by the category's leading pioneers, Harmonix Music Systems. Featuring innovative game modes and instruments, Rock Band 3 will change the way fans think about and play music games.
This next iteration in the Rock Band platform has something for everyone. Master an instrument through the gameplay fun of "Rock Band Pro," add another member to your band with a keyboard controller, or experience 83 new hits from 83 unique bands, along with your current library of songs from the over 2,000 songs available to date and counting.
The Rock Band 3 disc soundtrack contains 83 of the best bands from around the world, including bands that have never appeared in a music game, as well as support for existing Rock Band tracks (Rock Band and Rock Band 2 discs, downloaded songs, track packs, AC/DC Live: Rock Band™ Track Pack, LEGO® Rock Band and Green Day: Rock Band™).
Additionally, Rock Band 3 will give players immediate access to a music library of over 2,000 songs by launch, with new content added regularly. Rock Band's gigantic music selection dwarfs that of any other music game on the market.
Rock Band 3 allows players to create and save setlists and share them with friends, both in-game and through RockBand.com. New song filters make it easier to find the types of songs fans want to play and hide the songs they don't, while a built-in song recommendation system will suggest tracks from Rock Band's colossal music library, based on personal fan preference.
In addition to guitar, bass, drums, and solo vocals, Rock Band 3 adds three-part vocal harmonies that were introduced with The Beatles™: Rock Band™ and, for the first time ever, a keyboard peripheral to the band. Up to seven players can rock together for the ultimate social gaming experience. Learn more about Rock Band 3 gear.
Rock Band 3 empowers players to develop actual musical skills through the fun of fully scalable Rock Band Pro gameplay. Fans can dive in on Easy to try out basic skills and work their way up to Expert for real mastery.
Pro Drums supports three expansion cymbals, with gameplay differentiation between toms and cymbals.
Pro Keys features pitch-accurate keyboard performance across a two-octave range, displayed on an easy-to-read keyboard track.
Pro Guitar features notated guitar and bass performances, available for play with either the new Fender™ Mustang™ PRO-Guitar™ simulated guitar controller from Mad Catz or the Rock Band 3 Squier® by Fender Stratocaster® Guitar Controller that is a real guitar/controller hybrid. The Rock Band 3 Squier Stratocaster is a fully functional, full-sized, six-string electric guitar that also functions as a game controller.
For the casual player, Rock Band 3 has great new party modes that allow fans to get rocking with friends quicker than ever, including party shuffle and persistent drop-in/drop-out and difficulty selection from any gameplay screen. For the serious player, the revamped Career Mode features 700+ goals and rewards and seamless leaderboard integration for an endlessly deep campaign experience. Rock Band 3 also adds a suite of social networking tools to the game so fans can engage friends and fellow rockers over Facebook, Twitter, and more. Whether players want to jump in for a quick song or take their band to the top, Rock Band 3 has a mode for everyone.
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