Today Harmonix and MTV games revealed a ton of details about their upcoming Rock Band 3 title. These include new gameplay modes, new controllers, new instruments, and new songs (of course).
The first of these new innovations that Rock Band 3 will be bringing is pro mode. This mode will be far more realistic and actually have you essentially learn a real instrument in order to succeed at the game. So instead of pressing plastic buttons on the neck of your guitar in order to gain points, you’ll actually have to have the correct finger placement on a fret board and strum the correct string on your electronic guitar in order for it to register. Pro mode will be available for all instruments, on all difficulty levels and will require a new controller in order to play it.
If you want to play pro mode on the guitar you have a couple of options though, thanks to a new partnership with Fender, you can either get a controller which just plays Rock Band, or you can get a Fender/Stratocaster hybrid, which is a a real electric guitar which also functions as a real electric guitar. For pro drums there will be a 3 cymbal expansion kit. A full two octave keyboard will also be introduced for gameplay, although no word on what the track will look like for that.
For the more casual player, Rock Band 3 has also introduced a bunch of new casual features, such as allowing difficulty to be set from any screen and continuous drop-in drop-out gameplay. Career mode will also make an appearance, with over 700 goals and integration with online leaderboards.
Oh, and as for music, there will be music. 83 new songs come with this version of the game, although it will be backwards compatible with all 1500+ other songs from the Rock Band series (no word on how those will work with pro mode though, our guess is probably not yet.) so you’ll have plenty of music to keep you rocking. In order to manage all of this Rock Band 3 will integrate a song recommendation feature in addition to other too keep your library organized. So far the tracks revealed are:
· Metric, “Combat Baby”
· Rilo Kiley, “Portions for
· Them Crooked Vultures, “Dead
· The Vines, “Get Free”
· The White Stripes, “The Hardest
· Ida Maria, “Oh My God”
· Jane’s Addiction, “Been Caught
· Smash Mouth, “Walkin’ on the
· Spacehog, “In the Meantime”
· Stone Temple Pilots,
· Dio, “Rainbow in the Dark”
· Huey Lewis and the News, “The
Power of Love”
· Joan Jett, “I Love Rock and
· Night Ranger, “Sister
· Whitesnake, “Here I Go Again”
· The Cure, “Just Like Heaven”
· Ozzy Osbourne, “Crazy Train”
· Queen, “Bohemian Rhapsody”
· Jimi Hendrix, “Crosstown
· The Doors, “Break On Through”
We have a hands-on with Rock Band at E3, so hopefully we’ll be able to tell you just how all these innovations perform in practice.