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  • Summary: Rock Band returns with the third iteration of the popular music game featuring new songs and instruments.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Oct 26, 2010
    100
    Rock Band 3 is simply perfect. It's the final evolution of the music games, the perfect harmony between game and study, the perfect party experience and an awesome game. Everything is packed with love and attention, from the smaller thing to major features. If you love music and videogames, buy it and love it.
  2. Oct 25, 2010
    100
    The best music game ever. Harmonix have outdone themselves with new instruments and an insane Pro Mode that will keep us playing for months, perhaps even years to come.
  3. 95
    Rock Band 3 is the ultimate rhythm game experience. It takes the groundwork laid by past games and makes it extraordinary.
  4. Rock Band 3 is about as complete a music game as you could hope.
  5. Dec 22, 2010
    90
    The fact that Rock Band 3 is both easy to pick up and play while offering an intricate learning tool is a remarkable thing.
  6. Dec 14, 2010
    90
    The unavoidable reality is that, for all Rock Band 3's considerable refinements and intuitive advancements, your current games and equipment will probably suffice if you're just after banging a few plastic keys to the odd tune every now and then. But if you've still got a passion for the genre, or you're seriously considering furthering your understanding of the instruments with Pro mode, Rock Band 3 might just be the most important rhythm game to date.
  7. Oct 28, 2010
    85
    And while that experience is still solid, it's not all that different from Rock Band 2.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Oct 27, 2010
    10
    This is the ultimate rhythm game on Wii. It makes up for the previous installments 10 fold by adding song importing (although RB1 and Lego are left out) for RB2 and Green Day and by adding downloadable packs (finally) on the RBN store. The graphics are amazing for a Wii game and the variety of things to do is amazing. This is a definate must buy for fans of the series or anyone looking for a great party game. Expand
  2. Aug 2, 2011
    10
    Yay! There's a keyboard, finally! And it's great, because the keyboard has two choices: pro keyboard and keyboard. Both are extremely fun. Play this one with friends. It's the best ROCK BAND to play that way. And all the songs are GREAT. Expand
  3. Oct 28, 2010
    10
    I was late in getting into music games. I bought RB2 Christmas 2009. Since then I have bought all RB games, and several GH games. RB3 is the best of them all. The new selection for song s feature is awesome. The keyboard addition is fantastic. The number of songs is great even if the Wii never gets all the songs the 360 version has. If you have a Wii and like music, Get This Game! Expand
  4. Mar 28, 2013
    10
    Rock Band 3 is the best rhythm game on the Wii for several reasons. Firstly, it has a Downloadable Content songlist which grows weekly. As of 2012 there are thousands of songs, they’ve included bands such as Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Linkin Park, Nirvana, Coldplay, Creedence Clearwater Revival and many many more. Another reason for this game being good is that after the long wait since Rock Band 2, Harmonix has been busy tinkering with the game and adding new features to many of the game’s essentials.

    The biggest difference between Rock Band 3 and Rock Band 2 (or the Guitar Hero games) are the ‘pro’ instruments. These instruments include a more complex guitar controller, extra cymbal pads for drums and a 25 octave keyboard. Pro instruments are more complex than their standard counterparts, even on the easiest difficulty. They are however a great stepping stone for those who want to learn instruments for real. The keyboard controller has a pretty unique ‘pro’ mode which requires you to play some of the 25 keys which contains two full octaves (white and black notes included). The note charts for ‘pro’ keys is confusing at first, but the colour coded elements help to keep playing the keyboard possible. Chords and fast fingerwork are required at the higher difficulty levels. In addition, the keyboard controller can also be used to player Guitar and Bass notes in any song.

    The 83 songs on the Rock Band 3 disc are good for the most part and encompass every genre. There will be a few songs you might not enjoy playing but there will also be a few songs which you will most likely play many times and possibly find a new band that you like. Of course when you take DLC into account, you have an entire library of songs to enjoy and purchase at your own leisure (200 Wii points per song, the price varies for ‘track packs’, which are bundles of songs at a discounted price). The only problems unique to the Wii version are temporary freezes, missing bands during songs or issues dropping out to the main menu. However these issues are very minor and usually resolved quickly. Multiplayer is a fantastic aspect of the game. With several friends you start to develop a sort of camaraderie like a real life band would. You’ll discuss songs you’d like to play and take turns with the various instruments, even helping friends with local or online challenges. You can organise and create set-lists of songs which can be played at any time, these can be shared with other online users. The online community is diverse and Harmonix are constantly seeking user song suggestions, some of which lead directly to new DLC.
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  5. Nov 29, 2010
    9
    This is fast becoming my favorite Wii game to date. Some games are better but this is the one that keeps me coming back somehow. It's highly adicting. I have 3 consoles and haven't tried the RB series on any other, but if they are this good then I can see why this is such a popular series. It's AWESOME! Expand
  6. Nov 5, 2012
    8
    Songlist is overall okay amazing DLC
    Awesome customization
    Highlights:
    Rainbow In The Dark, Here I Go Again, The Beautiful People,
    Roundabout, Saturday's Alright For Fighting, Du Hast, Caught In A Mosh, Crazy Train, Before I Forget, Beast and The Harlot, Smoke On The Water, Whip It, Foolin', Break on Through (To the Other Side), Free Bird, Misery Business, Bohemian Rhapsody, No One Knows, Get Free, and I Wanna Be Sedated.
    I wish there were more 70s and 80's metal like Dio, Iron Maiden, Slayer. Metallica, Megadeth, or even Black Sabbath. Or more nu-metal like Korn, Linkin Park, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson.
    Graphics are pathetic even for a wii game (480p) a high quality rock band game for Xbox 360 is (1080p) which is two times the quality of a wii game. Rock Band 3 was a great attempt but weak compared to Rock Band 2 which was awesome!
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  7. Nov 11, 2010
    2
    If you're expecting something that is of the quality of The Beatles Rock Band, Rock Band 2, Rock Band Green Day, or even Lego Rock Band, then don't buy this game. Vocals are broken. Overdrive doesn't work if you have the volume above conversation level. Drums lag and the bass pedal is not synced properly. The menus stutter and lag very badly. The experience is NOTHING like what you would expect based on playing other games in the franchise. Very disappointing. Don't buy this game until the developer fixes these problems. Expand

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