Universal acclaim - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Oct 26, 2010
    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
    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. Oct 24, 2010
    Rock Band 3 is simply the best there is in the music genre.
  5. Dec 25, 2010
    We wish it was cheaper, but Rock Band 3 is the ultimate music game on Wii even if you don't re-mortgage the house to buy the new instruments. [Issue#56, p.59]
  6. Dec 22, 2010
    The fact that Rock Band 3 is both easy to pick up and play while offering an intricate learning tool is a remarkable thing.
  7. Dec 14, 2010
    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.
  8. Rock Band 3 is about as complete a music game as you could hope.
  9. Oct 22, 2010
    It's hard to imagine where Harmonix can go next with the franchise. [Dec 2010, p.82]
  10. Oct 28, 2010
    And while that experience is still solid, it's not all that different from Rock Band 2.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Nov 11, 2010
    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. Full Review »
  2. Oct 27, 2010
    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. Full Review »
  3. Mar 28, 2013
    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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