Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
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  1. 84
    To be able to pick up Music Generator 3 for a console and have a system that is cleanly designed and easy to make music on is pretty much amazing.
  2. More impressive is the ability to "rip" samples off of your personal CDs (I had Snoop busting verses over Led Zep's might "Moby Dick" riff in no time!) [Aug 2004, p.96]
  3. The program has a small learning curve but once you get the basics down, you will be surprised at the ease of use. If you like music, want to try your hand at remixing old classics or new tunes into “original” songs, then it really doesn’t get much better than this.
  4. The tools and interface make it easy to customize tracks in a lot of different ways. The only drawback is that you’ll probably be the only one enjoying them.
  5. MTV MG3 is a way to try your hand at mixing and sampling without spending thousands on synthesizer equipment, and find out how difficult it is to make a solid three-minute track.
  6. 75
    For most people, the Music Generator will provide much more creative fun than they expected out of a console.
  7. 90
    The game's greatness lies in its intuitive interface and ease of use. Just about anyone can sit down and make music in a matter of minutes. [Aug 2004, p.68]
  8. games(TM)
    The title does offer features and functionality (for Xbox owners, at least) that can only otherwise be obtained through pricey PC software, and the fact that a console title can even approach this kind of professional software has left us particularly impressed. [Aug 2004, p.114]
  9. An improvement over previous titles in the series but there are still some glaring deficiencies to creating music on a console. Among which is a lack of importing and exporting options, and available source material.
  10. Remixing is an art and takes a great deal of practice, MTV Music Generator 3 takes some of the guesswork out of that process and makes it fun for the average gamer, and at an entry price of $29.99 you can't go wrong.
  11. Official Xbox Magazine
    It's an amateur music maker's tool, but a very potent and easy-to-use one and everyone from hardcore wannabe producers to b-boys sitting around Mom's living room really should have it in their library. [Aug 2004, p.84]
  12. An incredibly versatile package and if it weren't for the fairly minor inconvenience of being trapped within the sound set of whichever of the ten basic tracks in which you choose to work, it would be almost without fault.
  13. Xbox’ers are getting the strongest version of this unique product by far. Kudos to the team over at Mix Max for creating such a thorough application that is also totally user friendly.
  14. It’s great at what it does: giving casual users an in-depth and easy way to create their own songs and mess around with others. It’s worth a look, at least, and could even become a nice party game with friends.
  15. Ripping samples off of CD's and making your own beats is pretty addicting. My only negatives are the lack of true sample ripping from any source like you've been able to do in the past, and the lack of song choice.
  16. The biggest drawback to this title is the small playlist of songs that play like a soundtrack for Summer 2003. However, it's worth a look when you couple the lower price with an unbelievably complete set of features.
  17. netjak
    If you are like me, you will be playing this one for the entire summer and break it out every once and a while to impress friends. Those with little music talent will find this title a good rental; only then will you know if it’s worth the purchase.
  18. The audio portion of the game is wonderful, as expected. The sound quality of the included tracks is excellent, as are the numerous included samples in the game.
  19. The basic menu system starts out simple enough, but if you really want to dig down deep into the guts of groove, you've got to work around a menu system that is definitely daunting. Sure it's pretty to look at and has a very professional feel to it, but it can be a total bear for newcomers to the mixing game.
  20. Other more robust PC software would be better for the true fan, but if you’re new and want to see if this is something you would like to pursue MTV:MG3 would be a good place to start.
  21. Those with an interest in the art of DJ-ing but lack the funds to purchase all the equipment will definitely want to check this one out.
  22. While MTV Music Generator 3 is easy to pick up and mess around with, would-be DJs would find the time better spent learning a software application that actually gives them the freedom to create without the restrictions and limitations found in this fun but simple package.
  23. Xbox Nation Magazine
    The most impressive thing about Remix is its clean, intuitive interface. [Aug 2004, p.91]
  24. Unlike the first two in the series, which were made by a different studio, the interface is simple and intuitive, and the result addictive — the permutations seem endless.
  25. For not really improving much, it doesn't feel like MTV Music Generator 3 as much as it feels like this should have been "MTV Music Generator 2."

Awards & Rankings

#58 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2004
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 4 out of 10
  1. Rick
    Feb 28, 2006
    I give it a 5 as its only halfway there. It has some nice features, ease of use, handy tutorials, and good quality sounds. The problems lie I give it a 5 as its only halfway there. It has some nice features, ease of use, handy tutorials, and good quality sounds. The problems lie in the amount of samples are limited. Not only are they limited in number but are limited in the style of music you are playing. If you are playing house you have house beats to choose from, but why cant you include a melody from trance? Other problems stem from not being able to merge samples creating your own unique sample where by you can look at the back end of that sample and add or take elements away from it. What I mean by that is you can only change the initial sample but that change effects that sample throughout the whole track. So if at the end of a 32 count you wanted to drop the last beat before a kicker on the 33rd you cant cos that dropped beat will be repeated and reflected throughout the whole track where you have that sample placed. The effects on sounds are also limited, as mentioned you cannot change the pitch. Id rate the quality of the sounds better than Music 2000 on PS1 but not nearly enough samples. The main pull of Music 2000 over this as a console music maker is that it just had so much more freedom to create your own unique samples. Sure it has a ripper tool but the length of which is way too short 4 bars in total...which means you cant download a killer lyric from one of ya faves which may say...go for 8 bars. Copy it in two sections I hear you say? Yeah right tried that but trying to match them up seemlessly is nearly impossible. Hmm they are on the right path just fell way short of expectations I believe there is a huuuuge market here with Online users submitting their home console made tracks. We just need a production team to do it right. The first time, not on version 3 or 4 etc but getting it right the first time and then being able to build on that franchise. Fingers crossed. Full Review »
  2. GeraldP.
    Mar 30, 2005
    It is a good game to work with you have to know how to use it. You really have to have a passion for music like that.
  3. Paradicalpiotr
    Feb 15, 2005
    This ware ownzorz, loads of great samples and build-in wave editor, if you like softwares like fruity loops, buy this for ps2 and you'll love it.