Sneak Preview of Rock Band 3

Last week we got a hands on sneak peak of the forth coming Rock Band 3, and the consensus is that it will make you want to rock harder than ever before! Drum kits are sooo 2007. Fortunately, Rock Band 3 introduces the keyboard – an illustrious device that lets you jam out like Yanni. The keyboard will encourage you to tickle the ivories, even if you never played a piano before. Everything is color coordinated to match the keys on screen and before I knew it, I was hitting some amazing chords while playing Whitesnakes “Here I Go Again”. The best part is that no one will ever force you to play the keyboard – you’ll just want too!  With an awesome new two-octave keyboard controller, bands can add keys to the mix in either solo mode or with a full band. You’ll be turning it into a keytar in no time.

There are also other  exciting enhancements with the other new controllers too. Rock Band 3’s Squier by Fender Stratocaster Guitar Controller is a new real guitar/controller hybrid that is a fully functional, full-sized, six-string electric guitar that also works as a game controller. It uses technology built into the neck and fingerboard of the guitar to track finger positions in real time. Players can unplug from the fun of Rock Band 3 and plug directly into an amp to rock.

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Besides the peripherals that have been added, Rock Band 3 has gotten a face lift with polished graphics, new menus, along with key moments with vignettes that take you from dive bars to arenas and beyond. The game will ship with 83 songs spanning all different genres and decades of music. Customizations of rockers are still essential in the game and these avatars are more profound throughout the gameplay experience then ever before. Overall, with this latest version of Rock Band – Harmonix seems to be not only providing you with a much more improved rhythm game experience, but they’re also training you to be a real rocker outside of the game too.

Rock Band 3 will launch October 26th for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii, Nintendo DS.

Announced Rock Band 3 Tracks:

  • *HIM, “Killing Loneliness
  • Ida Maria, “Oh My God”
  • Juanes, “Me Enamora”
  • *Mana, “Oye Me Amor”
  • Metric, “Combat Baby”
  • Phoenix, “Lasso”
  • *Poni Hoax, “Antibodies”
  • Rilo Kiley, “Portions for Foxes”
  • *Slipknot, “Before I Forget”
  • Them Crooked Vultures, “Dead End Friends”
  • The Vines, “Get Free”
  • The White Stripes, “The Hardest Button to Button”
  • *Tokio Hotel, “Humanoid”
  • 1990s:
    • Filter, “Hey Man, Nice Shot”
    • Jane’s Addiction, “Been Caught Stealing”
    • Marilyn Manson, “The Beautiful People
    • Smash Mouth, “Walkin’ on the Sun”
  • Spacehog, “In the Meantime”
  • Stone Temple Pilots, “Plush”
  • *Rammstein, “Du Hast” (in German)
  • 1980s:
    • The Cure, “Just Like Heaven”
    • Def Leppard, “Foolin’”
    • Dio, “Rainbow in the Dark”
    • Huey Lewis and the News, “The Power of Love”
    • *INXS, “Need You Tonight”
    • Joan Jett, “I Love Rock and Roll”
  • Night Ranger, “Sister Christian”
  • Ozzy Osbourne, “Crazy Train”
  • *Roxette, “The Look”
  • Tears For Fears, “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”
  • Whitesnake, “Here I Go Again”
  • 1970s:
    • The B-52s, “Rock Lobster’
    • *Bob Marley and the Wailers, “Get Up, Stand Up”
    • Foreigner, “Cold As Ice”
  • Queen, “Bohemian Rhapsody”*War, “Low Rider”
  • 1960s:
    • Jimi Hendrix, “Crosstown Traffic”
  • The Doors, “Break On Through”

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