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by A customer on 1/4/2011

Bought this along with the RB keyboard for PS3 - excellent combo. Nice track selection, good levels of difficulty, fun for all the family. Highly recommended.

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on 12/14/2012

Great addition to my Rock Band collection

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Product Overview

Rock Band 3 is the next major installment in the Rock Band series, reinvigorating the music game genre with incredible new features for advanced and casual players alike, offering something for everyone.

The Music: Rock Band 3 will have an incredible 83-song setlist, as well as support for the over 1,500 existing Rock Band tracks (Rock Band and Rock Band 2 discs, DLC, track packs, AC/DC Live: Rock Band Track Pack, LEGO Rock Band, and Green Day: Rock Band). The setlist contains songs from some of the best bands from around the world, including bands that have never appeared in a music game! Don't think it stops there - the regular weekly DLC releases will continue after Rock Band 3's release.

Rock Band 3 also includes an improved Music Library, allowing players to create and save setlists, and share them with friends, both in-game and right here on Song filtering will make it easier to find the tracks you want to play. You can also hide the songs you don't want to play, and seek out new songs using a built-in song recommendation system based on personal preferences.

The Instruments: In addition to the plastic guitars, bass, drums, and vocals you're used to, now you can jam on a couple of new instruments. Play vocal harmonies with up to three players like you did in The Beatles: Rock Band. And for the first time ever you'll also be able to play using a keyboard peripheral! The band has gotten bigger - playing with all available instruments, you and six friends can all rock at the same time. Rock Band parties will never be the same.

If you're ready to take the next step in music gaming, check out Rock Band 3's Pro Mode. Ever had someone ask you why you play plastic guitar instead of learning a real instrument? Now you can tell them you ARE learning a real instrument. Rock Band 3 empowers players to develop actual musical skills through the fun of Rock Band Pro gameplay. Start at Easy and work your way up through Expert on three different Pro Modes, just like you did with the plastic guitars and plastic drums.

Pro Drums supports three expansion cymbals, with gameplay differentiation between toms and cymbals.

Pro Keys features pitch-accurate keyboard performance across a two-octave range, displayed on an easy-to-read keyboard track.

Pro Guitar features notated guitar and bass performances, available for play with either the new Fender Mustang PRO-Guitar simulated guitar controller from Mad Catz or the Rock Band 3 Squier by Fender Stratocaster Guitar real guitar/controller hybrid. The Rock Band 3 Squier Stratocaster is a fully functional, full-sized, six-string electric guitar that also functions as a game controller that Fender and Harmonix have teamed up to develop.

All Pro Modes include tutorials and a difficulty progression from Easy through Expert, giving you the chance to learn at your own speed. And if you're not ready to take that leap - or you just don't want to buy another instrument peripheral - Rock Band 3 will be compatible with all Rock Band and The Beatles: Rock Band peripherals, as well as most third-party controllers.

New Gameplay: Party Mode: Get the party started faster and keep it going all night! Party Shuffle lets you start the game immediately, while persistent drop-in/drop-out lets players take turns (or take a break!) without interrupting the flow of play. You'll also be able to choose (or change!) your difficulty on any gameplay screen - including mid-song.

Career Mode: If a more long-term play is your style, get ready for over 700 goals and rewards, with seamless leaderboard integration, for a deep campaign experience.

Social Networking: Rock Band 3 adds social networking tools so you can interact with friends and fellow Rock Band rockers using Facebook, Twitter, and more.

Complete Song List:

  • The 2000s
  • Amy Winehouse, Rehab
  • At the Drive-In, One Armed Scissor
  • Avenged Sevenfold, The Beast & the Harlot Dover, King George
  • The Bronx, False Alarm
  • The Flaming Lips, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 1
  • HIM (His Infernal Majesty), Killing Loneliness
  • Hypernova, Viva La Resistance
  • Ida Maria, Oh My God*
  • Juanes, Me Enamora
  • Metric, Combat Baby*
  • Paramore, Misery Business*
  • Phoenix, Lasso*
  • Poni Hoax, Antibodies
  • Pretty Girls Make Graves, Something Bigger, Something Brighter
  • Queens of the Stone Age, No One Knows
  • The Raveonettes, Last Dance
  • Rilo Kiley, Portions for Foxes*
  • Riverboat Gamblers, Don't Bury Me...I'm Still Not Dead
  • Slipknot, Before I Forget
  • The Sounds, Living in America
  • Tegan & Sara, The Con
  • Them Crooked Vultures, Dead End Friends
  • Tokio Hotel, Humanoid
  • The Vines, Get Free
  • The White Stripes, The Hardest Button to Button
  • 1990s
  • Faith No More, Midlife Crisis
  • Filter, Hey Man, Nice Shot
  • Jane's Addiction, Been Caught Stealing
  • Maná, Oye Mi Amor
  • Marilyn Manson, The Beautiful People
  • The Muffs, Outer Space
  • Phish, Llama
  • Primus, Jerry Was a Racecar Driver
  • Rammstein, Du Hast
  • Smash Mouth, Walkin' On The Sun
  • Spacehog, In the Meantime
  • Stone Temple Pilots, Plush
  • Swingin' Utters, This Bastard's Life
  • 1980s
  • Anthrax, Caught in a Mosh
  • Big Country, In a Big Country
  • The Cure, Just Like Heaven
  • Def Leppard, Foolin'
  • Devo, Whip It
  • Dio, Rainbow in the Dark
  • Dire Straits, Walk of Life
  • Echo & the Bunnymen, The Killing Moon
  • Huey Lewis and the News, The Power of Love
  • INXS, Need You Tonight
  • J. Geils Band, Centerfold
  • Joan Jett, I Love Rock N' Roll
  • Night Ranger, Sister Christian
  • Ozzy Osbourne, Crazy Train
  • The Police, Don't Stand So Close to Me
  • Roxette, The Look
  • The Smiths, Stop Me if You Think You've Heard This One Before
  • Tears for Fears, Everybody Wants to Rule the World
  • Whitesnake, Here I Go Again
  • 1970s
  • The B-52's, Rock Lobster
  • Blondie, Heart of Glass
  • Bob Marley, Get Up, Stand Up
  • Chicago, 25 or 6 to 4
  • Deep Purple, Smoke on the Water
  • Doobie Brothers, China Grove
  • Elton John, Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting
  • Foreigner, Cold As Ice
  • Golden Earring, Radar Love
  • John Lennon, Imagine
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd, Free Bird
  • Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Ramones, I Wanna Be Sedated
  • Steve Miller Band, Fly Like an Eagle
  • T. Rex, 20th Century Boy
  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, I Need to Know
  • War, Low Rider
  • Warren Zevon, Werewolves of London
  • Yes, Roundabout
  • 1960s
  • Beach Boys, Good Vibrations (Live)
  • David Bowie, Space Oddity
  • The Doors, Break on Through (To the Other Side)
  • James Brown, I Got You" (I Feel Good) – Alternate Studio Version
  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Crosstown Traffic
  • The Who, I Can See for Miles


Manufacturer Electronic Arts
Mfg Part# 19519
SKU 216730281
UPC 014633195194
UPC 14 00014633195194
Format PlayStation 3
Review Outside of the new instruments, the biggest change for Rock Band 3 is the career mode...Remember in the past when you were just moving along a big map, playing required setlists? Forget that completely. Rock Band 3 is all about challenges. And there are dozens of them. There are general challenges as well as ones specific to each instrument. If you have other Rock Band tracks on your hard drive, the game creates challenges from them as well. One of my favorites is the Dave Grohl Band challenge -- beat five songs by any band that has had Dave Grohl as a member...Completing challenges either as a full band or solo earns you experience points that level you up, unlocking new outfits and new venues. The progression is a lot like in past Rock Band games, where you first get a van, then a tour bus and eventually a private jet to tour the world. But you're never locked into some arbitrary world map with specific setlists to complete...Rock Band 3 is a tough one to judge. If you don't have any downloadable content, then the experience isn't nearly as robust or interesting. And if you don't buy the new keyboard or Pro Guitar, well, then it's just more Rock Band. Not that there's anything wrong with more of the same -- Rock Band's still a great time. The value in Rock Band 3 is going to vary from person to person far more than with most games...What the Pro mode adds is a reason to play Rock Band alone (if you make the investment). For the first time, the series is more satisfying alone than in a room packed with friends, although that's not to say rocking out with your buddies isn't cool. But, seriously, you can spend 20 hours playing Pro Keys and never need anyone else in your band...Rock Band 3 is the best music game option around. The more you put into it, the more you'll get out of it. But my bet is that most people will just buy the game and nothing more. And while that experience is still solid, it's not all that different from Rock Band 2.
Reviewer Hilary Goldstein
ReviewRating 8
Build Your Band: Choose from guitar, bass, drums, three-part vocals, and, for the first time ever, keyboard! Play solo or with up to six of your friends! The game supports one to seven players playing offline and offline co-op and two to six players for online co-op.
Go Pro: Rock Band Pro lets you take your skills to the next level and develop real mastery of an instrument. Develop skills for guitar, bass, drums, or keyboard and sing along with vocal harmonies for the ultimate authentic music experience! Play in the game, rock in the real world!
Play For Fun or Get Serious: Rock Band 3 has great new party modes for quick rocking sessions with friends and a new career mode setting your band on a path to conquer the world, chasing 700+ goals and rewards.
Redesigned Music Library: The new set list manager for improved sorting makes it easier to find the songs you want to play. The song recommendation system will recommend new songs for you based upon those you already like to play.
The Most Music, Period: Rock Band 3 features over 80 of the best bands from around the world, including bands that have never appeared in a music game, and support for the entire Rock Band library including over 1500 songs, with new content added weekly!
Product Attributes
ESRB Rating T (Teen 13+)
Game Genre Simulation
Max # of Players 7
Cheat Code Central Rock Band 3 is simply the best there is in the music genre.
Destructoid About as close to perfect as you're going to get.
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