Harmonix Breaking New Innovative Ground With Rock Band 3
Well, with every new Guitar Hero must come a new Rock Band. It's like a law.
But this time, Harmonix wants to leave the obviously fake plastic instruments behind and provide fans of the genre with a "real" peripheral (or two) for Rock Band 3. According to a recent USA Today article, the keyboard will be making its auspicious debut in the newest Rock Band iteration. It will be a 25-key MIDI keyboard and although players will only utilize the standard five keys (Green, Red, Yellow, Blue, Orange) in Normal Mode, things go crazy when you switch to the new Pro Mode: here, all 25 keys will be in use with the on-screen note "shifting left and right to cover the correct keys." Furthermore, the new guitar peripheral will also take a step in the simulation direction. They'll actually boast six strings for strumming, with the neck featuring touch-sensitive pads that will mimic the instrument's strings. Harmony vocal parts, which debuted in last year's The Beatles: Rock Band will also be included, which means that up to 7 players will now be able to participate in the same song in Rock Band 3.
Then you've got new options like drop-in, drop-out play, the ability to change your instrument in the midst of a song, new animations, and even an improved story. Said Harmonix project director Daniel Sussman:
"We saw a kind of staleness in terms of game-play innovation. Really, the main focus of Rock Band 3 development was finding new ways to experience the music and actually doubling down, if you will, on our investment in compelling game play."
Oh, and there's even a glance at the 83-song track list featured in the game; it includes "Get Free" by The Vines, "Portions of Foxes" by Rilo Kiley, "Been Caught Stealing" by Jane's Addiction, "Plush" by Stone Temple Pilots, "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne, "I Love Rock and Roll" by Joan Jett, "Rainbow in the Dark" by Dio (RIP), "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen, and "Crosstown Traffic" by Jimi Hendrix, among others. So who's interested in this one now? Everyone?
Related Game(s): Rock Band 3
6/10/2010 10:40:09 AM Ben Dutka