Excellent experience overall..., however one gripe
Avaliado nos Estados Unidos em 27 de outubro de 2010
Let me start off by saying that Rock Band 3 is an excellent experience. I am writing this as an experienced Rock Band player, so I'm going to write this review from that point of view.
Major improvements over Rock Band 2 include:
- Being able to drop in and out of a session without having to resort to "backing out" into the lobby area to add/drop players. HUGE plus; no longer is there the audible groan emitted by the group when someone wants to take a break or "hey, I want to play!"
- Filtering / song selection is a LOT friendlier. You can now sort by song genres, decades, game versions, etc. in a much more controlled manner giving you better access to your songs.
- As your band goes on the road, the in-between videos of driving to your next gig, or the parties after your concert to the aftermath that ensues is an awesome personal touch.
- Pro Mode keyboards (Mustang PRO guitar will arrive 11/26; I'll edit my review once I get it) are a challenge, but a blast. It definitely wants to make me excel; it's so much fun. A big concern that I had was whether or not there would be a range of difficulties in PRO Mode so I can baby-step into it; rest assured, there is. Both PRO and regular modes have difficulties ranging from Easy to Expert.
- Character customization is far more powerful and I like the range of choices far better.
- Song choice has expanded considerably with the introduction of the keyboard.
- Harmonies are now supported in Rock Band 3 a la Beatles and Green Day.
- And oh, it's a doozy. You want to have 2 guitars, a keyboard, and a vocalist at the same time? Nope. It won't happen. It...will...not...let you. Well, that's not EXACTLY true. The ONLY way that you can have these combination of peripherals work is if you enter "All Instruments Mode" which will support 2 guitars, a keyboard, a drum set, and your vocalists. What's the complaint, you ask? Well, vocalists are forced into "karaoke mode" which means that all their singing is for naught...no overdrive, nothing. Rock Band 2 had a similar thing...it was called "stand behind the couch and sing along while 2 guitars and the drum set are utilized with the mic turned off." In fact, I could have a choir going on with Rock Band 2 with the mic turned off. I can make it a 24-player game. The effect is about the same for me in Rock Band 3. It's stupid and costs the game a single star for me.
Not only that, but you can't have 1 guitar, 1 bass, and a keyboard at the same time either without being forced into "All Instruments Mode." It will force you into it, vocalist or no. The downside to all of this is that you can't enter into an online session if you're in "All Instruments Mode."
Overall, it's a great game. Why they could support a vocal/keyboard/drum/guitar (or bass) combination but NOT a vocal/keyboard/guitar/bass combination staggers me. There is already one complaint (or I should more accurately say, "how do you do it" post) on the [...] forum.
If that issue doesn't bother you, then rush out and get it. If it does, then you have been warned.
-- Edit 10 / 30 / 2010 --
To make matters worse, this problem appears to extend to online sessions as well. We tried drums and keyboard at my house while my friends' house had guitar, bass, and vocals. The guitar + bass + keyboard combination appears to be the kiss of death; it WILL NOT WORK as of 10 / 30 / 2010. Through troubleshooting, we figured out that the highest number of participants that you can engage is 6: 1 bass / 1 guitar (or keyboard, just not a combination of the 3) / 3 vocalists (harmonies must be in the same household; we could not get harmonies to work in different households) / 1 drum. The box says 2 - 7 players online. We could not make 7 work. Please chime in if you could and what combination that you utilized to make it happen.
Hopefully, Harmonix produces a patch for this issue because the nexus behind Rock Band 3 (and what all of us were led to believe) was that the keyboard became the additional instrument, not the frustrating "and / or" situation that it has become. Buyer be warned.
-- Edit 11 / 10 / 2010 --
Harmonix posted a Top 10 FAQ. They may be working on a patch which may resolve some outstanding issues, but it's not specifically clear whether or not they intend on addressing the All Instruments Mode issue. I will continue to track this.
If this issue is fixed in the future, I will update this review. In the meantime, I stand by deducting a star from an otherwise awesome game.
-- Edit 12 / 26 / 2010 --
All Instruments Mode is still around. I'm afraid that it might be around to stay. While it's not a deal-killer for all, I'm afraid that it will alienate the singers out there.
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