E3 2010: Our First Look At Rock Band 3


Posted June 10, 2010 - By Andrew Pfister

Rock Band 3

USA Today broke the news last night, and now we can tell you what we think of the incredibly ambitious Rock Band 3. Demonstrated for us at a pre-E3 event a few weeks ago, Rock Band 3 does indeed feature a keyboard (or if you prefer, keytar) and a "Pro" mode with high-caliber instruments that actually teach you how to play the real thing. If you will allow me to quote myself...

"Rock Band "Pro" is something that's built entirely separately from the regular Rock Band experience we're all familiar with. Requiring the use of brand new hardware (again developed by Mad Catz), the Pro guitar is a six-"string," 17-fret axe that has sensors at every position. This means actual notes and chords show up on the expanded note highway that kind of looks like mobile guitar tablature. The idea isn't to be complex for the sake of complexity, but to actually teach players how to make proper chord shapes, how to do real hammer-ons and pull-offs, and the musical theory behind everything. Basically, skills that you can transfer directly from your Rock Band guitar to a real guitar."

For more details, including the first known songs on the setlist, read my full Rock Band 3 preview.

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