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Old 05-28-2010, 07:54 PM   #41
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That depends on if they treat it like a keyboard or an actual keytar...if you have to use the "strings" while playing the keyboard then you have no choice but to hold it like a keytar.
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YEEAAAA!!!!!! This is my fav game. Can't wait to see the details on this for the new instrument and songs.
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Old 06-04-2010, 09:47 PM   #43
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I'm not really concerned about the keytar addition, I'm more happy that this may mean a TON more songs from the 1980's....
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Old 06-10-2010, 05:08 PM   #44
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Of the 83 song setlist, the songs CONFIRMED for Rock Band 3 already include:

Dio – Rainbow in the Dark
Huey Lewis and the News – The Power of Love
Ida Maria – Oh My God
Jane’s Addiction – Been Caught Stealing
Jimi Hendrix – Crosstown Traffic
Joan Jett – I Love Rock and Roll
Juanes – Me Enamora
Metric – Combat Baby
Night Ranger – Sister Christian
Ozzy Osbourne – Crazy Train
Phoenix – Lasso
Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
Rilo Kiley – Portions of Foxes
Smash Mouth – Walkin’ on the Sun
Spacehog – In the Meantime
Stone Temple Pilots – Plush
The Cure – Just Like Heaven
The Doors – Break On Through
The Vines – Get Free
The White Stripes – The Hardest Button to Button
Them Crooked Vultures – Dead End Friends
Whitesnake – Here I Go Again
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Of the 83 song setlist, the songs CONFIRMED for Rock Band 3 already include:

Dio – Rainbow in the Dark
Huey Lewis and the News – The Power of Love
Ida Maria – Oh My God
Jane’s Addiction – Been Caught Stealing
Jimi Hendrix – Crosstown Traffic
Joan Jett – I Love Rock and Roll
Juanes – Me Enamora
Metric – Combat Baby
Night Ranger – Sister Christian
Ozzy Osbourne – Crazy Train
Phoenix – Lasso
Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
Rilo Kiley – Portions of Foxes
Smash Mouth – Walkin’ on the Sun
Spacehog – In the Meantime
Stone Temple Pilots – Plush
The Cure – Just Like Heaven
The Doors – Break On Through
The Vines – Get Free
The White Stripes – The Hardest Button to Button
Them Crooked Vultures – Dead End Friends
Whitesnake – Here I Go Again
I don't know any of these songs..lol
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Development of Rock Band 3 began immediately after the September 2008 release of Rock Band 2, says project director Daniel Sussman at Cambridge, Mass.-based Harmonix.

As work continued, the music category's slide in sales made the design team deepen their focus. "We saw a kind of staleness in terms of game-play innovation," Sussman says. "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.

"We are adding a new instrument (a 25-key, fully functioning MIDI keyboard) and we're adding a whole new mode, which is designed basically to answer that staleness factor."

The result, he says, is "an experience that is both accessible to players who are just getting into this thing, and builds something for the hard-core player who is maybe a little bored with where music games are."

Sussman and several key members of the Rock Band team (Harmonix senior designers Sylvain Dubrofsky and Dan Teasdale, and public relations gurus John Drake of Harmonix and Jeff Castaneda of MTV Games; you can see them all playing the game in the accompanying video) recently demonstrated Rock Band 3 for USA TODAY's Game Hunters and offered a test drive of the new keyboard controller, as well as the game's new authentic Pro mode aimed at helping players develop skills usable on real instruments.

"Everybody who wants to keep playing on the instruments they already have, we have enhanced new features and new gameplay for you," Dubrofsky says. "It's up to you to decide where you take this."

More on the advances for Rock Band 3 (due for the holidays for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii and Nintendo DS):

•Better story. Design your own characters and session musicians from improved character models and watch their story unfold throughout the game. Your band members are seen getting into the van to go to a show, and practicing as well as performing. They even appear as you choose songs to play. "It is a really cool way to make sure you are always in the narrative no matter which mode you are in," Teasdale says. "The entire game is essentially one story of your band."

Everything you do earns achievements in the goal-based career mode. "Previously our career modes weren't really about getting better as a Rock Band player, it was about investing time," Teasdale says. "We developed this entirely new career mode based around unlocking achievement-like goals to show your progression through the game, and also give you incentives to get better.

"We have hundreds and hundreds of these goals across instruments and gameplay modes and across (downloadable content). It is a really great way to finish Rock Band in your way, based on your skill, and not on some predetermined path of songs."

•More fluid gameplay. Players can jump in or out of songs without interrupting a song already in progress. They can also change instruments or difficulty settings during a song without pausing. "It's a really cool way to get rid of that friction that players have when they are in a party situation," Teasdale says.

Another party-friendly mode, "road challenges," is described by Teasdale as "taking Rock Band 1 and 2's band world tour (mode) and merging it with Mario Party. We tried to find a way to get the core experience people had playing the band world tour and the things they really enjoyed, like getting the van or getting random set lists, and putting that into a setting that you can finish in an evening instead of a week. So now we have all these tours which are actually you going on a tour of the East Coast or touring across the world, and you are finishing that in three hours or whatever time you think you have to play."

•Revamped song-filtering system. With the Rock Band library expected to grow to about 2,000 songs by year's end, it has grown too big for simply scrolling. With the new system, "you can say, 'only show me songs in Rock Band 3' or 'only songs under three minutes' or 'Eighties metal songs from my (downloadable) collection,' " Teasdale says. "It's a really cool way to take your full library down to a manageable list of songs."

Not to be forgotten, the keyboards' addition — along with carrying over the three-part harmonies from The Beatles: Rock Band and new Green Day: Rock Band games — means that "you can play as a seven -player band," Teasdale says, "which is an amazing experience."

•Rock Band Pro. This new music learning mode lets players develop real-world music-playing fundamentals for keyboards, guitars and drums. More realistic music notations replace the standard color-coded notes during gameplay. For guitar, numbers flow down the screen along six guitar strings, telling you where to place your hands on the neck and when to strum.

Two new guitar controllers in the works have actual strings where you strum; one is a full-sized, fully functional six-string Squier Stratocaster from Fender. "It can tell where your fingers are based on technology in the neck and the bridge of the guitar. No buttons," Drake says. "While you're playing it, it feels exactly like playing a real guitar," because that's what you're doing.

The other is a Fender Mustang Pro controller from accessory maker Mad Catz with a field of buttons in each fret. As your fingers compress the smaller non-colored buttons on that guitar's neck, your finger positions are represented in the game's display. "You can go from plucking single notes to power chords and bar chords, we have crazy stuff like tapping and slides," Dubrofsky says. "If you ever had any aspirations of connecting with the music in a deeper way ... you are really going to like Rock Band 3."

For drums, three new cymbals are added to the standard four drum pads, and you are forced to play the correct cymbal at the right time. "It really immerses you more. You feel more like a drummer," Dubrofsky says. "It's not only for expert levels. You can come in on easy and actually play Pro drums. We have all the different levels established. It's actually really fun. You are playing up on the high hat or down on the snare, and it feels more like a kit than ever before."

On keyboards, Sussman says, "we're actually utilizing the full two-octave range that the keyboard controller has. Everything that you are playing, whether you are playing on easy or expert, is accurate musical information. The track looks like a real keyboard track, and you are playing notes on the keyboard that if you were to step away from the game and were to play on a real piano, they would be the right notes."

Pro players can use the mode for private practice or incorporate it while others play the game's standard arcade modes. "You can be an expert keys-player playing with an all easy band, no problem," Drake says.
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Better character crreator and song-sorting are much welcomed. Don't care about Pro mode, and I'm not interested in 'stringed' guitars either. I already have a jumbo acoustic if I want to actually play music.

I need them to announce if there will be (free) updates to the existing songs with keyboards in them already. That will be a very big deal to me, since I plan on getting the RB3/keyboard bundle. I've put off getting a MIDI keyboard for far too long now.

Also, I wonder if the new 'mandatory' cymbols for drums will allow me to use the ones I already have. I bought the 2 cymbol set and use it now, but they mentioned a 3-cymbol set. I hope I can get just the extra one and not have to get an entirely new set altogether.
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Better character crreator and song-sorting are much welcomed. Don't care about Pro mode, and I'm not interested in 'stringed' guitars either. I already have a jumbo acoustic if I want to actually play music.

I need them to announce if there will be (free) updates to the existing songs with keyboards in them already. That will be a very big deal to me, since I plan on getting the RB3/keyboard bundle. I've put off getting a MIDI keyboard for far too long now.

Also, I wonder if the new 'mandatory' cymbols for drums will allow me to use the ones I already have. I bought the 2 cymbol set and use it now, but they mentioned a 3-cymbol set. I hope I can get just the extra one and not have to get an entirely new set altogether.
That's my question on the drums, because if I need new drums, might as well get a brand new kit.
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Jane’s Addiction – Been Caught Stealing
Jimi Hendrix – Crosstown Traffic
Joan Jett – I Love Rock and Roll
Ozzy Osbourne – Crazy Train
Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody

Smash Mouth – Walkin’ on the Sun
Spacehog – In the Meantime
Stone Temple Pilots – Plush
The Cure – Just Like Heaven
The Doors – Break On Through
The Vines – Get Free
The White Stripes – The Hardest Button to Button
Whitesnake – Here I Go Again
These are the bands and/or songs I've heard of. Can't wait to play two in bold!

As for the announcement of the keyboard (I thought everybody said it was a Keytar?) I think it's good news. My sister used to play the keyboard so now she won't be stuck playing just the drums. (She can play the guitar/bass but prefers drums) And with the addition of cymbols (Not a 3rd-party add on) hopefully the notes on screen will show up differently so you know when to hit what cymbol... should also be more fun for my sister to play when she does choose the drums. The stringed guitar sounds interesting to me but may prove too difficult for my simple eye-hand coordination skills. haha Can't wait to try it out!
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Of the 83 song setlist, the songs CONFIRMED for Rock Band 3 already include:

Dio – Rainbow in the Dark
Huey Lewis and the News – The Power of Love
Ida Maria – Oh My God
Jane’s Addiction – Been Caught Stealing
Jimi Hendrix – Crosstown Traffic
Joan Jett – I Love Rock and Roll
Juanes – Me Enamora
Metric – Combat Baby
Night Ranger – Sister Christian
Ozzy Osbourne – Crazy Train
Phoenix – Lasso
Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
Rilo Kiley – Portions of Foxes
Smash Mouth – Walkin’ on the Sun
Spacehog – In the Meantime
Stone Temple Pilots – Plush
The Cure – Just Like Heaven
The Doors – Break On Through
The Vines – Get Free
The White Stripes – The Hardest Button to Button
Them Crooked Vultures – Dead End Friends
Whitesnake – Here I Go Again
Those confirmed songs look pretty weak to me.
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That initial list of songs looks good to me. More Doors songs pls!

I would rather have Holy Diver than Rainbow in the Dark though.
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It's nice to see it's actually a keyboard and not a keytar.

But the confirmed part of the setlist is mostly terrible. The well can't be that dry already.
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There's a video of the keyboard here:

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/gaming/...and10_ST_N.htm

Edit: The keyboard portion of the game looks like a mess right now. I wasn't expecting a keyboard to be implemented very well, and so far that seems to be the case.
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Of the 83 song setlist, the songs CONFIRMED for Rock Band 3 already include:

Dio – Rainbow in the Dark
Huey Lewis and the News – The Power of Love
Ida Maria – Oh My God
Jane’s Addiction – Been Caught Stealing
Jimi Hendrix – Crosstown Traffic
Joan Jett – I Love Rock and Roll

Juanes – Me Enamora
Metric – Combat Baby
Night Ranger – Sister Christian
Ozzy Osbourne – Crazy Train
Phoenix – Lasso
Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
Rilo Kiley – Portions of Foxes
Smash Mouth – Walkin’ on the Sun
Spacehog – In the Meantime
Stone Temple Pilots – Plush
The Cure – Just Like Heaven
The Doors – Break On Through (To The Other Side)
The Vines – Get Free
The White Stripes – The Hardest Button to Button
Them Crooked Vultures – Dead End Friends
Whitesnake – Here I Go Again
Awesome! However, I'm still hoping Harmonix gives us "Roundabout" by Yes for Rock Band 3.
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The set list looks pretty darn good to me!! The Doors, The Cure, Bohemian Rhapsody, Crazy Train, Jimmy Hendrix, Jane's Addiction, Dio, Phoenix.

The 2000's needs some more work though. Hopefully we see some of the following: Radiohead, Bloc Party, Interpol, The Strokes, Smashing Pumpkins, New Order, Silversun Pickups.....
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The 2000's needs some more work though. Hopefully we see some of the following: Radiohead, Bloc Party, Interpol, The Strokes, Smashing Pumpkins, New Order, Silversun Pickups.....
Yeah, other than Phoenix I don't know any of the 2000s songs! I know the BAND White Stripes, but not that song.

I actually like how the keyboard scrolls left and right to get higher or lower notes. It's very effecient, compared to having all 25 notes on screen at once (which would be impossible in multiplayer). Having 5 players on the same screen makes everything too small though. Even 4 players on my 60" widescreen feels like everything is just too small.
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