E3 10; Rock Band 3 – The PS3 Attitude Preview
We’ve known for a while now that keyboards were coming to the franchise and we got up close and personal with the new instrument in addition to testing out the new Pro mode that let’s you get even closer to your dream of becoming a rock star by teaching you how to actually play an instrument.
The most major difference from Rock Band 2 to 3 is the addition of the keyboard instrument. Instead of having five colored buttons to push, the keyboard has 25! That’s about as close to the real thing you’re going to get. You shouldn’t feel overwhelmed though because you can play it like any of the other instruments and only have five notes appear on screen if you choose. For those of you who want the real piano playing experience, there’s the all new Pro mode.
Pro mode will utilize every single note on the keyboard. It’s so large, in fact, that the note lane will need to shift left or right at times in order to fit everything at once. Don’t worry if you’re not a pro at playing the piano either because this mode has all the same levels of difficulty as the regular ones; Easy, Medium, Hard, and Expert.
The keyboard takes some adjusting to since you’ll be using both your hands. The most difficult part is figuring out what note to hit since there are so many and the rhythm track can be pretty small with them all on screen at once. With a bit of practice, I’m sure it’ll come as second nature just like the rest of the instruments.
Pro mode is also available for the drums and guitar. On the drums, it’s a cymbal expansion kit. For the guitar however, the strum button has been replaced with six strings and tons of fret buttons line the neck. There will also an official six-string version available to turn it into a fully functional guitar. While they’re wasn’t one to try out, we did see a like demo of it.
The Pro Guitar mode completely changes the way you play Rock Band. Rather than seeing colorful rectangles coming down the note path, you’ll see numbers related to each of the six strings. In addition, you’ll have to slide your fingers over the frets, just like a real guitar.
If that wasn’t enough, both instruments for the pro guitar and keyboard have MIDI outputs so you can use them as actual instruments and connect to amps, computers, or whatever else you want.
With a new menu setup, better graphics, and the ability to create custom song filters, Rock Band 3 is looking to improve much of the stuff we hated in previous games and is becoming that much closer to the real deal.