Rock Band 3

XB360, PS3, WII, DS / Other / Release: Oct 25, 2010 / ESRB: T


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Rock Band 3 DLC: Bon Jovi, New Order and More

Next week's batch of Rock Band 3 downloadable content will bring some monsters Eighties classics, Harmonix has revealed, including New Order's iconic 'Blue Monday,' Talking Heads' 'Burning Down the House' and a dozen Bon Jovi tracks including 'Livin' on a Prayer' and 'You Give Love a Bad Name.' Plus some Deftones, just because.

"enough with the suck already! how about some DLC worth paying for?"
- panbient    See all 2 comments

Rock Band 3 Stringed Pro Guitar Dated, Priced

Fender has revealed the release date and price of its fully-stringed, Rock Band 3-compatible Squier Stratocaster guitar for use in the game's Pro Mode.

The guitar will be available on March 1, 2011 for $279.99. Pre-orders will begin on January 1st. Quite a long wait for the stringed axe. Gamers that want to get in on some Pro guitar action in 2010 will be able to pick up the button-clad MadCatz peripheral next Tuesday for $150. Read more »

"I totally want hopes I could actually become useful on a guitar."
- Q-ball    See all 8 comments

Single Track from Rush Joins Rock Band 3 DLC

Joining the already released tracks from The Doors will be "Subdivisions" from Rush's 1982 Signals album. As with all Harmonix content, it will immediately support Pro Drums. It also happens to have an awesome keyboard part for the new peripheral. For an additional $1, you'll be able to grab a Pro Guitar and Pro Bass upgrade.

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"Doors pack is already out since day 1. 3 of those songs are free and the rest for 1200 points. ..."
- dantastic    See all 2 comments

Rock Band 3: Importing Tracks from Rock Band 2 Explained

Like the original Rock Band allowed players to export tracks into its sequel, Rock Band 3 will give players the opportunity to import almost all of their Rock Band 2 tracks into the latest game in the series.

The process, as described by RockBandAide as a 1.93GB track pack download, first requires Rock Band 3 owners to pay a $10 fee to take advantage of the feature, coupled with the code from the back of the Rock Band 2 instruction manual. To redeem the code, select "Get More Songs" from the Rock Band 3 menu and choose the "Redeem Code" option. Read more »

"Got it last night and played until 9ish. It's awesome. Playing with keytar is tight. Also, ..."
- matrixneo42    See all 27 comments

John Lennon's Imagine Joins Rock Band 3 DLC Lineup

The downloadable content lineup for Rock Band 3 just got a little more peaceful.

Harmonix has announced that the entirety of John Lennon's album Imagine will be available as DLC, shortly after the game's release. Lennon joins fellow rock and roll legends Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Billy Joel, and (the slightly less legendary) Bon Jovi as musicians who are providing post-release songs for Rock Band 3. Read more »

"Rock Band series is blowing away the Guitar Hero series, yet again. "
- matrixneo42    See all 6 comments

Daily Filter: October 22, 2010

Shacknews receives a slew of new screenshots and trailers for upcoming games everyday. The most anticipated titles receive their own post, because we know you're eager to see that content. For the rest, we have the Daily Filter, a place to feature all of the media we add to our enormous database on a daily basis.

Today's Filter kicks off with an online features video for WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2011, Pro Guitar in Rock Band 3, City of Heroes, and more zombies in Red Dead Redemption. Then we've got video and screens for Zombie Driver, along with screens from Blood Bowl: Legendary Edition, The Undergarden, and WW2: Time of Wrath. Read more »

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Buy Rock Band 3 Next Week and Get Three Free Doors Tracks by Download

As we reported, Rock Band 3 plans to waste no time getting the downloadable content going with 12 tracks from the Doors set to drop next week when the game releases. In a press release today, Harmonix and MTV Games announced plans to giveaway three of those songs free for a limited time as a thank you to fans for buying the game and playing online.

From Oct. 26 through Nov 2 "Light My Fire," "Riders on the Storm," and "Touch Me" along with their respective Pro Guitar and Pro Bass add-ons will be available for free through the in-game Rock Band 3 music store. The other nine songs will be available for purchase at the same time as a pack with standard five-button bass and guitar, drums, Pro Drums, keys, Pro Keys, and harmonies along with a free expansion for Pro Guitar and Pro Bass. Beginning Nov 2 all of the tracks will revert to normal pricing, available individually or as a 12 track bundle that will run $14.99 USD, £7.49 UK, €10.99 EU on PS3/XBox or 1500 Wii Points.

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"I already planned on getting RB3. I will play these "Doors" songs right away as they are awesome ..."
- headbone    See all 3 comments

Weekend Confirmed Episode 31

Garnett, Brian, and Jeff confirm what's sure to be an awesome weekend (and week to come). The festivities kickoff in Whatcha Been' Playin? with Medal of Honor, Rock Band 3, Costume Quest, Fallout: New Vegas, and more. Our skipping cutscenes discussion became the most talked about subject this past week and leads off the Warning. There's also the question of how well shooters handle the sensitivities of real-world situations and whether game designs include things like crouching simply out of habit. A full slate of news wraps the show up in the Front Page with Patrice Desilets' new THQ Montreal studio, Kinect adding support for seated players, Steam posting tremedous growth stats, and more.

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"A lot of people slam trophies and achievements as meaningless and while in the macro sense they ..."
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Rock Band 3 Review

Harmonix's latest main-entry in the Rock Band franchise adds a lot of new functionality depending on the amount of money you want to sink into the game. If you're up for buying some more plastic instruments--or maybe some real ones--you'll find a whole new gameplay experience with Pro mode. Even without purchasing new hardware, though, you'll be getting a bucket of new songs and the best Rock Band UI to date.

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"So if I connect my current midi keyboard via the adapter, will it utilize all of the keys on the ..."
- deadhorse    See all 44 comments

Billy Joel DLC Coming to Rock Band Starting in December

Good news for budding artists out there looking to tickle the ivories to the tunes of The Piano Man himself; Billy Joel is coming to Rock Band.

With tracks beginning to roll out on December 14, Rock Band 3 will welcome the "most-loved songs" found in the famed artists catalog, in both standard keyboard and "Pro Key" difficulties.

Originally against the inclusion of his work in a video game, Joel decided to join the ranks of the army of artists included in Harmonix' franchise after an Entertainment Weekly critic took jabs at him, the artisit told USA Today [via Plastic Axe]. Read more »

"Is there DLC slated as a driving level? Billy Joel sings the George of the Jungle theme??? Watch ..."
- bored    See all 15 comments

The Doors Queued Up as First Rock Band 3 DLC

On October 26, the same day Rock Band 3 is released in the US, twelve tracks from The Doors will be available as DLC. Additionally, three tracks will be free for the first week of the game's release.

Gamers can snag "Light My Fire", "Riders on the Storm", and "Touch Me" for free between October 26 and November 1 through the in-game Music Store. All three tracks will also support Pro Guitar and Pro Bass, which will not be available for all DLC songs and will cost extra when normally included. Read more »

"Obvious ones but at least there on the right side of the tracks."
- Skillmore    See all 10 comments

Rock Band Jimi Hendrix DLC Detailed, 12 Tracks Confirmed

Twelve tracks from The Jimi Hendrix Experience will push the Rock Band music library up to 2000 songs when the 'Are You Experienced: Rock Band Edition' pack is released next week for the PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii.

"What an honor it is for Jimi's music to be part of the Rock Band family," said Janie Hendrix, CEO of Experience Hendrix LLC. "We're delighted that his sound has found yet another route to propel his art and legacy by offering a multigenerational experience that will be a source of inspiration for future musicians." Read more »

"AWWWW YEAH!!!!!!!!!! thanks for the wicked awesome B-Day gift Harmonix :))))"
- panbient    See all 8 comments

Weekend Confirmed Episode 29

It's been a while since we had a guest so we figured it would be fun to have EGMi's Patrick Klepek join Garnett, Brian, and Jeff for this week's show. There's certainly plenty for them to talk about with games like Enslaved, Rock Band 3, Def Jam Rap Star, Gears of War 3, and more in Whatcha Been Playin? Your comments on everything from Halo: Reach's story to how you invest in a game's character open the Warning and then the conversation turns to whether games need the threat of failure to be fun. There's also a preview of Indiecade happening this weekend in Los Angeles before moving on to news in the Front Page. This week's top stories include Panasonic's new "Jungle" handheld, resurrected rumors of a Halo movie, and word of new Marvel superhero games.

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"jeff mattas has been the best new guy/guest on the podcast so far. more jeff mattas please. nba ..."
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Bon Jovi 'Greatest Hits' DLC Coming to Rock Band 3

On November 9, Bon Jovi will launcha 28-track "Greatest Hits" album and, according to Harmoinx, some of those classic, acid-wash fueled tunes will arrive as downloadable content for Rock Band 3.

In a forum post, Harmonix confirmed a bundle of Bon Jovi's best would arrive as downloadable content for the upcoming third installment of Rock Band. "Don't expect a huge multi disc album release though, as the Surgeon General has determined that anything more than 12 tracks of Bon Jovi in a single pack could contain potentially dangerous levels of swoon when downloaded by women, and result in deadly amounts of 'good hair envy' in men," the post read. Read more »

"I hope this isn't the album they were making a big deal about a few weeks ago. And we better ..."
- Omega Blue    See all 5 comments

Hendrix Pushes Rock Band Song Catalog Over 2000 Tracks Next Week

Harmonix has announced that Rock Band's track list will officially break the 2000-song barrier next week. Songs from guitar legend Jimi Hendrix's seminal album, 'The Jimi Hendrix Experience' will push the game's library over this latest milestone.

"Are You Experienced?" is reportedly the specific Hendrix track that will take the honors as the 2000th song. Which other accompanying tracks from the album will be included were not specified. The release describes the special Rock Band edition album download as "a mixture of live and studio tracks from the debut album from The Jimi Hendrix Experience." Read more »

"There's never enough Hendrix but...House Burning Down please!!!"
- panbient    See all 5 comments

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