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5.0 out of 5 stars "The only rhythm game you need to own", October 26, 2010
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This review is from: Rock Band 3 (Video Game)
The title says it all - from improved menus, enhanced graphics, better game play - oh, and don't forget the entire 2,000+ song catalog (including "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen!), of which you can play almost all of them on this one game!
The new drop-in-drop-out feature is used in both the menus and during songs - allowing anyone to come in whenever they feel like it instead of having to wait till the end of the song/the band goes back to the character selection screen... which there's none in this one. Almost everything can be done from your personal pause menu, from character selection to modifiers, from extras to online playability.
The career mode has been combined into quickplay - so, you and a few friends play for fun for a few hours? Bam, you've dived into the career mode without even trying.
The online DLC store/import menu is a great feature, allowing you to buy any of the songs in the catalog and import songs from (at least) Rock Band 2 (if you have RB2) all in one area.
My only complaint is that the stand-ins for your characters when it's just you and not your "real" band mates are hard to figure out. They don't provide the position in the band, just slots for stand-ins.
The graphics - which the Wii's known for it's lacking in the graphic area - are great! Second only to The Conduit and (supposedly) Conduit 2, these are the best graphics I've gotten out of the Wii in awhile.
Remember the "Unison bonus" from RB & RB2? They've got those in single player now. When a gold bar appears on the sides of your track whilst hitting an Overdrive section, then you'll get twice the Overdrive of normal. The vocals are of the same quality as that of Beatles Rock Band, and guitar, bass, and drums are just the same. Though, you can turn on and off the drum fills now.
I haven't really gotten to Keys, because I have yet to get the keyboard. But I have faith in it.
And I haven't even mentioned Pro mode yet.
Pro drums is exactly like a drum kit (being a drummer myself, I'd know.) Each pad/cymbal corresponds to a different part of a drum kit, and they're represented on the screen very well. The only difference is in the hi-hat pedal, which I'm still working out.
Guitar and bass, though something I have yet to try for obvious reasons, seems to be a tab. A lot of people complain about the chords being the first fret marked and the others as a "wave" shape. But you can enable numbers for each string during a chord. It's basically a tab.
Pro keys = normal keys on steroids, okay?

This game is the best game of the year, for the music lover.
Period.
No questions asked.
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