The third band that rocks…

So Rock Band 3 has been confirmed. I’ve decided to compile a list of features I would like to see in RB3.

1. Full platform compatibility

Harmonix has been licensing songs for the ‘Rock Band Platform’ now rather than a specific game, so I see no reason why previous songs (other than the obvious 3/4 RB1 songs) shouldn’t carry over.

2. Better venue effects

I’d love to see all songs having individual animations (similar to how GH manages things) as there’s only so many times that you can watch the small set of RB2 animations before they get repetitive.

3. Replace music videos with dreamscapes

Let’s face it, the music videos are a bit dull – they’re basically the same thing over and over. So why not introduce Beatles’ style dreamscapes? LRB was on the way with the power challenges, why not do something like that for a main Rock Band. I’d much rather have a custom dreamscape for the song come up in Quickplay than a music video.

4. Bassvox love

I know that quite a few people like to play an instrument and sing at the same time, however in the past there has always been a kerfuffle involving loading it up as if 2 people are playing. Theoretically, if the two parts are owned by one player, they could share overdrive meaning a second controller won’t be necessary.

5. Multiplayer scroll speed fix

This is one of the most annoying things about RB at the moment – for no explainable reason, when 2 people are playing on different difficulties, all the tracks go the same speed. This means if you play expert but your mate plays medium, you’re stuck with your tortoise track.

6. Party mode

This would be considered stealing from GH5, but it is absolutely necessary. I’ve had several parties with music games being played but nearly always end up playing GH because when you have a room full of people who don’t usually play games, it can be a nightmare in the RB quickplay – getting everyone signed into the game, switching instruments when people get bored, adding another guitar in, stopping kids from randomly whacking the drums in the menus etc.

7. Optional censoring

This is a biggie for me. Although HMX are nowhere near as vicious at censoring as Neversoft, it’s still pretty annoying and can disrupt the flow of the song. What could be done is to achieve the T/12+/PG rating the game could censor by default, then HMX could release an optional patch which provides the option to turn the censorship off.


I’ve made a predicted setlist on the RB forums at this link.

I’ll probably come up with more suggestions at some point soon, and feel free to leave comments on which improvements you’d like 🙂


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