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Rock Band 3

 

 

SCORE: 73

 

Rock Band 3 

 

 

There has been a lot said about Rock Band 3. This game aspires to let the player emulate a rock star. That begs the question of do we really want to aspire towards that? Sure there are Christian rock stars that live a good life, but many of the worldly ones are not anything I would want to become. The drug and alcohol abuse has killed many creative musicians, or turned others into examples of why we just need to say no. What I found interesting in Rock Band 3 is how many various political statements were made in some of these songs.

As I scrolled through the song listing in Rock Band 3, (and it is quite a lengthy list) I had a Lord of the Rings moment. I found myself saying: "they have a cave troll." This reference may seem weird, but it was in reference to Marilyn Manson being included as one of the eighty-three musicians included in Rock Band 3. There are also two thousand songs available in the form of downloads and add on packs. If you dig hard enough you can actually find some Christian bands, and Christian songs in that two thousand. It would have been nice for some Christian bands to be included in Rock Band 3 initially. Especially when some of these songs are in about every single music game.

The visuals in Rock Band 3 are of the highest presentation. Players get to see their band in a club setting while they are playing. They also see them walk around town while making menu selections. This is nice, but after awhile gets old. What else gets old is the same animations for going to the bands pad, and before a song is played. Play enough songs, and you will yearn for something different. Certain female characters wear revealing attire, but they are so hideous looking that I can not imagine anyone finding them attractive. The characters display a lot of attitude in their animations - you know like they are more important than the people paying their salaries. Rock Band 3 also contains some mild violence, as the band members will kick the camera at certain points of certain songs.

Some people hear a specific song, and they love it. They may even worship it. Others hear the same song, and can not stand it. I found a mixture in Rock Band 3. There are various songs from different eras. The lack of Christian songs, and lack of family friendly songs is part of the reason Rock Band 3 gets its 'T' for Teen rating. There are songs with bad language, even in the song title as an example. Different opinions are expressed in songs in Rock Band 3, but rarely are they uplifting or edifying. Others that heard Rock Band 3 wondered what those screeching sounds were. It was a song or two.

Rock Band 3 lets you create your own characters, sing a lot of songs, go on road trips, and earn all kinds of various achievements. If you are willing to purchase more songs online, then you will have near endless replay to this game. The different instruments can be mastered by the player or players. In fact getting some friends together to play Rock Band 3 is one of the draws. As long as everyone can stomach the lyrics. I would recommend starting out on the easy mode, and working your way up.

The addition of the keyboard as a new instrument is a masterful inclusion in my opinion. Rock Band 3 does a good job of letting players play the different instruments, and jam out to these songs. Dropping in and out is seamless, and you can completely bomb and the game lets the song continue. I really hate music games that stop just because I am not doing good enough. Let me finish it out, and then next time I can do better. I made adjustments on the fly on some songs and got a decent score. So that is pretty nice. You do need one of the instruments or a microphone to play Rock Band 3.

Rock Band 3 taught me that rock stars think they are better than everyone else, and what they have to say is more important than any of the rest of us. I also recognized many of them have statements they want to make, and their statements are rarely in line with the best way to live our lives. I did not notice any consequences of the rock star life shown. I did notice an interesting animation after a song was played. The band hopped over where they should pay for subway entrance. Instead of paying as they should they gave money to a beggar. It is nice to see them give money to a beggar.
- Shirley

 

Graphics: 68%
Sound: 68%
Replay/Extras: 89%
Gameplay: 80%
Family Friendly Factor: 60%
System: Wii/Xbox 360/Playstation 3
Publisher: Harmonix
ESRB Rating: 'T' for Teen
{Mild Lyrics, Mild Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol}

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