I’m definitely going to write a lot more about RB3 in the future, but I was bored so I’ve written this little bit:
Since getting it on Friday I’ve been playing Rock Band 3 a lot. I decided to just buy the game and not get any new instruments with it. I’ve just been using my trusty old Guitar Hero 3 guitar, which still works perfectly despite all the abuse it must have endured over the years. The game’s really good; there’s a good selection of songs, and the changes they’ve made to the interface and the gameplay are all worthwhile. The only problem I had with it was the difficulty of importing the tracks from Rock Band 2. You have to enter a code off the back of Rock Band 2’s instruction manual into a menu in Rock Band 3, but you only have to enter the first 16 characters of the code, not the full 25 that are there. And it doesn’t tell you any of this in the game, or the instruction manual, you have to look on the website to find it. I also had trouble getting the code accepted when I entered it in all capitals, but it finally worked when I tried it in lower case. I then gladly paid the 800 Microsoft Points fee, but was disappointed to find out I needed to download all the songs from the internet, rather than transfer them from the Rock Band 2 disc, which was how the Rock Band to Rock Band 2 export worked. The download was almost 2GB in size, and seems a bit of a waste of bandwidth when I had all the data required already sitting on a DVD in my room. I feel sorry for those people with download caps on their broadband, or with a really slow internet connection, though mine isn’t very speedy either. I suppose there must be a reason they’re doing it this way, but I don’t know what it is, and can’t really see the logic in it. The only advantage I can see is that it means I’ll should be able to re-download the songs if my hard drive fails, even if I’ve lost my Rock Band 2 disc. I suppose that’s a good thing, but I don’t tend to lose anything very often, and I get impatient waiting for things to download.
I would really like to try the Pro Guitar mode, but at the moment I’m not sure if I want to invest the money in it. I would like to get the proper Squier guitar they’re releasing, from what I’ve read on various sites that’s going to give a much better experience than the Mustang controller, but it’s probably going to be £250+ and doesn’t come out until next year. I’m tempted by the keyboard as well, but I may get the USB MIDI adapter they’re releasing and try to use it with a keyboard I bought years ago on a bit of a whim, it has a MIDI out so I think it should work. I’d hate to spend a load of money on buying the new instruments then getting bored or frustrated with them after a short while, which is why I’ve been giving it a lot of thought, and I’m someone who bought the CoD:MW2 prestige edition, so clearly I like throwing my money away on games.