Rock Band or Real Band?
I'll start out with the DS version of RB3 and it's mainly just addicting fun. Still the same gameplay from Rock Band Unplugged (for PSP) & LEGO Rock Band (also for DS), except here in RB3, they add in the keyboard/piano parts to the songs, so you play all 5 instruments, guitar, bass, drums, vocals & piano/keyboard, whatever you prefer to call it. The graphics are like a toned down, REALLY toned down of the console version and that's a good thing cause AT LEAST, it still looks like Rock Band 3. Just not as pretty as the console version. The setlist is decent, it's got about 20 - 25ish songs, like any other DS music game and THIS is my big problem with this game. Since I got Rock Band 3 for my 360, which I'll be talking about in a few minutes, on the DS version, what you see is what you get. There's no more songs, you just get 25 songs and no DLC. You can't add on, which is what made this game a bummer for me, and it's also why I like Unplugged a bit more (Yes, music game DLC makes me happy. Shut up.) I did enjoy myself BEFORE I got the console version and then after I got the console version, I was happy but I was dissapointed because I've gotten quite a few DLC songs for RB3 already and I would have loved to play them on the go. So for just being decent but still addicting. Rock Band 3 on the Nintendo DS is getting a 7.5 out of 10.
Now, as for the console version. This is, hands down, the BEST music game I have ever played. It kicks Guitar Heros ass right out the window and onto the curb. The setlist is MASSIVE and with Harmonix reaching 3000 songs to download & import into Rock Band 3. This is just a MASSIVE IMPRESSIVE game. I tried the Pro Keys (which by the way is extremely hard and for you people who like playing the keyboard out there. You now have a new toy to play with) and holy crap. You can actually learn REAL keyboard, to mainstream songs and to indie songs (I played pro keys on I'm Blue by Eiffel 65). It's cool and this game has replayability not just at parties but on your own as well. You can learn a song or two on your own and when your friends are over, party the hell out! I love playing this and out of all the DLC songs I got, in total, I've got 183 songs in RB3 so far and I'm HIGHLY considering getting an extra storage space for my 360 and importing RB1, RB2 & LEGO RB into RB3. I'd say Green Day but I prefer watching the Green Day avatars play their own songs. But enough praising. If all the great to near-perfect reviews of Rock Band 3 have been keeping you from getting this game. This review will make you. It is THE perfect music game. Don't like a song? Delete it! Want to keep a setlist of certain songs but don't want to keep going through the setlist? Just save it. I have 1 or 2 already. Go out and purchase Rock Band 3 for your Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 right now because Rock Band 3 is a 10 out of 10.