My love affair with music games was immediate and heavy. I had heard of Guitar Hero back in the Playstation 2 days, when I was an XBox owner, and was intrigued. Alas, it was not released for the XBox. When I was visiting my brother, I wanted to play it so much that I bought him a PS2 with Guitar Hero. I was in love. I then went home and got my own PS2 with Guitar Hero.
Guitar Hero 2 came out not too long after that and I sold the PS2. I was just immediately good at the game, having a music background and strong rhythm skills, and enjoyed the game immensely. I have every single Guitar Hero or Rock Band game and have played through them many times. It was hard to pick a single favorite game for my list, but Rock Band 3 wins out.
Rock Band 3 allows you to import any songs that you purchased through their store into the game, even if you purchased them for other games. It also allows you to bring in songs from Rock Band 1, 2, AC/DC and Greenday. The Beatles songs were not importable. It introduced harmonies on vocals and a keyboard controller. It also has pro modes for all instruments, so you can basically learn a real instrument as you play. The keyboard controller is good for this, although it’s a mini keyboard with just over an octave to play with. I bought a real electric guitar to plug in, but the pro modes take a lot of work, which I wasn’t up to at the time.
What really makes this game fun, though, are the songs. I have spent a gross amount of money on the songs, so I have quite a list to pick from. This makes it a fantastic party games. When we lived in Daytona, we were somewhat known for our Rock Band parties, and we’re starting to rebuild that here in Houston. Everybody has fun at these parties. It’s amazing who you can get to sing, even if they are adamantly against it at the beginning. Add a bit of liquid courage and even the most staunch person is singing their heart out.
I haven’t seriously played these games in a long time and I’m really rusty. They are still a lot of fun and definitely have an air of nostalgia about them. I’m undecided on whether I want to touch Rock Band 4, but Rock Band 3 will always have a special place on my shelf and heart.