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    USA Today Releases “Rock Band 3” Info, Video

    “The main focus of Rock Band 3 development was on finding new ways to experience the music, and actually doubling down, if you will, on an investment in compelling gameplay.”

    That’s what Daniel Sussman, Harmonix project director, had to say about Rock Band 3 in a video released to accompany a blog post from USA Today last night. It’s a pretty tall order, but if what we see here is any indication, they’ve got a good start.

    83 new songs are part of the game’s allure. Not to mention increasing your virtual band’s tally to seven members – guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, main vocals and two harmony vocals – and refining the gameplay. Of course, seven players means that you might need another USB hub – and heck, another television to see all those note streams clearly – but it seems like it’ll be worth it.

    Of particular note is the keyboard, which has 25 keys and functions as a MIDI keyboard when connected to a computer. (I’m gonna get a lot of use out of that. Seriously.) A Pro mode will allow you to use all 25 keys and assist in the transition from video game piano playing to actually being able to play the piano, despite no actual notes ever being thrown at you. That increases the number of “real” instruments – that is, the ones that really help you bridge the gap from games to real life – from two (drums and vocals) to three. If only playing a real guitar was as easy as pressing buttons.

    USA Today also released a portion of the song list, which features songs that weren’t even considered before due to featuring the keyboard. Here’s that list as published in the newspaper, organized by decade:

    Combat Baby — Metric
    Dead End Friends — Them Crooked Vultures
    Get Free — The Vines
    Lasso — Phoenix
    Me Enamora — Juanes
    Oh My God — Ida Maria
    Portions of Foxes — Rilo Kiley
    The Hardest Button to Button — The White Stripes

    Been Caught Stealing — Jane’s Addiction
    In the Meantime — Spacehog
    Plush — Stone Temple Pilots
    Walkin’ on the Sun — Smash Mouth

    Crazy Train — Ozzy Osbourne
    Here I Go Again — Whitesnake
    I Love Rock and Roll — Joan Jett
    Just Like Heaven — The Cure
    Rainbow in the Dark — Dio
    The Power of Love — Huey Lewis and the News
    Sister Christian — Night Ranger

    Bohemian Rhapsody — Queen
    Break On Through — The Doors
    Crosstown Traffic — Jimi Hendrix

    Will you be adding to your plastic instrument tally for RB3?

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I'll be getting this. And it's an interesting way to change up the basics for the game. Though I must say I'm sad it's a regular keyboard and not a keytar :( lol