Posts Tagged ‘Rock Band 3’
Scientifically proven. Apparently
There’s an issue with top 100 lists in general. While they always try to cover as many games as they can, they can’t cover them all. Some games are missed off. Blame can be placed on the writer, but it would be foolhardy to blame one person. One writer can’t please everyone, which a few people seem to forget very easily. Comment areas on these lists are never a safe place.
The folks at warpzoned.com, however, have compiled a list, with the help of “science”, of the top 100 games of all time. They’ve taken 6 lists, spanning 6 years, and data from GameRankings, and made a list based on the games average place in those lists. The final list has a great selection, with games spanning 4 different decades, showing all different genres. There are one’s here you’d expect to see and others you may have forgotten about.
Here’s the top ten:
1. Tetris (1986)
Average Ranking: 4.7
2. Resident Evil 4 (2005)
Average Ranking: 12.
3. Super Mario 64 (1996)
Average Ranking: 14.9
4. Super Metroid (1994)
Average Ranking: 16.8
5. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (1991)
Average Ranking: 17.6
6. BioShock (2007)
Average Ranking: 19.2
7. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998)
Average Ranking: 19.9
8. Half-Life 2 (2004)
Average Ranking: 20
9. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (2009)
Average Ranking: 21.8
10. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007)
Average Ranking: 22.2
So where’s Rock Band 2 and 3? Rock Band 3 charted at 45 on the list, while Rock Band 2 charted at 87. Both of these scores are still very respectable considering the vast sea of games that exist. But where does the franchise sit on the list as a whole? Unfortunately, no more Rock Band games are mentioned, but there are more Harmonix games in the full list, but as they had a total of 333 games to use, not all made the top 100. Here are all the Harmonix games and their places:
- Rock Band 3 – 45th
- Rock Band 2 – 87th
- Guitar Hero – 129th
- Guitar Hero 2 – 188th
- Frequency – 261st
You can find the top 100 list here, along with a link to the full list on the 1st page. The writers have said they will keep it updated with future top 100 lists, so this is one to bookmark and keep an eye on.
Surprised by the lists? Is it still missing one of your favourite games? Do you have any general opinions about the games listed? Or Do you want to talk about Rock Band? Speak up and comment!
[WarpZoned via Austin]
It goes without saying that the rhythm gaming genre has experienced a bit of a cool down since its heyday a few years ago, but that doesn’t stop G4 from recognizing Rock Band 3 as one of the best video games of all time. In the nearly two minute video, featuring some notable celebrities and musicians praising the title, G4 explains why Rock Band 3 was worthy of the distinction, landing at a respectable #52.
While the countdown is still ongoing in a nightly mini-series this week on G4, Guitar Hero II came in at #96.
We took the month of April off from giving stuff away, so we figured that we better come back again with something strong. And thanks to the fine folks from @MadCatz, we have a couple bigger prizes to give away. Hopefully a brand new Rock Band 3 Fender Mustang Pro-Guitar would suffice as a nice welcome back to future giveaways?
If this is something that you want to try and win, here’s what you gotta do. Rock Band 3 debuted in October 2010, and introduced gamers on learning how to play guitar and bass. Since its debut, there are now nearly 250 songs in the Rock Band library that are Pro-Guitar/Bass compatible! If you were to win the Rock Band 3 Mustang guitar, what would be the first song you would play? Drop you answer in a comment below to enter!
Standard rules apply: one entry per household only, Xbox 360 only, and because I have to ship this at my own expense, US entrants only (unless you want to pay for shipping elsewhere, just be sure to note in your comment). Please include a valid email address in the appropriate field (not the comment itself, or include Twitter account if you don’t want to take off your tin foil hat) with each entry so we can contact the winner.
We’ll let this run through Monday so everyone has a chance to enter and randomly choose and contact a winner sometime mid-afternoon on Monday.
Good luck! And HUGE thanks to MadCatz for providing us with the Rock Band 3 Fender Mustang Pro-Guitar to giveaway!
UPDATE: Congrats to Tandil for being randomly selected to win the Mustang Pro Guitar. If you didn’t win, don’t worry… we’ll have more DLC and other prize giveaways in the future!
Now that the initial deluge of information resulting from last night’s X-Play announcement is over, a few new details on Rock Band Blitz are starting to come out as other outlets are getting their hands on time with Rock Band Blitz. (We’ll be taking it for a spin tomorrow, and give our impressions shortly thereafter.)
On the official announcement listed on RockBand.com, @SteveMightSay was quick to point out to me that the part that said “all of the tracks that come with Rock Band Blitz are immediately playable in Rock Band 3 at no extra charge…” While we still don’t have pricing details, XBLA pricing tops out at $19.99, so even if the title is priced at the maximum level allowed, even if the gameplay does nothing for you, you’re looking at a 25-pack for Rock Band 3 for a substantial discount.
There’s one newer revision that we slipped into last night’s announcement, however. As was previously reported by @RockBand, it looks like Rock Band 3 tracks will NOT be importable into Blitz. (Cue the outrage…) But let’s face it, after playing all those songs ad nauseum to get as many goals accomplished as possible, I’m looking forward to play the other 3,500+ songs in the library. The other “downer” that we learn is that the songs exporting from Blitz will only work in Rock Band 3, but this shouldn’t really surprise anyone at this point.
The game will be playable at PAX East this weekend at one of six consoles in the Harmonix booth, so if you’re making your way to PAX East, you’ll definitely want to try it out there!
Here is some additional coverage from TheVerge, featuring a slightly more in depth interview with Matthew Nordhaus about Rock Band Blitz, including why the beat matching gems per instrument were changed from three (in Amplitude and Frequency) to two:
“There were two reasons we settled on two: one was that the modern controller is better suited to two instead of three, as you mentioned with Frequency and Amplitude. But I think a more fundamental reason is that the choice was to let you focus a measure or two down the track as you play through and let you strategize about what your’e doing to do. And we found that if we took a little mental load off the beat matching and made it just a little bit easier to comprehend, you had the mental space to think about the strategy of what you’re going to do to maximize your score.”
Check out a small gallery of new images from the game below.
Rock Band 3 was featured in the opening scene to last night’s episode of Smash. For those who missed the Super Bowl and the ads that teased the show nearly every commercial break, Smash is an NBC musical drama. While I have never seen the show, I’m just going to guess that the recently announcement decision to renew it was based on the clip below (starting about 1:00 in).
And as is not too uncommon with previous appearances of Rock Band in television shows, I’m not entirely show that the serenading character doesn’t quite get how Rock Band 3 works, as he neither appears to be strumming the Rock Band guitar, singing into a microphone, or even looking at the TV.
For those keeping track, this has been the second time this year that Rock Band has been featured in a NBC television show. Could the lack of product placement on Viacom shows/stations have had Harmonix working with NBC?
Wow, Amazon appears to be clearing out their stock of gear for the current Rock Band title, almost as if it’s anticipating a release of something else coming soon. Interesting. Anyway, check out some really ridiculous deals that Amazon is hosting TODAY ONLY on Rock Band 3 gear and bundles. If you’ve always waited to take the plunge on a new instrument in Rock Band 3, now is the time to do it!
- Rock Band 3 Fender Precision Bass Bundle - $54.00 (Xbox 360)
- Rock Band 3 Mustang Pro-Guitar Bundle – $89.99 (Xbox 360)
- Rock Band 3 Mustang Pro-Guitar – $63.99 (Xbox 360), $69.99 (PS3), $94.93 (Wii)
- Rock Band 3 Keyboard Bundle – $44.99 (Xbox 360), $119.95 (PS3), $50.29 (Wii)
- Rock Band 3 Pro-Cymbals Expansion Kit – $19.99
- Rock Band 3 Keyboard – $33.50 (Xbox 360), $52.99 (PS3), $39.50 (Wii)