Rock Band 3 takes the music game experience to a new level. Almost every instrument provides a way to actually learn to play-in particular, the Squier guitar controller actually teaches you how to play guitar, and a new keyboard controller is, well, a keyboard. The new features of Rock Band 3 have led many gamers to wonder how the series can possibly progress. What’s going to happen when Rock Band 4 comes out?
Here’s a look at a few places where Rock Band 4 could improve on its predecessor’s already sterling reputation.
Better core game play. Don’t get me wrong, Rock Band 3’s game play looks amazing, but game play’s one of the only areas where the series can really progress. By fixing little hiccups and by keeping gamers entertained, maybe by bringing back the progression system of the first game rather than offering all songs for play out of the box, Rock Band 4 can take some major steps forward.
Professional instruments. While the Squier guitar in Rock Band 3 is unquestionably the best music peripheral ever released, you’re probably not going to see it on stage at a major rock concert any time soon. The Squier controller isn’t a professional instrument, it’s a beginner instrument.
It makes sense, of course-if Rock Band 3 required a $500 peripheral, nobody would buy it. But it wouldn’t be too surprising to see some pro instruments get released down the line. Expect Fender to be on board, maybe with their fantastic American series.
Rock Band 4 might simply offer some type of peripheral that hooks up to any guitar to turn it into a controller, but I doubt that: Rock Band 3’s guitar uses touch sensitive areas in its neck, and I doubt that the technology’s there to make this possible on a peripheral. Yet.
More music sharing. If Rock Band 3 is essentially using real instruments, Rock Band 4 could allow users to make their own songs. Any game system with a hard drive could handle simple audio recording, although mixing might be a pain. Music sharing is permeating the industry; it makes sense to add it to Rock Band 4.
Other Internet features would be nice, although Rock Band 3 is pretty solid in this area. The Rock Band team could improve their product by building the community as much as possible, maybe by hosting massive band tournaments with both real and fake bands. Sounds fun, eh?
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