Rock Band 3 Wish List: The Top Five Changes I would Like to See..

Well, it's down to exactly 24 days until Harmonix unleashes what I consider will probably be the best music game we've all ever played, and I am probably eagarly anticipating the release of Rock Band 3 more then any other game this year, sans Castlevania.  With that all being said, I have a wish list of things that I would like to see done in Rock Band 3, I mean, after all Rock Band 2 is my most played game of the last two years, in which I'm pretty sure I've put in upwards of three hundred hours into that game.  So I know a thing or two about Rock Band.  I've also played my fair share of other rhythm games, and although Rock Band is the one I always come back to, I can't help but see some things that have been done correctly in that other little franchise known as Guitar Hero.  Some of these have already been addressed, and I will mark the ones that have been addressed.
 
1. Bring back character selection for quickplay! Sure, you can pick and choose your character in regular band quickplay, but when you play solo in RB2, you have to play as a random default character, and that's no fun.  I've been rocking "The Joker" since the RB1 days, and I prefer to use him and anyone else in my mighty legion of rock band rockstars, not the random generated characters.  It's something that was allowed in RB1 but shyed away from in RB2.  
 
2. Allow singers to also play an instrument: Guitar Hero has been doing this for a few games now.  Perhaps my badass rocker should be allowed to be the lead singer and the main guitarist, or why not have a Phil Collins type drummer?  How bought the craziness of having a keyboardist be the singer too?  All these possibilites are awesome, and I've seen it done partially in the Guitar Hero series, so why not bring that over? 
 
3. A more diverse way to scroll through your music library +: This has been addressed, but perhaps one of my biggest problems with RB2 is that I always forget the new songs I've bought after a few days.  I mean, yeah, I buy a lot of dlc, and I don't always get to play it the same day I buy it.  I hate loading up RB2 and then being all : "shit, what did I buy now?".  I noticed in a recent article that this has been addressed, so I highly look forward to that improvement over the original game.
 
4. A countdown timer after you pause a song. I've noticed this option floating around in a few GH games now.  When you pause a song because your getting a phone call or something, if you un pause in RB, you are instantly back in your song, and you have the high possibility of loosing your streak.  Not in GH.  I'd like to see this option implenmented in RB3.  
 
5.  Less Metal DLC: Look, I'm all for some metal, but if there's one genre of music that there is an absurd abundance of in RB, it's metal.  Do we really need ten "All That Remains" songs or a whole "Pentra" album?  No.  I'd like to see some more classic rock,  and some more variety instead of the usual, every two weeks, three to six more metal songs are being added.  The game is called Rock Band after all, not "Metal Band". 
 
So those are my five things...anyone got anything they'd like to add?

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Posted by Master_Prophet

Well, it's down to exactly 24 days until Harmonix unleashes what I consider will probably be the best music game we've all ever played, and I am probably eagarly anticipating the release of Rock Band 3 more then any other game this year, sans Castlevania.  With that all being said, I have a wish list of things that I would like to see done in Rock Band 3, I mean, after all Rock Band 2 is my most played game of the last two years, in which I'm pretty sure I've put in upwards of three hundred hours into that game.  So I know a thing or two about Rock Band.  I've also played my fair share of other rhythm games, and although Rock Band is the one I always come back to, I can't help but see some things that have been done correctly in that other little franchise known as Guitar Hero.  Some of these have already been addressed, and I will mark the ones that have been addressed.
 
1. Bring back character selection for quickplay! Sure, you can pick and choose your character in regular band quickplay, but when you play solo in RB2, you have to play as a random default character, and that's no fun.  I've been rocking "The Joker" since the RB1 days, and I prefer to use him and anyone else in my mighty legion of rock band rockstars, not the random generated characters.  It's something that was allowed in RB1 but shyed away from in RB2.  
 
2. Allow singers to also play an instrument: Guitar Hero has been doing this for a few games now.  Perhaps my badass rocker should be allowed to be the lead singer and the main guitarist, or why not have a Phil Collins type drummer?  How bought the craziness of having a keyboardist be the singer too?  All these possibilites are awesome, and I've seen it done partially in the Guitar Hero series, so why not bring that over? 
 
3. A more diverse way to scroll through your music library +: This has been addressed, but perhaps one of my biggest problems with RB2 is that I always forget the new songs I've bought after a few days.  I mean, yeah, I buy a lot of dlc, and I don't always get to play it the same day I buy it.  I hate loading up RB2 and then being all : "shit, what did I buy now?".  I noticed in a recent article that this has been addressed, so I highly look forward to that improvement over the original game.
 
4. A countdown timer after you pause a song. I've noticed this option floating around in a few GH games now.  When you pause a song because your getting a phone call or something, if you un pause in RB, you are instantly back in your song, and you have the high possibility of loosing your streak.  Not in GH.  I'd like to see this option implenmented in RB3.  
 
5.  Less Metal DLC: Look, I'm all for some metal, but if there's one genre of music that there is an absurd abundance of in RB, it's metal.  Do we really need ten "All That Remains" songs or a whole "Pentra" album?  No.  I'd like to see some more classic rock,  and some more variety instead of the usual, every two weeks, three to six more metal songs are being added.  The game is called Rock Band after all, not "Metal Band". 
 
So those are my five things...anyone got anything they'd like to add?

Posted by MetalGearSunny

Number 4 has been addressed as well.

Posted by ShaunassNZ

1. I really want, but in the meantime, just go to band quickplay online or not, choose your person and press start without anyone else joining.  
 
I am a huge fan of RB and RB2, but with the keyboard being $189 over here, no not this time. I don't even get the new guitar or anything, I got RB for $220 over here, with everything, atleast with the keyboard could it come with the game? But I might just get RB3 and be done with it.

Edited by Hobbies

Meh, seeing as 1, 3, and 4 have all been addressed, there's not really anything left on your list that I really, really care about. Honestly, I never cared whether my avatar could play and instrument and sing at the same time. I guess it would be a neat addition, but nothing that I would complain about without. 
 
As for 5, I want to agree, but the I want more of X and less of Y wishes have been around as long as RB DLC has been released. I'm not into much metal at all, but I think there's a pretty good balance between stuff that I like and dislike in the DLC library.

Edited by wolf_blitzer85

Fix how drum/cymbal rolls work. (unless that is addressed, then thank fucking god)
 
Edit: Alright well I guess I should have done a little research, but by the looks of things they are doing what was done in GH for rolls, and that is just fucking awesome.

That is all.
 
Also I totally agree with the music list perhaps being a little cleaner as I do tend to miss some songs I bought too. Then again I guess it's hard to keep things from getting out of control when you have 300+ songs to deal with.

Posted by skrutop

They took care of 1, 3, 4, and I would say that 5 has never really been an issue.  Yeah, they do have quite a bit of metal, but it's balanced with other stuff (and metal sells well).  It would have been a good solution to have a guitarist/drummer/singer combo, but at least the other band members sing backup.

Posted by jonnyboy

An option for activating overdrive on drums without a drum free style, if you have and AV lag on your TV it makes you sound like a rhythm-less gimp. And while they're at it, why not be able to use the automatic lag calibration without buying the RB2 guitar with the pinhole mic in, why cant I use one of the million USB mics I already have?

Posted by Scapegoat
@jonnyboy said:
" An option for activating overdrive on drums without a drum free style, if you have and AV lag on your TV it makes you sound like a rhythm-less gimp. And while they're at it, why not be able to use the automatic lag calibration without buying the RB2 guitar with the pinhole mic in, why cant I use one of the million USB mics I already have? "
There is now an option to have Beatles: Rock Band style overdrive activation on the drums (no freestyle, hit a glowing green gem to activate). 
 
The automatic calibration feature on the guitars also has a small camera which is used for the video calibration. Sound is not enough!
Posted by Blueprint12

1 I could definitely agree with.
 
5, as much as I love metal, I won't lie, it is kind of true but then again, it sells really well and I love metal too.  But it is fairly balanced out imo, you still have variety and I'm all for variety as well.  I love listening to Rush, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, The Offspring, Blink-182, etc.  Hell I even bought Mud on the Tires and Sin Wagon, despite me not being really fond of country music, just for the heck of it lol.

Posted by HandsomeDead

With the inclusions of the keyboard, I'm hoping for all kinds of 80s shenanigans. You can't just put in one Huey Lewis And The News song and leave it there. 

Posted by damswedon

Jerry Lee Lewis  just... I would love to play Great Balls of Fire in Rock Band. I know masters and all but I can dream.

Posted by j_meyer_13
1: I think there's a cheat for that... literally, it's a game modification or whatever they call it. Blocks achievements, I think, but whatevs.
2: Would definitely be cool to see, along with the singer switching genders when you switch from a male-vocalized song to a female one in a setlist... it bothers me, like the picking your character thing bothers you, lol.
3: Personally, this has never bothered me... there's been enough ways to sort the songs since the last patch, and I generally know the songs I like... and I like scrolling through the list and finding songs I haven't played in a while.
4: Pretty sure this is actually in the game, as part of their "overshell" idea... I remember hearing a little about that stuff back around E3, but I could be mis-remembering due to the awful sinus-cold thing I've got going right now (it's fucking miserable)... either way, it's a good idea I've wanted out for a while.
5: Needs moar metal! And waayyy less country... ugh.