Kotaku Gets Hands On Time with Rock Band 3 Keyboard
Kotaku’s Stephen Totilo recently got some hands on time with Rock Band 3′s new plastic instrument – the Keyboard. While expanding the traditional 4 piece structure of the Rock Band setup, the aim of the new Keyboard is also to push the games as education philosophy that’s been a black eye for music games. Clicking colored buttons does not translate into learning or playing a musical instrument. The Keyboard and Pro Guitar controllers built with Rock Band 3 in mind are meant to bridge that concern and offer learning modes that can be extended to the real instrument.
Totilo spent a few hours with the new game in a controlled setting and came away with some concerns regarding the ease of using the Keyboard controller while standing (Totilo suggests a Keyboard stand is a good purchase for gamers) and concerns over how the notes map to the highway on the screen. He did mention that the addition of keyboard tracks is only made when the original song in fact includes a keyboard part, which is something previous music games often ignored by making keyboard parts part of the rhythm or bass guitar sections.
You can read Kotaku’s impression for more information. Keep in mind however that despite initial insight from folks like Totilo, it won’t be until the game is in the wild or played in an unmonitored fashion that the real strengths and issues will likely be recognized.