Videogamer: "To the untrained eye, Rock Band 3 is simply another rhythm action game. It might well have a keyboard and a bevy of new features, but essentially it's just more of the same. Say this to a rhythm action aficionado, however, and he'll probably cave your head in with his drum stool. Pro instruments enforce the fact that Rock Band 3 is the biggest evolution of the formula to date. I have no doubts that the game will be received well critically, but I’m not so hopeful when it comes to predicting commercial success. Rock Band 3 could either be the final nail in the coffin for rhythm action, or rekindle a dying flame. We’ll find out this October."