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This Game Rocks! Great for any Beatles Fan

  • Sep 23, 2009
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+5
Before I start this review, I'd like to state (for the record) that I'm a pretty big Beatles fan. I'm also a big fan of the "Guitar Hero" and "Rock Band" series of games. With that said, I have to admit that I really enjoyed this game. I bought the "limited edition" bundle that comes with the Hofner Bass Guitar, Drums, Mic, and Mic stand. It also comes with some collector's Beatles postcards.

Hardware:
All of the instruments that came with this bundle seems to have a high build quality. Even the mic stand seemed surprising 'sturdy as hell' :) The MCcartney Hofner guitar especially stands out. It's beautifully made and looks very much like a real guitar. The details in the paint-job was a pleasant surprise. It even has a little light sensor on it that can automatically calibrate screen timing and response time of the guitar.

Game:
The game itself is a brilliant tribute to The Beatles. It's beautifully rendered with details and nuiances that were well thought out and executed. The intro video to the game is probably one of the best I've ever seen. Even the menu transitions in this game are beautiful and creatively done! A lot of love and care was taken to make this game... and it really does shine through. The music itself was painstakingly remastered and just sounds amazing! I liked that all the songs were available to play (in quick-play mode) right away without having to unlock them. The game features 45 Beatles songs spanning their whole career. Of course I would've liked more songs... but I also understand that they couldn't fit every single song onto the disc. I heard that more songs will be available for purchase at a later date through the online store though.

Gameplay:
In "Story Mode" you can play individually or in a band and it basically follows their career. The graphics are done really well and there is a lot of attention to detail apparent. For example, the guitars they are holding look really detailed and when they are strumming the guitars, they are strumming the real chords and notes. The concert halls seem like they have been rendered to look exactly like the venues they played. Some of the songs start out with them recording it in the studio... but then zooms them into a music video that was especially made for the song. The 3D rendered videos of these songs are just amazing and it's hard to concentrate on strumming when you're trying to look at the music video at the same time :)

Quickplay mode lets you pick any songs you want to play (either solo or with a band) or create your own set-list of songs from the compete list of songs. There is also an online play option for both Story mode and Quick-play, though I haven't really tried it out yet. As always, here is a quick list of Pros and Cons I found while playing this game:

Pros:
-Graphics, videos, and Styling of game is done right!
-The re-mastered music sounds great and is offered in surround sound option.
-Wide array of songs that span their career
-Instruments and hardware seem to be of high build quality
-Game-play is fun and Menus are easy to navigate and understand... plus, beautifully rendered.
-There is a nice surprise when you beat the game... but I'm not telling! :)
-Setting up the instruments was pretty easy.


Cons:
-Medium difficulty mode on Guitar and Bass seems too easy, while "Hard" mode is a big leap from "Medium"
-No expansion song packs available at launch.
-Limited Edition bundle is pretty expensive (retails at $[...]
-Missing some great songs... like "Hey Jude", "And I love her", and "Strawberry Fields" to name a few.


Conclusion:
If you are a fan of The Beatles music, this game is a must! The music is better than you've ever heard it, and it looks visually stunning! If you can't afford the limited edition bundle ([...]I would recommend that you buy just the game itself because it's compatible with many of the guitars and instruments of the older Guitar Hero and Rock Band games. My guitar from my 'Guitar Hero World Tour' worked great for this game. My tip is to buy a complete band bundle from one of the previous games (like Rock Band 2 or Guitar Hero World Tour) and buy just the Beatles game. That way you'll have a complete band of instruments and 2 games to play instead of just one. In a word, I have to admit that this game "Rocks" :)

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The Beatles: Rock Band is a music video game developed by Harmonix Music Systems, published by MTV Games and distributed by Electronic Arts. It is the third major console release in the Rock Band music video game series and, like other games in the series, it allows players to simulate the playing of rock music by using controllers shaped like musical instruments. The game consists of 45 songs by the British rock group The Beatles spanning their career, along with virtual depictions of the band members performing the songs. Future downloadable content for the game will feature additional songs and full albums from The Beatles, such as the entirety of Abbey Road (1969) shortly after the game's release.

The game was released internationally on 9 September 2009, coinciding with the release of the new, remastered CD versions of The Beatles' albums. The game is shipped as a bundle with themed instrument controllers and as a standalone game for which all existing Rock Band and compatible music game accessories can be used. The game incorporates many of the gameplay features of the Rock Band series; however, it is not an expansion pack for the Rock Band series, and content for it and other Rock Band titles will not be cross-compatible; Harmonix co-founder Alex Rigopulos describes the game as "... a new, full game title production built from the ground up."

The game was developed with the blessing and critical input of Apple Corps, including former Beatles members...
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ESRB: E
Number of Players: 1-4
Publisher: EA
Developer: Harmonix
Console: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Genre: Music
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