Excerpt: Do you want to know a secret? Until just recently, the appeal of The Beatles managed to escape me. I'd heard the same seven or eight of their songs throughout my entire life. I could sing along to those few ditties when they came on the radio, but that was as far as things went. Looking back, my ignorance was really quite sad.
Conclusion: If there’s one music-oriented video game to buy this holiday season, it has to be The Beatles: Rock Band. Harmonix and MTV Games have created an exceptional representation of The Fab Four that needs to be lived by all music aficionados.
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XBox 360 | Playstation 3 | Nintendo Wii The Long and Winding Road
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Conclusion: Picking up a Rock Band guitar, bass, drum sticks or microphone and "playing" along with Eight Days a Week, Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds, Something or Get Back is as close as many of us will ever get to stepping into the shoes of John, Paul, George or Ringo. Though short on customization and the story mode, The Beatles: Rock Band is high on style and substance making it a must-own product for The Beatles fans and a bold new direction for the Rock Band franchise that will...
Pros: Faithfully captures The Beatles experience, Animated montages and menus, Gotta love the songs, Three-part harmony introduction
Cons: Story mode goes too fast, Could have used a few more on-disc songs
Conclusion: Taking one of the most popular and iconic bands of all time and creating a game about their music could not have been easy, but Harmonix handles it beautifully, instilling a level of love and attention to detail that no other developer could.
Conclusion: It’s always encouraging when talented forces come together in collaboration, with the express desire to forge something truly special. With a band of The Beatles quality and a developer of similar calibre, we really have to wonder if there was any doubt. The Beatles: Rock Band raises the bar to such a nosebleed-inducing height that we also wonder where the genre is going to take us to next. The rate of acceleration is phenomenal.
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is “I want you to listen to something son. This is some of the greatest music ever written and something I want you to listen to and experience just like I did. They’re called The Beatles.” With that, my father slapped on Abbey Road, my ears were exposed to “Come Together”, and I became a Beatles fan. Why do I bring this up?
Excerpt: Yes, Harmonix promised to do “something different” with The Beatles: Rock Band . And yes, it’s still readily recognizable as a Rock Band game. But honestly, people, what did you expect? An open-world sandbox where you design shirts to help make ends meet as you struggle to become a musician? The Beatles: Rock Band is, in my opinion, as perfect as a Rock Band game can possibly get from a presentation point of view.