Summary: Fans of the Fab Four will definitely find a lot to enjoy in
Beatles Rock Band
. Those of us who weren’t around for their tenure can get a virtual firsthand glimpse of just how popular and influential they were – boomers should be absolutely in heaven reminiscing. The game does a good job of covering some aspect of each phase of the Beatles development, but they left out far too many standards, even having the audacity to replace some of them with (relatively speaking)...
Pros: Who better for a Rock Band simulation title than the Beatles? And the fact that you get to play as one of them? And the painstaking accuracy, right down to the minutiae? Awesome., Extra mics can be added to give a full band feel., You don’t have to keep playing the same songs over and over again to unlock new songs as in other Rock Band games., Unlockable extras to bring a smile to the face of any Beatles fan.
Cons: Too many good songs – expected songs, even classics and standards, omitted, generally in favor of lesser one (did we really need more than half of the, Let it Be, album…minus the iconic title track?), The fact that you're expected to pay for further downloadable content would be sinful in the first place, given the high price tag (particularly if you get the pack with the drums and one guitar, then go out and buy the extra guitar and bass peripherals), but the fact th...
Conclusion: The Beatles: Rock Band is an excellent game that any fan of The Beatles should consider buying. The stunning visual presentation, the well organized and thoughtfully guided tour of The Beatlles' career, the great music, and all the extra content make this a nice choice for anyone even remotely interested. Disappointingly, perhaps a bit too much was left for future DLC, though; making the 45 song set list seem underwhelming despite its innate class.
Amazing band simulator features the biggest group. Ever.
Common Sense Media
22 November 2009
Summary: Parents need to know that this historic game is a fairly clean music-based video game that only received its "Teen" rating because of some mildly suggestive lyrics (occasional smoking and sex references). In "A Day in the Life," the song includes the line "He blew his mind out in a car.
Excerpt: The single greatest band to ever live. There, I said it. The Beatles are without a doubt, at least in my mind, the pinnacle of music in the modern age. You can say what you want about their talent, status as pop stars or encounters with drugs. There is no denying their impact on not just music but society as a whole.
Excerpt: The Beatles: Rock Band superbly mixes fun, skill-based gameplay with a wonderfully accessible soundtrack to produce a high point in the ever-growing rhythm-action genre. An extremely high level of attention to detail has been applied to the production, along with the technical aspects of the game; all of these elements contribute to an overall package that truly delivers a quality experience for players of all types.
Excerpt: There’s only one truly disappointing aspect to The Beatles: Rock Band : Future games made around your favorite band probably won’t be half as good. If you’re part of the largest fan demographic on the planet and the four chaps from Liverpool happen to be your favorite musicians then you’re dialed in. This game is the ultimate love letter, crafted with reverence and imagination. It feels like no expense was spared.
Excerpt: When EA and developer Harmonix first announced that they were working on a version of Rock Band dedicated to The Beatles, they promised a musical experience like no other, something we'd never seen the likes of before. As it turns out, what we've ended up with is essentially Rock Band's take on the likes of Guitar Hero Metallica: a spruced-up version of the main game focused on one band instead of a variety of artists.