Conclusion: Outside of Paul McCartney's bouncy bass playing- there really isn't that much of note here when it comes to playing a plastic guitar with five plastic buttons. These are short pop songs comprised mostly of chords that repeat over and over again. This type of material may have passed as edgy in 1962- but with the serious amount of shredding songs featured in games like this- The Beatles: Rock Band just seems dull at times.
Summary: The Beatles mean so much to so many people, and I consider them the best band of all time. It is no small feat that this game captures the essence of their music and brings them closer to the hearts of fans and anyone with ears. The setlist is a mixture of hits, some deep cuts (“I Want You”), too many Ringo songs, not enough of George’s, and the criminal absence of “Rain,” among others.
Review: The Beatles: Rock Band (Microsoft Xbox 360)
13 November 2009
Summary: : The Beatles: Rock Band is, as were its predecessors, mostly a great experience, and fans of the band and rhythm games in general should have a blast with it, as it’s a fun and solid recreation of one of the greatest bands of all time, even if it isn’t as solid a product as its predecessor.
Excerpt: Rock-rhythm games are an increasingly tricky proposition for your humble games reviewer. Last year VideoGamer gave 9 out of 10 scores to both Rock Band 2 and Guitar Hero World Tour; these titles are the still best in their class, so how should we feel about games that essentially provide a near-identical experience but with a new set of tunes? Some might say we should punish such releases for their lack of originality, but we don't take this approach with other genres.
Excerpt: When Ringo Starr and Sir Paul McCartney came on stage during Microsoft’s E3 press conference for The Beatles: Rock Band and told the crowd that “the game is good, the graphics are very good and we were great” it was tempting to view the whole event with cynicism. After all, you haven’t really played the game, have you Ringo?
Excerpt: As the music based genre continues to grow more and more effort has been put in to making each game in the genre special. The biggest and most interesting trend has been to make band specific versions. Guitar Hero started it off with an Aerosmith centric version, and since then there have been a couple of more band specific games released.
Conclusion: Concept: Arguably the greatest band of all time gets its own music game
Graphics: Harmonix meticulously represents the band members and their career, while adding a great interpretive aesthetic unique to the game
Sound: While there are fewer songs than recent music games, nearly every one is a definitive classic
Playability: Subtle tweaks to the menu deliver a better play experience than earlier Rock Band games
Entertainment: A phenomenal and loving tribute to the...