Rockband: Green Day Xbox 360
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Released on 11/06/2010
Green Day: Rock Band puts players on stage as multi-platinum selling and Grammy Award winning group Green Day, featuring the band’s most-defining albums and key moments throughout their career to date. Players perform vocals, guitar, bass and drums using award-winning Rock Band technology. 3D visuals and archival material give players a unique view into the music and vision of this pioneering band.
- 3D custom characters featuring likenesses of Green Day members Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tré Cool, as well as select venues and art specific to the band’s history.
- Full motion-capture utilized to create an authentic Green Day live performance in authentic venues.
- Players can play through American Idiot and Dookie as complete albums, capturing two landmark moments in Green Day's career.
- 3-part vocal harmonies for those songs featuring multiple singers.
- Unlockable prizes as you proceed through the game.
- All Green Day DLC can be imported onto your Green Day game disk, completing a third album - 21st Century Breakdown - and unlocking unique venue visuals and archival materials.
- Compatibility - game works with Rock Band and Guitar Hero instruments.
Green Day Rockband Track Listing:
“Having a Blast”
“When I Come Around”
“Welcome to Paradise”
“In the End”
Milton Keynes: The UK concert made famous by Green Day’s 2005 movie for “Bullet in a Bible”.
American Idiot (2004)
“She’s a Rebel”
“Jesus of Suburbia”
“Boulevard of Broken Dreams”
“Wake Me Up When September Ends”
“Are We the Waiting?"
“Give Me Novacaine”
“Hitchin’ a Ride”
“Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)”
“Nice Guys Finish Last”
“Geek Stink Breath”
The Fox Theater, Oakland: The place where Green Day performed an intimate show for the band’s most recent album.
21st Century Breakdown (2009)
“Song of the Century”
“¿Viva La Gloria? (Little Girl)”
“21st Century Breakdown”
“Restless Heart Syndrome”
“Before the Lobotomy”
“Horseshoes and Handgrenades”
“Last Night on Earth”
“The Static Age”
“See the Light”
The following tracks are already available in the Rock Band Music Library of downloadable content giving players the chance to complete the full 21st Century Breakdown album, view unique performances and venue visuals, and unlock exclusive collectible content!
“Last of the American Girls”
“Know Your Enemy”
“¡Viva La Gloria!”
“East Jesus Nowhere”
As the second band-specific instalment of the massive Rock Band series, over 50 million record sales suggests there'll be enough punk-drunk fanboys and girls to ensure Green Day play to another packed house. But will it be the gig of a lifetime?
Rather than offer a narrative of the band's development, the game focuses instead on their three most significant releases: 1994's "Dookie", 2004's "American Idiot" and 2009's "21st Century Breakdown". The first two appear in their entirety, the latter is six short - those being DLC already released which can either be purchased or imported if you've already got 'em. Otherwise, albums in-between ("Insomniac", "Nimrod", "Warning") have a mere seven tracks in total to themselves.
As a tracklisting decision it makes good sense, devoting the lion's share of the games's 47 tunes to the band's most important, successful works. At the same time, it makes it hard to feel any sense of Green Day's development in career mode which, after the painstaking ambition of Beatles feels initially like a backward step. But there is a positive flipside.
Harmonix hasn't wimped out creatively so much as channelled its energies into different areas. And as a result, the heights of Green Day: Rock Band are arguably the most convincing, atmospheric, exhilarating moments of the series to date.
Billie Joe,rand Mike have been motion-captured extensively while performing their hits and the results are impressively convincing. With the Milton Keynes stadium scene, Harmonix has also captured the atmosphere of an outdoor music festival with considerable flair - when the crowd joins in on big singalong numbers like "Wake Me Up When September Ends", it's hard not to feel the unmistakable tingle of a 'great live moment' down the back of your neck.
Similarly there's a palpable drama to the climax of a track like "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams", with flames bursting from the stage and the camera panning wildly around as that menacing coda with its irregular loop of chords plays out. This is not just the Green Day instalment, but the entire series at its majestic best.
It's a pity, then, that more outdoor stadia couldn't have been worked into the game - particularly after the global whistlestop tour and dream sequences of The Beatles: Rock Band.
Know your limits
Incidentally, one of the few issues I had with The Beatles: Rock Band was that the massively varied instrumentation used in the recordings at times exposed the limitations of the game, which remained forlornly anchored to its toy guitars and drums.
There are no such problems with Green Day's oeuvre, which Rock Band fits around like a glove and rarely feels like it has to compromise to maintain the illusion (playing cello parts on the bass is pretty much the extent of it). So while Green Day: Rock Band is far less ambitious than itsredecessor, it is perhaps more comfortable in its skin.
The feature set is regulation Rock Band fare, both online and offline, with support for two- and three-part vocal harmonies have been carried over from the Beatles version (mostly two-part at best here, though). Existing instruments remain cross-compatible, of course, and tracks can be exported into other versions of the game.
As fan service it crowd surfs into the living room with ample generosity and verve. But, irrespective of one's tastes, next to the breathtaking attention to detail of The Beatles product, as a celebration of a group's creative output the package feels a little insubstantial.
That said, if you're a Green Day fan it's a no-brainer: an already excellent music game with a disc full of the music you love. Rock Band 3, due later this year, is expected to deliver real innovation to the series - but until then, unless you absolutely hate their music, Green Day's catalogue has enough energy to entertain.
+ Classic Rock Band action.
+ Superbly atmospheric
+ Two full albums to play.
Down to earth
- No real innovation.
- Career mode lacks depth.
- Only three venues to play.
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