The Beatles: Rock Band (Software Only) Xbox 360
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Released on 09/09/2009
Please Note: The Beatles: Rock Band works with all Rock Band and most Guitar Hero controllers and microphones
The world’s leading music game meets the greatest band in history! The Beatles: Rock Band gives fans what they’ve been waiting for: a chance to experience the Beatles’ legendary story from the inside. You won’t just watch and listen as the Beatles make rock history, create landmark records and conquer the world - for the first time, you’ll be part of the band.
- The Music That Rocked The World – For the first time ever, play along with 45 legendary Beatles songs on the game-disc including: “I Saw Her Standing There,” “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “I Feel Fine,” “Taxman,” “Day Tripper,” Back In The USSR,” “I Am The Walrus,” “Octopus’s Garden,” “Here Comes The Sun,” and “Get Back.”
- Experiential Journey – Take an interactive journey through the legacy and evolution of The Beatles’ legendary career from the renowned venues to the clothing and instruments made famous by The Fab Four.
- Downloadable Songs and Albums - “All You Need Is Love” will be released exclusively as a downloadable song for The Beatles: Rock Band through Xbox LIVE on September 9, 2009 with all Apple Corps Ltd, MTV Games and Microsoft proceeds benefiting Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). In addition, the entire Abbey Road album will be the first album made available for download purchase.
- Venues – Progress through five seminal venues in which The Beatles performed during their careers including: The Cavern Club, the set of the Ed Sullivan Show, Budokan, Shea Stadium and the rooftop of Apple Records.
- Dreamscapes and Abbey Road – Highlighting the years in Studio Two at Abbey Road Studios where The Beatles revolutionized modern recording and created amazing masterpieces are inspired artistic visual expressions known as Dreamscapes. These imaginative environments capture the essence of The Beatles’ genre-busting musical and fashion transformations during their later years.
- Never Before Released In-Studio Audio Chatter – Audio clips featuring conversation from The Beatles’ recording sessions, some of which have never before been heard, bookend the game play experience.
- Cut Scenes – Get whisked away through history as a montage of photos, audio and iconic Beatles moments transport you from historical venue to historical venue though the rapidly evolving look and sound of The Fab Four.
- Three-Part Harmony – For the first time ever, master the amazing three-part vocal harmonies perfected by The Beatles.
The Beatles: Rock Band - Final Track List:
- I Want To Hold Your Hand
- I Feel Fine
- Day Tripper
- Paperback Writer
- Don't Let Me Down
Please Please Me (1963)
- I Saw Her Standing There
- Do You Want To Know A Secret
- Twist and Shout
With the Beatles (1963)
- I Wanna Be Your Man
A Hard Day's Night (1964)
- A Hard Day's Night
- Can't Buy Me Love
Beatles For Sale (1964)
- Eight Days a Week
- Ticket To Ride
Rubber Soul (1965)
- Drive My Car
- I'm Looking Through You
- If I Needed Someone
- Yellow Submarine
- And Your Bird Can Sing
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
- Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band/With a Little Help From My Friends
- Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
- Getting Better
- Good Morning Good Morning
Magical Mystery Tour (1967)
- I Am The Walrus
- Hello Goodbye
The Beatles (White Album) (1968)
- Dear Prudence
- Back In the U.S.S.R.
- While My Guitar Gently Weeps
- Helter Skelter
Yellow Submarine (1969)
- Hey Bulldog
Abbey Road (1969)
- Come Together
- Octopus's Garden
- I Want You (She's So Heavy)
- Here Comes the Sun
Let It Be (1970)
- Dig a Pony
- I Me Mine
- I Got a Feeling
- Get Back
- Within You Without You/ Tomorrow Never Knows
Happiness Is A Warm Plastic Guitar...
The combination of the greatest and most celebrated band in history and one of the most popular gaming genres of recent times was almost guaranteed to be a good thing, but for any of you with niggling doubts, The Beatles: Rock Band is fantastic!
Opening with a beautifully put together animated sequence, showing the Fab Four running through their own history in gorgeous slinky style, The Beatles: Rock Band sets its stall out from the off. It's a massive act of fan service, filled here, there, and everywhere with neat little touches.
Neat little touches
The samples of guitars and drums from actual Beatles songs used for menu noises; the little snippets of studio and live conversation before songs, some of which have only been recently unearthed; the way clothing, guitars and facial hair of the band matches up with the periods of time the songs are from; it's truly fantastic attention to detail, which really immerses you into the game. There's no doubting Rock Band: Beatles is a Beatles product, and that's exactly what we want from it!
It's a massive act of fan service, filled here, there, and everywhere with neat little touches.
As in all Rock Band games, you have the option of playing guitar, bass, drums or singing, or a combination of the four. In a revolution for the genre, The Beatles: Rock Band allows up to three microphones to be attached at once, allowing you to replicate the Beatles famous harmonies on songs like 'Paperback Writer', 'And Your Bird Can Sing', 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds' and more. Unfortunately, it's NOT compatible with Xbox 360 headsets, and the vocals will only work with a Rock Band mic. A bit annoying if you just wanted to grab the game to use with existing instruments, but drums and guitars from previous instalments in the series work fine.
Gameplay wise, it's a simpler affair than Rock Band. Cutting back on the fearsome note twiddling of other games in the genre, partly due to the nature of the songs being played and partly for the sake of inclusivity, it's a joy to play solo or with friends. The Beatles were never about three million note a minute solo guitar freakouts however. The songs are the key here, and they're a joy to play. From the early rock'n'roll clatter of 'Saw Her Standing There', to the extended swamp rock crawl of 'Come Together' and the proto-metal of 'Helter Skelter', there's something for everyone, and even if you're not a fan you'll be surprised by how much you know. And if you're anything like our mates, how much you suddenly realise you like The Beatles after all!
Naturally it's better with a little help from your friends. Come together as a group and you can expect a hard day's night to just fly by as you become John, Paul, George and Ringo in the fantastic Story mode. From the early Cavern club days to the final gig on the Apple Building rooftop, via Shea Stadium and the Budokan, you'll be taken for a magical mystery tour through some fantastic songs! With the live shows accompanied by screaming girls,it almost feels like you ARE the mop tops. Later material from the band's non-touring Abbey Road days is played out to some gloriously psychedelic “dreamscapes”, each one created specifically for the song it accompanies. They really show the care and attention that Harmonix have put in for the game!
Naturally it's better with a little help from your friends. Come together as a group and you can expect a hard day's night to just fly by!
The package is rounded out with quickplay modes, online multiplayer, tug of war/duel options, and the usual tutorial modes. The Beatles: Rock Band includes a special Ringo drum trainer section as well, so you can learn how to play some of his iconic beats, which is a nice touch.
Negative points? Well, there's the microphone issue as mentioned before, and the tracklisting isn't as perfect as we could have hoped for. There's no 'Help!' or 'She Loves You' for starters, and when the painfully dull 'Yellow Submarine' is included, it seems a bit silly. However, we expect songs not featured in the 43 song playlist will be available as DLC, with 'Abbey Road', 'Sergeant Pepper' and 'Rubber Soul' already promised as future downloadable albums. We just hope they sort out 'Everybody's Got Something To Hide, Except Me And My Monkey'.
Tried and true
Taking the tried and true Rock Band formula and dipping it into a vat of 1960's nostalgia, psychedelic colouring, and chiming Rickenbacker heaven, The Beatles: Rock Band is a lovely slice of honey pie that will appeal to all ages. Basically it's a fab game, and you've got to get it into your life. Believe us, you'll be playing it eight days a week!
- Fantastic tunes.
- Great presentation
- A joy to play
- Quite expensive for the full set if you don’t already have instruments.
- Headsets don’t work as microphones anymore.
- Yellow bleeding Submarine.
It's easy to think that you've heard everything these days: a 3D handheld gaming device, a PSP follow-up with the power of a PS3. Then you hear something like this: Ringo Starr, drummer in The Beatles, is apparently hard at work on a videogame.
That's worth saying twice, just so you can get your head around it: Ringo Starr is making a videogame.
That's according to Gamespot, anyway - thanks for the heads up, Eurogamer - which is running a story after spotting a trademark filing for a game called Ringo. Other than the name, there's absolutely nothing else to go by at the moment, however.
So what do you want from a Ringo Starr game? Rhythm action would be the obvious choice - Starr's already been involved with the genre, with the excellent The Beatles: Rock Band Edition for PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii - but it's nice to think he might be a little more ambitious. Taking the Liverpudlian legend through his paces in a first-person action game might be nice, or how about a bit of cartoon platforming?
If anything ever comes of this, we'll let you know straight away. In the meantime, it's good to know that videogames still have the power to shock and surprise.
The Beatles: Rock Band Review (17/09/2009)
Happiness Is A Warm Plastic Guitar...
The combination of the greatest and most celebrated band in hist…
Ringo Starr, drummer in The Beatles, is apparently hard at work on a videogame.…
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