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The Beatles Rock Band

Posted by TurtleGirl On October - 28 - 2009

The Beatles: Rock Band takes rhythm games to an all time high in which it takes fans on a journey through the entire Beatles career. Players can visit and play at venues, play the latest Beatles play lists, enjoy choosing clothing and play all the instruments to relive the Beatles classic rise to fame. The Beatles touring period consists of the years from 1963 to 1966 with their glorious studio days from 1966 to 1969.

Starting up the game I’m already experiencing an insight into the band’s earliest days at ‘The Canvern Club’ in Liverpool, England. The game set’s the scene well introducing unforgettable performances on ‘The Ed Sullivan show, which sold out at New York’s Shea Stadium. Visusally it’s an astounding game as the band are shown in a retro dreamscapes to capture the real esscense of their classic days.


If you’re a fan of the Beatles then you’re going to fall in love with this title and if you’ve played rock band before then you’ll understand the core mechanics of the game. Showing the band in a superb light and gaining insight into their music career. The brilliant road tracks show wonderfully rendered scenes that showcase the band in as fantastic way. The songs are taken from the bands full career spanning from their classic songs like ‘Yellow Submarine’ to one’s that I was not too familiar with ‘Back to the USSR’.


Rocking out to the latest sounds from the Beatles was truly euphoric and thoroughly enjoyable to say the least. Making my way through the chapters and trying to get at least five stars on each song, I managed to unlock some of the memorable photos of the Beatles and this included photos from the studios to concerts and events. There are 45 songs in total for you to rock out to in career mode and 2 remaining ones in quickplay which can be unlocked when you finally complete career mode.


Some of the songs were short, but had a serious replay factor about them. The game is a very addictive one, even if you’re not a fan of the Beatles, because the songs are so truly fantastic. Once you have completed chapters you can win prizes and unlock movies and new music. Absorbed in the amazing background and relving the classic songs of the Beatles is a very good experience.


There were a few problems I encountered which included loading times for some of the cut scenes and I also felt a little bit distracted by the moving scenery in the background. I found myself watching Paul McCartney rocking out only to find I had missed some of notes. Although the backgrounds and dream like backdrops are stunning, I felt they can take the focus off of the actual game play itself.


It’s clear that Harmonix hold a lot of respect for the beatles and that shows in this game straightaway. The game is a well polished one enabling players to feel full absorbed in the game from start to finish. The game also shows a new introductory three part harmony, which allows you to either sing alone or with up to three people. Finding the right harmony can prove to be difficult at times, but there is a tutorial that is available. If you aim to complete this, then you get more points for getting it right.


The bright and colourful interface transports you into the world of the 60’s with bright and dreamy colours forever flowing in the background. All of the venues are actually based on real locations which I thought was brilliant. Each track capturing the time period it represents. To me it’s the best form of entertainment which enables players to experience a time period that has gone by, but also introduces new players to the rhythm games in an epic way.


I can’t even begin to tell you much I loved this game. It’s fantastic and I waited ages to play it and it was definitely worth the wait. Most of the songs are easy to play and enjoyable to play. Even when I didn’t know the words for ‘I am the Walrus’, I still gave it my best shot. Not only does the game give you all the information you need to know about the Beatles, it gives you a grand insight into how successful they truly were. This is a game not to be missed. Harmonix have done well to produce such a magnificent rhythm game that you ‘re be playing over and over again.


The Beatles Rock Band Full Track List

Caven Club (1963)
Twist And Shout
Do You Want To Know A Secret
I Saw Her Standing There

Ed Sullivan Theater (1964)
I Want To Hold Your Hand
Can’t Buy Me Love
A Hard Day’s Night
I Wanna Be Your Man

Shea Stadium (1965)
Ticket to Ride
I’m Looking Through You
Eight Days A Week
If I Needed Someone
I Feel Fine

Budokan (1966)
Day Tripper
And Your Bird Can Sing
Drive My Car
Paperback Writer

Abbey Road (1966-1967)
Yellow Submarine
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band*
With A Little Help From My Friends*
*Played as a single track.
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
Getting Better
Within You Without You / Tomorrow Never Knows
Good Morning Good Morning

Abbey Road (1967-1968)
I Am The Walrus
Hello Goodbye
Hey Bulldog
Back In The U.S.S.R.
Dear Prudence
While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Abbey Road (1968-1969)
Helter Skelter
Octopus’s Garden
Come Together
Here Comes The Sun

Rooftop Concert (1969)
Dig a Pony
I’ve Got A Feeling
Don’t Let Me Down
I Me Mine
I Want You (She’s So Heavy)
Get Back

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