You don’t need to be a Basket Case to play this, but it helps.
The rhythm based Guitar games are a phenomenon that I must admit to being slightly late to the party for. For a long time I just didn’t really get it. Even now, although I can quite happily pick up a guitar controller and put in a reasonable performance, I can’t say that I exhibit the passion for these games that is apparent in many gamers. To me it is the same as the dance mat craze of a few years back. I remember watching a competition and thinking that I could not move that fast if my life depended on it. I guess that level of skill comes from practice and constant playing of the games.
And therein lies one of the target audiences for themed games such as Green Day Rock Band. The players who want to perfect their game play within this genre. The other target audience are, of course, fans of the band. As with Beatles Rock Band, it goes without saying that the fans of Green Day will rush out and buy this title. But for the gamers who fancy themselves as being a bit handy with a guitar controller, this title offers a variety in music that can test and enhance their skills.
Whilst I could have perhaps thought of a few other bands that would have been more deserving of their own themed Rock Band title, it has to be said that the variety offered by Green Day should provide something that will get most gamers toes tapping. The 47 included songs have quite a range and are fully exportable to the other Rock Band games, which just goes to increase the content of Rock Band in general. It is even suggested that the songs will be forward compatible with the upcoming Rock Band 3.
At the end of the day though, there is nothing really new here. The fans will be enticed with pictures and videos that can, eventually, be unlocked and enjoyed. Much like the Beatles version, the entire game is given a Green Day styled make over, although not, it feels, to the same extent as the Beatles game. There was something quite “special” about the artistic style of the Fab Four experience, which seems to be absent this time around.
Play through the campaign mode and travel with the band through their career, starting with the more intimate gigs and working up to the sold out stadium tours. This is all pretty much par for the course, and the other game modes don’t really offer anything new. But that’s not really a bad thing, as the Rock Band games are already very good at what they do. The real changes will come with the release of Rock Band 3 when it hits the shops.
As with the Beatles game, Green Day Rock Band offers something for the fans of the band. But thankfully the music of Green Day is not niche enough to alienate the majority of the Rock Band gamers. Although not an essential purchase, the game performs to a high standard and offers a decent amount of content for the price.