A must for any Beatles fan at nearly £2 cheaper than the next best deal. It’s the solus version (obviously), but come on, isn’t your living room full of enough toy instruments by now? Besides, playing Slayer on a Beatles drum kit is just too weird.
A great deal of effort has been put into the visual presentation of the game. You’ll be playing in famous venues like the Cavern Club, the Ed Sullivan Show, Budokan, Shea Stadium and the rooftop of Apple Records or against psychedelic explosions of colour. Pointless for the player, but something decent for everyone else to look at instead of the usual shit-hole Rock Band venues. Cartoonified models of the Beatles themselves have been included too and perfectly match the vibrant backgrounds.
Harmonies are utilised for the first time in the series with everyone able to sing at the same time. This can be great, or it can sound like a drunken four man football chant. Your call.
The 45 song track list consist of the master recordings 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.' There might be a few of your own favourites missing, but they might be amongst the current/future DLC packs as is the nature of band-specific games so far.
An excellent buy then for Beatles fans, or Rock Band addicts trying to 100% track out there.
George Harrison, fantastically talented as he was, never really cut loose on any of the Beatles' songs. Sure there were some wonderful little licks and chord shuffles here and there but he never really turned it up to 11 and busted out the solos, it just wasn't really his style. But to write off this nostalgia-tinged title just because of that is to miss the point: Rock Band: The Beatles is a lovingly crafted homage that sets the bar high for single-artist-oriented music games.
ShopTo are currently selling the Wii version of the game,you'll need to buy the instruments separately I'm afraid, for just £9.85, which is over £5 cheaper than nearest competitor Amazon!
With 45 tracks on offer here, a Career Mode stuffed with Beatles memorabilia and biographical history, and top notch presentation, this is no knock-off game. A true family affair with a library that will certainly appeal to any and all Beatles fans out there this actually, rather unsurprisingly, has a incredible hit:dud ratio. The new introduction of three part harmonies - you'll need three mics of course - is perfect, as singing along to these songs is actually the main highlight here.
More than a simple music game, this is a title that reminds us exactly why the Beatles were so highly adored, how they reached the pinnacle of the music world, and why their music has endured for so long. The gameplay might be more simple than some of the other solo heavy games, but none feel more beautifully woven than this.
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Are you a Nowhere Man, in need of some Help. Fancy A Day in the Life of The Beatles? Up for jamming along with Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band? Considering a trip down Penny Lane?.....I'll stop. But if the answer to any of those questions is yes, you might want to keep reading.
If you missed out on the recent GAME deal for The Beatles: Rock Band, don't fret. You too can bust a move as one of the Fab Four for just under £13 if you nip over to Amazon. Considering that the next nearest price is £24.95 from ShopTo, you'd be making a potential saving of around £12.
TBRB follows the same formula as any other Rock Band game - strum, smash or sing in time with the music for maximum points and live out your rock fantasies whilst sporting colourful plastic peripherals - although there are a few differences that make this incarnation a bit special.
The first is that the 45 tracks here are all Beatles numbers, produced and overseen by Giles Martin (Fab Four producer George Martin's son), which is a bit of a big deal considering Apple's previous stinginess in allowing their material to be used in anything. The second is that the game's career mode, here called Story Mode, is presented much like a interactive Beatles musical tour. There's clearly a lot of love here, the character models look excellent and the presentation is superb, and there are a lot of song-specific animations.
Ultimately, The Beatles: Rock Band is a great little gaming gift for anyone with an appreciation for John, Paul, George and Ringo's music, although you won't find the Rock band series' emphasis on DLC here, such is the nature of the content. At this price it's well worth a look, and its appeal is truly cross-generational.
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You know how at parties there's always that one guy who brings a guitar and starts ruining proceedings by picking away at it? Well, the last few years have replaced six strings with coloured buttons, and what used to bring a kegger to an early finish has now become the life and soul of the party thanks to an assortment of interactive playlists brought to us by the various incarnations of Guitar Hero and Rock Band.
Now for the first time ever you can sing, strum and smash your way through The Beatles back catalogue and Play are giving away the Solus version of the game (no instruments included) on Xbox 360 and PS3 for just £19.99, over five bucks cheaper than the nearest competitors (Gamestation - £25.99).
To be honest, I never really saw the point of creating Beatles version of Rock Band. Although I would be a fool to paint the Fab Four in a drab light, there isn't really a huge amount here for the instrumental players to get their teeth into. Ringo Starr is not Dave Grohl or Lars Ulrich, and although no one doubts that George Harrison could have pulled off the most extravagant of guitar solos had he chosen to, the fact is that most part he's fairly restrained. The real pull factor here is the harmony engine that allows multiple singers to pull off those famed Beatles three-part musical wonders. Of course, to do that you're going to need more microphones and, luckily for PS3 owners, Play are offering Rock Band: The Beatles bundled with two wired SingStar-style mics for just £10 more at £29.99.
Whether or not you should buy this game depends entirely on just how much you love Rock Band and The Beatles. If it's just the former then just avail yourself of the expansive downloadables on offer and wait for a further drop in price. If it's just the latter then it'd be cheaper and more satisfying to buy one of the recent discographies. But the microphone pack is well worth looking into: This is essentially (and probably should have been) just a SingStar game with extras. Placed in that context, the microphone pack makes a lot of sense if you're Beatlemanic gamer, to both ears and pocket.
The PS3 Slim is set for confirmation next week at GamesCon in today's news roundup, while developer GRIN officially shuts its doors, the Xbox 360 Elite is set to replace the Pro model, and The Beatles: Rock Band DLC is revealed as two full albums.
According to Chinese game magazine GameWave, the elusive PS3 Slim confirmation will be announced by Sony at GamesCon next week. Following this, Sony will confirm a release date in September, and a price of $299. The picture above is apparently what the machine looks like. With GamesCon only a few days away it won't be long until this rumour is substantiated or proven false. [TheMagicBox]
GRIN, developer behind Bionic Commando and Terminator: Salvation is officially shutting down, due to an "unbearable cashflow situation." GRIN has been in trouble for a while now, according to rumours suggesting lay-offs and money problems. "Too many publishers have been delaying their payments, causing an unbearable cashflow situation" wrote co-founders Bo and Ulf Andersson wrote on the official site.
"After twelve years of hard work, employing hundreds of wonderfully talented men and women, it is over. It has been a great adventure and the GRIN family has experienced what few have". The farewell message also regrettably mentioned an "unreleased masterpiece that we were not allowed to finish" and wraps up saying "We hope you had a good time." [GamaSutra]
The rumour suggesting that the Xbox 360 Elite will be receiving a price cut to effectively take the place of the Pro model seems to have some evidence now. An upcoming advertisement for retailer Meijer shows the price of the Elite drop to $299, the same price as the Pro model. The ad is set to go out on August 30th, probably around the same time the Xbox 360 Pro will be discontinued. Microsoft of course state they do not "comment on rumours or speculation" but as GamesCon approaches official confirmation may be just around the corner. [Kotaku]
According to an article in the New York Times Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Rubber Soul will feature as some of the first full albums to be released as DLC for The Beatles: Rock Band. This follows the announcement of Abbey Road coming to Rock Band in the form of DLC, meaning 3 full albums will be available to play. [NYTimes]