4. The Beatles: Rock Band (PS3/360/Wii) 

Thanks to Activision, 2009 saw an absolute glut of Hero games, ranging from the excellent (Guitar Hero Metallica, Guitar Hero 5), some decent (DJ Hero, Guitar Hero Greatest Hits and the Guitar Hero On Tour games) to the absolutely pointless and execrable (Guitar Hero Van Halen and Band Hero). And despite this, only one Rock Band game was released this year, and proved to be easily one of the better games of the year.  Also kinda helps that the game is focused around quite possibly the greatest band of all time.

At a base level, it’s still very much Rock Band 2, just reskinned and focused around the Beatles. Totally understandable, but where the real fun lies in just how much of a Beatles experience that Harmonix have crafted into the game. 

The tour mode is the perfect representation of this, with all of the stages taking place over the different stages of the Beatles career, and all the unlockables are of note, from a lot of rare photographs to some curious little videos and what not.

But where the game really shines is in the dreamscape levels.

Because the Beatles were a studio band for most of the latter part of the 60’s, the game attempts to recreate what the band were seeing when they were writing songs like “Yellow Submarine” or “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds”. And for the most part, it does look quite nice. This is despite the latter levels not looking as spectacular as the earlier ones.

Though really, the one point that may disappoint a lot of people is the track list. Sure, it has representation from every Beatles album, but some key songs (like All You Need is Love, Strawberry Fields Forever, A Day in the Life, Help!) are missing, leaving you to purchase these when they are released as downloadable content; and at the moment – you can only purchase A Day in the Life and All You  Need is Love.


Overall, the Beatles Rock Band is possibly the best rhythm game of the year. Sure, it doesn’t do anything spectacularly new and what not, but it doesn’t really need to. Plus, it’s a fantastic way to get into the music of one of the greatest bands ever.
Posted by darthhomer Wed, 16 Dec 2009 01:56:00 (comments: 6)
Wed, 16 Dec 2009 02:26:44
It even includes The Beatles Christmas audio news letter!
Wed, 16 Dec 2009 03:18:01
Yet not many of their most famous songs! Grinning
Wed, 16 Dec 2009 12:45:48
It's the beatles. So I would rather just put the CD on.
Thu, 17 Dec 2009 08:51:28
Could someone enjoy this game just as much watching a non-interactive DVD of the game? I just can't think that strumming along to Beatles songs would be that much fun.
Thu, 17 Dec 2009 09:06:40
^ mileage may vary, but Here Comes the Sun is my choice for the single most engaging Rock Band song.
Thu, 17 Dec 2009 10:53:58
I'd get more enjoyment actually putting my hands over my ears and trying to drone the noise out.
Log in or Register for free to comment
Recently Spotted:
Login @ The VG Press
Remember me?