gamers (87%) found this review helpful
in many ways this is just yet another rock band game, but harmonix has added details that really make this game a classic.
for beatles fans, it's a treasure trove of audio and visual nuggets beyond the game play. the characterization of the fab 4 is warm and friendly, even though there's not a wide range of movement to them. when you reach the studio, each song has it's own 'dreamscape' and they have promised that future DLC will be just as unique. before and after each song, you're treated to studio outtakes related to the what you're playing. the band warming up, chatter.... i restarted a song 5 times and heard "alright, take 5"..... it makes the game worth exploring just to hear what they're going to give you in the bumpers.
of course the beatles are famous for their harmonies and it's a bonus to not just sing the lead, but have a go at other parts as well.
RB virtuosos will be disappointed. there's no insane shredding or double peddling here. but there's a real sense of the musical evolution that WAS the beatles ..... it makes for a great storyline for players truly interested in music history.
solo players get their own scoreboard, which RB 2 was sorely lacking.
gamers (85%) found this review helpful
Disclaimer: I am NOT a fan of Beatles music, but recognize their place in history as one of the greatest bands of all time.
With that out of the way, I still gave this game an 8 review. Why? The game was done with class, which is something you don't see too often anymore... Most games are out to exploit the artists and rake in as much money as possible with a poor product... Take... ANY Disney or Hollywood licensed title, for example. While I'm sure Harmonix is raking in the cash with the game, it was done well and does The Beatles proud.
For starters, The Beatles: Rock Band is basically the same game as any other RB title, with few exceptions. Instead of letting maniacs pound away on drum fills, for example, they were taken out of the game to preserve the music as originally played. It is also a stand-alone title... Any future Beatles songs released will ONLY be available for this game, and any future non-Beatles songs will ONLY be available for RB 1 & 2... No importing songs or mixing and matching bands. Unlike Guitar Hero 5 where playing Bon Jovi titles with Kurt Cobain singing is allowed, The Beatles are placed on the pedestal they deserve.
So why not a 10? First off, the game is incredibly short... About half the length of other similar titles (Only 45 tracks for $60).
The game is also way too easy... It's at least one difficulty level easier than any other GH or RB title made to date. It's not the game's fault, really... Beatles music was at the start of musical evolution and wasn't about shredding solos. On the other hand, if you're one of those players that feels like they're "stuck" on medium difficulty and unable to make the jump to hard, this game may bridge the gap.
Finally, pastel color schemes for the game just suck, IMO. The highway is way too bright, colors don't stand out... it just makes normal play a little more irritating.
In closing, this is the way games SHOULD be made... With fans and artists in mind, not profit margins.