The Beatles: Rock Band. Add a game review or opinion!

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edited November 2013 in The Beatles: Rock Band
9-9-09 has arrived! Over the coming days and weeks, you will undoubtedly have plenty to say... what you like, what you don't, funny stories, and tales of triumph.

In the interest of organization, here is an official thread to speak your mind.

I* want to keep the thread productive, so here are the base rules:

- Don't flame others' reviews. At all.

- Try to be specific in what you like or don't like.

- Give yourself plenty of time before responding, so you have enough playtime to make informed opinions.

- "First" "reserved" and similar remarks are spam, add clutter, and will be removed.

*Note: thread idea and most of its contents ruthlessly plagiarized from Apples


  • rayrox222rayrox222 Opening Act
    edited September 2009
    narumi;3017247 said:
    I had been drooling over Beatles Rockband for awhile and picked up RB2 when they had the price drop recently.

    My mother (age 62); the one who got me hooked on the Beatles when I was a kid; thought I was crazy and wanted nothing to do with it.

    So, I picked up my preorder of The Bealtes this morning and handed her the microphone and told her to sing, and set for no fail so she wouldn't stress it while I played guitar.

    3 songs later and my mother was calling her sister trying to get her to come over and play too.

    Now she wants to teach my daughter how to play the guitar so we'll have a family band lol

    So yeah, the Beatles is definitly a winner in my book!
    cute story :) loved it

    my question is, based on hearing your mother sing the songs, do you think turning no fail mode on was a necessary precaution or do you think now that you underrated her singing talent? ;)
  • MikeSigMikeSig Unsigned
    edited September 2009
    S-Nova;3017158 said:
    Rented it today

    Easy on the ears and eyes. It's OK for me, but would be great for Beatles fans and their style of music. I don't think the Metal, Grunge, or Punk rockers (of which I consider myself the same ilk) will take to it very well. But it's not meant for them, so who cares?
    I don't think the Beatles audience excludes Metal/Grunge/Punk rockers. I would consider most of my twenty-something friends and I as grunge/punk people, and we are also Beatles fans.

    As for the game, I played for about 5 hours yesterday and have to applaud Harmonix's efforts. Everything from the audio quality to the art direction is spot-on. As I mentioned on Twitter yesterday, I couldn't stop smiling while playing. There's definitely some concentrated electronic joy to be found in The Beatles: Rock Band.
  • phil1737phil1737 Unsigned
    edited September 2009
    Since this a review thread I am guessing that you have all had a good play around with it. There is something I am struggling with and wondered if anyone could give me a little help. I can't seem to figure out how to add a player, my mate set it all up when we received it this morning and it asked him to put in his name, now whenever I try to have a go it comes up with his name and adds to his score. How do I set up my own? I've been trying to figure this out for about 6 hours now and i'm sure it's going to be something really simple.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated :)
  • acciobeeracciobeer Unsigned
    edited September 2009
    Just finished story mode and I have to say the game is as good as I could have ever hoped. While I wish there had been more songs I can honestly say this will receive much more replay than Rock Band or Guitar Hero simply because I love ALL 45 songs.

    Like a lot people I was disappointed when I heard that "The End" was the final song but after experiencing it in the context of the game I've done a complete turnaround. You really go on an emotional journey playing this game and that song and it's lyrics are the perfect capper. The ending cinematic before playing the encore left me speechless.
  • MexMex Mex Type Thing
    edited September 2009
    marcio antonio;3016498 said:
    I hate to sing, so harmonies features is not a big deal to me and 95% of the gamers, since most of us prefer guitar or drums.
    Where do you get your stats bro?
  • ParrotislaParrotisla Unsigned
    edited September 2009
    OMG!!! This game is absolutely amazing. Very well done. I'm hooked, prolly gonna finish the game today. I left wanting to play again and agaun after every song. The Dreamscapes are amazing. I don't think they could have made the game any better, I think it may actually be a perfect game.
  • UmpaUmpa Opening Act
    edited September 2009
    Thank you Harmonx! What a great experience! Love the dreamscapes!
  • ScravenScraven Unsigned
    edited September 2009
    I rented it today and found out that my wife bought me a copy as a surprise.

    I like the game play and quality of the game but I must admit, for someone who has spent easy $200 on points cards to DL content for RB1 and RB2 I am very disappointed that you cannot DL the tracks to RB2.

    Now i am expected to DL content for a different game and have two "Games" going at the same time. This game is what I would call a simple CASH GRAB and since I have not opened my copy that my wife purchased it will be going back to the store tomorrow.

    I stopped purchasing Guitar Hero after GH 3 for that exact reason and have not purchased another version of it nor will I until I can bring all the content forward.

    If I do decide to buy, it will be previously played cause there is no point in spending $60 now when can get for 1/2 or better in a few months.
  • UncleEUncleE Unsigned
    edited September 2009
    marcio antonio;3016498 said:
    I'm really very disappointed with this game.
    To colorful, short career, can't import songs from RB2, WTF Harmonix and the same old gameplay from RB games, nothing new. I hate to sing, so harmonies features is not a big deal to me and 95% of the gamers, since most of us prefer guitar or drums.
    I'm going to pass this one and stick with the awesome Guitar Hero 5.
    Visual masterpiece. Boring game play. was this made for grandpa or gamers?
  • PleasePleaseMeatPleasePleaseMeat Rising Star
    edited September 2009
    I sprinted home from school today to find something on the table. A cardboard box and two parcels. I jumped for joy. Finally!

    The parcels were my microphones. A Rock Band one for £3, a Guitar Hero one for £6. The GH mic seems to flutter on and off between working and not working. RB works perfectly. Thanks, HMX!

    The game is stunning. In the breaks between vocal parts I looked at what was happening on screen. The Beatles look incredible. HMX have nailed their styles of playing (John bobbing up and down, holding his guitar parallel to the ground).

    It is easier than previous RB games (I started out on Hard vox for the first few chapters, to get a taste for the game), but that doesn't distract you at all.

    Dad had a go. He's the biggest Beatles fan in our family. He sang 'Ticket to Ride' and it was terrible. I wasn't expecting much, though (he was on Medium). Mum isn't as big a fan, but she had a go anyway. We sang Ticket to Ride, and got 100%.

    She then went on to sing I Feel Fine with me, and Getting Better by herself.

    The harmonies work perfectly. It sounds great. The vocals chart can get a little crowded during songs like Back in the USSR, where there are three different parts being played, but with the help of the vocal trainer, you'll soon get used to these.

    Overall, I don't regret buying the Beatles Rock Band at all. It looks stunning, plays brilliantly, and if it's marketed right, will easily grind sales of GH5 into the dust. Who needs four drummers when you can have three-point harmonies?

    My only regret is purchasing a shoddy mic. I'll have to return it, and get another RB one!

    Well done, Harmonix. You win several interwebs.
  • SkeleshredderSkeleshredder Opening Act
    edited September 2009
    I won't retread everything that's already been said, so here are the essentials:

    The game: Awesome.

    The Gretsch: Exquisite.

    That is all.
  • kenshin_escakenshin_esca Unsigned
    edited September 2009
    First off great game guys. I like the presentation, great dreamscapes. I wish there was more extras like video interviews or something like that other than just photos with info about the songs. Would've been cool if Paul or Ringo could've done some interviews giving information and cool things about the making of each song.
    Things that need to be fixed:

    - You need to add headset support. It's been in other rock band games. why isn't it in this game. I understand if not all 3 people can sing at once but if you don't have a stand alone microphone at least 1 person could rock the vocals. I mean seriously I know you guys want people to buy the microphones but you're alienating those that just have headsets.

    - Blue notes look too much like star power notes. I suggest a darker blue.

    - This one is a request rather than something that needs to be fixed. You really need to add more DLC from the Beatles first 4-5 albums.
  • AyreonAyreon Unsigned
    edited September 2009
    The game is great, but I have to say the graphics bother me... while playing.. Im missing so many notes because of it.. maybe it is because Im used to old music bar.. wish there was a way for an option to turn it off
  • TonytTonyt Opening Act
    edited September 2009
    I will probaly pick this up tomorrow, it came out today here in the UK.

    Im not a huge Beatles fan but its another 45 songs and money is not an issue so the problem some people have with value is not one I would share.

    I would like some one to confirm the Ion works like it does in RB2, where you can use your 3 cymbals. RB1 and AC/DC did not, granted this was before RB2 came out, so I would expect The Beatles to incorporate this as is in RB2, just looking for a confirmation i guess.:)
  • sgt_melinsgt_melin Unsigned
    edited September 2009
    I love the game, the color and dreamscape stuff. only 2 complaing, way to few songs, and too short story mode. this is a expensive game, so more song should be in it.
  • instantdeath999instantdeath999 Washed Up
    edited September 2009
    After playing with my brother for a bit, I am really loving The Beatles rock band. I got a chance to play All You Need is Love earlier... I was actually pretty happy they charted other instruments.

    Definitely see myself putting many hours into the game... haven't even tried vocals or drums yet. From my experience so far, the bass lines are very fun, particularly I Saw Her Standing There (which I learned on real bass about a week ago).
  • mtacey27mtacey27 Unsigned
    edited September 2009
    WHERE IS OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA????????????? LOVE the Beatles and so very glad to own this on Rock Band, CAN'T believe that one is not on there!!!!! WHAT THE HECK????
  • Julio_Strikes_BackJulio_Strikes_Back Headliner
    edited September 2009
    I am very pleased with how The Beatles: Rock Band so far. I just started the Budokan on my exp drums career, and am at Shea Stadium for the exp guitar career. First, I was surprised at the sheer trickiness of some of the songs, like Twist and Shout and I Wanna Be Your Man, and also how freaking bad I have gotten at music games. I had to calibrate my system like crazy, and I still sucked! I'll be picking up a second microphone tomorrow so I can start a voxbass/harmonitar career with my sis. The mixing done for this game is stunning. Eight Days a Week sounds like it was produced yesterday.

    Also: the backgrounds look better than what I saw on the internet. The little things are what make it awesome: George winking and smiling at GJohn after his solo on Can't Buy Me Love. Ringo raising his eyebrow like a pimp on "Boys." Stuff like that.
  • DarkMagic56DarkMagic56 Unsigned
    edited September 2009
    This game is like a gift from god.
    that said, I love this game so much..

    Thank you Harmonix.
  • fdiperifdiperi Opening Act
    edited September 2009
    The game is great overall. The Beatles really do look like the Beatles from the Cavern all the way through Apple Corp RoofTop. I like the animation they put into the songs that are played in the studio, it's magical. I like that before you pick which instrument you play for a song it lets you know the difficulty. I like that if you pause the game during a song it has a countdown before it resumes. I would like to see these features in Rock Band 3. The only 2 things I don't like (one of them only counts for XBOX 360 users) are the end credits are so long and boring and this is the one for XBOX 360....they should have made it where when you look up the achievements from the game's main menu you have to play certain songs to unlock specific achievements and the songs are listed on the screen and you should be able to jump right into playing those songs rather than having to make them up in a set list from quickplay. Overall I give the game a 9.8 out of 10
  • guitaranddrumgod1978guitaranddrumgod1978 Opening Act
    edited September 2009
    This game is great- period. The graphics are stunning, the presentation is top notch. Can't wait for the DLC.
  • Rock_StarmanRock_Starman Headliner
    edited September 2009
    45 songs and it barely lasts 3 hours. That's terrible. Considering some songs left out (I'm not a Beatles fan even) well there's just no excuse for that.

    Wasn't much fun on guitar. Just not really a lot going on there.

    Whatever changes were made to vocals are fantastic. I'm not sure what exactly (other than scoreless talkies) but I can tell it's different and it's just wonderful. All vocal songs I tried were really fun. Further embarasses the awful GH 5 vocals.

    Changes to the drums on the other hand weren't pleasing. I know it won't be a problem for RB 3 but as it is in this,it's not good. I don't drum a lot,only played the songs I really like and only play on medium so there might be some expert players having fits with it or something.

    No sing-a-longs or effects is kind of a drag. I keep saving star power for the chorus to use the now non-exsistant effects as I normally do in RB 2. Heck Sgt. Peppers says something like "we'd like you all to sing-a-long" but obviously they don't.

    Speaking of wich I was expecting more "dreamscapes" similar to that of Sgt. Peppers/With A Little Help. Stuff like Hey Bulldog just isn't up to par.

    At least there's finally an outdoor daytime venue.

    Overall as a non-Beatles but RB fan I'd say it's about a 6 (though haven't tried bass yet) and hope for some covers to get into the main game.

    I'd love to review the Gretsch as I was intent on buying it however no stores here have yet to carry it. Wal-mart didn't have anything new yet so I hope they'll have it tomorrow because it looks really great.
  • SongbladeSongblade Rising Star
    edited September 2009
    I rented it today - it's pretty good - who knew the guitar was so tricky?

    I like the little differences - the stars, the sort by difficulty, the solo and story modes

    Heck, I even like a couple of the songs! (not a huge Beatles fan)

    The artwork is superb.

    Worth the rent - wouldn't buy it tho' - but don't let that stop others!
  • Tego1inTego1in Road Warrior
    edited September 2009
    I saved my post count for this.
    So Perfect. My entire family came and played.
    My mom thought the bowing at the end was cute.
    The Beatles beats did surprise me at Ringo's cool fills. The End solo FTW.
    The extras are awesome to have. I can't wait to play this more.
  • OrdealByFireOrdealByFire Banned
    edited September 2009
    Graphics: 4.5/5 The backgrounds and dreamscapes and the overall look of the band is really great. The dreamscapes are really vivid and colorful, and the members look a lot like themselves. My only real problem with any of this is when you use "Beatlemania", and the 'highway' turns yellow... it can make it difficult to play drums.

    Sound: 4.5/5 TB:RB has a solid soundtrack, no doubt, with songs that are great to play, including "Back in the USSR", "Day Tripper", "Helter Skelter", "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band", and many more. However, I can't help but notice there are a number of songs that seem to be sort of random inclusions, while great songs like "Eleanor Rigby" and "Hey Jude" are left off disc, forcing anyone interested to pay separately.

    Difficulty: 3.5/5 TB:RB isn't a very difficult game, and that was to be expected. There are some surprisingly tricky songs on guitar, and a few somewhat hard songs and sections on drums, but really, this game is what it was thought to be. I'm actually thankful there aren't random not-even-there notes added to the tracks to make them more difficult. *cough* Activision.

    Fun: 4.25/5 The Beatles: Rock Band, while probably well worth the $60 just for the experience, might not actually be worth it in the long run. The setlist of 45 songs is mostly great, with a few downers in the set, but the majority of the songs are really fun to play and/or at least listen to, and the backgrounds are all really cool. The menus look good, and there are - I believe - never-before-seen videos and photos, which are unlocked by doing well on songs. If you are a huge, huge, HUGE Beatles fan, this will be an instapurchase with no regrets. However, if you are just a fan, you might soon might wonder why you thought buying this was a good idea. There will be DLC weekly, according to HMX, so that will give this game virtually endless replayability for anybody that gets it.


    Pros: A good 85% of the setlist is enjoyable to play, graphics are very good, it's the Beatles.

    Cons: Some of the songs added on-disc seem random, only 45 songs, it's the Beatles. This could be a con to anyone that <3's difficulty. :P
  • rocker820rocker820 Road Warrior
    edited September 2009
    I would just like to say that Harmonix will be making the big bucks with this one.
    I was at Best Buy today looking for a digital camera and I saw about 6 different people walk out with bundles of all different age groups, kids, adults, teens, couples, even an older man.
  • OrdealByFireOrdealByFire Banned
    edited September 2009
    I was disappointed with it, to be honest. -_-

    Still, a great idea by Harmonix and Apple and others.
  • new2rbnew2rb Unsigned
    edited September 2009
    wasnt what i expected but its still fun im screwing up alot but its cuz im tired lol went to bed late woke up early love the super speed option tho
  • rocker820rocker820 Road Warrior
    edited September 2009
    You should only get this game if:
    1. You are a fan of The Beatles
    2. You are a beginner player

    I don't feel sorry for anyone who bought or rented the game and didn't like it expecting something different.
  • OrdealByFireOrdealByFire Banned
    edited September 2009
    rocker820;3019699 said:

    I don't feel sorry for anyone who bought or rented the game and didn't like it expecting something different.
    since I know you're referring to me, i'll add I didn't buy or rent this game, but thanks.
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