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The Beatles: Rock Band

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 3
89
4.6
Wii
89
4.4
Xbox 360
89
4.2
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Description

The Beatles: Rock Band is the second released game in the Rock Band series to focus on a specific band, following the AC/DC Live: Rock Band release.

The title borrows features from the Rock Band 2 game, but offers a revamped career mode, with the opportunity to play a story mode going through the different Beatles eras, with specific songs and venues, from The Cavern Club to their rooftop performance on top of Apple Corps' studio. Along with the now classic guitar, bass, drums, and vocals parts, the title adds the possibility to have three separate vocals parts, where each singer gets to sing in a different harmony.

The game features 45 remastered Beatles titles, and further albums will be released, available for purchase through DLCs and exclusive to The Beatles: Rock Band. This is the first time that Apple Corps allowed the Beatles’ music to feature in a video game.

Contrary to the AC/DC game which looked just like the original Rock Band, the entire game is skinned in a Beatles theme: characters, overall look and feel, sound effects. Skinned instruments were also released. Also still contrary to the AC/DC game, it is not possible to export the songs to play in Rock Band or Rock Band 2.

The tracklist:

Singles
  • I Want to Hold Your Hand
  • I Feel Fine
  • Day Tripper
  • Paperback Writer
  • Revolution
  • Don't Let Me Down
Please Please Me (1963)
  • I Saw Her Standing There
  • Boys
  • Do You Want to Know a Secret
  • Twist and Shout
With the Beatles (1963)
  • I Wanna Be Your Man
A Hard Day's Night (1964)
  • A Hard Day's Night
  • Can't Buy Me Love
Beatles For Sale (1964)
  • Eight Days a Week
Help! (1965)
  • Ticket to Ride
Rubber Soul (1965)
  • Drive My Car
  • I'm Looking Through You
  • If I Needed Someone
Revolver (1966)
  • Taxman
  • Yellow Submarine
  • And Your Bird Can Sing
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
  • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band/With a Little Help From My Friends
  • Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
  • Getting Better
  • Good Morning Good Morning
Magical Mystery Tour (1967)
  • I Am the Walrus
  • Hello Goodbye
The Beatles (White Album) (1968)
  • Dear Prudence
  • Back in the U.S.S.R.
  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps
  • Birthday
  • Helter Skelter
Yellow Submarine (1969)
  • Hey Bulldog
Abbey Road (1969)
  • Come Together
  • Something
  • Octopus's Garden
  • I Want You (She's So Heavy)
  • Here Comes the Sun
  • The End
Let It Be (1970)
  • Dig a Pony
  • I Me Mine
  • I Got a Feeling
  • Get Back
Love (2006)
  • Within You Without You / Tomorrow Never Knows

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The Press Says

Giant Bomb Xbox 360 Sep 09, 2009 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
GameZone Xbox 360 Sep 23, 2009 9.3 out of 10 93
Gamervision Xbox 360 Sep 07, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Eurogamer.es Xbox 360 Sep 09, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Eurogamer.net (UK) Xbox 360 Sep 06, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Eurogamer.net (UK) PlayStation 3 Sep 06, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Gameplanet Xbox 360 Sep 07, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Destructoid PlayStation 3 Sep 08, 2009 9 out of 10 90
4Players.de Xbox 360 Sep 07, 2009 85 out of 100 85
Gamestyle PlayStation 3 Oct 14, 2009 8 out of 10 80

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The Beatles: Rock Band appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Awards

  • 1UP
    • 2009 - Best Music Game (Editors' Choice)
    • 2009 - Best Music Game (Readers' Choice)
    • 2009 -The "Family Matters" Award for Game Likely to be Enjoyed by Parents
  • 4Players
    • 2009 – #2 Best Party Game of the Year
    • 2009 – #3 Best Music of the Year
  • AceGamez
    • 2009 - Best Music/Rhythm Game
  • G4 X-Play
    • 2009 - Best Music Game
  • Game Informer
    • 2009 - Best Rhythm/Music
  • GameShark
    • 2009 - Best Music Game
    • 2009 - Best Co-Op Multiplayer
  • Gamespot
    • 2009 - Best Rhythm/Music Game (Editors' Choice)
    • 2009 - Best Rhythm/Music Game (Readers' Choice)
    • 2009 - Best Licensed Music (Editors' Choice)
    • 2009 - Best Licensed Music (Readers' Choice)
  • Gamespy
    • 2009 - Other People's Music Award
  • IGN.
    • 2009 - Overall Best Music Game (Editors' Choice)
    • 2009 - Overall Best Music Game (Readers' Choice)
    • 2009 - Best Xbox 360 Music Game (Readers' Choice)
    • 2009 - Best PS3 Music Game (Readers' Choice)
    • 2009 - Best Wii Music Game (Readers' Choice)
    • 2009 - Wii Award for Excellence in Sound (Readers' Choice)
  • Spike TV
    • 2009 - Best Music Game
  • Yahoo
    • 2009 - Best Party Game of the Year

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