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Giant Bomb (Sep 09, 2009)
The Beatles: Rock Band sets a new standard for how band-focused music games should be executed, one that will be very difficult to match. Beyond all the stylistic flairs and the fan-service touches, this is just an incredibly fun, incredibly accessible bunch of music, with very little filler in its track listing. This isn't a music appreciation class, and I'm not at all qualified as a music critic, but I feel very comfortable saying that the Beatles is one of the most “important” musical acts of the past, let's say, 60 years. This significance warrants the time and detail that has gone into The Beatles: Rock Band, and I'm not sure that there's another band out there that deserves the same treatment. This is a first big step into the digital age for The Beatles, but it might also mark the end for band-specific music games.
The A.V. Club (Sep 14, 2009)
But this is a family game, and one notable bit of subversion is plenty. The Beatles: Rock Band lets the Fab Four reclaim their role as the pre-eminent purveyors of pop psychedelia. It’s been decades since The Beatles first touched a tab to the world’s tongue, and the trippy goings-on while the gems for “Octopus’s Garden” and “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” tumble down from the heavens are righteous videogame eye candy. Mind-bending, musical games like Rez, Frequency, and Space Giraffe couldn’t have existed if it weren’t for The Beatles. It’s more than a little cool that those same games paved some of the way for The Beatles: Rock Band. That’s revolution.
The Video Game Critic (Oct 13, 2009)
The game also boasts excellent production values with a polished user interface and a sweet auto-calibrate feature. Between stages you'll enjoy brief montages depicting the band going through their various incarnations via vintage photographs and animated artwork. By the time you advance to the final rooftop concert, you'll feel sad that the Beatles had to come to an end. Of course, the fact that the game leaves you wanting more is a testament to its greatness. If you've never gone through a "Beatles phase", now might be a good time.
PGNx Media (Sep 13, 2009)
The Beatles: Rock Band does one thing extremely well: it brings The Beatles’ music to a very strong platform (the Rock Band platform) resulting in a game that is undeniably fun to play. However, this is a Beatles videogame first, and a Rock Band videogame second. What Harmonix was able to do with that was create an unrivaled experience that succeeds at capturing The Beatles’ story and letting you relive those moments. It doesn’t have the breadth of Guitar Hero 5 but it’s an experience you nonetheless owe to yourself.
GamesCollection (Jul 30, 2010)
Beatles Rockband è un acquisto obbligato per i fan del gruppo possessori di un Wii, una Xbox 360 o una PS3. Con tre amici con cui condividere le partite il divertimento non fa che aumentare, il feeling degli strumenti è sì giocattoloso ma piacevole, e l'aspetto grafico del gioco immerge i "musicisti" nel mondo dei Beatles, con una tracklist ottima - e i pezzi mancanti si possono sempre scaricare in un secondo momento dall'apposito Store. Insomma, un piatto ricco, ben fatto e di sicuro appeal per i Beatlemaniaci lì fuori.
Gamernode (Sep 15, 2009)
Whether you like them or not, there's no denying how important The Beatles were -- and continue to be -- to music. Is their Rock Band game as important for games as some people make it out to be? Not quite. But, as far as the music genre goes, it's definitely the best-made game on the market from a presentation standpoint, and it brings the usually-static music genre to a whole new level that others will try -- and fail -- to emulate. Oh, and the music itself is pretty damn good, too. Then again, you already knew that.
Atomic Gamer (Sep 10, 2009)
So right here, right now, I'm saying that everyone who isn't a sworn enemy of the Fab Four should try The Beatles: Rock Band, even if you could never get into them before or couldn't quite understand what some of your more rabid friends could see in them. Head to a Best Buy, go to a friend's house, do what it takes to just give the game a shot. It's not necessary that you buy the full band kit to get the more "authentic" instruments - those, it seems, are made mostly for dedicated fans of the band. They don't house any specific new features, and thankfully, they don't add any new compatibility issues that could cause interoperability problems with other music games. Any Rock Band or Guitar Hero instrument will do. Scrape up a couple of mics, and get in there. Chances are, you'll become a fan.
Kombo.com (Sep 09, 2009)
There is a beautiful synthesis of creativity of the Beatles and creativity from Harmonix working together to make a chart topping game. The game might be light in the customization and expansion department but the Beatles: RB is all about the music and the undeniably legendary set list from a group that transcends time. Grab a ticket to ride this magical mystery tour.
Console Monster (Sep 24, 2009)
So whether you're looking to channel Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr, or just after a few more songs to wield your plastic axe to, then this is a definite buy. With the Beatles able to stake claim to what is certainly a diverse and vibrant catalogue of songs, a nice variety of playing styles are catered for and some of the harder songs will certainly prove a challenge. When you do finally get bored of the default setlist, more Beatles songs will be appearing on the Music Store, which currently offers the fantastic "All You Need Is Love" for your personal enjoyment. If you never read another of my reviews or even deign to heed what I have to type; read this carefully. BUY IT!
Vandal Online (Sep 07, 2009)
No creas ni por un momento que The Beatles Rock Band es simplemente un nuevo título de la serie. Los Beatles arrastraban masas en su época como nunca antes se había visto, y cuando empiezas a jugar este título sientes a tu alrededor esa sensación algo chispeante de estar ante una presencia diferente. No es una experiencia religiosa, pero sí removerá a quienes lo vivieron hace décadas y las legiones de seguidores que ha tenido el grupo. Prepárate porque este otoño pueden volver las melenas y las chaquetas nehru.
GameFocus (Sep 08, 2009)
If the Rock Band franchise managed to interest non-gaming adult audiences into buying music/rhythm games, The Beatles: Rock Band will not only do the same but it will also reach out to the very last folks who up until now did not care about playing with plastic instruments in front of a television. If games like Pong and Super Mario Bros. managed to pike the interest of mom and dad to play with their kids in the living room, there’s no doubt that The Beatles: Rock Band will make the rest of the family join in and have a great time. Don’t get me wrong, the Guitar Hero and Rock Band games have done great things but I think The Beatles: Rock Band is the ultimate multi-generation gathering videogame.
TeamXbox (Sep 05, 2009)
Those are determinations on which we’ll have to wait and see. At the moment, we can only look at the direction Harmonix took in creating its first band-specific title. It took quite a different route from what Activision has done so far (by picking a band’s best songs and intermingling them with those of other bands, such as Guitar Hero: Metallica having a bunch of tunes from bands that opened for Metallica), and frankly I think the developers created a more compelling package to play and to “watch.” In my view, Harmonix did a great job in crafting a fitting tribute to the Beatles, clearly one of the most significant bands in rock history—but, perhaps more importantly, dramatically raised the bar in the music-game genre.
Gaming Target (Sep 16, 2009)
The Beatles: Rock Band is as much a documentary as it is a game. The Beatles’ venerable music catalog is a great compliment to the Rock Band formula. This game is successful in both drawing new players to the music game genre and exposing a new generation to the music of The Beatles. The lighter difficulty of the game might put off some of the more die-hard music game aficionados but it allows a little bit more attention to be paid to the story that is being told. While it doesn’t break new gaming ground, there is some magic packed into this title.
Planet Xbox 360 (Sep 11, 2009)
The Story Mode is much better than expected that covers the whole touring career of the band. The Tutorials are helpful for novices with a Drum Trainer, Practice Mode and regular tutorials. Each instrument has three different practice modes, so there should be no worries when it comes to learning how to sing correctly in The Beatles Rock Band. Six-player support, 40+ songs, three full albums already announced for download content (Abbey Road, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Rubber Soul albums), and superb production values should be enough to attract new and old Rock Band gamers to The Beatles: Rock Band. For Xbox 360 gamers, “All You Need Is Love” is exclusive for a limited time and all proceeds will be donated to Doctors Without Borders. When push comes to shove, The Beatles: Rock Band is a fantastic addition to the genre and, it goes without saying, the music itself it out of this world.
GameZone (Sep 23, 2009)
An excellent tribute to The Beatles, The Beatles Rock Band sets the standard for music games based on a single band.
Extreme Gamer (Nov 02, 2009)
The Beatles: Rock Band is a must have game for Beatles fans. Harmonix has done an excellent job putting together a fun package that highlights the career of one of the most successful bands in our history. Unlike the normal Rock Band series, The Beatles focuses on vocal harmonies while providing a backdrop that everyone knows, and most people like. This makes The Beatles: Rock Band a great game to have included in those Rock Band parties, and additionally one of those games that can be revisited over-and-over. The only downside to The Beatles game is the lack of music that is showcased. Since the Beatles have such a huge library, 45 songs seems a little low, plus the DLC that is available, is only available for a price. If you don’t mind shelling out a few more bucks then your Beatles library will certainly expand. Minor grip aside, you can’t really go wrong here, and the Beatles: Rock Band is one of the outstanding music games of the year.
GameWatcher / Strategy Informer (Sep 07, 2009)
If there’s one music-oriented video game to buy this holiday season, it has to be The Beatles: Rock Band. Harmonix and MTV Games have created an exceptional representation of The Fab Four that needs to be lived by all music aficionados.
Beatles Rock Band is an interesting conundrum. For what it is it is flawless. The representation of the famous foursome is impeccable and dripping with fan service. The selection of songs is disappointing, but with future DLC you will likely be able to enjoy all of your favorite tunes for a price. Beatles fans need not even hesitate; just buy the game. Whether you are moderately interested or just a casual fan the price of admission is more than worth it. Rock Band fans looking for the next great thing will want to stick with the weekly DLC.
Gaming Nexus (Sep 06, 2009)
There's a lot of fun to be had going through the history of The Beatles. Songs aren't overly complicated but you get at least one song from every album they've produced. The Dreamscapes are imaginative and great to watch. Only fans of the band need apply as it is strictly Beatles content on this one.
XboxAddict (Sep 14, 2009)
Harmonix definitely revolutionizes the way band specific games are done. They’ve built a loving tribute to an iconic band which should provide hours of enjoyable gameplay and extras for fans of The Beatles, and Rockband a like!
Game Shark (Sep 18, 2009)
Once again the developers at Harmonix have shown the gaming industry how it’s done. The company took on a monumental challenge in taking on the best band of all time and building a music game around them—and they pulled it off by treating the music and the band members with the respect that they deserved, and in the end have crafted a game that should be the blueprint for how you approach band-themed games from this point on.
Wonderwallweb.com (Sep 11, 2009)
This game has been built for a very long time, and even though I was slightly weary after AC/DC Live earlier this year, my faith has been restored. The Beatles Rock Band is one of the most detailed band-specific games around, and will definitely keep you hooked, whether that be till Guitar Hero 5 or until Rock Band 3!
Games TM (Oct 01, 2009)
Little more could have been demanded of Harmonix, it has created a profoundly enriching way to experience the music of the world's most influential band, and it's done so with nothing less than total reverence. When people who have never listened to The Beatles set down the controller with an urge to listen to Revolver, you know that something's been done right. Have The Beatles passed the audition? The answer is a definite yes.
411mania.com (Sep 18, 2009)
To take a line from the Fab Four, in the end, this is a fantastic game that should be the measurement stick for any future band centric titles. It took Harmonix only one try to make it right and anyone that is even a minor fan of The Beatles should pick this up. If anything it will be a hit at parties. Those that are not Beatles fans can perhaps pick it up for some more songs to play or just to see what all the hooplah is about. I would just say make sure you understand what you are getting into if you aren't a fan. Kudos to everyone that was able to get this game done though because it will certainly be one of the stand out titles of the entire gaming year.
Good Game (Sep 21, 2009)
It’s the first band game where I could sing and play an instrument - because I know the songs so well and tho the track list is great - some of my favourites are missing.. Hey Jude...Blackbird...Yesterday...
GameSpot (Sep 09, 2009)
To a certain extent, this game is great because Beatles music is great. The Beatles: Rock Band is packed to the gills with excellent songs, but its real genius is the way it captures the excitement of playing in a cohesive band. Following the arc of the Beatles' career wouldn't be as engaging without the interesting bonuses and the stunning art design that so elegantly complements the music. Vocal harmonies add an invigorating new dimension to the gameplay, encouraging you to either get more people involved or challenge yourself to be all the rockstar you can be. The Beatles: Rock Band doesn't just let you play the music of one of the greatest bands in history; it knits your band closer together so that you can better experience the camaraderie and excitement of playing in a unified, talented group. This makes any Beatles session great fun and makes The Beatles: Rock Band something special in the world of plastic living room rock.
Middle East Gamers (MEgamers) (Sep 21, 2009)
In The End, The Beatles: Rock Band is a truly amazing game, visually and content wise. The Dreamscapes that accompany the songs are marvels that go well with the music and are amazing to watch on their own. The extras will satisfy every Beatle fan out there, while helping newcomers to their music a better understanding of them and hopefully draw them in more. It’s a digital love letter to one of the greatest bands to ever exist and a very fun music game.
Game Over Online (Sep 16, 2009)
Whether you’re someone who has cherished their songs for years or are just being introduced to them now, if you like music and you like the Rock Band formula you owe it to yourself to experience The Beatles: Rock Band. It’s a total no-brainer as a rental, and probably an easy decision to purchase for anyone with any appreciation for arguably the greatest band of all time. Somewhere members of Aerosmith and Metallica are sitting around wondering why they didn’t get the same kind of treatment in their games, and we can only hope some other bands are paying attention *cou-Led Zeppelin-gh*.
Darkstation (Oct 06, 2009)
We have been hearing a lot that the music genre in video games is starting to hit a decline, but The Beatles: Rock Band obviously had other ideas. The Beatles: Rock Band is not only a great game but it pushes the single artist music games to a new level not even closely matched by any other title. The Beatles: Rock Band is the real deal and if you love The Beatles you going to love this game.
AceGamez (Sep 09, 2009)
From the artistic design, to the excellent selection of songs, every moment in The Beatles: Rock Band feels just about pitch perfect. It may not reinvent the wheel when it comes to music videogames, but as a band specific title, it’s simply in a league of its own. The Beatles: Rock Band, unlike other games in the genre is the first to create challenge, not through being tough on the player via epic riffs and rock solid drum solos but via the challenge it places upon the band members to create the perfect performance. It’s no longer all about that percentage score at the end of the track, it’s about bringing you and your friends closer together and enjoying the experience of feeling what it may have been like to actually play in The Beatles, if only for a moment.
DarkZero (Sep 28, 2009)
You have to feel truly sorry for any future artist-specific rhythm games, because it would take an enormous amount of effort to top The Beatles: Rock Band, a game very nearly bigger than Jesus.
Gamervision (Sep 07, 2009)
The Beatles: Rock Band is definitely a fantastic journey through the career of what is possibly the world’s most beloved music group of all time. It won’t turn those who hate The Beatles into sudden fans, but it does have the power to draw in non-gamers like no game ever has. There is no doubt that it is on the short side, and even though plenty of downloadable content is on the way, I really think there should have been more songs on the disc. Also, despite the additions and changes, this isn’t quite the “built from the ground up” gaming experience that was originally described. The Beatles: Rock Band is exactly what the title says: Rock Band infused by the music of The Beatles. In the end, it is a terrific game that Beatles fans, regardless of gaming experience, will want to play ceaselessly.
Video Game Talk (Sep 06, 2009)
Harmonix has raised the bar once again. Beatles: Rock Band is the new gold standard for music games. Between the thorough recreation of the band's look and sound, everything about the game shows care and attention to detail. And with replayable elements such as challenges and DLC, Beatles: Rock Band stands on its own two legs. Whether you're a casual fan or a Beatlemaniac, a Rock Band guitar god or a neophyte, Beatles: Rock Band is the game for you. I've got a feeling that if there was ever a game that should be played by anyone and everyone, here, there, and everywhere, Beatles: Rock Band is it.
Da Gameboyz (2009)
The Beatles: Rock Band is in many ways a work of art. With stylish visuals, great sound, and that typical Rock Band formula, this game really does pay off in spades. The added bonuses such as pictures and videos giving everyone a small glimpse into the fab four’s lives as iconic musicians really does make this not only a tribute to The Beatles, but it also provides fan service to those who have been listening to them for so long. In the end I don’t think anyone can go wrong buying this game, as it does so many things right on so many levels.
Gameplanet (Sep 07, 2009)
There's no doubt that The Beatles Rock Band represents the best Rock Band experience to date, although the credit for this is really due to the brilliance of the music on display. In having said that, Harmonix have shown great respect and a willingness to present the subject matter in a way that will appeal to everyone, and considering the legal problems associated with doing anything with The Beatles music, it's a wonder the game has been made at all. If you've been holding out for a band experience to kick the summer off with, you won't find better than this.
videogamer.com (Sep 06, 2009)
It's hard to see how this game could have been much better. Every element has been designed with fans in mind - even the loading screens are quite special, since they feature previously-unheard audio of the band warming up. I don't think I've ever seen a game do such a great job of catering to its target audience, and at every step Harmonix displays a deep understanding and appreciation for the Beatles license. One could argue that 45 is a fairly low track number when compared to other entries in the genre, but there's hardly any fat on the line-up and several classic albums will be available to purchase in the coming months from The Beatles: Rock Band Music Store. Personally, I'm not even that massive a Beatles fan - and yet playing this though has reminded me of everything I've ever loved about the band. If you have even a passing fondness for John, Paul, George and Ringo, this game will make you an extremely happy bunny.
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Sep 06, 2009)
The Beatles were fascinated by the number nine. 09/09/09 is no coincidence. So it's only fitting that the game gets...
IGN (Sep 05, 2009)
The Beatles: Rock Band isn't for everyone. Like, say, people who don't care about The Beatles. If that's you, then move along. For those who have a love or even just a fondness for the Fab Four, Harmonix has created a fantastic tribute. It won't teach you the full history of the world's most celebrated band nor give you even a quarter of their extraordinary catalogue of music, but it's still great. The Beatles went out of their way to do new things. So it's no surprise that a Beatles game doesn't feel at all like the traditional music title. It's special. What Beatles fan would want it any other way?
GamePro (US) (Oct 30, 2009)
But even those small complaints couldn't diminish my love for the The Beatles: Rock Band. There's an incredible amount of fun that comes from filing the shoes of some of the most inspiring musicians ever to walk the earth, and Harmonix captures this experience with same sense of magic that the Beatles were known for. It's well worth the price of admission, even if you forgo the replica instruments and stick to your stock Rock Band gear.
GameSpy (Sep 05, 2009)
As mentioned above, whether or not you purchase The Beatles: Rock Band should ultimately be determined by your feelings about the band itself. If you love, like, or are even lukewarm on the band, grab it. Playing through the songs you've likely heard for your entire life gives you a new appreciation for the level of musicianship and songwriting on display. Somehow, Harmonix found a way to make the greatest band of all time even better.
Destructoid (Sep 08, 2009)
The question has never really been, “Do The Beatles deserve their own game?” In a space where single-band titles are inevitable, there are few bands that truly do deserve to get this kind of treatment. In this case, Harmonix has treated the band’s music, art, and history with a respect and reverence that sets it apart from other similar collections. The question is, how will anyone held responsible for a full band game -- Harmonix or otherwise -- ever really be able to clear the bar that’s been set?
GamesRadar (Sep 08, 2009)
Not everyone will love The Beatles: Rock Band, but everyone should love it, because it’s amazing. It’s everything a Beatles fan could want, and even if you’re not a fan, you may find yourself converted after a few songs.
MS Xbox World (Sep 09, 2009)
I'm not a Beatles Fan, but I do appreciate their music and for that fact alone, it is nice to play a game where I know every track. The single and multi player experience are superb allowing total novices through to experts to play along and still enjoy the music and in my own honest opinion, that is what makes a game count!
Eurogamer.es (Sep 09, 2009)
Y, para acabar, con respecto al tema del espacio... The Beatles: Rock Band es tan bueno y adorable que bien merece dormir en mi cama aunque eso quiera decir que me toca pasar las noches en la terraza.
Totally Gaming Network (Nov 17, 2009)
Overall the Beatles Rockband is a fantastic title if you are a Beatles fan or even have a passing interest. If you aren’t a fan then you won’t get anything from this game so simply move along. The only thing I can really complain about is that there are only 45 tracks in the game. With that being said though there is already a bunch of downloadable content available for this game. Full albums such as “Abbey Road” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” are available with more coming in the future. It would have been nice though if they could have included more music on the disc from the Beatles and I hope they didn’t hold any back to try and get a second Beatles Rockband game. Other than that minor complaint this is how a band specific game should be done. It’s a great tribute to the Beatles themselves and a great gift to all of their fans.
XboxAchievements (Sep 26, 2009)
I’m going to be short, sharp and straight to the point here... buy The Beatles: Rock Band right now. You won’t be disappointed. It may not have 80 plus tracks, but the 45 it does have are right on the money. Roll on the DLC. In the meantime, I’m off to re-mortgage my house in preparation for it..
OMGN: Online Multiplayer Games Network (Jan 11, 2011)
The Beatles: Rock Band is not only a fitting tribute to the band, but an excellent entry in the Rock Band series. Harmonix Music Systems went beyond what could have been the equivalent of a quick cash-in and created a tailor-made experience which fits the style of The Beatles and provides a platform for Beatles fans and Rock Band fans to play together and experience the career of one of the world’s most famous bands. Minor issues such as inability to transfer songs to Rock Band 2 or 3 and the fact that it is slightly less challenging than the other entries in the series keep it from perfection, but at this point, it’s just nitpicking. The quality and care which went into this game far surpasses any other single band music game ever produced, and unlike the Guitar Hero entries, it's able to stand on its own without the addition of other songs from other bands. If you haven’t already, play this game. Beatles fan or not.
At the end of my review I find myself surprised at how many Beatles tracks I really do know. While I don’t own a single Beatles album personally, I have to say that I might just have to pick up a few individual tracks now. I wouldn’t say that this title has made me a Beatles fan per se, but it does exactly what Apple and the folks at Harmonix hoped to accomplish - it’s introduced me to the world of The Beatles - we’ll see if it grows on me. I just know I can’t get The Walrus out of my head…Coo Coo Ca Choo!
Daily Game (Sep 09, 2009)
But if approachability and shorter song lists are really all that The Beatles: Rock Band have as strikes against it, the game is in decent shape for its anticipated 9/9/09 release. Unless you're a huge Beatles fan, there's no need to go out any drop the additional $250 for Beatles-era instruments, because the existing Rock Band instruments work just fine. There's also no need to rush out and get the game today, because chances are you'll "beat" the game well before the weekend. Our recommendation: let the early adopters get their copy and play through it, then wait a week or two for the used copies to show up on store shelves to save yourself a few bucks. As time has already told, The Beatles don't exactly get worse with age -- even on the shelf.
Fragland.net (Oct 16, 2009)
That doesn't take away the fact that this game again will make waves on parties and you'll get an even better musical experience than in any previously released music game built around one specific group.
Game Informer Magazine (Sep 27, 2009)
I’ve left the most central aspect of the game for last, because it’s hard to speak about music whose merits and quality have been debated for over 40 years. Suffice to say, the songs on display here helped shape entire branches of popular music that came in later years. The game does an admirable job of showcasing that music, delivering a brand new way for fans to appreciate it, and undoubtedly drawing new fans into the fold.
Worth Playing (Sep 09, 2009)
For the non-Beatles fans out there, The Beatles: Rock Band is still a great game, as it does have Rock Band 2 at its core, but it's not quite the experience that its predecessor was. The songs are catchy (and if you start playing, you're likely to find yourself becoming a fan of the band), but the limited track list and limited DLC interoperability knock things down a notch when The Beatles: Rock Band is compared to its peers. So long as you don't mind a short, but sweet, experience, it's worth checking out. Just don't expect a revolution.
GameTrailers (Sep 05, 2009)
With less than half the songs you'd normally get in a Rock Band release, The Beatles could use a lot more music. But for fans of the band, buying this game is a no-brainer. If your favorite song isn't among the 45 included on the disc, there's a good chance it's among the list of DLC set to drop in the near future. And if you've yet to develop an appreciation of the Fab Four, then this is a great opportunity to experience what is perhaps the most enduring catalog in the history of popular music. The Beatles: Rock Band more than delivers on the iconic band's legacy.
Game Chronicles (Sep 07, 2009)
I wasn’t a fan of The Beatles going into this game review but I sure learned a few things about the band and their music, and for a few hours I actually became a Beatle. This game has so much detail at every level of production. It’s much more than a track pack (like AC-DC) and it blows away specific band-themed games like Metallica. The Beatles: Rock Band is a little bit of rock and roll history and a game that no video game player or music lover should miss.
Mygamer.com (Sep 11, 2009)
While The Beatles: Rock Band is a very good game on the whole, it isn’t quite as prolific as Rock Band 2. Rock Band 2 is such a huge value that it’s hard to recommend anything else if you’re looking to just start playing these musical games. Hell, if you’re looking to get into the music game genre, the Rock Band 2 bundle is $150 USD cheaper than the TB:RB bundle at this time, and all the instruments are fully compatible with each other. Meanwhile, for all you guys who get these games just to mash out solos from Avenged Sevenfold or Judas Priest, you’re probably not going to like this game much, simply because the actual guitar playing is mellow and genuine and lacks the crazy hammering and pulling that a lot of people really enjoy. Still, there’s a lot to love about this for gamers and for music fans. Anyone interested in learning about The Beatles or anyone just looking for a nice, laid-back musical game should check this out.
4Players.de (Sep 07, 2009)
Der vergleichsweise geringe Umfang mit 45 Songs sorgt zusammen mit dem höchst moderaten Schwierigkeitsgrad dafür, dass die Spieldauer deutlich hinter dem zurück bleibt, was man sowohl von vergleichbaren Band-Auskopplungen der Konkurrenz-Serie als auch vom indirekten Vorgänger Rock Band 2 gewohnt ist. Im Gegenzug jedoch bekommt man einen unvergleichlichen Einblick in die unglaublich kurze, aber intensive Schaffensperiode der Liverpooler Kultband. Angefangen von ihren Club-Auftritten über die Live-Konzerte mit zehntausenden kreischenden Mädchen bis hin zu ihren kreativen Höhepunkten wie Sgt. Pepper und dem Let it Be-Album, wird man zu einem Teil der Geschichte, die man mit dem umfangreichen Bonusmaterial intensivieren kann. Visuell reißt man zwar keine Bäume aus, aber vor allem die im Hintergrund laufenden "Videos" der Dreamscape-Sequenzen überzeugen mit enormer Kreativität, die die Texte zu eindrucksvollem Leben erwecken.
InsideGamer (Sep 10, 2009)
The Beatles: Rock Band is een zeer goede band-game geworden. De game biedt een unieke, vrolijke, visuele stijl en is zeer geschikt om door een breed publiek gespeeld te worden. Sterker nog, het is de ideale game om een mooi ‘vader-zoon’-moment mee te kweken. De nummers zijn in onze ogen zeer vermakelijk, alhoewel een klik met The Beatles wel noodzakelijk is. Het enige grote minpunt wat wij kunnen noemen is het feit dat er slechts 45 nummers in zitten, waardoor de game minder lang meegaat dan een ‘gewone’ Rock Band of Guitar Hero.
Meristation (Sep 09, 2009)
Sus únicos peros se encuentran en una falta de interacción con otros títulos de la saga, en el excesivo precio del contenido descargable, en una batería que es idéntica a la de Rock Band 2, y en una fórmula que en general no consigue dar el paso definitivo hacia delante, comenzando un lento estancamiento. Pero esto al final no importa, porque al fin y al cabo disfrutamos de la música, y The Beatles: Rock Band no es más que eso. Música.
Game Revolution (Sep 09, 2009)
“Fads don’t last, but it should be clear by now that the Beatles are no ordinary fad.” As an anthology of one of the most pivotal, if not the most pivotal, bands in international musical history, The Beatles: Rock Band does exactly what it’s supposed to: show respect. The gameplay and presentation are perfect and approachable for those who haven’t been introduced to music video games, especially families with wide generational gaps who have at least a remote interest in the Beatles. Though it is short and isolated from the other Rock Band titles, The Beatles: Rock Band is much better than your average day tripper.
Good Game (Sep 21, 2009)
'm not quite the Beatles fan that you are but there's no doubt the game treats the bands material with respect. It's not as hard from a gaming perspective as Guitar Hero - but it still sits up there as one of the best party games, it's 8 rubber chickens from me...
TotalVideoGames (TVG) (Sep 09, 2009)
Undeniably about as brilliant as a band specific music title can get, The Beatles Rock Band easily outstretches the confines of just being a music game into something that guarantees great times for all - provided of course you're not one of the strange type of folk who just doesn't like them.
Official Xbox Magazine (UK) (Sep 07, 2009)
You will, however, laugh and sing and rock with your friends to some of the greatest music ever made. And while it didn't dig as deeply as we'd hoped, it's clear from the excellent execution that Harmonix has poured a lot of love into it. Maybe that's all you need.
Cheat Code Central (2009)
The Beatles: Rock Band is an excellent game that any fan of The Beatles should consider buying. The stunning visual presentation, the well organized and thoughtfully guided tour of The Beatlles' career, the great music, and all the extra content make this a nice choice for anyone even remotely interested. Disappointingly, perhaps a bit too much was left for future DLC, though; making the 45 song set list seem underwhelming despite its innate class.
Gamer.nl (Oct 09, 2009)
The Beatles: Rock Band is de ultieme Beatles-ervaring geworden. De liefde en passie die ontwikkelaar Harmonix in het spel gestoken heeft druipt van het scherm af en zorgen ervoor dat spelers die nooit in aanraking zijn gekomen met The Faboulus Four toch de Beatlemania kunnen ervaren. Ondanks dat het spel meer casual is dan de vorige Rock Band-games en misschien wat weinig nummers bevat, is The Beatles: Rock Band een voorbeeld van hoe een bandspecifieke game hoort te zijn.
Cynamite (Sep 19, 2009)
Die Partytauglichkeit und Einsteigerfreundlichkeit von The Beatles: Rock Band ist optimal, die Umsetzung des Songmaterials hat Esprit und Charme. Trotzdem vermisse ich ein paar Zusatzmodi und weitere Songs von anderen Bands dieser Zeit. Optisch hätten die Fab Four ruhig detailreicher ausfallen können.
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) (Sep 16, 2009)
Brimming with quality and class, The Beatles Rock Band is a game worthy of the band it pays tribute to.
1UP (Sep 08, 2009)
But this is the first music game where, even when I didn't have a mic turned on I enthusiastically sang along with every track. If you're a Beatles fan, none of the game's omissions or faults can erase the excitement of playing and singing along with one of the most loved bands of all time.
A dream come true for Beatles fans, but viewed purely as a game it's not a patch on Rock Band 2.