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  • Summary: The game represents the first time fans will be able to experience The Beatles’ musical career for themselves. From the early touring days in 1963 Liverpool to the immortal, final performance on the Apple Corps rooftop, fans can follow in the band’s footsteps as they traverse the globe during the height of Beatlemania. Adding to the experience is the introduction of three-part vocal harmonies to game play, allowing gamers to revel in the unparalleled vocal stylings of the Fab Four. Beatles fans will also be thrilled to hear previously unreleased authentic voice recordings from John, Paul, George and Ringo chatting between takes during studio sessions recorded at Abbey Road more than four decades ago. The game begins during the band's earliest days at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England. Gamers then travel across the Atlantic to experience the band's unforgettable 1964 performance on The Ed Sullivan Show, the sold-out concert at New York’s Shea Stadium in 1965, and conclude at The Beatles’ memorable concert at Budokan in Tokyo, Japan in 1966. The Beatles' studio years come to life in legendary Studio 2 at Abbey Road Studios. Highlighting the studio years are inspired artistic visual expressions known as Dreamscapes, intended to transport players to imaginative environments that capture the essence of The Beatles’ genre-busting musical and fashion transformations during their later years. The game follows The Beatles to 1969 where story mode culminates with their final performance on the rooftop of the Apple Corps Headquarters. The Beatles: Rock Band offers a new set of hardware representing the instruments made famous by John, Paul, George and Ringo. Featured in the set are the Rickenbacker 325 and Gretsch Duo Jet guitars - hailed as two of the celebrated, signature instruments played by John Lennon and George Harrison throughout their careers. Also included is a Höfner bass controller - a large-scale version of the bass famously used by Sir Paul McCartney. Rounding out the set is a Ringo Starr inspired, Ludwig-branded Rock Band 2 drum set with a classic pearl finish and vintage remake of a Beatles kick drum head. [MTV Games] Expand
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  1. Positive: 59 out of 60
  2. Negative: 0 out of 60
  1. With perfect gameplay, spectacular graphics and a track listing that can be enjoyed all, Harmonix and MTV Games have successfully recreated the virtual "Fab 4" for the PlayStation 3.
  2. Don't think for one moment that The Beatles Rock Band is just a new title in the series. The Beatles drew the masses in their time like no one before, and when you start playing this title you feel yourself submerged in this sparkling sensation.
  3. 91
    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.
  4. Taking one of the most popular and iconic bands of all time and creating a game about their music could not have been easy, but Harmonix handles it beautifully, instilling a level of love and attention to detail that no other developer could.
  5. 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?
  6. Fans of the Beatles will feel like they are back in time! Only the weak story mode blurs the fun for young and old.
  7. It's accomplished in its execution, but threatens to segregate the platform just as Harmonix seemed to be opening it up to all-comers. [Nov 2009, p.103]

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  1. Jan 30, 2011
    The Beatles, The best band in the world comes out with a game and defines music. The game includes 45 songs from their albums and includes DLC from Abbey Road, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Rubber Soul also including All You Need Is Love from the Magical Mystery Tour album. It starts where The Beatles originally started from The Cavern Club, to The Ed Sullivan Show where reputation started growing, To Shea Stadium to 55,000 screaming fans, To The Budoken Concert, Abbey Road and finally The Apple Corps Rooftop which was their final concert. The graphics are beautiful and the Dreamscapes in Abbey Road including my favorites such as Dear Prudence, Something, and I Am The Walrus. The game is fun and bringing the family over with the drums, bass, and Guitar. Also this game include three mics where three players take control and the lead singer has to do the job and and the back ups are to be timed but my opinion is wonderful. I am going to keep this game until I die. Expand
  2. Jul 30, 2013
    I am a big Beatles fan so I got this game (including a mic, guitar and drums) when it came out and it is living up to its reputation/hype.

    The selection of songs is interesting (including some old favourites but also some lesser-known work) and has something for everybody (those who want to freak out on drums can try Revolution, and guitar heroes will have a nice time with Taxman).

    A splendid time is guaranteed for all
  3. BrandonL
    Sep 10, 2009
    This is hands down THE best music game I've bought. Just the amount of detail put into this game is astonishing. I now know that Harmonix has what it takes to make Band centered Rock Band games. They know what they're doing, and they do it good. Expand
  4. DaveW
    Sep 11, 2009
    I've had Guitar Hero for awhile but this is my first Rock Band experience. I picked up Rock Band 2 and this Beatles yesterday and love the flash back feel. An old guy like me can appreciate a game where he's at least heard all the songs. Expand
  5. JamesD
    Jan 18, 2010
    On the basis of celebrating, perhaps the most influential band in the history of popuilar music, The Beatles Rock band is an extremely enjoyable and flavourable experience. It is like some wonderful drug, when you see some of Harmonix's beauty dream scapes. If you love the fab four you will fall in love all over again. Even if you aren't much of a fan of the fab four, it's so easy to get into this game. If you don't like the Beatles though, it's not for you but the purpose is to sell for those who love the Beatles and with its astounding level of presentation it's one rock band experience that should be savoured Expand
  6. Mar 24, 2011
    Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on, brah!... Lala how the life goes on... Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on, brah!... Lala how the life goes on. I love the Beatles music and this game actually follows the Beatles history. Great experience. However this is a music game which loses appeal fast, but this one shall be revisted by myself from time to time. Not many bands can get this type of replay from these games by me. Bring on Def Leppard!â Expand
  7. Ostaf
    Oct 8, 2009
    Honestly this game lacks in a lot of places. I love the Beatles (my favorite band) and I enjoy playing the rockband/guitar hero games. It looks awesome and essentially is the same as the rest of these music games. My only problem is that it lacks depth and had fewer songs then I expected and they left out some of my favorites. I am looking forward to the down-loadable songs though (when ever they come out) This game gets a 6 because I do love the Beatles. Expand

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