Nov 27, 2012NOT quite as good as The Beatles: Rock Band. That's the first thing you should know. That being said, this still isn't a bad game and is worth buying if you're the right person, but it's not essential for everyone.
If you hate Green Day, of course, you can safely say "Good Riddance." If you're a Green Day fan, of course you'll have the time of your life. If you're just lukewarm on theNOT quite as good as The Beatles: Rock Band. That's the first thing you should know. That being said, this still isn't a bad game and is worth buying if you're the right person, but it's not essential for everyone.
If you hate Green Day, of course, you can safely say "Good Riddance." If you're a Green Day fan, of course you'll have the time of your life. If you're just lukewarm on the band like I was before going in, then this game can be something unpredictable. If you've heard their singles and liked them, I would suggest going for it with an open mind, but there are some things you should know beforehand.
Green Day's musical style isn't as varied as the Beatles. For most songs, you'll find that the bass is fun but repetitive, the guitar chordy and requiring lots of strumming, the drums have some very fun rolls and fills but can be fast if you're not prepared for them, and the vocals are have pop hooks and are easy to sing along with. The harmonies here are simpler and easier to sing along with than in the Beatles game, but there's a lot less of them too and the game doesn't depend on them as much. Overall, the game is more challenging than the Beatles, but also a lot less varied. If you adore tracks of this style, go for it.
The story and artistic elements in present in The Beatles: Rock Band just aren't as amazing or mind-blowing. There are only three venues and no dreamscapes, so every song essentially looks the same. I only saw one song specific thing that really stuck out to me: Tre Cool running away from his drum kit around the stage during the first part of F.O.D. There's a little art inspired by American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown, but not much.
Nearly all the songs come from those two albums and Dookie, by the way. I find this to be a strength as two of those albums are rock operas and it doesn't make sense to separate them, and Dookie is very consistently fun to play overall on expert for moderate-to-experienced players. There are only six songs NOT from those three albums; if you were expecting to play some deeper cuts not from those albums, you won't find them here. Due to issues with the masters, Kerplunk and 39/Smooth tracks weren't included in the game, and everything else is singles only.
The real reason one might want Green Day: Rock Band is because it exports to Rock Band 3 (some of those songs are GLORIOUS on Pro Drums) for $10. If you can get the game with an unused export code cheap, I've found the tracks are definitely worth the price. But seeing as all the tracks were recently released as DLC for Rock Band 3, this is really only worth getting if you want one of the full albums included, or at least 10 songs, or if you just want to beef up your song library as cheaply as possible. If not, I can't really recommend the game as a standalone if you're not a big fan of Green Day or not a big fan of Rock Band.
Overall, this game saw some of the flaws with the band-specific Guitar-Hero games and corrected them. The band's artistic work is well-represented, focused on full albums, and does not risk any "support" acts that may detract from the overall experience. But it plays it too safe, and it focuses the game's audience too deeply. It's not a bad game, far from it. But it's not an amazing game unless you're a part of a very specific audience that already likes Green Day. It doesn't enhance your musical experience or blow your mind like The Beatles: Rock Band did. But if all you wanted was to shred some plastic guitar or drum to Green Day, this package fits the bill perfectly.… Expand
Awards & Rankings
#48 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2010
#44 Most Shared Wii Game of 2010
Nintendo PowerSure, it's not quite as good as the outstanding Beatles-centric Rock Band, but Green Day: Rock Band is a great game nonetheless. [July 2010, p.86]
If, like me, you've cooled on the music genre in recent months, I don't think Green Day is the band to reignite your love affair with Rock Band. In the future, maybe Harmonix could attempt a single band title based around a more complex – and more fun to play – band like Muse or Rush.