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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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 75 out of 76
  2. Negative: 0 out of 76
  1. 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.
  2. An excellent tribute to The Beatles, The Beatles Rock Band sets the standard for music games based on a single band.
  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. The Beatles: Rock Band goes above a simple add on. With an interesting set of new options, an emotional story mode and, of course, the irresistible sound of Fab Four it's more than a game, it's a musical experience. In two words: a Must Buy!
  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. 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.
  7. A dream come true for Beatles fans, but viewed purely as a game it's not a patch on Rock Band 2.

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  1. EvanB.
    Sep 14, 2009
    Marco D., are you kidding me? 80-89% has always been a "B" grade, and I've gone to over 20 years of schooling as a student and a teacher! When has a 75% ever been a "B"? Can anyone else back me on this? That 1UP score should definitely be in the 80's range. What an amazing game...I play it every day! Expand
  2. DarrenK
    Sep 11, 2009
    So amazing! This game not only marks a huge improvement in the aesthetics of music games, but the level of immersion in the music seems to have been raised as well. The vocal detection has been improved from RB2 and the addition of the vocal harmonies (and the related achievements) breathes new life into my personal least favorite instrument from the previous rock bands. This game more than any other makes me want to get my friends together and have a "band practice" and work on those harmonies! This takes social gaming to another level! Can't wait for all the DLC!!! Expand
  3. DF.
    Sep 9, 2009
    Simply amazing! This game is almost perfect. The art direction is phenomenal! I haven't been this impressed with a game intro before. Game play is stellar and the slight improvements to the Rock Band aesthetics are for the better. Must have for Beatles fans, must have for Rock Band fans. Expand
  4. Aug 2, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I love the Beatles so much, and to make a Rock Band spin-off featuring them is great. This one works well and everything. I just think maybe MTV Games should make something like THE BEATLES: ROCK BAND 2 or THE BEATLES: ROCK BAND - UPDATE so that they can add a few more songs (I was surprised when I found that "Let It Be" and "Yesterday" were not on the track list, but they had just about every other one of their best songs), plus add the keyboard as a usable instrument. Expand
  5. JamesH
    Sep 17, 2009
    An excellent tribute to an influential band. A player's appreciation of the Beatles definitely affects how much he or she will enjoy the game, but quality of music aside, it is more visually engaging than any other music game yet produced. As a fan of the music, the only criticism I can level at the game is that it has a relatively short setlist, which is missing a few classics. Expand
  6. DeanA
    Sep 16, 2009
    A wonderful and compelling presentation. Obviously any Beatles fan will find the replay value on this game to be very high. Unfortunately, I think it will be difficult for any other Rock Band game devoted to one band to be able to live up to the level of this title. For the person that claims 75% constitutes a B grade: I must be old, but I came from a time when anything below 70% was an F. I don't feel bad for any students who are encouraged to perform at a higher level- I feel bad for those that can't get a decent education because the bar is set too low. Expand
  7. DevilDan
    Sep 11, 2009
    This game is getting praised as amazing all over the place and after playing it... it's good, but i felt a little, meh. at the end of the game. I am a HUUUGE Beatles fan and a HUUUUGE Rock Band fan so for me this was an easy purchase. I played it. It had a great visual and Rock Band experience. However, the tracklist seems minimal. I know it's not, but maybe since everything is from one band it had an odd limited feel to me. The songs chosen also seemed odd. The actual songlist too had some great stuff but also a lot of, "Really?! That's what you went with here?" moments. No tieback to Rock Band 2 sealed it for me. I want to play these in a set with other stuff. Why can't I? Finally, game designers have to stop thinking that pictures and videos are really that much fun to unlock. "Wow! I unlocked a picture of John Lennon. He's only one of the most famous musicians of the modern era. I DO KNOW WHAT HE LOOKS LIKE!!!" I just feel like game designers think sometimes that the equivalent of prizes in cereal are enough to keep us amused nowadays. Don't get me wrong. If you like The Beatles and Rock Band this is a fun game. Vocal harmonies almost make the criticisms I have almost obsolete... almost. If you are looking for a fun, yet, short experience? This is good. I don't see it being something we pull out as much as RB2, It won't have the longevity. Especially since not everyone is a Beatles fan. It is not, however, the next great Rock Band. Expand

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