The Beatles: Rock Band Xbox 360

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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 globeThe 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: 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. 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.
  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 Rockband is the first rhythm game who'll have the chance to finally take over Karaokes from pubs and living rooms all over the world. No more impossible solos or songs that only Bruce Dickinson or Robert Plant can sing, but only a lot of fun for whomever will feel like grabbing a guitar or a microphone and sing songs almost everybody learned to love over the years. It's only about Beatles and it's a bit short, but if you get in the mood, it will last forever.
  5. Fans of the Beatles will find here a great tribute to the band, an incredible track list, the best production values ever seen in this genre and many extras to satisfy their "beatlemania".
  6. 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.
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. EvanB.
    Sep 14, 2009
    10
    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 aMarco 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. MarcoD.
    Sep 11, 2009
    10
    I felt propelled to write this since Evan B. clearly does not know what he is talking about. If you're a teacher and you believe a 85% I felt propelled to write this since Evan B. clearly does not know what he is talking about. If you're a teacher and you believe a 85% is a "B", I feel sorry for your students. 75% is a "B"! 80% is an "A-"! 85% is an "A" 90% is an "A+". Expand
  3. DF.
    Sep 9, 2009
    10
    Simply amazing! This game is almost perfect. The art direction is phenomenal! I haven't been this impressed with a game intro before. 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. Dec 18, 2015
    10
    In my opinion the best rock band game out there. I would recommend this game to newcomers of the Rock Band series. Great game for the family.In my opinion the best rock band game out there. I would recommend this game to newcomers of the Rock Band series. Great game for the family. DLC makes it even better. Get this game now! Expand
  5. JamesH
    Sep 17, 2009
    9
    An excellent tribute to an influential band. A player's appreciation of the Beatles definitely affects how much he or she will enjoy the 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
    9
    A wonderful and compelling presentation. Obviously any Beatles fan will find the replay value on this game to be very high. Unfortunately, I 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. Nov 14, 2015
    0
    this game aint got no motherfriggin snitches in it, WHY? never heard of beetles (exept for those little bugs, what the fug, sorry, side notethis game aint got no motherfriggin snitches in it, WHY? never heard of beetles (exept for those little bugs, what the fug, sorry, side note heer, who the sh!t names themselves friggin beatles like seriously. y you trying to like lower yourself on the moral ladder, YA'LL ARE FUGGEN WHITE, YOU CANT COMPLAIN, YOU LIVE IN A WORLD YOU RULE, YOUR ANCESTORS KILLED BILLIONS OF INNOCENT NIGGUHZ WHO DIDNT DO ANYTHING, YA'LL ARE WORSE THEN ADOLFO HITLER. NOT ANYMORE **** ITS MY TURN NOW, IM ASHAMED TO BE PALE AS YOU PINK FUGBOYZ, YEAH IM LIGHT SKINNED SO WHAT, IM STILL A NIGGUH, MY GREAT GREAT GRANDADDY WAS ONE, IVE GOT PHOTOGRAPHIC PROOF, #KILLWHITEY, #WETHEREALBEATLES, god damn yall gon make me lose my mind, this is why i dont fug with crackers man, they started this, an now were going to finish it, #fugajob) but yeah anyway, this game sucked ass, didnt have my main man stitches or kevin gates on the soundtrack. was aite i guess. Expand

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