Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 0 out of 25
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  1. There’s only one truly disappointing aspect to The Beatles: Rock Band: Future games made around your favorite band probably won’t be half as good.
  2. 95
    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. In terms of actual gameplay, Beatles: Rock Band does nothing revolutionary. Where the revolution occurs, instead, is in the game's presentation, which brings new life -- and a new type of life -- to the static genre.
  4. What's my final verdict on Beatles: Rock Band for the Wii? It's everything I was expecting it to be and more. It's fun to play, it has just the right amount of challenge, and just about everyone can jump in and enjoy themselves.
  5. 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.
  6. Once again the developers at Harmonix have shown the gaming industry how it’s done.
  7. 90
    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.
  8. 90
    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.
  9. The Beatles are worth every penny, especially for fans of the Fab Four. This game delivers one of the most phenomenal music experiences, outside of hopping into a time machine and watching them perform live, we're likely to see during this phase of our digital age.
  10. Step aside Guitar Hero Metallica: this is how you really do a band-specific music game. Drips with Beatles love from start to finish.
  11. 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?
  12. Stellar presentation and vocal harmonies help make The Beatles: Rock Band something special in the world of music games.
  13. The bottom line here is that this is still The freakin’ Beatles in a triumphant rhythm game début. The music is fantastic, the presentation is out of this world (sometimes literally), and all done with the utmost respect and care.
  14. Harmonix has laid down the gauntlet for all future ‘tribute’ band games. The Beatles: Rockband ensures a splendid time is guaranteed for all.
  15. Its true genius lies in its inclusion of vocal harmonies that create an even more authentic band experience, and the art style and presentation also complement The Beatles' music greatly.
  16. 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.
  17. Nintendo Power
    If you're a fan of the Fab Four, The Beatles: Rock Band is unquestionably a must-buy. [Nov 2009, p.81]
  18. GamePro
    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. [Nov 2009, p.74]
  19. The great songs make The Beatles Rock Band an absolute must-have for all music game fans!
  20. It's incredibly fun and easy to pick up, as well as looking and sounding simply gorgeous.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. The Beatles: Rock Band is a decent party game and the best choice for everyone who is new to music games. The overall presentation is charming, but there are only 45 songs to enjoy.
  24. Nintendo Gamer
    A suitably reverential tribute to the world's most enduringly lucrative band. [Dec 2009, p.53]
  25. The Beatles: Rock Band has become the ultimate Beatles experience. You can feel the passion Harmonix has put into this game by looking at it. It provides a feeling of Beatlemania for everyone who weren’t around when The Fabulous Four were so popular. Despite the more casual approach compared to previous Rock Band titles and the lack of some favourite songs, The Beatles: Rock Band is an example of how music games centered around specific bands should be.

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Mixed or average reviews- based on 63 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 63
  2. Negative: 13 out of 63
  1. Jun 24, 2015
    This game is good and I'm a Beatles fan. However, I prefer the regular Rock Band. In order to like this game, you have to like the BeatlesThis game is good and I'm a Beatles fan. However, I prefer the regular Rock Band. In order to like this game, you have to like the Beatles because there are no songs from any other artist on this game other than Beatles songs unlike Guitar Hero: Aerosmith. Full Review »
  2. Nov 27, 2021
    +Graphics,although not as good as PS3,is still really good
    +Songs are amazing
    +Story mode is nice +Great way to introduce gamers to The
    +Graphics,although not as good as PS3,is still really good
    +Songs are amazing
    +Story mode is nice
    +Great way to introduce gamers to The Beatles
    +No fail mode

    -Graphics are a step down compared to PS3
    -Either too easy or too hard for most gamers
    -Numerous songs missing
    -Can't download songs anymore
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  3. i76
    Nov 4, 2021
    Not interested in playing a game of filthy free mason satanists.Not interested in playing a game of filthy free mason satanists.
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