So this band The Beatles, you may have heard of them, released this game last week called The Beatles: Rock Band…and it’s pretty freaking awesome. This isn’t some half-assed band game like the folks over at Activision like to make with their Guitar Hero series, this is oh so much more. Harmonix, with the help of the remaining Beatles and family members, have successfully created The Beatles Experience.
Starting at The Cavern in Liverpool, you rock your way through some of their greatest hits as The Beatles rock their way to the top by way of the Ed Sullivan Show, Shea Stadium, and Budokan Hall. The live songs are pretty amazing to play in the game because the songs are not only fun as hell, but the environment they create is spot on. It’s pretty well known that The Beatles couldn’t hear hardly anything when they played and the game does a fantastic job of recreating that feeling. The crowd is going nuts as it is, but every time you deploy your “Beatlemania” (overdrive) they get even louder. And if you have multiple people playing at once, the crowd gets ridiculously loud if everyone deploys their Beatlemania at the same time. While all the early songs (okay, all the songs) are an absolute blast to play, I have to say that playing guitar and singing ‘Twist and Shout’ at the same time might be one of the most fun things ever.
Once you get to the point in The Beatles’ career where they sadly but understandably decided to stop playing live shows the game shifts venues to the recording studio and the trippy dreamscapes take over. Boy are these fun, but unfortunately I don’t have any LSD on me to make the experience complete. Most of my favorite songs are from this time period, Sgt. Pepper’s/With a Little Help From My Friends, Lucy in the Sky, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Revolution, and my favorite of all time I am the Walrus. Walrus is super fun to sing, but I love pounding on the drums and singing Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. Oh yeah, singing and playing the drums is teh awesome…as long as you know the words.
It’s hard to complain about some of the pretty major songs the game is lacking (Norwegian Wood, Hey Jude, A Day in the Life, Help!, We Can Work It Out, Magical Mystery Tour, and so on) because you know it will eventually come out as DLC. I think it’s a pretty great set list as is and I’m more than happy to drop a few bucks here and there to add songs to it. All in all it’s all I could have hoped for in a Beatles game.