(Note-I played this game solely with a guitar, so it’s as if it was Guitar Hero: The Beatles (it’s cheaper that way), so take that into account when you’re evaluating the review for your own purchase.) Without a doubt The Beatles Rock Band is my favorite music game I have ever owned or gotten to play. Where some music games shoot their interest over tons of bands and songs (which is perfectly fine), The Beatles Rock Band’s greatest strength is in not how much I love the Beatles, but how much this game loves the Beatles. The game takes you throughout a variety of the Beatles eras, from their beginnings on the Ed Sullivan Show all the way to performing on a rooftop, it’s a complete encompassing history. The game also gives you so many unlockables for those truly and really interested in The Beatles’ history (like me), and thanks to the game’s wonderful design in the menus, the cutscenes, and the musical choices, by the end of the game you’ll be a Beatles fan too. The game’s musical choices range from the incredible (Come Together) to the not so great, some songs are really good and often fun to play, other times the game could have went without that song included. The game is really easy to play, The Beatles weren’t known for face melting riffs, but some songs will have you working your fingers pretty quick. As I said earlier the game prides itself in being really in depth with The Beatles. The opening cutscene is really beautiful and amazing, and the mini-cutscenes between the venues are really great. The animations during the songs are all really well done, especially towards the middle of the game when you’re in the recording studio and the game takes advantage of the imaginative lyrics and meanings behind the songs. It’s almost so gorgeous sometimes you just wanna put the guitar down just to watch what’s going on. All the characters look great, the atmosphere of their performance is really astonishing. The main reason I like this game is just how much effort is put into giving you this feeling of a true Beatles experience. From the venues to the songs to the photos to the menus it’s all so much work, and that’s what makes it amazing. If you’re new to the genre, this is an easy enough game to start from, if you’re a veteran then this is a perfect band-only game to experience. All specific band Rock Band games should be like this, focused and dedicated to the experience. I had a blast playing it, and I can’t wait to play through a few more setlists of “Eight Days A Week” and “Here Comes the Sun”.
5 out of 5