It’s impossible to consider the history of rock without discussing The Beatles–and now, upon the release of The Beatles: Rock Band, it’ll be hard to recount the history of rhythm video games without acknowledging the group’s band-in-a-box debut. Part of that is because…well…they’re The Beatles.
Fans have long imagined jamming with John, Paul, George, and Ringo. Grab a plastic axe, a pair of sticks, or a microphone, and strum, drum, and warble along to “Yellow Submarine” or “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” with your pals–what’s not to like? All developer Harmonix had to do was duplicate its award-winning Rock Band shtick, and sales would be assured.
What’s great about The Beatles: Rock Band is that Harmonix didn’t go down that path. This game isn’t just another play-along stroll down memory lane with a few phoned-in musical cues. What could have amounted to a simple stack of crowd-pleasers with a dusting of nostalgic glitter turns out to be an unusually stylish, collaboratively artful, endearingly sentimental tour de force. And of course it’s a toe-tapping blast, too.
PCW Score: 100%
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* “Hands-On With DJ Hero“
* “Rock Band vs. Guitar Hero, Round 2“
* “Rock Band: The Game” (video)
* PCW’s Game On blog and @game_on Twitter feed.