The Beatles: Rock Band: The Most Anticipated Video Game Release of the Year

Posted on July 29, 2009


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The Beatles: Rock Band video game allows fans to pick up the guitar, bass, mic or drums and experience The Beatles extraordinary catalogue of music through gameplay that takes players on a journey through the legacy and evolution of the band’s legendary career.

In conjunction with the release of the entire, original, digitally re-mastered Beatles CD catalogue, The Beatles: Rock Band will be available Sept. 9, for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and Nintendo Wii. The game looks great from the trailer and pictures found at the game’s preview website.

Harmonix, the creator of the Rock Band series, has a lot riding on the game. Along with the Guitar Hero series, music games has been declining in sales. Gamasutra reports that revenue for Rock Band is down 67 percent from last year. When you combine the numbers with Guitar Hero, revenues are down 47 percent.

“By presenting their music and artistry through the creative filter of a groundbreaking video game, we are giving legions of fans and music lovers all over the world a profound, new way to experience The Beatles,” said Alex Rigopulos, CEO and Co-Founder, Harmonix in a release. “This game will be a celebration of the Beatles undeniable legacy.”

From the early touring days in 1963 Liverpool to the immortal, final performance on the Apple Corps rooftop, fans can follow in The Fab Four’s footsteps as they traverse the globe during the height of Beatlemania.  Additionally, for the first time in a music videogame, The Beatles: Rock Band introduces three-part vocal harmonies to gameplay, allowing gamers to revel in the unparalleled vocal stylings of The Beatles.

There is ton of hype for this game. The association with The Beatles only adds to the hype. I know a tech blogger, who does not own a gaming system, is thinking about buying one only to play this game.

I do not know for sure, but I am guessing that they do not want this to be a niche game. So it will be easy enough for newbies to Rock Band and challenging enough for veterans.

My suggestion: If you are buying a console just for this game, get the Xbox 360.

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