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Beatles Rock Band Game Coming In September 55

An anonymous reader writes with news that The Beatles: Rock Band has gotten a release date: Sept. 9th. Today's announcement also included details about the contents of the game. Quoting Kotaku: "The Beatles: Rock Band will allow fans to pick up the guitar, bass, mic or drums and 'experience The Beatles extraordinary catalog of music through gameplay that takes players on a journey through the legacy and evolution of the band's legendary career,' according to the release. The game will also have a limited number of new hardware offerings modeled after instruments used by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr throughout their career."
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Beatles Rock Band Game Coming In September

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  • They had some really good songs, and some really bad ones. I'd like to know which group it is. I'd consider getting it if its stuff like Yesterday and Sgt Peppers, but I have no interest in their boy band phase and stuff like "I want to hold your hand" and "She loves you yeah yeah yeah".

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      The game will feature music from every era of the Beatles' musical career.

      Their revolutionary and influential material began appearing in 1965, so I'd expect to see more content from that period foreward...
    • FTFA: "Giles Martin, co-producer of The Beatles LOVE album project [wikipedia.org] (2006), is providing his expertise and serving as Music Producer for the game..."

    • They aren't bad, just cheesy. Consider this, you still know those 'bad' songs decades later.
    • They had some really good songs, and some really bad ones. I'd like to know which group it is. I'd consider getting it if its stuff like Yesterday and Sgt Peppers, but I have no interest in their boy band phase and stuff like "I want to hold your hand" and "She loves you yeah yeah yeah".

      Are you kidding? The Beatles brought back rock n roll at a time when the music industry considered it "just a fad." Little Richard and Chuck Berry were waning in popularity, and Elvis was doing cheesy stuff similar to this [youtube.com]

      • Please Please Me was, as a whole, an interesting album because of the the blues covers they mixed in with some Lennon/McCartney originals

    • The drums on She Loves You are far more interesting than on say Yesterday (which has no drum part).

      You obviously never heard songs like It Won't Be Long or Can't Buy Me Love. Some of that early stuff really rocks.

      What I want to know is will it work with multiple singers? Beatles songs are best known for their harmonies.

  • If I have to roll through the early 60's to get to some of their better stuff, I'll do it, so long as it's not 50/50 in terms of boy band and "experimental" music. Are they going to release a sitar style controller to document their time with Ravi Shankar? Some of those tunes were extremely "inspiring." I am honestly very pumped about this...now only if they release the Dead on a track pack for those of us with a PS2...
  • Will it be fun? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Canazza ( 1428553 )

    As much as I love the Beatles they weren't really known for their Raging Guitar solos or 8 minute Drum twatting sessions, and for me the best bits in both GH and RB were the difficult but rewarding sections that I really just don't seem to remember the Beatles having.

    • Re:Will it be fun? (Score:4, Interesting)

      by cowscows ( 103644 ) on Friday March 06, 2009 @09:36AM (#27090397) Journal

      For me the best bits in RB is having some friends over to play, and going through all the fun songs that everybody knows. I think the Beatles have plenty of those.

      • I just keep thinking about how boring it'd be to play through 'hey jude' with the drummer just hitting the same pad over and over again in time with the tambourine at the start, doing a small flurry, then hitting a different pad for the cymbal for the rest of the track...

        • Have you actually listened to the drums on that song? They're not John Bonham-esque by any means, but there is more to it than what you've described. (John Bonham is hands down the best drum to have ever lived, Neil Pert a close second.) Most of the appeal to this game won't be thrashing guitars and wearing out your calf muscle using the kick pedal, it's about nostalgia. I'm only 30 but I've listened to the Beatles my entire life. I'll tell you what, play the game, and if Hey Jude is included, go ahead
  • This is all well and good but why should we have to shell out sixty dollars a game for each artist especially when the basic game already exists? Sure following in a band's footsteps might be nice but it is really a once and done thing whereas the general game (GH or RB) has much better replay value. Also, if one version of the game has certain songs and the next one doesn't, then you have to switch discs just to play certain songs. Rock Band did well when it allowed gamers to transfer RB1 songs to RB2 and
  • ...shaped like a Hofner violin bass for those authentic McCartney riffs ?

  • It just can't be a coincidence.

    Month: Number nine...
    Day: Number nine...
    Year: Number nine...

    • Right, it's the 10 year anniversary of the Dreamcast! Didn't they use some Beatles recording to promote that release too? How did that commercial go again?

  • does it come with a sitar controller?
    • does it come with a sitar controller?

      Not to mention a string quartet for Eleanor Rigby.

      That's the problem I see with a Beatles version of Guitar Hero. Once the band stopped touring, it gave them the freedom to record songs that would have been tough to play live, especially with a couple of guitars, bass and drums. They weren't really a "riff-oriented" band, but I guess we'll see when the game comes out.

  • The pricing right now for the whole package, can we divide it up any way we want? If I want to give less for the drum set, is that up to me?
  • I was amused that on the Slashdot home page, the Today/Yesterday [wikipedia.org] links were right under the title for this story.
  • what complete and udder waste of slashdot

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