Excellent game despite a couple flaws
Avaliado nos Estados Unidos em 30 de outubro de 2009
As a video gamer and a fan of The Beatles, this Rock Band title is one I was eagerly awaiting. After playing it and completing it, it is clear that the game is aimed at fans of The Beatles and potential newcomer Beatle fans that have never played a Rock Band/Guitar Hero game. Important to note, I used a
Playstation 3 Rock Band 2 Special Edition
guitar and the
Guitar Hero World Tour Band Bundle for PlayStation 3
band kit to play this game and all of them worked ok with no compatibility issues at all.
The cinemas, from the very opening sequence that was published in the web before release date to the final one at 'The End' are just incredible. Well designed, with easter eggs like those in the 'Free as a bird' video, they retell the story of the band, the story mode is divided in levels to play, each accompanied by its respective and nostalgic cinema display, the Cavern, the Ed Sullivan show, the Shea Stadium, the Budokan, all the famous places are here. The final levels in studio are accompanied by psychedelic landscapes each fit to the song being played . Visually the game is stunning, it is so well designed and it has so many details that I found it distracting sometimes, you wish you could stop playing just to be able to watch the band perform in the game.
The track selection is pretty good too, while there are many hits missing in the 45 song track list, the ones that made it into the game are classics and represent a challenge when playing the, for instance, I've heard people complain about 'I me mine' being included, truth is, when playing in hard, it is a real challenge playing the song with the guitar controller (it is so satisfying when you finally master it) The track selection should not be a problem at all for fans of the group. On a side note, the mastered audio for the game sounds way better than the remastered CD versions in my opinion, the quality and clarity is impeccable, it reminded me of the 5.1 mix released with
Love (CD + Audio DVD)
, with the difference that the game does include original versions unlike the mixes created for the Cirque Du Soleil show. Additionally, the game includes studio recordings of the band chatting before and after a song is completed, some of those recordings unavailable until today.
The game supports trophies, for those of us gamers who like the challenge of collecting and unlocking items in the games. You also collect photos that you accumulate to obtain hidden tracks or additional videos. The fist downloadable content was released on 10/22, the remaining songs to complete the Abbey Road album, while I found it to be a little pricey for the amount of songs offered (more expensive than buying the actual remastered Abbey road remastered CD), I can't deny it was a pleasure to be able to play the famous Abbey Road medley. Future releases have been announced for the rest of the year, the remaining songs for 'Rubber Soul' and 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'
The downsides: the difficulty level and the calibration tool included. The difficulty level is incredibly low, the medium difficulty for instance feels like playing in easy using four buttons in other similar games; the only real challenge for me, as a player familiar with this kind of games, was in hard difficulty . I can understand this may have been done as an attention to the newcomers that will play a Rock Band game for the first time, I just thought I'd mention it.
The calibration tool included was a nightmare! I calibrated the game to earn the calibration trophy and ended up messing the game, I tried to recalibrate and every single time I tried the problem was worst; I researched on the web and found a lot of users in the same situation so I don't think it was a user problem. I ended up finding a video with instructions on how to manually calibrate the game, it was more difficult but the end results paid off. I am giving you a heads up in case you do want that trophy, well, be prepared for the consequences.
All in all, a great game and without a doubt, a must for Beatle fans .