The faces of screaming girls are obstructed by a fret board. A re-creation of the Ed Sullivan Show stage appears, and there's John, Paul, George and Ringo. Someone starts the countdown. Notes appear. Here comes Hard Day's Night. Try to keep up.
The Beatles: Rock Band is the first completely Beatles video game. It has 45 songs, from Twist and Shout to Yellow Submarine. But it doesn't overdo it. There is enough diversity in the song selection to keep casual Beatles fans playing and intense Beatles fans satisfied.
The game works its way through music history, from the Cavern club in Liverpool in the early 1960s, through five venues to the rooftop of London's Apple building, site of the band's last live performance in 1969. Along the way the costumes change and the band ages.
The game play is everything you would expect from a Rock Band game. Full band performances, online play and guitar solos. Also exclusive to this game are previously unreleased studio chatter and the ability to create three-part harmonies. Most of the backgrounds correspond with the songs as they play. During Octopus's Garden, the background transforms into a trippy underwater seascape.
This game does the Beatles justice, and the downloadable content gives this game great replay value. This game gets you as close as you can be to actually rocking out like the Beatles.
PARKER FOX,Lakewood High
Grade: **** 1/2
ESRB rating: teen
Available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii