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Wii The Beatles: Rock Band Limited Edition Premium Bundle
Experience The Beatles music and legacy like never before, utilizing the core Rock Band game play. "The Beatles: Rock Band" in an unprecedented, experiential progression through and celebration of the music and artistry of The Beatles. The game will allow fans to pick up the guitar, bass, mic or drums and experience The Beatles extraordinary catalogue of music through game play that takes players on a journey through the legacy and evolution of the band's legendary career. In addition, "The Beatles: Rock Band" will offer a limited number of new hardware offerings modeled after instruments used by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr throughout their career. The Limited Edition includes: "The Beatles: Rock Band" software, Höfner Bass controller, The Beatles branded Rock Band Drums, Microphone, Microphone Stand, and Special Content.
Works with all 'Rock Band' and most 'Guitar Hero' controllers and microphones, as well as 'SingStar' and 'Lips' microphones.
A variety of gameplay environments pulled from the Beatles career, including Cavern Club, Abbey Road and Shea Stadium.
Includes: 'The Beatles: Rock Band' software for Wii, Höfner bass controller, The Beatles branded 'Rock Band' drums, microphone, microphone stand, and special content.
Single player and multiplayer support online and locally, featuring an initial song list of more than 40 Beatles hits, as well as additional DLC to follow via your Wii's Internet connection.
The first music game to offer harmonies (3-part) as part of gameplay, challenging players to recreate The Beatles? vocal blend and facilitated by the game's three mic support.
||September 09, 2009|
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80 of 85 found the following review helpful:
Do we love it? Yeah, yeah, yeah!Sep 09, 2009
By PT Cruiser
First off, I have to admit to being a huge Beatles fan. I was 15 when the Beatles first appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show and it was love at first sight. These "lads from Liverpool" with their long hair and fab British accents were the grooviest musicians we'd ever seen. Within a year a major portion of my allowance was spent on Beatles magazines and records and my bedroom wall was covered, floor to ceiling with Beatles pictures. My friends and I also developed a distinct Liverpool accent. (Were we dorks, or what?)
So when a friend of mine who lives nearby called me last week and asked if I wanted to come over and try the new Beatles Rock Band limited edition Wii game the day it came out, I was right on it. We all took the day off of work. She, two other friends and I who are all big Beatles fans from way back, met in her living room as she brought in the box containing the game, ripped it open and amid lots of jumping up and down and oohing and aahing, got everything set up. The drum set with the Beatles logo and the replica of Paul McCartney's Hofner bass are just beautiful! There's a microphone and stand included as well. I wondered why they didn't have a wireless mic, but I guess they wanted to keep it authentic to the time.
Now I've not a big Rock Band or Guitar Hero fan. I bought my Wii for the exercise games so I've only played Rock Band a few times at the homes of friends but never really got into it or expected to buy it. But this edition changed my mind - big time. This edition is more about the Beatles than it is about the game itself, at least compared to other Rock Band games I've played. I think the graphics look better on this one, almost like it was custom made for the group. For Wii characters, they did great job on all four of them. Now you can't dress them in weird clothes like you can with some other games, but their appearance changes as you play through the story to reflect the times. The sets, from the Cavern in Liverpool where they got their start, to the top of the Apple building, are all beautifully done. You can tell that a lot of thought and work went into the creation of this game. For any die-hard Beatles fan, it's a beautiful thing!
The game can be played in the Quickplay mode or the Story mode, and either on or offline. There are 45 songs to this game which doesn't seem like a lot, but there are supposed to be more available to download in the future. Partway through the story mode they switch from being in different tour locations to being in the studio. They have all these short video graphic scenes, some of them kind of psychedelic, to keep things interesting while you're in the studio. Before most of the songs you hear audio of the Beatles that brings you right in as though you were actually there at the time they were doing these recordings. I thought this was a great bit of personalization. Playing the different instruments is pretty much the same as the other rock band games I've tried. You also hear the girls screaming in the background when they're on tour. (What would a Beatles concert be without the screamers?).
The thing that's different about this game is the vocals which are done either solo or in harmony. Now this isn't as easy as just singing along, although you can connect up to three mics and you can either harmonize (harder) or all sing the lead to get ahead in the game. You choose either "Solo" or "Harmonize". With solo, you see just one line or with harmonize you see three lines, one for each singer to follow. Fortunately, the game includes Vocal Trainer which gets you into the different parts of the songs. None of us were very good at harmonizing in the first hours we played. It's much harder than you might imagine. (Or maybe we're all tone deaf!)
In the Training mode there's another thing that's kind of cool and I think different from other games. .There's training for what they call "Beatle Beats". With this you can learn all of Ringo's drum rhythms. There's something like 80 of them. To complete each section you have to be able to do them at the expert level, which is really difficult. This is something that will make the games replay value last a lot longer for most people. I think you'd probably have to be a professional drummer to get through all of these perfectly.
Another thing that makes this game more challenging is the Chapter Challenges. For each section when you're playing in the Story mode you have to beat all of the chapter's songs in one go and get 5 stars on each of the songs to collect photos. You can do it on easy or hard. For beginners like me you can still get through on the easy mode without any errors in this lifetime. Later you can move on to higher degrees of difficulty. My friend's grandson who is in his teens and has played several other Rock Band and Guitar Hero games thought this game was pretty easy right away. I would like to think that this is simply a gifted child rather than all the rest of us are slow.
I really hadn't any intention of buying this game myself when I could play with it at a friend's. But now, having seen and played it, it's on my Amazon wish list.. It brings back all those memories of the Beatles and standing in line to see "Hard Day's Night" for the 14th time or the hours listening to Beatles LP's on my old record player. I have no idea where I'm going to store Paul McCartney's Hofner bass controller and Ringo's drums. But just seeing those drums with "The Beatles" written across the front is enough to transport me back to 1964. Hopefully my husband won't have me transported off to somewhere else when he sees the small-refrigerator-sized box arrive! And maybe after all the head shaking and eye rolling I'll be able to recruit him to play the part of John or Ringo when I get my band together. Yeah, yeah, YEAH!
70 of 76 found the following review helpful:
Overpriced bundle, can't use the instruments for Guitar Hero gamesNov 16, 2009
This is a review for the bundle, which includes the game, one microphone, one wireless guitar, and one set of drums.
The bundle is pretty expensive. You are paying $$$ more for this bundle because it includes the instruments, which granted, are very cool, well made, look like what the Beatles used, etc. If you are a Beatles fan who likes to collect all things Beatles, this would be good for you. The fit/finish of the instruments are top notch.
However, you can't use these instruments for the Guitar Hero games. If you don't care about that, then read no further. However, for my money, I feel this bundle is a rip off because you can't use the instruments for other games. You can purchase Guitar Hero World Tour AND the Rock Band Beatles game only, it will cost less than this bundle AND you have two games instead of only one (so you can play Beatles AND current rock songs). Unfortunately, it doesn't work the other way around. You can't buy this bundle and then pick up Guitar Hero games to play.
If you MUST have the Beatles instruments, this is what you want. If you don't care, and frankly you shouldn't because you'll need to purchase additional guitars and microphones to maximize the # of players, it would be more cost effective to buy Guitar Hero World Tour and the Beatles Rock Band game by itself, and twice as much fun to play.
26 of 27 found the following review helpful:
The Fab Four In Your Living RoomSep 17, 2009
Like many others who live on a budget, I waited to read and hear everything I could about this bundle. We bought Guitar Hero for the kids and let's face it the graphics don't really connect with the parents or the kids that much, there are a few good songs among a bunch of random clunkers. The kids tried it a few times and since they actually play real instruments, they found it less challenging than trying to make "real" music. So, I waited because I thought how different could this version be from the original Guitar Hero or the countless singing/Karoake games that we bought along the way--and I mean quite a few: American Idol I and II, High School Musical I and III, Disney Sing-It, etc.
Then, the reviews started trickling in. I picked up a copy of Entertainment Weekly which gave it an amazing write-up. Same thing with the New York Times. Game reviewers started saying that this could be the only game that could actually surpass the Wii Fit in terms of accessibility, design and most importantly, the content. I finally gave in and pre-ordered it thinking, well, at least this should be a best-seller by Christmas and I don't feel like hiking it countless Toy Stores and video game stores in search of it. If you're a parent like me, you remember what a pain it was to locate the Wii or a Wii Fit.
It took me less than an hour to properly set the game up. The instructions are written in a dozen languages and really don't clearly state how to put it together well. So, here are a few helpful hints. First, the drum set legs are actually inverted. So, you'll need to actually pull one leg out of the other and then set the smaller tube inside the larger one so that the plastic ring serves as a stopper inside the larger tube. Then, the legs will fit properly together. The rest of the set-up is a pretty straightforward until you get to the mic.
There are two devices that come with the set that are supposed to plug into ports within the Wii Console (that means the white box machine itself). At first, you might think that you have at least three devices that require port connections and you would be correct. Go ahead and plug those two white connectors into the main unit. Remove any existing connections to do so. Here's the helpful hint: one of the two connectors actually has two additional ports built into it. So, if you're going to use an extra guitar (we bought both the John Lennon and the George Harrison instruments), you can accomodate them or additional mikes. The extra guitar sets also come with these white connector units.
Okay, so you turn the unit on. And, if you're like me, you're thinking "this better impress" or else I'll feel really bummed. And, you'll need to enter a user name. I tried my first name. Already taken. I tried "Paul" thinking I'll just enter each Beatles first name until I get one. Again, taken. So, be prepared not to be stymied by this preliminary step.
When the game boots on, hold on to your hat. The opening sequence is amazing. The graphics, the familiar scenes from their historic roots to their trip to the US, it's all there. Then, the game really starts and the magic begins. I tried singing to familiar songs as a "solo" setting it to Easy. The graphics were astounding. The clips they chose against the familiar "Karaoke" sing along bar that flashes at the bottom of the scene are so exact, so thoughtful, so impressive, I found my mind wandering.
I started thinking about these four music icons as real people. What a fantastic, surreal journey it must have been for these four young lads from Liverpool. What it must have felt like to have experienced such a journey--and that it actually happened within our lifetime makes it even better. This is such a great game. What makes it so terrific is that my kids will learn to sing along to this music, to visually spot the experience as it unfolds on-screen with historic accuracy. Most of all, the music---the music, the music, the music. It's so special. Nothing like it since, maybe nothing ever again.
I'm hooked. This is the one I've been waiting for to share and explain the music to my kids. To play along myself. To just pause and enjoy the fact that interactive entertainment has reached this new plateau. I'm playing music with the Beatles in my living room. They are here. And it's only up to you to let your imagination now play out on screen. Fantastic game. Run to find it. I hope you get the limited edition copy. The Bass that Paul McCartney played is included as a replica. This thing is just so cool. If you've seen the picture, it's even better when you're holding it in your hands.
What an astounding package. It's expensive. It's really worth it. Really.
17 of 18 found the following review helpful:
Shocking truth: I've never played RockBand/Guitar HeroSep 14, 2009
By Amazon shopper
I own a Wii but I've never played RockBand or GuitarHero and I wasn't a Beatles fan. You ask: Which planet am I from? Well, you'll be glad to know all has changed as of last night. I am now hooked, so is my 4 y/o daughter who has somehow learnt to bop her head and toss her long hair around like a rock star when she has the bass guitar strapped on. She heard Yellow Submarine last night for the first time in her life and was already singing along like there is no tomorrow. My husband who is mostly tone deaf and has no musical sense whatsoever (sorry honey!)is also secretly going through the training sessions for the bass and drums. He thought I was asleep but oh yeah I heard him alright. I can't wait till I get home to the Beatles tonight!
19 of 22 found the following review helpful:
Did The Beatles finally get back together?Sep 10, 2009
By Wayne T. Simpson
This game is well worth the hype. The accuracy and small details will impress even the most casual fans of the band. Every venue of the game which includes The Cavern Club, The Ed Sullivan Show, the Budokan, and the Rooftop of Apple Corps, is extremely accurate to the smallest detail. Since The Beatles quit touring in 1966, Harmonix compensated for this with a unique approach. For songs (I am the Walrus, Revolution, etc) that The Beatles released after they stopped touring, the band starts out in Studio Two at Abbey Road and then the game evolves into a magical dreamscape with flowing colors and images.
The Beatles themselves are also finely detailed to the smallest nuance. One thing that particularly impressed me as a Beatle nut was the accuracy of the on screen guitar playing. The computer generated Beatles actually play the same chords and in the same position that the actual song calls for. The producers of the game could have just used generic hand motions and strumming patterns, but this extra small touch was much appreciated. All of their actual movements are faithfully reproduced and at times it feels like you're watching the actual band as opposed to computer generated characters.
The song selection of 45 songs (the albums Abbey Road, Rubber Soul, and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band will be released for download after release) is quite varied and diverse. It covers their early career and goes through to their final songs. One criticism I have is that there is only one song from Help!, but other than that the catalog is very well rounded.
Another critique I have of the bundle is the overabundance of plastic, stickers, and the lack of a good instruction manual for building the drums. After I fully unpacked the bundle, it looked like a disaster area with a lot of excess plastic, cardboard, plastic wrapping, and stickers securing them to the box. I am sure that they had a reason for this, but it creates kind of a headache. The instruction manual was generally decent, but constructing the drums was difficult. Note to readers: the drums themselves were not complicated to construct, but if you went by the instructions you would be left wondering what to do next. Some steps are completely skipped over. So be prepared.
All in all, this is a fantastic game. If you're a Beatles fan, casual or insane, you'll love it. But this isn't the best for people who have never listened to The Beatles. If you are already not a fan, this will not make you like The Beatles, but perhaps it would make you like them even less due to the high level of detail. I will say though that novices and experts alike should find great enjoyment in this game. One of the drawbacks for me on previous games of this nature was the level of time it took to get "good". I have played real guitar for 13 years, but I sucked it up bad on Guitar Hero. With this, the songs (I would recommend starting on medium for even the most rookie of players except on drums) are challenging, but the pace is such that it is easy for a newcomer to the series to blend in and become a member of the Fab Four. You can play bass, drums, guitar, or sing. The many choices make this a game that will keep you coming back.
In closing, the game (or bundle) is well worth it and it exceeds all the hype. Any fan of The Beatles would be out of their mind not to own this. The Fab Four are back.
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