A Lot or a Little?
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Overall, this is a music game that is more constructive than destructive. There are references to sex and drugs in the lyrics of some songs, but the themes of music and cooperative play are much stronger.
Positive Role Models
Green Day is a political punk pop band with songs that contain thought-provoking lyrics. Band members are playable avatars in the game, though there are many other options.
Ease of Play
Anyone who has played similar music games will pick up the controls and songs quite easily.
Violence & Scariness
There is no violence in this game. However, the Entertainment Software Rating Board warns of "Mild Blood" because in one unlockable photograph you can see the band reenacting a crime scene.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some of the band's lyrics are sexual in nature, such as: "When masturbation's lost its fun" (from the song Longview), "I went to a whore" (from the song Basket Case), and "The orgasm, a spasm of love and hate" (from the song Peacemaker). Some of the female avatar musicians wear short shirts or low-riding jeans.
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Products & Purchases
This game is a promotional vehicle for the band Green Day.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some lyrics contain references to drugs, such as "I'm not stoned," "someone else's cocaine," and "a thick white line." Some of the unlockable video sequences also have drug references, such as a band member saying "Straight as the line that goes up my nose."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Green Day: Rock Band garnered a "Teen" rating by the ESRB because of some lyrical references to drugs and sex, some unlockable videos where a bandmenber makes a joke about cocaine, and "mild blood" seen in a photo you can unlock that shows the band reenacting a bloody crime scene. The game does encourages players to express their passion for music and cooperate with friends. Parents should be aware, though, that the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 editions support open online voice chat, which Common Sense Media does not recommend for pre-teens.
Is It Any Good?
This is a fun game -- but only if you're really into the band. Unlike games such as Guitar Hero: Aerosmith or Guitar Hero: Metallica, which feature songs from the title bands plus a selection of tracks by other artists, Green Day: Rock Band features only songs by Green Day. Plus, while the game feels, looks, and sounds good, Harmonix didn't really innovate much in the gameplay department.
Fans of music games who aren't major Green Day lovers should save their cash until the new Rock Band 3 debuts later this year, which will be the first music game to support a keyboard peripheral. Spending $60 is a bit hard to justify here.
(NOTE: The Nintendo Wii version is essentially the same as the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 version, save that it's missing a few online options.)
Online interaction: Gamers can play online in all three versions of the game, which means a "band" can play together even when each player is in a different city. Open voice chat is available in the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 online modes. Consequently, players may be exposed to inappropriate language and topics of conversation by other players or share personal information. There is no online voice chat for the Nintendo Wii edition.
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