Parents' Guide to

Green Day: Rock Band

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Fun but stagnant music game has songs with iffy lyrics.

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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 12+

Dookie is Video Game playable

I am a huge fan of Green Day. They are my second favorite group after The Rolling Stones. This game is amazing. Green Day is not a group for families with younger kids 11 and younger. This game works with my Rock band 1 Equipment. This is a fun game. You should get it.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
age 5+


this game is the most greatest rockband game ever! it captures the bands journey along with there outfit to even the instruments they used. an amazing game and an amazing band. btw for all the weird parents out there who are concerned about can turn it off at the menu screen and just sing with your voice only

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (30 ):

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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