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Green Day: Rock Band

Fun but stagnant music game has songs with iffy lyrics.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

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.

Sex

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.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

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."

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.

What's it about?

If you're not yet burned out by the deluge of rhythm games over the past couple of years, MTV Games’ GREEN DAY: ROCK BAND rocks nearly 50 tracks from the popular punk pop band, pulled heavily from the albums Dookie (1994), American Idiot (2004) and 21st Century Breakdown (2009). In fact, the game lets you strum, drum, or sing along with all the songs from those three albums, plus a few others from Insomniac, Nimrod and Warning. Here's how it works: plug in your instrument peripheral to play guitar, bass, or drums (or sing into a mic) in time with the song to rack up as many points as you can. Fans of the band can unlock lots of other goodies, too, including backstage chats and live concert footage.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about lyrics in pop songs. Which songs are controversial and why?

  • Families can also discuss whether rhythm games in general and this one in particular help foster interest in music. Do you think players learn anything while playing these games, or are they pure entertainment?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Price:$59.99 ($49.99 for Wii version)
Available online?Available online
Developer:MTV Games
Release date:June 8, 2010
Genre:Music and Dance
ESRB rating:T for Drug Reference, Lyrics, Mild Blood

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Educator Written bygame defender January 15, 2012

Legit

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 lyrics....you can turn it off at the menu screen and just sing with your voice only
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written byDj Armstrong November 15, 2011

let's go

this is a game of green day fans not little kids
What other families should know
Educational value
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written byAlex :) October 22, 2011

Great Game!

First of all, GET THE GAME,NOW. There is not too much language, most of it is censored anyways. Green Day: Rock Band uses hand-eye coordination to play awesome music. Iffy sexual content in some songs.
What other families should know
Educational value
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking