A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Kids can learn about music, rhythm, cooperation, and the history of the most famous rock band of all time in this enticing rock and roll simulator. Alone or with friends as a band, players press notes on plastic guitars and drums in time with onscreen cues, giving them a sense of the precise timing and skill required to play real music. They're also provided trivia and historical snippets that paint a picture of The Beatles' career. It may not teach players how to play real instruments, but The Beatles Rock Band is still a great way to foster kids' interest in music.
The Beatles lyrics contain some positive messages, such as those found in "A Little Help From My Friends" and "Love Me Do," but most tell stories.
Positive Role Models
The Beatles are fairly good role models; but their drug experimentation in the '60s is widely known. The game does show some "trippy" imagery in the background, though. John Lennon also once famously quipped the band was "bigger than Jesus."
Ease of Play
The game has many difficulty levels, tutorials and a "no fail" mode so it is accessible for both newbies and seasoned players.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
There are no overtly sexual lyrics in this game, though some might be considered suggestive innuendoes, such as "Come Together."
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Some of the songs have some suggestive lyrics, such as in "I Am the Walrus" ("Boy you've been a naughty girl and let your knickers down") and supposed LSD drug references and imagery in "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds."
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Products & Purchases
There are images of musical instrument brands, such as Ludwig and Gretsch. The game features music from The Beatles, which might be considered a marketing initiative to buy the band's newly remastered CDs which are releasing at the same time as the video game.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The song "Get Back" makes reference to "California grass"; "Come Together" mentions a "choking smoker"; and "A Day in the Life," a downloadable track, talks about having a "smoke."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this historic game is a fairly clean music-based video game that only received its "Teen" rating because of some mildly suggestive lyrics (occasional smoking and sex references). In "A Day in the Life," the song includes the line "He blew his mind out in a car."
Is It Any Good?
This game is extraordinarily fun. Fans of the band to get the most out of it. Not only does this game include dozens of familiar songs, amazing locations, behind--the-scenes photos and videos of the band to unlock, but there are many multiplayer options, downloadable singles and complete albums, and, for the first time in the series, singers can harmonize and be rewarded for it (depending on the song, two or three singers, all on one microphone or separately, can try to hit harmonies to earn "double fab" or "triple fab" bonus points). Aside from a couple of song omissions, there's not much to complain about with The Beatles: Rock Band -- and you'll no doubt find yourself wanting to play this game "eight days a week."
This is a fabulous game for kids and parents to play together. Parents grew up with the music, and kids grew up playing Rock Band.
Online interaction: Players can jam together in different cities, regardless of which instrument they're playing.
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