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The Beatles: Rock Band – hands-on

In terms of bands that could headline a music game, it’s pretty tough to top The Beatles. And considering that The Beatles have one of the most beloved songbooks of all time, fans like us are bound to scrutinize every little detail.

Above: Screens from the PS3/Xbox 360 version

Good news, then! From what we’ve seen, The Beatles: Rock Band is shaping up to be a Beatles fan’s dream come true. From the extraordinary attention to detail to the respect paid to the original artists’ work, the game is positively swimming in Beatles love. And really, that’s all it needs (Buh-dum psh!).

For those of you keeping score at home, take a gander at our updated track list:

I Saw Her Standing There
I Want To Hold Your Hand
I Feel Fine
Taxman
Day Tripper
Back In the USSR
I Am the Walrus
Octopus’s Garden
Here Comes the Sun
Get Back
Twist and Shout
Do You Want To Know a Secret
Can’t Buy Me Love
I Wanna Be Your Man
Eight Days a Week
Paperback Writer
And Your Bird Can Sing
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
With A Little Help from My Friends
Within You Without You / Tomorrow Never Knows
Yellow Submarine
Revolution
Birthday
Dig a Pony
I’ve Got a Feeling

Above: Screens from the PS3/Xbox 360 version

Admittedly not a ton of surprises, but what did you expect? Every track is golden. But hardcore Beatlemaniacs should take note of the recently released mash-up “Within You Without You / Tomorrow Never Knows.” The track was originally part of “The Beatles Love,” a fantastic Grammy award-winning album of Beatles remixes released by George Martin (the Beatles’ producer) and his son Giles. Quite frankly, we’re thrilled that songs from “Love” are making it into the retail game – maybe there will be more surprises coming via DLC? If so, will we complain about being charged for them? Perhaps, but then again, if every Beatles tune we wanted to play was included in the initial roster, then we’d be playing multiple discs worth of content. We prefer to look at the DLC as a “glass half full” issue, but only time will tell how excited we’ll be if we have to plunk down ten bucks to sing along with “Revolution 9.”

Next up: Hands-on impressions and video!

8 comments

  • MechGyver - July 29, 2009 8:06 p.m.

    I love Thin Lizzy.
  • bhgesc - July 28, 2009 11:15 p.m.

    Free Games. Check out what I have been building lately!
  • JohnLemon - July 28, 2009 2:48 p.m.

    This is looking very good now, probably a fisrt day purchase. :)
  • Gavo - July 28, 2009 2:46 a.m.

    Need...Helter Skelter, and All My Loving. Looks good.
  • skyguy343 - July 31, 2009 8:29 p.m.

    thats my job, to protect fellow members of RadarNation... just kidding, i couldnt give a shit about anyone on this site who's name isn't Lizzie Cuevas... just kidding again, you're all awesome, we need to spread the love... not gay
  • Mittenz - July 29, 2009 2:27 a.m.

    Thats an...Intresting observation skyguy, good to know your here to prtect our peers. reCAPTCHA:comedic pretranssexuals Will they combust later?
  • skyguy343 - July 28, 2009 3:28 a.m.

    joey joey joey, what kind of a world would it be if our symbals, instead of making a tish sound, made a psh sound? Hitler would probably have joined forces with Skeletor, exterminating all who stood before him and humiliating all that was left. the worlds orbit would most likely shift causing Earth's climate to go out of control sending Brazil into an ice age and me and my Canadian peers and neighbours would no doubt be launched into a never-ending drought. ironically, the rest of the world would be flooded by the ever-rising oceans, drowning the polar bears and forcing them to evolve into polar bear-shark hybrids that would instantly take out anyone who dared venture towards the water. aliens would disentegrate Saudi Arabia while H1 N1 Influenza A (swine flu) decimated America. prostitutes all over the globe would simultaneously and spontaneously combust, causing the world to implode and contract on itself until it shrank to such a small mass that it started to infintely expand, taking out anything and everything in its path. and that's what would happen if you used psh for a symbal sound instead of tish. dont let it happen again, you have been warned.
  • IAmTheWii - July 28, 2009 2:02 a.m.

    Did I just catch a possible track song in the closing paragraph? Maybe not, but good anyway. Hope to hear more from you on the story.

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