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Release Date: Jun 8, 2010
Game Platforms: Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii
As we anticipate our chance to wield both guitar and keyboard controllers in Rock Band 3, Green Day has arrived to serenade us during our wait.
Green Day Rock Band
UG Team, on june 25, 2010 10 of 16 people found this review helpful
Experience: Before waves of Rock Band fans have the opportunity to wield their trusty axe-shaped controllers not to mention keyboards on the game's 3rd edition later this year, Harmonix has delivered Green Day: Rock Band to satiate them a little while longer. Whenever you have a band-specific edition for an activity like Rock Band, your perception of the game play will correlate to how much you enjoy tracks like F.O.D.Welcome To Paradise and "Viva La Gloria? (Little Girl). Of course, those are three fairly distinctive tracks from three separate eras in Green Day's career, which is almost essential if you want to reach a wide audience. Let's not go as far as to make the outlandish statement that Billie Joe Armstrong's songwriting is as genre-defying as the multiple musical periods of The Beatles (whose own game worked amazingly well for Rock Band's franchise last year), but Green Day: Rock Band should have at least a little something for most tastes.
It's hard to warm up to the game immediately if you're not a monster fan of Green Day, but the good news is that it does eventually become infectious. The bass parts are surprisingly more challenging than past Rock Band offerings, while there are some songs available that allow you to utilize the vocal harmonies gameplay that was introduced with The Beatles' edition. Featuring 47 songs (with the complete albums of Dookie and American Idiot), Green Day: Rock Band does stick to the tried-and-true Rock Band formula. The makers wisely don't present the songs chronologically as you tour the city of Milton Keynes, Oakland's Fox Theater or The Warehouse. So if you aren't a fan of one particular time period in Green Day's career, you aren't bombarded with a given year's material all at once.
The visuals, much like the gameplay, are standard. The wardrobe changes coordinate with a new venue, so don't expect a whole lot of options in that area. You might get a bit annoyed with seeing the same type of stage setup over and over again, but again, this particular edition is more focused on the soundtrack. There's nothing really groundbreaking this time around, but the songs do offer a greater challenge than The Beatles' material and do cover all of Green Day's hits. Included in the sets are Boulevard Of Broken Dreams, Chump, Geek Stink Breath, and good chunk of the band's opus 21st Century Breakdown. // 8
Extras: In many ways the extras do become as much of a selling point as the gameplay itself. While the photographs that are automatically unlocked in Career meta-mode (after completing songs with a certain number of stars) are impressive and of top-notch quality, the videos unlocked via the Challenges serve more of a purpose for Green Day fans. There are some gems in the bunch, with everything from a 1994 interview on the band's tour bus which is actually a bookmobile to a performance of Chump on MTV's 120 Minutes. // 8
Overall Impression: Green Day has a wide enough appeal by this point that Harmonix made a logical choice in selecting the band as the focus on the latest Rock Band. That being said, the band still isn't quite as beloved as, say, The Beatles, and the soundtrack is often hit or miss. The saving grace is that the makers of Rock Band ensured that the game itself is an excellent challenge, specifically on Expert level, with the bass parts finally coming across as entertaining as the guitar. Once all the Challenges are checked off the list, fans obtain a good deal of video footage that is essentially just as worthwhile as a band-released DVD. Green Day: Rock Band might not seem a perfect fit for every gamer, but it's addictive enough that even most 21st Century Breakdown haters out there will be entertained for at least a little while. // 8
Green Day Rock Band
GuitarGod Tone, on july 07, 2010 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Experience: At first glance this seems like any other Rockband video game but once you navigate to the career mode screen you are instantly transported into the Green Day universe. As a fan all of your favorite songs are in the game including, "Basket Case","Boulevard of Broken Dreams" and "Good Riddance(Time of Your Life) to name a few. The presentation of the game is remarkable, depending on what setlist you choose you will play as Green Day of that time period. For example if you play "Basket Case" Billy and the gang will have the distinct look as they did during the "Dookie" days. As you progress in the game you get a feeling of the evolution of the band and it's song which is very fun and replayable many times. // 9
Extras: There are challenges in the game that you must complete in order to gain access to extra features in the game. For instance completing certain challenges will gain you access to such extras as a video of the band playing "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" live. Other extra's include rare pictures of the band from their early days all the way to the present. // 8
Overall Impression: If you are a die hard Green Day fan or even a fan of the Rockband/Guitar Hero music genre than this game is a must own. With its deep setlist and unlockable features this game proves to have a high replay value. The game supports online bandplay and the new Harmonies gameplay feature which allows you to have up to three players singing certain songs that have harmonies. This gamee proves you will have the time of your life! // 9