Oh boy… please don’t flame me… This is simply my opinion…
I was on and off the fence about getting the game, but since my family gave me a gift card for it, and due to how much my father would enjoy watching, (hopefully playing some too!) I decided to pre-order it. I played through the story mode one and a half times today… So here’s my opinions:
I like the Beatles, but I’m certainly not as big of a fan as many of the people I read on this forum, and I am disappointed with the song selection… Honestly, many songs I never heard of, and after playing them, I can see why I never heard of them. (“Boys”?) For such a great band, and with their amazing repertoire of songs, couldn’t they have weeded out some of the side B songs and brought some more of the “A-list” songs?
On the Positive side: I love the new vocal additions! I like being able to switch from lead to a harmony, since I’m new to singing harmonies… Already, I can see improvement in my harmonic singing! Woohoo! Singing harmonies in “Ticket to Ride” was just one of the points where I got “shivers”… in a good way.
I agree with some that the background colors make it hard to read the notes sometimes, but for me, the colors and the very clever video are worth it! Try playing with the lights off, and just the TV going… I really got into it, and it was quite an experience!
The background info, videos and pictures are great… Also, the recording snippits that play while a song is loading really are priceless! They provide a “behind the scenes” type of look at this legendary band!
I’m very disappointed in the lack of drum fills… I know most of you didn’t care about that, but I enjoy the creative freedom of the fills, and I practice so that my fills don’t sound like somebody just hitting the drums as fast as they can… lol
On the other hand, in regards to the drums: Jimmy Falon said on his late night show (jokingly), “…the new Beatles Rock Band will have 3 difficulty levels… Hard, Medium, and Ringo.” However, I was pleasantly surprised… There are about 1/3 of the songs that I had to switch down to hard from expert on the drums, while playing through the story mode for the first time. I’m happy to report that I’m enjoying playing his style much more than I thought I would! [B]Yeah!![/B ]
So, although I was on the fence, overall, I’m happy I bought the game… Disappointed with some of the songs, and the lack of fills, but I really am enjoying the overall Beatles Experience, and am really looking forward to next Saturday, when I have my extended family over for a Beatles Rock Band Night! We have some real singers in our family, and I am anticipating some good harmonizing!