So I wasnt going to buy solely for the fact that it's not xcompatible with other tracks and games but being a long time beatles fan (my late uncle got me into them when I was 11) I decided what the hell. First off I think it's kinda lame that you cant freestyle on drums anymore, at the begining or to initiate an overdrive. Also, I went straight to the hardest songs in the game because while I'm no real drummer by any stretch of the imagination I always kinda felt like their songs were pretty easy for the most part. I gold starred back in the ussr on my first try and got a slash short of 5 stars on I feel fine (i think). So that kinda sucks to a degree that there's really nothing to challenging. I'm also a little bummed about the lack of abundant drum rolls or fills if you will. All in all I'm a lil bit of a bumout about it simply for the fact that since we cant add any tracks that arent beatles, eventually the game will be maxed out with variety and having that lack of challenging songs means it will prolly be shelved in a few months.
Now, the good news.... Incredibly beautiful is pretty much an understatement... HMX should be proud of what theyve done here, and it is a good homage to one of the most influential bands in history. The pure vividness of every thing in this game is beyond astounding. There are so many incredible subtleties in this game it blows my mind. From the crowd of girls screaming to the splices of real historic audio and video mixed with the game to the most minute details of the art inspired by the music. I dont know how any true beatles fan could not love this game. Havent had it long enough to really explore all of the different aspects of the gameplay, i.e. online, challenges, etc. but it doesnt seem to be too dramatically different from other games out there. I will say that if I was metallica and I played this game, then played the game that red octane / activision made for my band, I'd be pretty pissed and feel pretty jipped.... play them both and you'll understand really quick. Final summation: Incredibly beautiful artistic game created by HMX, but lacks staying power due to lack of overall variety and challenges. 7/10 stars here, and BTW 6 of those stars come from the presentation of the game itself. Thanks and asamanaleka my bretheren!!!! xoxoxoxo