The Beatles Fan's Guide to
The Beatles Rock Band:
A non-gamer's step by step guide
Many Beatles fans have been inspired to jump into the world of video games once The Beatles: Rock Band was released on 9-9-09. But to those of us non-gamers, the whole idea of delving into the video game world can be a bit overwhelming.
If you never played a video game in your life, but you're curious about The Beatles Rock Band, we're here to help! Below you will find everything you need to set up the gaming system, as well as the instruments available for The Beatles game specifically.
We also will keep an updated list of every Beatles album that is newly released as a digital download for the game.
What equipment do you need
to play The Beatles Rock Band?
1) A Gaming System
There are three gaming systems for The Beatles Rock Band to choose from: Nintendo Wii, Sony Playstation 3, and Microsoft XBox 360. For people new to video games, the dilemma is "Which gaming system to pick"?
After consideration of price and features, we chose Sony Playstation 3 because not only do you get the gaming system, you also get a Blu-Ray DVD player.
The latest consoles include
- the Playstation 3 120 GB machine (original price of $299 on Amazon) or
- the Playstation 3 250 GB (currently priced at $349.99).
For one low price, you can get two machines for the price of one!
The difference in price depends on the amount of hard drive space you want on your console. Hard drive space is necessary so that you can download movies and video games and other downloadable content from the internet when not using actual discs.
To see the benefits of Blu-ray DVDs, you'll need an HD TV. To connect the player to your HD TV, you will also need an HDMI cable, sold separately.
Remote Control: For convenience, you should get a Blu-Ray remote control ($20). Otherwise you will have to use your wireless game controller for DVD functions.
2) The Beatles Rock Band Game and Instruments
Since you are new to video games and Rock Band, you need to get instruments to play.
The Beatles Rock Band Limited Edition Premium Bundle comes with:
- the Beatles Rock Band game software,
- a microphone with stand,
- exclusive Beatles postcards,
- a special Beatles drum kit (with a Beatles logo drum head),
- the Paul McCartney style Hofner bass.
PRICE DROP! This set currently costs $129.99 on Amazon.
For $30 less at $99.99, you can get the
Beatles Rock Band Special Value Bundle which includes:
- The Beatles Rock Band game software and the standard Rock Band instruments including a guitar, drum kit and microphone.
The Premium Bundle is the obvious choice for Beatles fans. Hurry and get yours soon -- it will not last forever since it's a Limited Edition.
The Limited Edition instruments are going fast.
Available separately are:
- the John Lennon style Rickenbacker 325 guitar and
- the George Harrison style Gretsch Duo-Jet guitar
Both originally sold for $99.99 each.
These two guitars are already getting limited. Depending on which gaming system you use, one of the two guitars may already be sold out.
Guitar stand: To keep your guitars from falling down, a guitar stand will do the trick.
Drum stool: A drum stool allows you to adjust your height while playing the drums. You need to be sitting a little higher than an average chair to properly play the drums and use the kick pedal.
Cymbals for drum kit: The Beatles drum kit does NOT come with cymbals. You don't NEED them to play the game, but if you want to feel as close as possible to playing a real drum kit, you should get cymbals, either the two cymbal set ($30) or three cymbal set ($36).
4) Downloadable music
Harmonix is adding new Beatles songs available for download on a gradual basis. The original Beatles Rock Band software, released in September 2009, came with 45 songs, ranging from all of the different Beatles albums.
The full list of hits supplied with the game disc include:
I Saw Her Standing There
Do You Want To Know A Secret
Twist And Shout
I Wanna Be Your Man
I Want to Hold Your Hand
A Hard Day’s Night
Can’t Buy Me Love
I Feel Fine
Eight Days A Week
Ticket To Ride
Drive My Car
I’m Looking Through You
If I Needed Someone
And Your Bird Can Sing
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
With a Little Help from My Friends
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
Good Morning Good Morning
I Am The Walrus
Back In The USSR
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Don’t Let Me Down
I Want You (She’s So Heavy)
Here Comes The Sun
Dig A Pony
I Me Mine
I’ve Got A Feeling
Within You Without You / Tomorrow Never Knows
If you want to purchase any of the additional songs that have been or will be released in the future, you will need to hook up your gaming console to the internet. The Sony Playstation 3 console has Wi-Fi built in. If you don't have access to a wireless network, you can just use an internet cable (the same you use to connect the internet to your home computer) to connect to the game console.
Then you set up an online account with the Sony Playstation store, and you can download the new Beatles songs for Rock Band as they become available. Each album costs around $17 to download.
When you download the additional songs, the songs will be saved on the hard drive of your gaming machine.
Here is an updated list of which Beatles albums have been released as digital downloadable content.
Release date - Album title
October 2009 - Abbey Road
November 2009 - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
December 2009 - Rubber Soul
Why Get The Beatles Rock Band?
As a Beatles fan, you'll be awestruck by the gorgeous graphics created for each song. Some songs feature real-life scenes where The Beatles actually performed, others recreate the studio sessions at Abbey Road, and others are fantasy sequences that blend well with the mood of the song. Rock Band, in essence, has created an animated music video for each Beatles song.
If you are a fan of video games, The Beatles: Rock Band is a no-brainer.
If you are a non-gamer, consider this: have you ever wanted to learn how to play an instrument?
When you compare the cost of setting up Rock Band in your home to the cost of, for example, drum lessons, the price of the game, the instruments and the gaming system definitely pays for itself in the long run. For the same price, you could get maybe 3 months worth of 1-hour lessons on the drums. However, with Rock Band, you can spend the next few years learning a large number of Beatles songs and even keep learning new songs while challenging yourself with different degrees of difficulty.
Plus, the Rock Band drum kit takes up MUCH less room than a regular drum kit. And if you have a hard time practicing an instrument, what better motivator could you have than your choice of a minimum of 45 Beatles songs to choose from with gorgeous graphics to along with it?
Even Ringo understands the potential of Rock Band in learning an instrument. In an article in Rolling Stone (6-25-09), an executive behind Rock Band said, "Ringo really is very interested in this game teaching people to play drums like he does."
Of course, if you ever want to join a real rock band, you'll have to get a real drum kit and practice on a real set of drums. But in the meantime, Rock Band is a much better choice for amateurs to learn the drums and stay motivated to practice, and all without breaking the bank.
Rock Band also has tutorials to help you out.
For more information, visit Beatles Rock Band Official website.
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