Green Day Rock Band

7.5 Overall Score

Written by on July 6, 2010 in

Imagine going to a Battle of the Bands.  Now, imagine being the band that comes out on stage to perform right behind The Beatles.  Sounds like a tough gig, doesn’t it?  Well, those are the shoes being worn by punk band Green Day in Harmonix’s newest rhythm game, Green Day: Rock Band.  Green Day may not be as fabulous as the foursome that preceded  but they can definitely hold their own.

Here’s the game’s recipe.  Take the tried and true Rock Band 2 gameplay + The Beatles: Rock Band harmonies and custom animations + Green Day music, throw it on a disc, and the result will be Green Day: Rock Band.  That’s about it, for better or worse.  The game features 3 locales that represent 3 different “eras” of Green Day.  There’s the early Green Day who play in a warehouse similar to the California Bay Area venues the band would play before they hit the big time.  It’s in this era where you’ll play Green Day’s Dookie album.  The second locale is Milton Keynes, which represents the American Idiot era.  Songs from Nimrod, Insomniac, and Warning are also played in this portion.  The last locale is the Fox Theater, in Oakland, CA, which represents the 21st Century Breakdown era.  At each locale, the soundtrack for that era is broken into 3 or 4 different setlists.  Each setlist will have 4 or 5 songs in it.  Like The Beatles: Rock Band, you must first play each song in a set list individually.  Earning 3 stars unlocks cred while earning 5 stars unlocks more cred.  Creds are pictures from the Green Day archive.  Each pic has a factoid that’s associated with the pic.  Unlocking cred also allows the player to unlock challenges.  Challenges range from playing all the songs in a set list consecutively to playing an entire album.  Completing challenges unlocks videos from the Green Day archive.  These videos give players a behind the scenes glimpse into the life of the band.  For those who purchased the Green Day DLC for Rock Band/Rock Band 2, those tracks can be imported in Rock Band: Green Day.  In fact, the Green Day DLC has its own set list in the game so if you want to unlock all the content, you’re going to need to own that DLC.  However, only the Green Day DLC can be carried over so those who wanted to see Billie Joe Armstrong sing Cheeseburger in Paradise are gonna be disappointed.  Unlike The Beatles: Rock Band, all the the tracks in this game can be imported into Rock Band/Rock Band 2 for a fee.    I should note that you WILL need a mic to complete the game.  In the last venue (Fox Theater) there’s 1 song that is vocals only.  It has no guitar, bass, or drum parts so warm up those pipes if you want that cred.

Much like The Beatles: Rock Band, Green Day Rock Band has a very stylized look to it.  The band and venues all look a lot cleaner then anything you’ll see in Rock Band 2.  In certain songs, you’ll see the band interacting with the crowd, getting them to clap their hands or swing their arm from side to side.  Also, some songs have pyrotechnics that will go off during the song adding to the visual pizzaz.  There aren’t any Dreamscape-esque visuals to any of the songs like in The Beatles: Rock Band.  All the songs are presented in standard concert fare.  Note highways will still dominate most of the screen though, especially as more players get involved so it’s unfortunate that you can’t play and appreciate the background at the same time unless the part you’re playing has a break in the song.

Those who have played a Rock Band game before should be right at home with how the game plays.  No fail mode is on automatically whenever playing on Easy so if your cousin can’t keep up on drums, don’t worry.  You’ll still be able to play through the song.  The game allows for up to 6 people to play at once (1 guitar, 1 bass, 1 drum, up to 3 singers) so it makes for a fun night in the living room if you have the space, instruments and friends who are into Green Day.  For those lacking friends or family to play locally, you can also play online.  Online play is available for those looking just to play a few songs or play through the career.  If any of your friends on your friends list has played the game and recorded a score, the game has a leaderboard for each song for comparison.

So, the burning question: Should you get this?  Well, it depends on what category you fall into.  If you love Green Day and rhythm games, then yes.  If you hate Green Day and rhythm games, then no.  If you like Green Day but not so keen on music rhythm games, then maybe.  Playing along to your favorite Green Day joints may give you a better appreciation of their music.  If you like rhythm games but not a fan of Green Day, then you should probably not play this.  After all, it’s the music that makes these games fun so if you can’t get into the music, your enjoyment of the game is compromised

There isn’t much more that can be said about Green Day: Rock Band.  For Rock Band veterans, it’s exactly what you’d expect.  It’s essentially a very fancy Green Day track pack.   Of the 3 non-track pack off-shoots (Lego Rock Band, The Beatles: Rock Band, Green Day: Rock Band), I’d say this one has the least to offer.  Not that this game is bad, mine you.  It’s just doesn’t have the lasting appeal that’s usually associated with a Rock Band game.  Like I said earlier, if you like Green Day and you enjoy music rhythm games, then you’ll probably like this game.  Just don’t expect to have the time of your life.

A copy of Rock Band: Green Day was provided to The Married Gamers for the purposes of review and evaluation.

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