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The Beatles vs. The Beatles: Rock Band

Can you tell the difference?

I'm gonna admit it: I'm pretty jazzed up about The Beatles: Rock Band. I've been a pretty casual Beatles fan for most of my music-appreciating life, though ever since that amazing trailer was shown at E3, I've fallen in pretty deep. I tell myself that it's all to prepare for the release of the game so I'll know the song list inside and out, but that's a laughable justification. I mean, I've started listening to Wings for god's sake. So it pleases me to see that the always chipper and upbeat Aaron Thomas over at Bitmob did a nice side-by-side comparison of how The Beatles look in the game and how they looked in real life, and it's pretty uncanny. Here's just a taste, though I thoroughly recommend you go check out the full article.


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Posted by Ryan

I'm gonna admit it: I'm pretty jazzed up about The Beatles: Rock Band. I've been a pretty casual Beatles fan for most of my music-appreciating life, though ever since that amazing trailer was shown at E3, I've fallen in pretty deep. I tell myself that it's all to prepare for the release of the game so I'll know the song list inside and out, but that's a laughable justification. I mean, I've started listening to Wings for god's sake. So it pleases me to see that the always chipper and upbeat Aaron Thomas over at Bitmob did a nice side-by-side comparison of how The Beatles look in the game and how they looked in real life, and it's pretty uncanny. Here's just a taste, though I thoroughly recommend you go check out the full article.


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Posted by LtColJaxson

Well they resemble them... but definitely not lifelike at all. I could tell without the comparisons, but rockband characters are just cartoony resemblances...

It looks great, don't get me wrong...

Posted by phlegms

I'm so pumped for this game its starting to hurt my loins.

Posted by MrMuise

The bottem one is fake, the beatles invented colour.

Posted by TooWalrus

September's a great month for music games. The Beatles and Van Halen... the two music games I would want most. It's going to be a pretty good month for actual concerts, as well... I'd better make sure I have enough cash!

Posted by Death_Unicorn

Holy crap, that is very similar.

Posted by WreckinRodRumbler

OH GOD I WANT THIS GAME TO COME OUT ALREADY. Been a Beatles fan my entire life, so I'm ready to go!

I really hope Harmonix plans to make another Band game in the future (After Rock Band 3, of course). Iron Maiden? Led Zeppelin? Pink Floyd?
Hell yes.

Posted by Jayzilla

like i said in another forum; if it doesn't have at least 75 tracks i wont buy it. i am uninterested in paying per song or $10 for 5 songs or w/e the case may be.

Posted by Otacon

This will probably be the last 'band' or 'hero' game I get, really looking forward to it though!

Posted by MrRedwine

I don't think anyone is saying it looks lifelike.  It does, however, do a great job of representing the band.  Definately check out Aaron's article, he has some great comparison shots there.

Posted by patrick
@LtColJaxson said:
" Well they resemble them... but definitely not lifelike at all. I could tell without the comparisons, but rockband characters are just cartoony resemblances... It looks great, don't get me wrong... "
The article wasn't referring to a literal direct resemblance, just how well it caricatures them.
Posted by Azteck

I want this game now.

And for being a Rock Band game, it's pretty accurate. Especially if you think of the cartoony style they have.

Posted by Kolonel_Kool
@MrMuise said:
" The bottem one is fake, the beatles invented colour. "
You beat me to the punch.  Boo.
Posted by Kajaah117

The bottom one is fake because it's low-res. If the internet has taught me anything, it's to never trust low-res images and videos.

Posted by DiGiTaL_SiN

The Beatles are the most over rated band EVER. I can't fathom why anyone would find most their songs enjoyable or listenable in any way, unless they're a stoned hippie from the 70s or something.

Posted by LtColJaxson
@DiGiTaL_SiN said:
" The Beatles are the most over rated band EVER. I can't fathom why anyone would find most their songs enjoyable or listenable in any way, unless they're a stoned hippie from the 70s or something. "
OR they have great music and you are too isolated in what you listen to.
Posted by Mouth

I have to admit, they didn't want to screw around this time. It is the Beatles after all.

Posted by SgtReznor
@DiGiTaL_SiN said:
" The Beatles are the most over rated band EVER. I can't fathom why anyone would find most their songs enjoyable or listenable in any way, unless they're a stoned hippie from the 70s or something. "

wow, that is quite possibly the most musically ignorant thing I've ever heard anyone say. Ever.
Posted by Nick

Wings are awesome! Band on the Run is such a great album, it's up there with the best of the Beatles.

Posted by Hobbies

Harmonix has done a fantastic job in truly recreating The Beatles, and I applaud them for it! Can't wait for this game.

Posted by DiGiTaL_SiN
@SgtReznor: You should probably get back to your yellow submarine by now, Captain Walrus doesn't like to surface for too long.

Anyways, to each his own. You're certainly not going to suddenly wake up and realize after talking to me the absolute garbage truck noises that is The Beatles, so there's no point in arguing about it here.

I WANNA HOLD YER HAAAAAAAAAAAAAANDS!!!!!
God that's annoying.
Posted by Thoseposers

Next i want a Pink Floyd Rock Band, the musical depth and insanity there would be perfect for a Harmonix to do like this.

Posted by GregIsRad
@DiGiTaL_SiN said:
" The Beatles are the most over rated band EVER. I can't fathom why anyone would find most their songs enjoyable or listenable in any way, unless they're a stoned hippie from the 70s or something. "
damn
Posted by StargamerX

I hate Aaron Thomas. I will never forget that 7.5, never.

Posted by Breadfan
@DiGiTaL_SiN said:
" The Beatles are the most over rated band EVER. I can't fathom why anyone would find most their songs enjoyable or listenable in any way, unless they're a stoned hippie from the 70s or something. "
I find your ignorance very comical
Posted by Gnome

Nothing wrong with the WIngs.  Everything from Wild Life to Back to the Egg are great imo.

Posted by Nat3TheGreat13

I can't wait for this game!

Posted by lemon360

nice.

Posted by Bouz
@DiGiTaL_SiN said:
"I can't fathom why anyone would find most their songs enjoyable or listenable in any way, unless they're a stoned hippie from the 70s or something. "
Imagine, it's easy if you try.
Posted by MrMuise
@DiGiTaL_SiN: I always enjoyed the backing up beep
Posted by Redbullet685

I cant wait, first day buy.

Posted by Kyle

Haha, ya they capture The Beatles pretty well. I was so furious when Paul or Ringo (forget which) made that joke at the conference about how stilted the animation in the game was. All I could think was "DUDE, THATS WHAT YOU DID ON STAGE!!"

Like, seriously! The Beatles Rock Band actually has less impressive animation than Rock Band 2 because The Beatles had a less impressive stage presence than anything in Rock Band 2....

Edited by ahoodedfigure

Obviously the bottom ones are the artificial ones, because their resolution is lower...

Dammit, someone beat me to it.  Kudos, Kajaah117.

Posted by FlipperDesert

Which picture's which?

Yeah, have pretty much all their albums on CD, I want this game pretty bad.

Posted by Tebbit

Michael Jackson Rock Band.

THE TIME IS NOW!!!

Posted by VilhelmNielsen

That's gonna be on of the most expensive days of my life. Beatles: Rock Band and Remastered Box Set. Damn you, Beatles, for your fantastic songwriting!

Posted by agentboolen
@Tebbit said:
"

Michael Jackson Rock Band.

THE TIME IS NOW!!!

"
Yea the time is now for a dumb cash in that has nothing to do with music insturments!!!  Try maybe Michael Jackson Karaoke Revolution!!!  And lets try to keep MJ off of a Beatles message board!!!
Posted by Media_Master

very authentic

Posted by Phished0ne

the models and the levels look very good.  But on a side note, its great to see GB picking up articles from Bitmob, that is a great  site, and a great writing community.

Posted by nick69

has anyone else noticed that they don't wear guitar straps? It's pretty hard to play guitar, standing up, without a strap..

Posted by Hobbies
@nick69 said:
" has anyone else noticed that they don't wear guitar straps? It's pretty hard to play guitar, standing up, without a strap.. "
That's always been a strange flaw in Rock Band. I was hoping they'd fix it in The Beatles game, but it's not that big of a deal to me.
Posted by SgtReznor
@DiGiTaL_SiN said:
I WANNA HOLD YER HAAAAAAAAAAAAAANDS!!!!!
God that's annoying. "
then don't listen to that era of Beatles. Go pick up their "Revolver" instead.