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# 41266 12-Sep-2009 23:16
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I got Rock Band: The Beatles last week and wondering if anyone else has the game as well and what they think of it.
I haven't played myself any guitar/drum games in the past on any console but I am quite musical and I can keep in time pretty well with this game. ( I can play a real keyboard just and play a real guitar ok)

RB:TB uses Rock Band 2 Drums (something which was never released in NZ) and I've heard they are much better than the Original Rock Band Drums and they seem to be pretty good. The guitar is ok, but as I've never used a different one I've not had anything to compare it with. The Mic is wired (sigh) and I have some singstar wired mics as well and they all work tegether for 3 people singing at 1 time. I think it would have been better to have a wireless mic included. I might have to go buy a wireless set maybe later on.

Yes it was quite expensive ($360 which included Wireless Drums, Wireless Guitar, Wired Mic and Stand, Game and some extra content (postcards) but the extra branding makes it worth it I think.

An issue I have at the moment is the lack of online people in the evening in NZ to play with. I've only seen like 6-7 people I can play online so if anyone else who has it and wants to play against me please let me know.

Another anoying thing is the 2 other extra guitars for RB:TB are not sold officially ANYWHERE in New Zealand at all so you will have to get these from overseas if you want them costing like $150 US each including  shipping so pretty expensive!!!

Also the wireless adapters have some bright red LEDs on them which are anoying at times.

If you have instruments from other games you can buy the Game by itself or get the entire Bundle as above.

Rock Band: The Bealtes (Game Only) -  $89.99 (RRP $99.99) -
Rock Band: The Bealtes (Full Bundle) - $359.99 (RRP $399.99-

There are a few other places selling the game and but make sure you get the PAL version (PEGI 12+ LOGO) rather than the US Version (T LOGO) . Some places are selling the Parallel Imported version which won't make much difference unless in the future you are looking at downloading extra songs).


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  # 255327 13-Sep-2009 10:59
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Hi Craig

I picked up The Beatles Rock Band and had a quick blast Wed night with my boys (10 & 8) on freeplay mode. Started the Story mode Friday night and continued yesterday afternoon. I must say I am finding it an extremely beautiful and polished game and I'm enjoying it immensely. Have always liked The Beatles so never doubted the purchase, but you can really appreciate how much love and effort has gone into this to truly make it a Beatles experience worthy of the title. Surprisingly, my 2 boys are also enjoying it more than I expected. They are more into heavy rock/metal but are really liking the fun & quirkiness of the band and the trippy feel to their later career.

Haven't tried any online play yet but will dip our toes into that side of the game perhaps next weekend. We have the PS3 version - does that limit you to other PS3 online gamers or is there cross-platform compatibility? We have the RB1 instrument kit which is holding up ok for now. On the lookout for another guitar to round out the band. We also have some singstar mics, so good to hear they will work with the vocal harmonies - we are yet to try that feature out.


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  # 260228 1-Oct-2009 16:42
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It is a blast, you cant help but to feel old when your own the guitar....we ended up getting some mop-top wigs to get into the groove and filmed us going it....

think guitar hero/rock band have been the best thing since slice bread...


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  # 260232 1-Oct-2009 16:50
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I believe GH World Tour & Beyond Guitars are compatible with Rock band. I also understand that the Beattles RB Guitars are based on Rock Band II which for some frustrating reason is not yet available here in NZ. I have played GH WT and are very interested in the differences in the Guitars - There seem to be more buttons on the Beatles version. Can anyone update me on this.

Cheers Shane

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  # 260292 1-Oct-2009 18:54
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The guitar has the same amount of buttons as all the guitars. 5 up the top and 5 down the bottom if you want to use them. + the normal select,start, up/down/right,left button, wammy bar and effects slider (not used in the beatles).

The TB:RB is the only way to get a RB2 drum set also at the moment as I don't think RB2 will ever come into NZ (unless its parallel imported).

The Beatles guitars are ALOT quieter than the other guitars. I got also Guitar Hero 5 with the guitar and its soooo noisey to play (click click click click). the beatles one you don't notice it at all. so I have a GH5 guitar which I'm not using at the moment

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  # 260293 1-Oct-2009 19:13
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Thanks for that LennonNZ - Is their 5 up the top & bottonm of GH - I never knew that - Must be why I sucked at it. Ha ha.

Will investigate further - Thanks

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  # 260297 1-Oct-2009 19:23
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the top and bottom buttons are basically the same and you can use either when you play. the bealtes guitars have a longer neck than the GH5 guitar which is pretty short. the GH5 guitar also has 2 sets of buttons top and bottom on the neck.

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  # 260513 2-Oct-2009 11:36
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Have any of you guys used the Metallica version of RB/GH? Or is that for another forum? :)

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