One of my initial concerns over The Beatles: Rock Band was the limited song selection. With Rock Band 2 packing over 80 songs on the disc and currently over 900 songs total available, 45 Beatles songs seems paltry in comparison. Even if the game eventually included every single Beatles song ever made, the catalogue would never catch up in terms of sheer volume of songs.
Since the game came out though, I’ve played way more Beatles than regular Rock Band, because most of those 45 songs are really, really awesome. Adding to that awesome this week was the release of Abbey Road as downloadable content. If you’re familiar with The Beatles catalogue, you probably already know whether or not you want this.
For me, Abbey Road is easily my favourite Beatles album, so buying this was a no-brainer. The moment I had a chance, my brother and I played the whole album front-to-back.
The joy I felt from playing through the entirety of Abbey Road may have only been rivaled by the first time I “got” Guitar Hero. Your experience will vary based on how much you like the music, but for me that is the best music game content to date (and maybe the best it will ever be).
For all of the hyperbole, there are two caveats to this package. For the cost of completing the Abbey Road package, you’re paying a lot for not much. Most of the big songs from the album came on the disc, so you’re paying mainly for 2 full songs and the 16-minute medley. If you love Abbey Road then this doesn’t matter. The pricing for individual tracks is a bit dicey as well. Would you pay $1 to get “Her Majesty”, a 21-second song?
The only other beef that some may have is the inability to play certain songs from the medley separately. Due to te way these songs were put together, it would be weird to have “Polythene Pam” abruptly stop when “She Came Throgh The Bathroom Window”. If you’ve played The Beatles: Rock Band, you’ve experienced this withthe first 2 songs off of Sgt. Pepper.
And in the end…if you’re looking for more Beatles music for your Rock Band, this might be as good as it gets.