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Gaming Evolution
Gaming Evolution
Published By: MTV Games/EA
Developed By: Harmonix
Genre: Music
Players: 1-4
Rated: T (Teen)
Release Date: June 8, 2010
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Written by: Matthew Prunty

August 23, 2010 - Depending on what part off the world you are from, there are two video game genres that dominate the industry. One these genres include music based video games. Whether we are talking about Guitar Hero, Rock Band, Just Dance, Dance Dance Revolution, etc. These are the games that let players live out a writers fantasy about being a rock star. The latest off which plays fan service too all the Green Day fans around the world. With Rock Band 3 on the horizon, EA, Harmonix Games and MTV Games released Green Day: Rock Band for home consoles. So how good is this game, continue reading too find out.

While Rock Band is known for providing music from bands and artists from around the works, they have only released one other game besides this one, which caters to one band in particular. For those who are not Green Day fans or don't like there style of music, I don't recommend picking I this game at all. This game is all about Green Day, following their career from the early years, all the way up to their latest album. Following in a similar vein to The Beatles: Rock Band, you can expect to hear popular tracks, tracks you never heard of and three post harmonies that take some skill to pull off.

For those who have played past Rock Band or Guitar Hero titles will feel at home with Green Day: Rock Band. Players can expect to rock out to more than forty tracks, which spans the band's career. Both albums Dookie and American Idiot are feature in their entirety, with additional tracks from other albums including 21st Century Breakdown and Insomniac. What's interesting about the song selection of this title is that it's befitting of Rock Band style in which you have a little bit of everything rolled up into one.

The visual presentation in Green Day: Rock Band is very befitting of the band during intricate points in their lives and career. Whether on the small stage or filling put arenas, Harmonix made sure to capture the true essence of the band through unique camera angles, a darker and grittier color palette, which is a stark contrast to that of The Beatles: Rock Band. Obviously we are playing a video game, however the feeling you get is as if you were there when the band performed some of their greatest hits. All the songs portrayed in the game are the master recordings, so the music is very clear and concise. Another solid effort by Harmonix.

The multiplayer experience within Green Day: Rock Band is similar to all Rock Band titles released beforehand. You have the choice of playing the game alone or with a group of friends and/or family members of your choosing. You also have the ability to mix and match when you go online with the title. Say you have the guitarist and a vocalist, but no bass and drummer; then you can look online for other players to help fill the empty spaces if you are looking to rock out within the full-band experience.

Whether a diehard Green Day fan or simply a lover of music-based games, you can't help but feel ripped off with the lack of depth within this title. The career mode can easily be completed in less than 3 hours, no matter what difficulty the game itís on. The lack of support via dlc is also a bummer since the group has tons of additional songs that people would want rock out to. It seems that none of the parties involved are less into giving the fans what they want and all about making a quick buck or two. There is also a lack of locations from the band's career. Expect to only rock out in three locations, which just seems like not much effort was put into the game by the developer.

Though I'm not the biggest Green Day fan out there, I have to say that I enjoyed the experience that this title brought. A little more effort could have been put into this title, including some additional dlc at some point down the road. However at the end of the day, if you love the occasional rock or session and/or a lover of all things Green Day, you can't do wrong with picking up Green Day: Rock Band.


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