The Beatles: Rock Band


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MTV wants Rock Band bonuses back

Seeking refund on $150m paid to Harmonix.

MTV owner Viacom is going is asking Harmonix for a refund on some of the $150 million it has paid the Rock Band developer in bonuses, reports Gamasutra.

Xbox 360 vs. PS3 Face-Off: Round 23

Digital FoundryXbox 360 vs. PS3 Face-Off: Round 23

Dragon Age, Beatles, Guitar Hero 5, FIFA 10, PES 2010.

In what's likely to be the last Face-Off of 2009, Digital Foundry does a little housekeeping, sifting through the teetering piles of code dotted around the office, picking out the most intriguing games we've yet to cover, and combining those with the definitive word on one of the year's biggest releases - BioWare's Dragon Age: Origins.

As is the norm, the feature is crammed with the media that matters. One of our TrueHD workstations is pretty much full to the brim with lossless digital dumps of the HDMI ports of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, giving us access to the very best 24-bit RGB comparison shots and untouchable video assets, presented to you in pristine h264 video, manually encoded on a per-game basis for ultimate quality.

Onto the all-important line-up, then. Just the five releases covered this time, but all of them with an interesting story to tell, plus some bonus PC action included too.

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Sgt. Pepper released for Beatles: RB

Today on 360 and Wii, Thursday on PSN.

The second full album add-on for The Beatles: Rock Band is released this week. The seminal 1967 work Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is out on Xbox Live and the Wii Shop today, and will appear on PlayStation Network as part of Thursday's update.

Beatles DLC screws up online modes

Problem only appears to affect Europe.

Owners of The Beatles: Rock Band for PS3 are complaining they're unable to play the game online since downloading extra content.

Abbey Road out now for Beatles RB

The End was just the beginning.

Abbey Road, the first full album to be released as downloadable content for The Beatles: Rock Band, is released today on Xbox Live and at the Wii Shop. It will appear on PS3 with Thursday's PSN update.

Sales will determine Beatles DLC plan

Sales will determine Beatles DLC plan

Schedule not set post Rubber Soul?

The Beatles: Rock Band may receive more downloadable content following the planned release of Abbey Road, Sgt. Pepper's and Rubber Soul, but that all depends on sales, according to Harmonix.

"Every time we do one song, it's not like Rock Band where we wait for the masters to come in and just author them... It's like, send people to Abbey Road, use the original tape, separate them out... it costs thousands of dollars," the developer's communications manager, John Drake, told BBPS (thanks Kotaku).

"We're waiting to see how things sell. We're waiting to see how the albums do. If they sell well, we'll have a lot more content."

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SingStar Beatles mic bundle confirmed

SingStar Beatles mic bundle confirmed

Two wired mics and game for 50 quid.

EA, MTV and Harmonix have announced The Beatles: Rock Band - Two Microphone Pack for PS3, which bundles the game plus two SingStar microphones for 49.99.

Note: that's two wired microphones; it may be worth considering two wireless SingStar microphones instead, as they cost only 29.99 at ShopTo and are infinitely snazzier.

All this microphone talk draws attention to the unique three-part harmonies in The Beatles: Rock Band. That feature is one of the many reasons we dolloped 9/10 on the historic music game earlier this month.

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UK charts: Guitar Hero 5 beats Beatles

Plus: McRae sees off Batman.

Guitar Hero 5 has become the first in the leading music series to debut at the top of the UK all-formats chart, outselling colossal rival The Beatles: Rock Band to do so.

Eurogamer rocks the Cavern Club

Gamers grab 9.99 Beatles at UK launch.

Beatlemaniacs young and old descended on Liverpool's Cavern Club last night for GAME's Beatles: Rock Band launch event, lured by the promise of playing the same venue where the Fab Four made their name, and left with vouchers to grab a copy of the game for a just 9.99.

Limited Beatles 360s auctioned for charity

Console is "platform for social change" - MS.

In honour of the launch of The Beatles: Rock Band today, Microsoft is auctioning a series of special edition Xbox 360s, customised with artwork from the game.

Lennon would've been "excited" about RB

McCartney, Ono and Harrison speak out.

Sir Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison have said that John Lennon and George Harrison would have approved of The Beatles: Rock Band - and shed some light on how they came to agree to going ahead with the game.

The Beatles: Rock Band

The Beatles: Rock Band

Can buy me love.

"As made famous by." Guitar Hero veterans will remember that phrase all too well as the euphemism employed early in the series to convey the fact that you were playing not the original version, but a cover. "As made famous by Boston"; "As made famous by Queen"; "As made famous by Ozzy Osbourne".

How times have changed. Billions of dollars and tens of millions of game sales later, master recordings are the standard rather than the aspiration, and recording artists increasingly find themselves legitimately labelled "As made famous by Guitar Hero", or "As made famous by Rock Band".

From banging on record label doors, begging and bidding for content on a tight budget, to rockers falling over themselves even in a sober state to bag a place on what have become playlists that can make a band - that's happened in just four years. But as big as Activision and MTV's music giants have become, they're not The Beatles. Nothing and no-one else is.

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Beatles: RB song pricing revealed

Plus: SingStar rumours trampled.

Harmonix and MTV have announced that downloadable albums for The Beatles: Rock Band will cost 1360 MSP (11.56 / 16.32) on Xbox 360. Individual songs will be 160 MSP (1.36 / 1.92).

The Beatles: Rock Band

The Fab Six.

It might simply be "happenstance", as Harmonix man John Drake describes it, that The Beatles: Rock Band hits day and date with the fully remastered back catalogue, but it is nevertheless an unprecedented Beatlesgasm beyond the wettest, wildest dreams of oily marketing men.

More albums announced for Beatles: RB

More albums announced for Beatles: RB

Sergeant Pepper! Rubber Soul! Fin.

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Rubber Soul will join Abbey Road as the first three Beatles albums available to download for The Beatles: Rock Band.

Confirmation comes from an exhaustive New York Times expose (found by Kotaku) on the game, which spans nine website pages and is well worth reading.

The article goes on to reveal that studio chatter between the band members - remastered by George Martin's son Giles Martin - will play during tuning-up sections. There are some previously unannounced songs outed too, such as "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "Hey Bulldog" and "I'm Looking Through You".

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EA splashes nine games over the Expo

L4D2, NFS, Dragon Age, Brutal, more!

Well, it's that time again - more top quality titles have been announced for the Eurogamer Expo and, like some kind of cross between Gareth Barry and an BidUp TV infomercial, we're passing the facts on to you with unerring accuracy.

Beatles: Rock Band wows Abbey Road

Harmonix performs at remasters unveiling.

The Beatles: Rock Band took centre stage at Abbey Road studios last night, during an exclusive preview event for the newly remastered Fab Four back catalogue.

Original Beatles advising on Rock Band

McCartney's been heckling the designers.

The living Beatles, and the wives of the dead ones, are full "creative partners" in the development of the new Rock Band game, according to Harmonix.

E3: Beatles: Rock Band DLC restricted

Not available to other RB games.

Harmonix creative director Josh Randall has revealed that downloadable content for The Beatles: Rock Band will not be available for other Rock Band games or vice versa.

E3: Real Beatles show off game

10 songs listed, charity release, albums...

Microsoft has shown off The Beatles: Rock Band at its E3 conference in Los Angeles, revealing 10 of the game's songs (there are 45 on-disc) and talking about downloadable content.