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Review: Green Day: Rock Band - Xbox 360, PS3

by Steven Williamson on 14 June 2010, 10:38 3.5

Tags: Electronic Arts Green Day: Rock Band , Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA), Xbox 360, PS3, Simulation

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Three venues from the Warehouse to Fox Theatre

The career mode is tailored specifically to the group, so you'll see accurate - albeit cartoonish - re-creations of Billy, Mike and Tre on screen rocking out to some of their greatest tracks. Disaapointingly though, there are only three venues to play at, the first of which is a fictional and bland looking warehouse where Green Day begin their rise to fame.

Things get better when you move onto Milton Keynes and get to play the likes of "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," "American Idiot" and "Jesus of Surburbia" in front of more lively crowds and then the highlight comes when you let your inhibitions go in front of huge ecstatic crowds at the Fox Theatre in Oakland, USA and get to play a roaring set including "21st Century Breakdown" and "Restless Heart Syndrome."

There are no fancy cut-scenes to enjoy in between gigs, or even a convincing punk rock-style presentation that captures the band's spirit, but being able to simulate some of their greatest songs should be enough for fans of the band, while being able to unlock bonus content that gives you access to photos and videos gives you an extra incentive to beat some tough secondary objectives along the way.

Gameplay-wise there's nothing new to report. Gameplay simply involves matching the scrolling vertical, coloured notes on screen as you press buttons on your plastic guitar, or bash away on the drum kit. Singstar-style, you can also take to the mic and follow the lyrics on screen. Points are awarded for how well you keep in time to the music and then uploaded to the global leader-board. It features everything from The Beatles: Rock Band including a strong multiplayer component and vocal horamonies, allowing multiple singers to perform. In that respect, it's still a brilliant game.

For more details about general gameplay read our Rock Band review.

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