In the era of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), more and more major tech brands are being caught out when it comes to cloud-based storage solutions – and their customers are paying the price.
The Beatles: Rock Band
It's been a long time since a game has brought about the amount of awe, admiration and borderline obsession that The Beatles: Rock Band has bestowed upon me
- Visually stunning, incredible playlist, feels the way a Beatles game should
- Over too soon, no trademark Rock Band customisation, not much here for non-fans
There's an incredible amount of fun that comes from filing the shoes of some of the most inspiring musicians ever to walk the earth, and Harmonix captures this experience with same sense of magic that the Beatles were known for.
Price$ 99.95 (AUD)
It all comes down to this. For all of the defining moments in my life, few can measure up to the overwhelming sense of triumph and pride that washes over me as I grip my aged Hofner bass in hand and strum the opening notes to "Get Back" to the delight of the crowded London streets. Pedestrians smile from the pavement, drinking in the impromptu rooftop performance. A handful of confused Bobbies litter the sidewalk, observing in awe as they contemplate putting a stop to our public outburst, but they hold their ground, and for just a moment, as much as the world has changed, nothing seems more true or real than this moment. This is my rock and roll revolution, and nothing can stop it.
"I have work in the morning!" The voice of my disgruntled neighbor booms through the paper-thin walls, his fist fiercely beating against the chipped plaster. My fingers quickly finds the mute button as I shout a profuse apology, noticing in one shocking instance that it's already three AM, and my review is due in just a few short hours.
Well, almost nothing.
It's been a long time since a game has brought about the amount of awe, admiration and borderline obsession that The Beatles: Rock Band has bestowed upon me. An unprecedented adventure through the life and times of the Lads from Liverpool, Harmonix's latest expedition into the incredibly popular field of musical simulation and digital superstardom has proven itself one of the developer's most richly detailed and inspiring releases to date.
A Really Big Show
While Harmonix could have easily made a Rock Band game with a few Beatles songs in it, it's the exact opposite approach that makes TBRB such a success. It's expertly executed with enough charm and personality to truly stand alone on its own two feet. From the incredibly detailed historic venues such as The Cavern Club or Shea Stadium to the game's enchantingly surreal dreamscapes, there's no denying that The Beatles: Rock Band doesn't just look or sound like a Beatles game - it feels like one, embracing the magic and attitude that made four young men one of the pioneering voices in rock and roll.
From their break-out performance on the Ed Sullivan Show to their conclusive concert on the Apple Corps roof tops, The Beatles: Rock Band chronicles the Fab Four's universally renowned career with an incredible amount of authenticity. The game's expertly populated track list is an astounding achievement on Harmonix's part, ranging from undisputed hits such as "Revolution" and "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" to some lesser known jaunts like Ringo crooning to "Boys" during the band's underground days. The sheer amount of variety is sure to not only please long time fans but inspire newcomers as well.
"Ringo, have a banana!"
One of the downsides is that if you don't already like the Beatles, this game likely won't change your mind. Even with the game's inherent charm, people that never approved of Beatlemania likely won't be won over, no matter how much effort Harmonix has put in their translation. Long time virtual rock-stars may also be disappointed by the game's lack of customization as well. While it wouldn't make much sense to see a head-banging avatar screeching in between John and Paul, I can't help but think that selectable stages and Beatles-inspired character outfits would have only added to the over-arching experience that the developers had so richly invested in. The instruments are also a sticking point: they're beautifully designed but they're also incredibly expensive. Unless you're a diehard Beatles fan who wants the full experience, you can probably forgo the entire set.
But even those small complaints couldn't diminish my love for the The Beatles: Rock Band. There's an incredible amount of fun that comes from filing the shoes of some of the most inspiring musicians ever to walk the earth, and Harmonix captures this experience with same sense of magic that the Beatles were known for. It's well worth the price of admission, even if you forgo the replica instruments and stick to your stock Rock Band gear.
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Nokia 6 (2018) review: Simple. Solid. Supreme.
- 2 Samsung Q9F Series QLED: Peak performance from a home entertainment heavyweight
- 3 Hisense takes the fight to home entertainment heavyweights with flagship Series 8 and 9 ULED TVs
- 4 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
- 5 Ring Video Doorbell review
Latest News Articles
- HP revamp Omen range with game streaming and hybrid keyboard
- Nerial release update to Reigns: Her Majesty
- City of Brass update adds new playable characters
- State of Mind set to hit console and PC in August
- In Pictures: Gfinity Elite Series Australia Season 1 Grand Finals
PCW Evaluation Team
I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.
If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.
If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.
Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category
The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
- Huawei Nova 3e: P20 in a pinch
- Sonos Beam review: A more-affordable, smarter soundbar option
- Oppo R15 Pro review: A compelling mid-tier option with lots of value and few compromises
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies