The Beatles: Rock Band – Rubber Soul Album DLC Review
The music of The Beatles comprises a rich, textured and vibrant cavern of sound offering a gargantuan array of songs with sounds and rhythms to match every mood from the merry to the melancholy. The original game disk, however great it was, was but a slice of the full, musical honey pie that the iconic band has to offer to the Rock Band world.
First off the blocks in terms of DLC for The Beatles Rock band was the era-defining Abbey Road, followed shortly by the hallucinogen-fuelled trip offered by Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. It’s now time to delve once more into the record shops of the past and lose your mind – and all feeling in your left hand if you’re playing on expert to The Beatles with their album, Rubber Soul.
This latest slew of songs continues the experience in fine form but there are three songs which stand out from the crowd, the first of which is ‘Michelle’. The song has a rich and sultry French influence and would be just as at home in a Parisian nightclub of the 1940s as it is on my hard-drive. Other album highlights include ‘Girl’, ‘In My Life’ and ‘Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)’, the latter bearing strong eastern-influenced sounds and brilliantly enigmatic lyrics.
Much like the retail package, the songs on offer, which total 11, have greatly varying levels of difficulty and will have something to ensure the enjoyment of each member of the band. It saddens me to say, however, that as playing through the album, certain songs began to blend together indistinguishably and I’d be hard-pushed to argue that I enjoyed them. In the original setlist, the small number of songs from each album allowed the game to remain fresh, vibrant and dynamic but when those key-bashing fingers get ensnared by an entire album of similar music, the experience rapidly stagnates and feels more of a chore than a pleasure.
The background visuals, as ever, are fantastic and a range of styles – from the black and white to the psychedelic – are used throughout the eleven songs. As is the way with ever addition to this genre’s rapidly growing stable of titles, the fun available correlates directly with the number of friends you have to fill the four band spots. Playing solo leaves much to be desired in terms of laughter-inducing madness but for any loners out there, the leaderboards should keep you striving for perfection.
Based on what is on offer, I would be comfortable recommending this to any fan of The Beatles in safe knowledge that they’d enjoy slipping into the Fab Four’s shoes. However, the price is entirely, completely and utterly absurd. At 1440 MSP (£9.19 on the PSN), it values itself as greater than entire arcade titles such as the wondrous Battlefield 1943 which taxes a cheaper 1200 MSP and has much more to offer. Given the price, as good as the content may be, I could not honestly advise a purchase of this DLC pack.