In recent years, there have been several “Rock Band” games that allow players to play alongside their favorite musical artists by following each of the onscreen lyrics and notes on special game controllers that double as instruments. In June 2010, the “Rock Band” series added a new game with a theme centered upon the rock-punk band Green Day.
The game allows players to assume the role of any of the three band members in Green Day, while playing their way through chart topping hits that have defined the band’s career. Players can choose any instrument and use it on their choice of 44 songs that represent the best loved portions of the band’s repertoire. Some of the songs are even several minutes in length (such as “Jesus of Suburbia) and have many layers and riffs that are particularly challenging.
The songs are a lot of fun to play, and really well suited to the game. There are three different venues to play in, and gamers will earn videos and pictures of the band members in return for a strong performance of the songs. Since the band has a career that spans over fifteen years, diehard fans of the band may be disappointed that some albums are underrepresented as far as song choices within the game. Overall though, casual and serious fans alike should find numerous offerings to suit their fancy.
Players who are familiar with other “Rock Band” offerings, such as the recent Beatles version may notice that the Green Day version does not have as many extras and options, but still, it offers many engaging things to do. The vocal harmonies are particularlysuited good for playing with groups of friends, or as an activity at a party.
Those who don’t like either Green Day or music games such as this aren’t suited for this game choice, but for everyone else, it is a welcome diversion.