Green Day: Rock Band is a game I’ve been waiting for a long time. Being a child of the 80s, spending my pre-teen and teenage years listening to Green Day on cassette and CD is an experience deeply embedded in me. I remember buying their live compilation album in Syracuse, NY Patrick’s Picnic in 1994 and hearing all kinds of songs that weren’t on their hit Dookie album. As a huge fan of the Rock Band series, Green Day songs were something I’ve desired for the game for a long time. Thankfully, Harmonix delivered in a big way with the stand-alone title Green Day: Rock Band.

Green Day: Rock Band is a game I’ve been waiting for a long time. Being a child of the 80s, spending my pre-teen and teenage years listening to Green Day on cassette and CD is an experience deeply embedded in me. I remember buying their live compilation album in Syracuse, NY Patrick’s Picnic in 1994 and hearing all kinds of songs that weren’t on their hit Dookie album. As a huge fan of the Rock Band series, Green Day songs were something I’ve desired for the game for a long time. Thankfully, Harmonix delivered in a big way with the stand-alone title Green Day: Rock Band.

Presentation/Graphics:
The presentation of Green Day rock band is unique and has a very recent “Green Day” flavor. Imagery from their most recent albums 21st Century Breakdown and American Idiot come through in the way of menus displays and loading screen graphics. The menus are straightforward and easily navigable, so even novice Rock Band players understand how to quickly get into the action. Anyone who has played Rock Band before, or even Beatles: Rock Band, will quickly find themselves at home in the Rock Band world, but with a Green Day theme.

The Rock Band series hasn’t changed their graphics much since its debut in 2007, so it’s no surprise here that there isn’t anything ground breaking in the graphics department, but like Beatles: Rock Band, a lot of attention to detail was paid to the character models of Billy Joe, Tre Cool, and Mike Dirnt. We can see the evolution of the band members’ looks from three distinct eras in their career: Dookie, American Idiot, and 21st Century Breakdown. Even Green Day’s mannerisms on stage have changed over the years and we can easily see that when playing in different venues (which represent different points in their career).

       

Sounds:
The soundtrack we get to play in Green Day: Rock Band is a diverse one, starting from their major breakthrough: Dookie, and then a selection of songs from Insomniac, Nimrod, and Warning, the full American Idiot album, and a majority of songs from 21st Century Breakdown. The soundtrack can be extended by purchasing a few more songs available through DLC; all Green Day fans will be thoroughly impressed by the offer. Although a few of my early Green Day favorites have been left out, but hopefully they can be added later via DLC.

Gameplay:
Playing Green Day: Rock Band is like playing any other Rock Band game. Scrolling notes come down and you play along on your peripheral choice of Drums, Guitar/Bass, and Vocals. Except you’re rocking out to Green Day! Knowing Green Day’s reputation for high-energy pop punk songs, expect your fingers and feet to get quite the workout trying to keep up with the long strings of power chords and double bass kicks. The small details and upgrades to gameplay nicely round out the experience: the ability to have multiple vocalists or to only sing harmonies, having no-fail mode easily accessible, and being able to jump-in and out with different instruments all enhance the overall game.

       

Like in Beatles: Rock Band, the career mode offers the option to jump into following Green Day’s career progression from small venues up to huge coliseums, which also follows the song selections offered in the venues. I wish there were more than only three venues available though. As you play through the career mode, you earn “cred” which you spend to unlock additional challenges to play though. The amount of unlockables in this game would entice any Green Day fan to keep playing to see all the content available.

Hitting colored notes streaming down the highway is as fun as ever with Green Day: Rock Band. Players can also use a code which offers the pay-option to export the Green Day songs to their regular Rock Band library, allowing the songs to be played in Rock Band or Rock Band 2. This game is a must buy for any Green Day or Rock Band fan.

       

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