You’ve probably read the news regarding The Beatles: Rock Band’s fifteen newly announced tracks. If you’re a Beatles fan, odds are you’re pretty excited. If you’re passively knowledgeable about them (like me!), then you might need some sound samples to jog your memory. That’s how I felt a little over a week ago when I visited MTV’s offices in Santa Monica to check out a little of the game in action. Me, Billy Berghammer, and X-Play’s Blair Herter all hit the studio to get some time with the newly announced tunes, and TB:RB’s vocal trainer.
The new voice training should help your tone-deaf friends follow one of the three vocal patterns on each track. I watched as Harmonix’s Sean Baptiste and John Drake demonstrated two parts of the vocal arrangement as a warbling sound effect emulated the backup vocal on “Twist and Shout.” It’s designed so that you can set up that warbling audio to guide certain players in how to properly harmonize as you sing.
From an aesthetic standpoint, the training mode boasts the stylish visual flourishes that permeate TB:RB’s overall presentation. On one hand, it’s a streamlined and distinctive perspective compared to the first two Rock Band games. On the other, it’s still a training menu, albeit with three vocal paths instead of one.
Outside of the big announcement regarding the 15 new songs, there isn’t too much else to report on The Beatles: Rock Band front right now. From what I played at E3, and based on this very brief glimpse at one of the game’s training modes, I get the sense that the game in progress will demonstrate plenty of evolution from Rock Band 2, and yet, I’m betting that we’ll see some minutiae on display here that Harmonix will clean up for the inevitable Rock Band 3. For now, it looks like the developer is on track to provide us with a great soundtrack to this year's inevitable boozy Holiday parties.