Launch Primer: Green Day: Rock Band


Posted June 7, 2010 - By Sterling McGarvey

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Ever find yourself in a situation where all of your friends are talking about the latest and greatest game, and you can't contribute to the conversation because you haven't been paying attention? Solve that problem with our Launch Primers: everything you need to know (except the spoilers) about a game that's about to be released.

Launch Primer: Green Day: Rock Band

Green Day: Rock Band
Xbox 360, PS3, Wii
MSRP: $59.99, $49.99
ESRB Rating: T

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What kind of game is it?

Green Day: Rock Band is the latest full-band game in the popular music game franchise. It features the stylings of SF Bay Area punk band Green Day.

Who's the Developer?

Cambridge, MA-based Harmonix Music Systems has been in the business of developing music and rhythm-based games on major platforms for nearly a decade, including cult classics like Frequency and Amplitude, top-selling franchises like Karaoke Revolution, and ultimately genre-defining titles such as Rock Band.

What's the story?

To elaborate on "you're in Green Day, playing their songs," the game lets you explore different locales, such as Oakland's Fox Theater and the National Bowl in Milton Keynes, England. Not unlike The Beatles: Rock Band, you'll play through various challenges to unlock band-centric material, such as photos and video content.


As you might know, Rock Band thrives on multiplayer. Green Day: Rock Band is no different. It supports at least four players -- one vocalist, one guitarist, one bassist, one drummer -- both online and offline.

What'd we say?

Harold Goldberg checked out the game and interviewed the band in a preview for us recently. Here's a sampling:

"In another room, Green Day: Rock Band is all set up and ready to go. I choose “Give Me Novacaine/She’s A Rebel” on guitar, and I play with Harmonix’ executive producer Chris Foster plus two affable journalists from consumer-oriented Web sites. They can’t follow along worth squat, even on Easy mode. But that doesn’t matter. Being onstage before the virtual thousands is a kick for all of us. It’s a hoot even though we couldn’t watch too much of the avatars’ live antics for fear of losing the beat, especially when the ballad “Novacaine” ends and the speed of “She’s A Rebel” gets the fingertips rocking fast. When you’re not in competition, though, it’s worth taking the time to watch. As the flashpots burst into rhythmic flame, you’ll see the signature leaping of Armstrong, the occasional clowning and mugging of Cool and the hip, punk rock stances of Dirnt. While the band themselves didn’t do motion capture, each song is motion captured by performers hired by Harmonix. And the crowd gets into it when you’re really rocking; stage diving, crowd surfing and hopping up and down in frantic unison."

Check back tomorrow for our review of Green Day: Rock Band!

See it in action:

Green Day: Rock Band Debut Trailer »


Launch Primer: Green Day: Rock Band


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