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Since: 10.12.01
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Joystiq apparently took Labour Day off, so this week's post represents my best guesses. Apologies for whatever's wrong.

Gold Member Deal of the Week (Monday)
- Puzzle Quest (400 points)

Retail (Tuesday except The Beatles)
- The Beatles Rock Band (out Wednesday)
- DiRT 2
- Darkest of Days
- Mini Ninjas
- Raiden IV
- IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey
- Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection

Demos
- Star Wars Clone Wars: Republic Heroes (out now)

XBLA (Wednesday)
- Wallace and Gromit Episode 2: The Last Resort (800 points)
- Sonic & Knuckles (400 points)

Fear 2 DLC: Reborn (800 points; out now)

Rock Band DLC (Tuesday)

Freezepop Pack 01 (80 points each, with no discount for buying the pack)
- Freezepop - Get Ready 2 Rokk
- Freezepop - Less Talk More Rokk
- Freezepop - Science Genius Girl

PAX Pack 02 (80 points each, with no discount for buying the pack)
- Jonathan Coulton - Re: Your Brains
- MC Frontalot - Origin of Species
- Paul and Storm - Opening Band

Singles (160 points each)
- 3 Doors Down – Kryptonite
- AFI – Miss Murder
- Audioslave – Gasoline
- Jackson 5 – ABC

Guitar Hero 5 DLC (160 points each, or 720 points for the Stones pack, or 440 points for the SSSC pack; Stones out now, SSSC out this Thursday)
- The Rolling Stones - (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (live)
- The Rolling Stones - I’m Free (live)
- The Rolling Stones - Prodigal Son (live)
- The Rolling Stones - Under My Thumb (live)
- The Rolling Stones - You Gotta Move (live)
- Street Sweeper Social Club - 100 Little Curses
- Street Sweeper Social Club - Fight! Smash! Win!
- Street Sweeper Social Club - Somewhere in the World It's Midnight

Lips DLC (160 points each)
- "We Will Become Silhouettes" by The Postal Service (out now)
- "Shut Up and Drive" by Rihanna (out now)
- "Everything About You" by Ugly Kid Joe (out Friday)
- "Such Great Heights" by The Postal Service (out Friday)



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So the cheapest way to get The Beatles: Rock Band if you have not had any of the games before is probably to get the software only and then get used instruments, right?

My dad has been showing interest in it, so I am weighing his options.
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.06
    Originally posted by Mr. Boffo
    So the cheapest way to get The Beatles: Rock Band if you have not had any of the games before is probably to get the software only and then get used instruments, right?
There is a "special value edition" of the game which comes with one standard guitar, one mic, and one drum kit - all from the first Rock Band - for $139 each for the 360 (The W at Amazon), Wii, and PS3.

I have heard that you can find excellent deals on the first Rock Band full band kits (which come with the first Rock Band game, one drum kit, one mic, and one guitar); in these cases, it might be cheaper to buy that and pick up The Beatles Rock Band by itself, but on Amazon, at least, that's still more expensive.

If you want the game by itself, you can get it for the 360, Wii, or PS3).

In a not-really-related note, they've announced that the wireless Lips mics (for the 360) will work with The Beatles Rock Band right out of the box, which is great, because those mics are pretty swell (even if Lips is kind of lacking).



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I'm sad that I won't be able to buy Ringo's drum kit separately. It actually kind-of ruined my week. I don't need another guitar, and the RB drums/guitar are terrible compared to RB2. Plus, I mean, $250? That's more than some new X-Boxes go for.

*sigh*



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I think someone may see a market in splitting up the set and selling the pieces on ebay. Keep an eye out.
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Beatles Rock Band is the first in the RB/GH line of games that I've played and wow, do I suck! Think I'll stick with my real Gretsch!

I love the presentation of the game though; it looks like it's been a real labour of love for the producers.

As much as I love the Beatles, 45 songs seems like it will get repetitve fairly quick, so DLC will be a must for even casual-ish gamers like me.

Edit: I should add that in the UK, Gamestation are selling Preowned GH guitars (compatable with Beatles Rock Band) for just £4.99!

(edited by griff on 9.9.09 1929)
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.79
    Originally posted by griff
    Beatles Rock Band is the first in the RB/GH line of games that I've played and wow, do I suck! Think I'll stick with my real Gretsch!


Were you playing on easy? It seems like actual musicians have the hardest time on easy, maybe try a harder difficulty?



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KJames199
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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.06
    Originally posted by griff
    Beatles Rock Band is the first in the RB/GH line of games that I've played and wow, do I suck! Think I'll stick with my real Gretsch!
Actual musicianship and gaming skill don't really correlate. I couldn't pick up a real guitar and play it despite years of Guitar Hero. I might be a little more dextrous in my left hand than I used to be, but that's about it.

Here's some other stuff coming (or not coming) out this week:
- The Beatles Rock Band DLC: All You Need Is Love (160 points; money goes to Doctors Without Borders; for a limited time, this is an Xbox 360-exclusive)
- Wallace & Gromit Episode 2 (XBLA) has been delayed. The new release date is not yet known.
- Civilization: Revolution has been added to the Games On Demand section.



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