Somehow between DEAR PRUDENCE and HERE COMES THE SUN I missed Joe Wilson's outburst. Man, I would've loved to have seen that live (because it affirms what I think of people like Joe Wilson) but I was hanging out on the rooftop of Abbey Road Studios.
The game is beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. Live action blends with stylized animation seamlessly. The menus have been streamlined, so getting straight to gameplay is much easier than on Rock Band 2. No bands to be created or bandmates to dress. No instruments to buy. Heidi and I halfway through the set at the Cavern Club within a half hour of opening the beautiful box. The Hofner looks amazing. Target had George's Rickenbacker on the shelf, but I felt guilty enough for dropping $250 on the game to begin with, so it'll have to wait. I expect it looks amazing as well. The drums are a nice upgrade from the other Rock Band drums. The differences aren't as noticeable as the details on the bass, but who cares? The drums are just going to get abused anyway.
The music is great. Song choice left a little to be desired, but I know the rest will be coming soon. I played for a few hours and got to the end of the Ed Sullivan Theater on story mode before jumping into Quickplay to play HERE COMES THE SUN a few times.
It's an amazing game. Nothing new here as far as gameplay goes. But we knew there wouldn't be, right? I get the impression that people who planned on getting were going to get it regardless. I'm still curious to see what sales figures for the special edition will be like.
Can't wait for Rock Band parties to resume when the weather cools. When I show off my mad drumming skills I'm doing it to try to get a little more love for Ringo.