Timothy Leary’s Video Game

I really like Beatles: Rock Band. I’m a big fan of the Beatles, so I enjoy the music. I also enjoy the game’s overall presentation, as it’s really the first rhythm game that’s very nice to watch in addition to play. There’s just one flaw with the visuals – they give me a headache. Trying to watch both the fretboard and what’s going on in the background gets very tiring. Plus, I think they changed the fretboard transparency compared to Rock Band 2, making it more transparent. It makes it difficult to see what’s coming ahead, perhaps to let you see the backgrounds better and to make otherwise easy songs a bit trickier. Plus, when playing bass, the Beatlemania clouds on top of the Bass Groove pattern is a bit overwhelming.

What baffles me is when Teasdale did his talk about Rock Band 2, he mentioned the transparent fretboards specifically as problematic for people. So why the backtracking? It doesn’t make much sense to me. I wish I could dial down the transparency a bit and that the Beatlemania clouds weren’t so busy. Alas. It’s still a pretty fun game though, and I look forward to seeing what we can get out of Lego Rock Band when that drops in a month.


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