Harmonix rips up the stage at GDC.
by Levi Buchanan
showUSloc=(checkLocale('uk')||checkLocale('au'));document.writeln(showUSloc ? 'US, ' : ''); March 11, 2010 - Tonight at the Game Developers Conference, Harmonix raised the curtain on Green Day: Rock Band. Billed as the next band-specific release and not a full-fledged Rock Band sequel (Rock Band 3 was properly announced this week), Green Day: Rock Band features all three members of the band: vocalist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tre Cool.
Green Day: Rock Band features models of the band in their familiar outfits. Armstrong, for example, hits the mic with his iconic black button-up shirt and black eyeliner. The digital Armstrong's mouth movements are very similar to his style. Truly, his in-game model looks remarkably like the actual vocalist, which shouldn't be a surprise considering how faithfully Harmonix recreated the Fab Four in Beatles Rock Band.
Though the developer announced that it is including the "critical song list" for the band, Harmonix performed just six tracks from Green Day: Rock Band tonight:
- "Brain Stew"/"Jaded" (played together)
- "Hitchin' a Ride"
- "Wake Me Up When September Ends"
- "Boulevard of Broken Dreams"
- "American Idiot"
Are you an American Idiot?
Because Green Day often harmonizes, Green Day: Rock Band supports two singers with split vocal lines for sharing the lyrics. During the performances, this appeared to work without flaw. In addition to featuring well-made models of Green Day, the in-game trio performed on a concert stage adorned with features from tours, such as the heart-shaped hand-grenade from the cover of the "American Idiot" album.
At this point, though, value is a major part of the question. MTV confirmed again that the track list in Green Day: Rock Band is fully exportable on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 (not Wii), so you can play any of the tracks in this disc with other editions of Rock Band (unlike The Beatles: Rock Band). So, without additional details of the song list, one must ask if this disc is essentially a $60 track pack. Green Day is a great band, but they are not the Beatles. If you only get a library of the best Green Day tracks, will you still want to play all of them? Let's say there are 50 songs on the disc and you only like 20. That's a lot of extra music just hanging out on the far end of the equation.
Green Day: Rock Band drops into stores this summer. Look for more details, including a full set list, in the near future on IGN.