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Green Day Rock Band review

Wii hope you have the time of your life...

For the purposes of this review let's assume that you are indeed a fan of Green Day, because if you cringe every time you hear Boulevard Of Broken Dreams, this clearly isn't the game for you and we're all wasting our time here.

So Green Day fans, does this game pays tribute to the band's history in the same fantastic way The Beatles version did. Yes and no.

Green Day: Rock Band features 47 tracks but whereas the Fab Four's game follows the band's history from its early days right through to their final live performance, there's no real structure this time around. Instead you're simply presented with a list of the game's three venues, you choose one and you then play through a list of songs.

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I Wanna Play A Minority

Yes there are only three different locations to choose from, and one of them is fictional. 'Warehouse' is the made-up venue intended to resemble the grotty locales that the band used to play in during the early days. You can play songs from Dookie (inarguably their best album) here, eventually unlocking the whole album.

Then there's the 2005 Milton Keynes venue that featured in the Bullet In A Bible DVD. Here you play songs from American Idiot (again, the whole album's eventually unlocked), Insomniac (three tracks), Nimrod (three tracks) and Warning (only two tracks). Finally, there's the Fox Theater in Oakland, where you can play tracks from 21st Century Breakdown (there are 12 tracks to play, with the other six available as DLC).

It's an odd way of structuring the game because there's no real feeling of progression. Yes, you will eventually have to complete every song to unlock the various photographs and 40 minutes of rare video footage on the disc, but it would have been nice to have been guided through the band's history rather than having so much freedom. It's also odd that earlier tracks, such as those from great early albums like Kerplunk, aren't in the game.

Still, die-hard fans of Green Day will be in heaven with this game regardless, even if the rest of us have clearer vision and can see this as a The Beatles: Rock Band clone with much less work put into it.

This is an edited version of a review that appears in the July issue of Official Nintendo Magazine which goes on sale on Wednesday 15 June. For more in-depth analysis and screenshots, buy the magazine.

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