2009 – The Beatles: Rock Band
Behind The Music: A groundbreaking collaboration between music channel MTV, leading developer Harmonix, Apple Corps and surviving members of the Beatles camp (including Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison’s wife and son Olivia and Dani, and Yoko Ono), this was to be interactive entertainment’s Abbey Road. Sadly, despite launching to widespread critical acclaim and sporting dizzying production values, family-friendly play and dozens of definitive, career-spanning songs from "A Hard Day’s Night" to "Can’t Buy Me Love," it struggled to go multiplatinum. Developer Harmonix had hoped to single-handedly grow the size of the music game market with it, but it failed to move both Baby Boomers and Gen X/Yers en masse compared with previous titles.
Why It Rocks: It’s the ultimate tribute, packed full of loving care and attention – there are previously unheard studio asides of the boys talking before many of the tracks, and each song has its own unique setting that just screams the Beatles style from the time. It was also the first Rock Band title to introduce three-way harmonies on the vocals and, if you were so inclined, you could use the built-in drum trainer to learn just how Ringo managed to do the things he do… er, did.
Did You Know… Ringo Starr’s unique drumming ability was made possible thanks to the fact that he’s ambidextrous. If you’re not, consider the Expert drums of The Beatles: Rock Band off-limits… unless you like failure, of course.