Singers and guitarists who always dreamed of being the next Green Day may now play vicariously through Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool on Green Day Rock Band. Spiky hair, tattoos and punk tux clothing are not required.


Half the point of playing any Rock Band pack is playing with friends or family. Green Day Rock Band accommodates four instruments - lead guitar, bass, drums and a microphone - so there's plenty of playability options for all.


Just like a normal Rock Band pack, users can choose different levels based on digital instrument talent. Real musicians should probably start out on "Easy" - because in case you haven't heard, Green Day themselves cannot successfully finish their own songs on Rock Band, due to the reverse learning curve from real instruments to plastic ones.

Inexperienced players may also choose a "No Fail" level. In ordinary Rock Band levels, a player gets booted off if they make too many mistakes or miss too many notes. Their instrument goes silent for some time after this happens. On the "No Fail" level, however, players can perform the entire song without interruption, regardless of mistakes.


For anyone who's played other Rock Band game packs, gameplay is pretty much the same here in Green Day Rock Band. Players can override another player's failed score by playing certain sections of the song perfectly (like in DJ Hero, where players activate Euphoria). When players make a mistake, the onscreen track jiggles and skids - which sometimes throws players off more often than it helps them get back on track.

For singers, singing to Billie Joe Armstrong's vocals might be an especially difficult challenge. But instead of trying to sound just like Billie Joe, singers should try to match the overall pitch, as this is what Green Day Rock Band uses to score a player's points.


Younger players might be slightly disappointed with the Green Day Rock Band track list, especially those who never heard a Green Day song prior to the American Idiot drop. However, older fans of Green Day will appreciate the entire setlist of songs from the Dookie album in addition to select songs from Nimrod, Insomniac and Warning. Featured songs from these albums include "Longview," "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)," "Brain Stew/Jaded" and "Minority," respectively.

Not to worry, though. Green Day Rock Band hosts the full collection of tracks from American Idiot in addition to select tracks from 21st Century Breakdown, including "Know Your Enemy" and "Viva La Gloria."


Half of the Green Day Rock Band experience is in the graphics. While some scenes look like Green Day is playing in Mike Dirnt's parents' basement, other venues include scenes from the live "Bullet in a Bible" concert tour.

The cartoonized versions of Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool look fairly realistic, although they not nearly as crisp as the characters in some PS3 games such as Ratchet and Clank or Uncharted: Drake's Fortune.

Overall, Green Day Rock Band is a worthwhile game for diehard Green Day fans, but perhaps not a necessary addition to every twelve-year-old's birthday and Christmas list.

Green Day Rock Band is available on Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3 and XBOX.Source: