Vocal harmonies are something that many gamers have wanted to see in Rock Band since the franchise’s inception. So what better place is there to introduce the feature than in a game with the music of The Beatles? After all, most Beatles songs have multiple vocal parts, and the harmonies are always fun to sing.
The Beatles: Rock Band (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii)
Harmonix’s John “Not A Pudgeasaurus” Drake took me through the demo, using “Paperback Writer” -- one of the 15 tracks that were announced today -- as the song he wanted to learn. It has relatively complicated three-part harmony (if you’re unfamiliar with it, have a listen). Drake set the guide pitch to the first harmony (the brown line), since the lead vocals are so well known. After a quick four-count, the vocals came in, and clear as a bell, I heard the flute overlay that pointed out the harmony line. For the second verse, he switched the guide pitch to the lead part with a quick trigger press, and instantly, we were singing along with Paul McCartney.
Later on, I sung “Paperback Writer” myself in Quickplay, switching between the lead and the brown harmony line, which I had just learned a half hour earlier! My 100% score was proof positive: the Vocal Trainer in The Beatles: Rock Band does a fantastic job of teaching you vocal parts, and I expect that gamers will be coming back to it again and again to improve their scores.
Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved dated: October 21, 2014 for Xbox One and Xbox 360
8:00 AM on 06.06.2014