After a number of misses from its competition, last year Harmonix and MTV Games proved that it was possible to do a band-specific music game "right." The Beatles: Rock Band was an incredible journey through the band's career, approaching the material with tact, and a reverence for the music and people behind it not seen before in games. It was proof that with a little love, a game that focused on the music and history of a single group of musicians could not only be viable, but beautiful.
Of course, it helped that it was designed around a band that is widely regarded as one of the most influential and beloved rock groups of all time. What other group, if any, could Harmonix and MTV follow it up with? Their answer, as they revealed in December of last year, was Green Day. While the pop punk band -- whose career has spanned over 20 years -- doesn't quite hold the same weight as the Fab Four, a quick walk through any shopping mall is testament to the band's popularity.
The argument as to whether Green Day "deserves" its own game is pointless, because here it is, whether you like or not. But is it any good? Depending on which side of the Green Day "love/hate" fence you fall on, the answer is exactly what you'd expect it to be.