What Others Say About Green Day: Rock Band

Green Day: Rock Band - Are We the WaitingA smart consumer polls lots of sources before making a purchase. And as indisputably correct as my opinion may be, I don’t blame you if you want to see how other reviewers rated the game. In fact, I’ll make it easy for you; here are what some of the leading game-focused publications (and some of the mainstream press) are saying about the game:

1UP: B
“[T]he game avoids taking any necessary risks, focusing instead on presenting raucous concerts in the same carefully constructed way all of the Rock Band games have. But, honestly, both lapsed and longtime Green Day fans should enjoy this brief tour through the band’s hits.”

Ars Technica
“There are very few surprises here: fans of the music will think this is a must-have, while everyone else will shrug and wish they could download one or two favorite songs from the collection.”

Associated Press: 2 out of 4
“[D]espite Green Day’s ambitions and accomplishments, there’s not much variety in its set list. You have your fast, punky songs and your slow, melancholy ballads, but a sort of sameness settles in after a few hours.”

Eurogamer: 7 out of 10
“[N]ext to the breathtaking attention to detail of The Beatles project, as a celebration of a group’s creative output the package feels a little insubstantial.”

G4TV.com: 4 out of 5
“Green Day: Rock Band does a phenomenal job [of] helping you understand Green Day as musicians and as a group that’s stuck it out for a good long while. As someone who hasn’t really cared for new-age Green Day…I came to better appreciate their transformation.”

Game Informer: 7.5 out of 10
“While I enjoy Green Day, there’s a difference between a good song and a good Rock Band song. A great many amazing tunes just aren’t that fun to play.”

GamePro: 4.5 out of 5
“As soon as Mike Dirnt’s groovy bass line during ‘She’ exploded into its aggressive chorus, I saw that Green Day is a better fit for Rock Band than any band I can think of, and that’s including The Beatles.”

GamesRadar: 8 out of 10
“I beat Beatles Rock Band solely because I wanted to see what the game would do next. It gave me a new appreciation of the band and opened my eyes to why they were such a force – Green Day doesn’t quite do that, opting instead to offer superior gameplay.”

Giant Bomb: 4 out of 5
“Aside from a few more venues, there’s not much more that I’d want from such a package that isn’t present here.”

IGN: 8.3 out of 10
“It’s not as polished or as lovingly handcrafted at the Beatles: Rock Band, but a lot of the songs are way more fun to play.”

Joystiq: Er…I guess they didn’t like it?
“Frank: What, you don’t like Green Day?
Seth: It’s not that, I mean, I don’t anything Green Day. They’re fine, I like some of their songs. Isn’t that pretty much everybody on Earth?”

Nintendo Power (via Metacritic): 8 out of 10
“Sure, it’s not quite as good as the outstanding Beatles-centric Rock Band, but Green Day: Rock Band is a great game nonetheless.”

Official Xbox Magazine (via Metacritic): 7.5 out of 10
“Strong enough to be a no-brainer for ardent fans, but other music-game junkies may find this $60 pill very hard to swallow, especially with Rock Band 3 lingering on the horizon.”

San Jose Mercury News: B-
“unless you love Green Day with an unhealthy passion — or just can’t wait until this winter when Rock Band 3  is supposed to be released — it’s only worth a rent.”

Have you come across a review I haven’t included here? I’d love it if you left a link in the comments.


  1. Tommy says:

    LOL at the Joystiq “review.” I didn’t get what they were doing.

  2. Dry County says:

    I wasn’t exactly sure what to make of Joystiq’s review, either. I read a little ways through it before realizing that I still had little idea what it was going on about. Maybe if I kept reading…

  3. Pele says:

    Maybe you guys are overthinking the Joystiq review. It’s just like any other review, except really brief and in a less traditional format. Here it is in an even more easily digestible form:
    – Having Green Day follow The Beatles is a bit of a letdown.
    – Not much variety in visuals, though the choreographed animation is nice.
    – People who are into Green Day will like the game.
    – People who are not into Green Day will not like the game.

    Also, the music elitist jerk in me laughed at this: “Who wants to listen to six hours of Green Day, my shithead nephew?” :D