This weekend’s Video Game Awards threw a virtual cornucopia of game announcements at viewers. Brand new installments of this year’s critically acclaimed hits such as Batman: Arkham Asylum and “Wow that was better than I thought it’d be” titles like Star Wars: The Force Unleashed were revealed in a night that introduced the boggling juxtaposition of gaming fans and the cast of Jersey Shore. Not to be left out of the sequel onslaught, MTV Games and Harmonix dropped the bomb for their follow-up to Beatles: Rock Band. I’ll give you a hint. It’s the only band I can think of off the top of my head that has an album named after slang for fecal matter. That’s right, Green Day: Rock Band is the next release in what I can only imagine will be many more branded Rock Band titles.
While I don’t think they have quite the universal appeal that The Beatles do, anyone who’s attempted to play real guitar will tell you that Green Day is a great starting point due to their simple but catchy riffs. Transfer that to Rock Band’s tried and true multicolor-buttoned plastic instruments and you’re looking at a track list full of enjoyable chug-chugging. From their early releases that fueled my angsty youth to their newer albums that somehow attract both tweens and parents alike, Green Day: Rock Band should offer something for everyone. Obviously, the game will be a no brainer for anyone who’s a devout follower of Billie Joe Armstrong and company. For those of you that can’t wait for the full experience, Green Day will bring three more tracks from their latest album 21st Century Breakdown to the Rock Band Music Store on December 15th. You can look forward to the full Green Day: Rock Band experience on PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii in 2010. As for me, I’m still holding out for Radiohead: Rock Band or even less likely, Lady Gaga: Rock Band.