There are lots of different ways to set up a band. How you set up yours depends on the number of instruments you have and how many people are going to play in a session. The Beatles: Rock Band can support up to six players, but you can also play alone or with one other person.
You may have wired or wireless instrument controllers and microphones, or some combination of the two. Use this guide to figure out how to set up your controllers for your game console.
Once you’ve got all your instruments connected, turn on your console, insert your game disc, and get ready to play.
NOTE: If you have no instrument connected and your microphone does not have built-in control buttons, you must also have a controller connected in order to navigate the menus and set up the game.
When you get to the main menu in the game, you’ll see the following options:
The two options you’ll use most frequently are Quickplay or Story Mode. Want to jump straight to your favorite Beatles songs? Quickplay lets you navigate through The Beatles’ library and pick the perfect songs for your session. For a richer narrative, and several pieces of rewarding memorabilia, use Story Mode to experience the entire career of The Beatles, from the first gig in The Cavern all the way to Abbey Road Studios and beyond.
In Story Mode, the larger-than-life career of The Beatles is recreated and ready to play. If you’re playing with friends in the same room, Choose LOCAL STORY. If you want to connect with players online, choose ONLINE or Xbox LIVE STORY.
Next you’ll see the SELECT A STORY screen. This is where you’ll be able to create, select, or delete a story save file. If it’s your first time playing, the screen will likely show several options that all say “empty.” Just select one of the empty slots and follow the instructions to set up a story save file. When you do this, you’ll be sent to a venue to start your story.
During an ONLINE/Xbox LIVE STORY, you can use “Join an ONLINE/Xbox LIVE Story” to help someone else complete their story.
Play through landmark chapters in The Beatles’ history to unlock further venues and songs. Play exceptionally well, and you can unlock rare photos and movies from the Apple Corps archives.
Quickplay lets you get right to the music. For song selection in Solo/Band Quickplay, you can either select one song to play, build a setlist, or have the game select a random song for you.
From the Quickplay menu, select SOLO/BAND QUICKPLAY to experience The Beatles on your own or to come together as a group!
If you’re playing with friends in the same room, Choose LOCAL QUICKPLAY. If you want to connect with players online, choose ONLINE or Xbox LIVE QUICKPLAY.
Online/Xbox LIVE Quickplay lets you play your favorite Beatles songs with fans everywhere. For more information about ONLINE/Xbox LIVE QUICKPLAY, please refer to your game manual, which has specific instructions for your console.
To navigate the menus using the controller, use the left analog stick or the directional button to highlight an option and press the green “A” button to open its submenu or to confirm. To back out of an option, press the red “B” button.
To navigate the menus using the controller, move the left stick or the directional buttons to highlight an option and press the X button to open its submenu or to confirm. To back out of an option, press the circle button.
To navigate the menus using the Wii remote, press the +Control Pad up/down to highlight an option and then press the A Button open its submenu option or to confirm. To back out of an option, press the trigger on the bottom of the remote also known as the B Button.