+ Offline: 50 (1000 including online earnable)
+ Online: 0 (0)
+ Approximate time: 15-20+ Hours
+ Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1 (Story/Challenges), 3 (Instruments)
+ Missable achievements: 0 (due to song and chapter selection)
+ Does difficulty affect Achievements? 0)
+ Unobtainable achievements: 0
+ Extra equipment needed?: Drums, Mic (3 for harmonies), Guitars
+ Avatar Awards: 0
+ Cheats: Yes
This is one of the most fun and entreating music games to date, the songs are catchy and the visuals are stunning. This game may not satisfy everyone but if you’re a Beatles fan this game will not disappoint. If your a casual gamer you may not be so interested in playing your way through the history of The Beatles, if your not worried about the songs this is a very interesting experience. The achievements are fair but may challenge new players, if you have been playing music games for a while and can use your expert skills to get through any music game you shouldn't have many concerns with this one.
As you start out pick whatever instrument you are most comfortable with and rock your way through The Beatles history from start to finish. The difficulty isn't going to make a difference to your progression so if you want to start out slow and alter the difficulty as your progress you can. Obviously the harder the difficulty the more points you will get towards "Gear Guitarist", "Ace Bassist", "Dazzling Drummer" and "Sensational Singers". As you need to earn 1 million points for each of these achievements the more you score in each song the faster they will unlock. If your playing through on hard you should earn each of these achievements roughly half way through your story. If your playing with a partner on the same console your score seems to be divided between the two players.
Make sure you 5-star each song to collect all the beetles photos and so you can unlock all challenges which follow on from the story mode. You won't be able to collect all the photos from just playing the story mode so the better you do the faster you will progress towards "I Saw the Photograph", "In Penny Lane There Is A Barber" and "Images of Broken Light". Once you complete the final challenge and unlock all the photos you will be rewarded "Images of Broken Light".
Day Tripper Achievement:
Before you read any further make sure you you don't miss "Day Tripper", you will be required to finish the game within 24 hours of creating the game save. The games story will only take you around 3 hours or so to complete fully so make sure you do it in one go. If you don't feel like rushing create a new save file and play through every song back to back and unlock this achievement.
These are fairly straight forward and shouldn't give you any problems unless you struggled with the story mode. Each challenge consists of playing all the songs in each venue back to back. It doesn't matter what difficulty you play on for these either so just progress through them at your own pace. Make sure you 5-star all the songs so that you will be rewarded with "Toppermost of the Poppermost" and earn the final photo collectible achievement mentioned in the 1st playthrough.
2nd & 3rd Playthroughs:
If you play with all the instruments then you may have already done this by the time you start earning all the other achievements. You will need to play through the story again to earn the other 1 million score achievements for each instrument. The bass and drums won't be an issue for most people but the vocals will need to be harmonized with other singers for it to count towards the achievement. Unless you have various people who can play with you to earn the vocal achievements you will need to find people to play with using the achievement trading thread.
Depending on your skill level you may struggle playing with other instruments, practice makes perfect so if you are having issues just play on easy until you feel you can progress to the next step in the difficulty. You don't need to play the harder difficulties for the 1 million score achievements so just take your time.
Expert & Gold Stars:
This will probably be a nightmare for most people who are either new to the game or who struggle with other instruments. Playing on expert on the guitar and bass can be easier than most other music games but the drums and vocals may be little tricky. Ringo is a very under-rated drummer and the note charts will catch you off guard when you least expect it. The vocal harmonies are what will cause most of the singing issues. If you’re good with vocals find two other players who are at the same level as you and you shouldn't have any issues.
The expert achievements and song specific achievements may seem a little difficult at first but with a little practice you should be able to play through most of the songs on this game on expert to earn your gold stars. Find the instrument your most comfortable with and keep trying, the guitar can be a lot easier on certain songs compared to the bass so you may want to change instruments depending on the songs.
You may want to play with other players online or at home to earn the following gold star achievements "Free Your Mind Instead", "Things That Money Just Can't Buy", "No One's Frightened of Playing", "And the Band Begins to Play".
?If you are having issues finding someone to play through the game with you can complete the whole story mode online in a co-op live story with other band mates. All the achievements mentioned in the guide can be earned online or offline depending on how you want to play the game.
At some point your going to need to find 4 players to complete some of the band achievements. These can be complete offline if you have enough people but if you don't they can be completed online through xbox live. Either gather members from the achievement trading thread or player with friends offline, you're going to be working towards "A Little Help From My Friends", "All Together Now", "Eight Days A Week", "Like a Million Suns" and "Don't Let Me Down". You will need at least three band members to complete most of these and possibly a forth depending on what difficulty you play on.
At this point you may have a few expert achievements or band related achievements to complete. Just progress through what you have left at your own pace and you should be on your way to finishing up the game. If your stuck try taking your game online and playing with other people to see if it helps.
By the time you have read through the guide and completed most of the story based achievements you should be well on your way to 1000.