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Guitar Hero II (PlayStation 2)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.9
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

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Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.2
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.6
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.0
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.5
Overall MobyScore (31 votes) 3.9


The Press Says

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100
GameSpy
And you should buy Guitar Hero II. It's more than a batch of new songs -- it's got every feature we wanted in the original, plus some we never thought of, letting you fulfill those fantasies of being a rock god (or perhaps inspiring them). It's everything good about video games in one package, forever encouraging you to play "one more song!" until it's 3 a.m. and the neighbors are yelling for you to turn down that racket. Now if you'll excuse me, I've got a Buckethead song to beat. Rock on.
100
UOL Jogos
"Guitar Hero II" é basicamente o mesmo fascinante jogo que tornou o antecessor um clássico instantâneo. Traz uma seleção musical maior, mas com maior peso na dificuldade de execução do que no prazer em tocar. No final das contas, o fator determinante será a identificação que o jogador tem em relação às músicas. O multiplayer está bem melhor e o modo de treinamento é uma adição bem-vinda. Quem destrinchou o primeiro game, deve amar este segundo, pois parece uma extensão daquele. Para os novatos, o conselho é começar pelo antecessor, que é mais acessível.
100
Good Game
Its pretty much 100% rock music in this one – its arguable whether a bit of variety would have improved it even further – but all in all, I gotta say – I REALLY like this game…I gotta give it Good Game’s very first, 10/10!
100
Game Chronicles
As for the score; last year we honored the subtle nod to Spinal Tap with an 11 instead of a 10, and this year Spinal Tap actually got a song in the game. Plus, if you look at those audio options in Guitar Hero II, they all go to 11. And since we love Guitar Hero II as much as Spinal Tap, and 11 really is the new 10, and we don't dare score this game lower than last year, we once again give Guitar Hero II our highest ranking...which is a 10, but being shown as an 11.
100
Digital Entertainment News (den)
Look, if you enjoyed Guitar Hero and want more, just pick this up already. If you’re not sure, head over to a friend’s house. If that person is a real friend they already picked up the game and have two guitar controllers so you can try it out. It’s more of the same, but when it’s this good, isn’t that what we want?
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Game industry News (GiN)
In short, Guitar Hero II proves that this series is not only the most rockin’ in the game industry, but also one of the coolest games around. It earns 5 GiN Gems and we would be very surprised if it were not a front runner for one or several Game of the Year Awards. Rock on!
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GamingExcellence
These are all factors that really come together to make Guitar Hero II a blast to play. The game is just as fun as the original if not more so, and rocking the guitar is really addictive. The addition of Widescreen/Progressive scan for those with HDTV also makes the game look better than ever. If you’re looking for the best musical game out there on the PS2, look no further than Guitar Hero II. An experience in itself, Guitar Hero II is definitely worth checking out.
96
GameZone
Guitar Hero 2 is likely to make a bigger splash than the first, because with this new multiplayer mode and advanced difficulty people won’t be able to keep their hands off. The only people I have yet to run into that dislike this game are the ones that haven’t played a Guitar Hero yet. This is truly a game anyone can enjoy, gamer or not.
96
Worth Playing
The innovative design of Guitar Hero captured the hearts of anyone who came in contact with the guitar-thrashing game. Non-gamers and gamers alike found the joy of rocking out, whether they had any musical talent or not. Harmonix is at it again with Guitar Hero II, the successor to all that is rock.
95
Softpedia
No Playstation 2 game has ever been so fun and I think that we've just found a gold mine! Reach for your guitar and strum it gently, using your imagination to be taken to a legendary concert. Who's the star? It might be you now that you've the skills, the attitude, the gear and the experience. RedOctane has already started a couple of contests for the Guitar Hero fans and fanatics and who knows, maybe in the future installment we'll see a free-play mode that will allow us to create our own songs.
95
Daily Game
Is there a game that you really can't wait to get a hold of? I'm not talking about the hype that surrounds Madden every year and the stories of people who skip school and work to play. That has evolved into a media-driven sideshow and, bottom line, it's the same thing every year: a football game. I'm talking about the game that gets your adrenaline pumping just thinking about it. Well, as an old Gen-Xer, that usually doesn't happen for me. But, ever since I nailed a 5-star performance on "Symphony of Destruction" on Guitar Hero, I've been eagerly counting the days until number 2 would be released. And, now it's all mine.
93
Game Freaks 365
Guitar Hero 2 does nothing to change its predecessor’s direction. It’s essentially a fine-tuned update to last year’s hit, and that’s just fine with me. If you as much as watched someone else play the original, you simply can’t miss out on the sequel. If last year’s “Bark At The Moon” and “Cowboys From Hell” weren’t enough for you, “Free Bird” will be. I referenced “Free Bird” five times throughout this review; if nothing else, play this game just for a hands-on experience with this classic.
93
Gamernode
In the end, Guitar Hero II is basically the same game as Guitar Hero, but with a much higher difficulty and a completely revamped multiplayer mode. The songs progress in difficulty faster than the original (to keep the hardcore fans pleased), and some of the songs in the final tier will give gamers nightmares. The only negative things anyone can say about Guitar Hero II will come in the form of, "I wish X band was in it," and to me that speaks a lot for the job Harmonix did in following up one of my favorite games of all time. Will Guitar Hero beat Zelda, Mario or Metal Gear as the best series of all time? No. No way. But will future Guitar Hero games continue to allow gamers to rock, and provide gaming fun for people of all ages? Yes. In a day and age where all emphasis is placed upon technical achievements, confusing control schemes and incredibly complex plots, it's nice to see that games which are purely made for fun and entertainment can still succeed-especially to this degree.
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The Video Game Critic
One fantastic new feature is the ability to play cooperatively with a friend. Not only can one of you play lead guitar while the other plays bass (or rhythm), but each player can even select his own skill level (thank you Red Octane!). If only there was a way to turn off those lightning effects, which tend to interrupt the flow of the songs. Still, this game is just as fun and addictive as the first. With great new features and a slew of new songs to master, Guitar Hero 2 will rock your world... again.
91
Games Master
Every niggle from the original ironed out and loads of new stuff thrown in. Ace.
90
Meristation
A pesar de ser una secuela, el juego incorpora una gran cantidad de novedades de relevancia, abanderadas por la posibilidad de ensayar las piezas musicales. La cooperación entre jugadores se ha visto potenciada con la adición de nuevos modos de juego, en los que se puede tomar el rol de bajista, guitarra principal o rítmica. Estos añadidos suponen interesantes mejoras para todos los poseedores del primer juego, para los que esta segunda parte se convierte sin dudarlo en una compra obligatoria. La posibilidad de adquirirlo independientemente del controlador deja libertad para que un amigo se una con su guitarra o adquirir una para desafiar a quién se atreva con nosotros.
90
Good Game
WoW, that good? Well I felt it could’ve benefited from a short track option, kinda like Singstar has, because some of the songs are very long….the last one is 10 mins! Still awesome though, 9/10.
90
GameCola.net
The game was decidedly simple in premise, but it became a greater game the more I played it. The higher in difficulty I went, the better it became. And once I got to the end of the career, and played the greatest possible choice for a final song, I became more than a Guitar Hero: I became a Guitar God….
90
Eurogamer.de
War der Erstling besser? Ich hab Teil 1 mittlerweile auch ausgiebig gespielt und finde das trifft einfach nicht zu. Wobei da ein paar echte Granaten wie etwa“ Ace of Spades“ oder „Smoke on the Water“ enthalten waren. Dafür bietet Guitar Hero 2 mehr Features. Sicherlich sind die Neuerungen minimal, wenn man es genau nimmt. Doch was will man denn bei diesem Konzept groß hinzufügen?
90
Yet Another Review Site (YARS)
If ever there was a game that's proved that video games & rock n roll go hand in hand, then this is the one! In case you do not know, the thing that set the original Guitar Hero apart from the other rhythm music games out there was one killer addition- the guitar shaped controller- strap this baby round your neck- and even they non musical geeks could be rock stars posing in front of the tv-making the mad axe man pose-making this the ultimate rock n roll party game. The people at Activision could see how awesome this was and snapped up the franchise after the premier outing. So is this like the difficult second CD- hell no? this rocks even more than the first one!
90
Pro-G
Minor quibbles with the soundtrack aside (it really is excellent, just not as excellent as the first game's), Guitar Hero II is everything you'd want in a sequel to a rhythm-based game. It might be tailored more for experienced players than complete newcomers, but that's not a bad thing, and the new multiplayer modes and practice options are excellent. By yourself there are a few games that provide as much of a thrill, and when playing with friends Guitar Hero II reaches even greater heights, making it a must own game.
90
Game Informer Magazine
The sequel to Guitar Hero leaves Harmonix’s perfect ax-shredding gameplay intact, while managing to improve it with several key additions. For one, the song list is larger and better selected, balancing classic rock standbys like “Freebird” and “YYZ” alongside a great mix of known and up-and-coming newer acts. I’m impressed how Harmonix selects songs that are not only great but fun to play, like the inclusion of Thin Lizzy’s “Bad Reputation” over the more popular “Boys Are Back in Town.” In addition to the wider selection of items, the new encores add a little drama to the career mode. Most important is the ability to play bass, either in practice mode or in a duet with a friend. It works so well that I wonder why they don’t allow you to complete Career mode as a bassist. Either way, it’s a near-perfect game.
90
Bit-Tech
As you've read, we had loads of fun with Guitar Hero 2 and highly recommend you get it. If you can't afford it on your own then get your friends to buy it collectively, it just needs to be played!
90
3DAvenue
Guitar Hero is a game that somewhat came out of no where but shows once again that original gameplay is not gone. The guitar peripheral which ships with the game just compliments it so well and with some of the biggest rock anthems around featured it will appeal to both young and old. We can not recommend this game enough, especially to those who want a game which they can play with casual and occasional gamers.
90
Gamers.at
Guitar Hero war für mich eines der Highlights des Jahres 2006, weshalb ich dementsprechend hohe Erwartungen in den Nachfolger setzte. Und ich muss sagen, ich wurde nicht enttäuscht. Überraschungen sollte man sich von GH2 zwar nicht erwarten, der neue Trainingsmodus bzw. die zahlreichen neuen Songs bringen aber genug frischen Wind in die Serie. Der tolle Koop-Modus, und die sich daraus ergebende Möglichkeit, auch in die Rolle eines Rhythmus-Gitarristen und Bassisten zu schlüpfen, machen GH2 nicht nur zu einer gelungenen Gitarrensimulation, sondern auch zu einem sehr spaßigen Partyspiel.
90
1UP
Aside from the bitchin' new modes, Guitar Hero II is essentially the same game with new songs. Can't really complain, though -- the set list for the sequel is in some ways better than the original, mostly because of variety. Name a guitar-driven genre and it's most likely in the game: heavy metal, country, grunge, alternative, classic rock...you need me to keep going? Yeah, I think not. The best part is discovering new songs you've never heard before, and after playing them, you'll definitely be humming along to tunes you never thought you'd listen to had you not strummed along to them with a plastic guitar.
89
ActionTrip
Overall, I believe this game will be a huge hit for most of the players that enjoyed the original. What I am not sure of is whether it will bring very many new fans to the game. Yes the practice mode is awesome, the multiplayer options are greatly improved and the gameplay itself has been fine-tuned. But for most people, it will come down to the songs. I am sure this set of songs will be just what the doctor ordered for the true Rock fans. The casual Guitar Hero fans might not like them as much.
88
4Players.de
Ihr habt Guitar Hero bereits zu Hause und braucht Nachschub für eure PS2-Klampfe? Dann holt euch Teil 2, dreht den Verstärker auf elf (ist ja bekanntlich lauter als zehn) und gebt Gas. Der ganz große Frischebonus ist zwar nicht mehr vorhanden und unter dem Strich bietet sich auch kein neues Spielgefühl, doch eine eindeutige Kaufempfehlung können wir nach wie vor aussprechen – zumal der Zwei-Spieler-Ko-Op-Modus trotz Detailschwächen auf einer Party sogar Singstar & Co. schlägt. Und selbst angesichts der als schwächer empfundenen Musikauswahl als in Teil 1 sollten sich Luftgitarrenfreaks im Allgemeinen, Fans außergewöhnlicher Rhythmus-Spiele und die Fraktion, die keine Party-Spaßgranate (von denen es sowieso zu wenige gibt) auslässt, schnell zum Händler ihres Vertrauens begeben und zu Guitar Hero II greifen. Ihr werdet es nicht bereuen – im Gegensatz zu den Nachbarn!
87
GameSpot
Without a doubt, Guitar Hero II brings to the table an impressive package. The new multiplayer modes are plenty of fun, the song list is gigantic, and the practice mode is going to very much come in handy as you navigate the trials and tribulations of metal songs with 11 guitar solos and nine-minute rock epics. The only thing that makes GH II inherently less impressive than the first game is simply that its track list doesn't make the same incredible impression that the first game's did, even with these songs' greater level of challenge. Of course, even without the ultimate rock-and-roll mix tape of a soundtrack, Guitar Hero II is bound to provide hours of fun to any fan of the original, and perhaps it will even win over a few converts that missed out the first time around.
85
Gameplay RPG
Guitar Hero était une tuerie aujourd'hui balayée par sa suite. La tracklist est plus fournie et les titres, soigneusement sélectionnés encore une fois, renouvellent des sensations toujours plus grisantes. Mais les sommets sont atteints dans des modes de jeu à plusieurs savamment étudiés.
85
Jeuxvideo.com
Au final, ce second volet du simulateur de guitare donne le sentiment d'être une évolution technique de l'original, oubliant un peu (trop) les gros riffs qui parlent à tout un chacun pour se concentrer sur des morceaux très véloces qui plairont sans aucun doute aux joueurs déjà expérimentés mais qui laisseront les néophytes sur le carreau. On conseillera donc aux nouveaux joueurs de se faire les dents sur les grands classiques rock du premier volet. Quant aux autres, il vous reste surtout à consulter la playlist et à vous décider en sachant qu'en matière de pratique et de sensations, peu de choses ont changé et qu'il y a toujours moyen de se régaler.
80
FZ
Guitar Hero 2 måste i min mening oundvikligen ges en medalj, bedömningsfrågan handlar för mig mer om det är förtjänt av full pott eller ej. Och svaret på frågan blir denna gång ett nej. Guitar Hero 2 är ett spel du bara måste ha om du har en Playstation 2 - själv köpte jag konsolen enbart för att jag ville spela just detta spel. Jag är inte besviken på den njutning som levereras, men jag känner inte att spelet har nått mina förväntningar. Om du också trodde att Guitar Hero 2 skulle vara ännu bättre än Guitar Hero så kanske du ska skruva ner förhoppningarna innan du öppnar plånboken. Men öppnas, det ska den.
80
Gamer.nl
Guitar Hero II is een waardig vervolg op het eerste deel. De nieuwe tracklist is uitstekend en biedt genoeg oefenstof voor maanden spelplezier. De nieuwe oefenmode zorgt ervoor dat je minder snel vastloopt op bepaalde nummers, terwijl mensen die het spel in mulitplayer willen spelen, een aantal uitstekende nieuwe gamemodes te wachten staat.
78
WomenGamers.com
If you like a good percentage of the songs listed on the box, go ahead and pick up this game. It's a keeper and a GREAT party title. I'm tempted to get Guitar Hero I now. I'm even looking at buying an album from a band I hadn't heard of since I liked their song in the game. What I'd love to see in possible future sequels is different music genre packs to appeal to different tastes. I heard a rumor that this may be coming.