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In spite of the fact that Rock Band 2 feels more like an expansion pack than a genuine sequel, it's got enough refinements to warrant a purchase. If you're diving into the series for the first time, it's a great introduction, since new elements such as Drum Trainer should help beginners adjust as they channel their inner Animal. Veterans will appreciate how the track selection covers a great range of sounds, from the '70s to today's big hits. The hardware is pretty good; the wireless drums function wonderfully, and the new Fender dongle has a convenient USB hub built in. Ultimately, Rock Band 2's greatest triumph is its design philosophy. With Rock Band 2, Harmonix has created a game that's quick to grow and evolve... just like the music libraries of its ardent fans. If there's any game that reflects the age we live in, and the way that we interact with music, it's Rock Band 2.
Even if I wanted to, I can’t find anything negative to say about Rock Band 2…well maybe the fact that there’s some tracks and bands I would love to see in the game and that some things have been promised (Metallica, Nirvana albums…) but when you’re dealing with licensing, things like that are expected and understandable. To experience Rock Band 2 sure means for you to invest some precious dollars but when you see the whole picture, you can’t go wrong. I can’t finish my review without saying that if you never experienced Rock Band, you’re definitely missing something really special. If the first game was a success on so many levels, the sequel brings the same success back but pushes it so high that at this point it will be hard for anyone to catch it up. Rock Band 2 is a must own for everyone who hasn’t got the Rock Band Fever yet or a must upgrade for people, like me, who enjoyed the first game and wants more!
I could list out even more minor enhancements for you, but here’s what you really need to know. Rock Band 2 is not a true sequel. It’s Rock Band 1: The Finely Tuned Edition. And guess what? It’s virtually flawless. The graphics are nearly identical to those seen in Rock Band 1, but the presentation and layout of the game have improved dramatically (and you stare at the scrolling notes the whole time anyway). The gameplay is uncannily unchanged, but it was brilliant to begin with. The peripherals haven’t been reinvented, but each – with the exception of the microphone – has been refined well. Throw in worthwhile new modes, a no-fail option, and 84 on-disc master tracks, and there’s no excuse not to attend this encore.
With so few core changes and just enough improvements to keep the game from feeling like an add-on to last year's effort, I'm not quite ready to call it a universally better experience, but it's certainly just as good, and that's saying something.
Rock Band 2 doesn’t revolutionize the series or the genre. It lacks a super defining feature (a la Guitar Hero World Tour’s music creator) but it’s hard to complain when the core game is so good. The ability to play 80 new songs, import over 50 songs from Rock Band, and play all of the original downloadable content from one disc is amazing. Also impressive is that seemingly every major criticism of the first game has been addressed. Ultimately, Rock Band 2 is a fantastic title and one that is highly recommended.
Rock Band 2 is a solid sequel. Harmonix smoothed out most of the rough edges and added enough new stuff to warrant the full priced upgrade. Online World Tour mode may be enough for some people to spend the $60, but you’ll also get a whole new suite of songs and a few new modes to have fun in. If you were on the fence about getting Rock Band 2, rest assured that it is indeed worth the money.
The original Rock Band gave me all the confidence in the world to not be worried about Rock Band 2. There was never any doubt in my mind that Harmonix would out-due the original every which way. On top of including the songs from RB1, they've also gone and fixed nearly every single issue we've complained about, and then some! While I'd like to see a patch that alters the mix of each song by increasing the volume of the instrument you're playing, it still doesn't hurt the experience much at the end of the day. Go out there and grab your copy, or bundle of Rock Band 2, you won't regret it.
We still need more songs that girls like to sing (though that is pretty much a problem with rock music, not Rock Band), and the game's music selection is approaching a nearly unbearable level of suburban whiteness (surely, if Duran Duran are a "rock band," then Al Green, Funkadelic, Booker T. and the MG's, Prince, and any number of soul and funk groups backed by traditional rock rhythm sections qualify), but Rock Band remains the ultimate party game and a karaoke killer. I just wonder what Rigopulos and Eran Egozy, Harmonix cofounders and M.I.T. Media Lab graduates who spent their time creating musical instruments for nonmusicians before turning their focus to videogames, are really up to. Surely, the people who revolutionized the music genre and popularized it in the West are working on something more ambitious than a system update. I'm dying to play it.
What more can I say? If you have the first one, then you know how much fun it is; if you want an opportunity to play one of the all-time feel-good games ever made, then go and get it. Even the full-boxed version is totally worth the price.
"Rock Band 2" é o "Rock Band" revisado e ampliado. A Harmonix se dedicou a mitigar as principais reclamações recebidas com o primeiro jogo, e o resultado é um título muito mais livre de estresse para os jogadores casuais e mais desafiante para os usuários "hardcore", graças a introdução de canções mais difíceis e de modalidades como o Tour Challenge e o Battle of the Bands. O jogo tem o maior repertório profissional entre os games musicais: são 84 músicas no disco e mais 20 gratuitas por download, com possibilidade de importar outros 55 do primeiro "Rock Band", além de ter uma loja com mais de 300 canções por download. Em "Rock Band 2", quanto mais músicas tiver, mais o jogo expande em diversão.
You'd be crazy to turn away from a party like Rock Band 2. The fun gameplay, improved peripherals, additional modes and incredibly cool song list (with fresh additions each week, including full albums) will keep you rocking for months. AC/DC sums it up best – "Let there be Rock!"
That said, music game fans would be absolutely crazy not to buy Rock Band 2. Even if you hate a few of the songs on disc, you are still getting an incredible deal. It's less than a dollar a song, with an extra 20 free DLC coming in the next couple of months. That's just too good to pass up.
That said, with an enormous amount of extra content available to download, a staggering amount already on the disc, several comprehensive dynamic challenges and online updates, this should be a no-brainer 'upgrade' for existing fans. If you're still on the fence over whether to invest in this or that other franchise, just count yourself lucky that games of this quality and scope even exist in the first place.
Rock Band 2 delivers about what you'd expect from a game released just 11 months after its predecessor. That may be a little underwhelming for people who put their lives on hold for the original, but you're still left with a fantastic experience that's unmatched as far as party games go.
Rock Band 2 conviendra aux joueurs qui ont débuté leur expérience musicale avec le premier Rock Band puisque les mécanismes sont les mêmes et la difficulté identiquement dosée. Jouissant d'un nombre impressionnant de morceaux à télécharger en plus des 80 initiaux, le titre de Harmonix aurait gagné à proposer des partitions plus variées et plus en accord avec la musique. Reste que le multi a été amélioré mais que l'on n'oubliera pas le méli-mélo qui aura entouré les instruments et ce, aux dépens des joueurs européens.