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Rock Band 2

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Rock Band 2 is the sequel to the 2007 musical simulation game Rock Band and offers similar gameplay. Directly competing with Guitar Hero: World Tour, the game allows different people to play together as in a band, with the same peripherals as the first game: lead guitar, bass guitar, microphone and a drum set.

The new drum and guitar controllers for this version, bundled or sold separately, have been revised and older controllers are also supported. The guitar controller, modelled after the Fender Stratocaster, has five additional fret buttons near the neck, for fast fingertapping sessions. There is also an effect switch to toggle between five different effects. Players use the instruments to match notes on the screen, divided in different portions for different instruments, along with the lyrics for the singer who need to match the pitch.

The original game's Solo Tour mode and the multiplayer Band World Tour mode have been merged into a single Tour mode where up to four players can cooperate, both local and online (PS3/Xbox 360). Band leaders are no longer necessary and instruments can be swapped at will. From this mode, three options are available: Start Tour (regular tour mode), Tour Challenge (different challenges), and Battle of the Bands (compete against other bands online through score tracking - not on the PS2). The game includes a training mode for the different instruments, as well as a freestyle mode for drummers where they can drum along with custom mp3 files (Xbox 360/PS3). Other modes and modifiers for the regular game modes can be selected from an Extras menu.

The in-game characters can also be customized and 84 tracks are included on the disc, with many more as downloadable content (not on the PS2). It is also possible to transfer the songs of the first Rock Band (for a price), and downloadable content as well as the two track packs.


Rock Band 2 Xbox 360 Career mode main menu
Rock Band 2 Xbox 360 Similar character creator to the first <moby game="Rock Band">Rock Band</moby>.
Rock Band 2 Xbox 360 New clothing options in the shop.
Rock Band 2 Xbox 360 Loading screens show the actual characters from your band in various spots around the world.

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"It's All Part Of My Rock And Roll Fantasy...." Xbox 360 MasterMegid (897)

Critic Reviews

ZTGameDomain Xbox 360 Sep, 2008 9.4 out of 10 94
1UP Xbox 360 Dec 22, 2008 A- 91
Deeko Xbox 360 Oct 31, 2008 9 out of 10 90
IGN Wii Dec 17, 2008 9 out of 10 90
GameZone Wii Feb 24, 2009 9 out of 10 90
FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network Xbox 360 Oct 02, 2008 90 out of 100 90
Lawrence Wii Jan 06, 2009 8.9 out of 10 89
Lawrence Xbox 360 Sep 25, 2008 8.9 out of 10 89
Play.tm Xbox 360 Dec 10, 2008 85 out of 100 85
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Xbox 360 Nov 24, 2008 84 out of 100 84


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1001 Video Games

Rock Band 2 appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


  • GameSpy
    • 2008 – #7 Game of the Year
    • 2008 – #5 PS3 Game of the Year
    • 2008 – #6 Xbox 360 Game of the Year
    • 2008 – #3 Multiplayer Game of the Year
    • 2008 – PS3 Music Game of the Year
    • 2008 – Xbox 360 Music Game of the Year
    • 2008 – Special Achievement in DLC (for its weekly DLC releases)
  • IGN
    • 2009 - Best Xbox 360 Aftermarket Support

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