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 Main menu
Rock Band 2 Xbox 360 New clothing options in the shop.
Rock Band 2 Xbox 360 Career mode has you playing gigs around the world and building a fan base.
Rock Band 2 Xbox 360 Overdrive activated.

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

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Xbox 360 Sep 15, 2008 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
PGNx Media PlayStation 3 Oct 23, 2008 9.5 out of 10 95
GamingTrend Xbox 360 Sep, 2008 560 out of 600 93
Game Revolution Xbox 360 Sep 15, 2008 A- 91
1UP PlayStation 3 Dec 22, 2008 A- 91 PlayStation 3 Mar 13, 2009 91 out of 100 91
IGN PlayStation 3 Oct 17, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Worth Playing Xbox 360 Sep 15, 2008 9 out of 10 90 Xbox 360 Dec 02, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Gaming Nexus Xbox 360 Sep 30, 2008 B+ 83


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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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