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.

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Average score: 91% (based on 72 ratings)

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Average score: 4.0 out of 5 (based on 34 ratings with 1 reviews)

"It's All Part Of My Rock And Roll Fantasy...."

The Good
Vicarious Living Through Videogames

After, Guitar Hero, caught fire, it was inevitable that others would follow, it’s lead. And when former Guitar Hero developer, Harmonix, left Activision to make there own game, Rock Band. Followed by it’s sequel, Rock Band 2.

I am far from a causal gamer. I have always considered myself more of a hardcore gamer.(For lack of a better word.-MM-) But I do enjoy some casual games. Like Virtua Cop. How would a jaded gamer like myself respond to this type of game?

As the name implies, in Rock Band, you make your own band. The game includes, a guitar, drum kit, including a bass petal. And a microphone. If you want to play bass, you must buy a second guitar. And either playing by yourself with A.I. band, or a group of friends you band goes from nothing to stardom. You can even play online, but more on that later.

This game is pure fun. More so with real people. But it is decent when playing alone. When playing Guitar, you must match cords with those on the screen. It is color coded. You also have to use the strum bar, to strum the cord. There is also a whammy bar, and you can change the sound of the guitar, via, the switch. Some songs allow a big finish , in which you strum wildly to gain a point bonus. The bass plays exactly the same, except, it sounds like you are playing a bass. There are also solo’s to do, and bass grooves.

Playing the drums is similar. Hit the color coated drum heads. And you also have to use the bass petal. If you are not used to drums this takes some practice. I actually find it a little harder than actual, drum playing, at least at first.

Singing, is not as easy as you might think. You have to say the lyrics, but more importantly you must hit the same tenor of the original song. So deep voiced people like myself, will have some trouble matching a high pitch. And vice versa.

Each, player can activate “overdrive” mode. You see you build up your overdrive meter, by hitting special glowing cords, or notes. Then you unleash it. With the guitar you throw the guitar’s neck up quickly. Vocal’s must blow into the mic. But most fun of all is the drums. You wildly hit a drum combo, and activate the last note, and there it goes. Much more fun than with the others instruments. You can also use you overdrive meter, to bail out a struggling band member. But if one fails you all fail. It’s perfect co-op game.

That’s My Band, Sexual Chocolate

What good would a rock game be without great tunes? Rock Band 2’s set list would be best called eclectic. I am a bit a music snob. Or to put it more delicately, I know what I like, and I know what I hate. There are a lot of well know acts, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Bob Dylan, and U2. There is off-beat stuff as well. From Beck, The Talking Heads, and Speck. There is also some rubbish, like Bon Jovi, AFI, and The Main Drag, among others. But you have to take the good with the bad I guess.

You can also upload all your songs from Rock Band 1. And you can download, additional songs via Xbox Live. All and all there are some 200+ songs. And new ones are added weekly. In some cases you can even download whole albums.

Another bonus, for Xbox 360 gamers, is the backwards compatibility, of the instruments. So you can use your Rock Band stuff with Guitar Hero and vice versa. This cannot be done on the Wii, or PS3.(Heeh, Ha!-MM-)

You can also play online. So my band, Sexual Chocolate, could play yours via Xbox Live. No cross platform play unfortunately.

The graphics are okay. But take a backseat to the gameplay. The sound is amazing as you might expect. Especially with surround sound. Dolby 5.1. Hell yeah.

The Bad
The game can be a bit to sensitive at times. And not count you hitting a note. This is particularly noticeable when singing.

This game invited a lot of wannabes and posers to the gaming world. AKA casual gamers. But at least it shows that both can come together, and coexist. Even a twisted, bitter soul, like myself can have fun here. I even talked some of other jaded friends into playing this with me.

Now, were is Funk Hero? And Jazz Star? I am not kidding. And why can you not load up your Mp3’s from Xbox Live? And why no making your own music. Of course this is nothing is particular just my random thoughts of life.



The Bottom Line
If hardcore gamers can get past there preconceptions, and casual gamers not be little wankers, me can all play together, or not I don’t care. This game harkens back to the days of arcade games, when the videogame was king. Only it is not the 80’s again.(Yeah!-MM-)

Xbox 360 · by MasterMegid (723) · 2009

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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.

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  • 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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Game added February 22, 2009. Last modified May 18, 2024.