Excerpt: Now some of you are probably considering this a cop out. After all , Rock Band 2 is not exactly a new game; it came out last year, and it was the sequel to a game that came out the year before. Well, I don’t really care if you think it is a cop out. It’s one of my top 10 games of all time, and in my opinion it may be the best party game of all time. As such, it is a perfect candidate for review in the 30 Reveiws in 30 Days series.
Summary: I picked up my first guitar when I was in elementary school, and I asked my father -- an amateur guitarist who strummed along along to David Bowie vinyl records for fun -- to teach me a basic chord. It wasn’t 15 minutes before my whining began: my fingers were too small, the strings were too tough... the human hand doesn’t stretch like that, I complained.
Excerpt: Rock Band 2 is the sequel to Harmonix\'s Rock Band, the game that popularized virtual bands for the Western audience. The game play has been improved, but there are some new features as well as many great new songs, while it still has that same solid feel to it. Many view it as more of an expansion than a sequel. Either way it\'s worth considering if you like playing air guitar, singing, or banging on drums.
Summary: The first Rock Band revolutionized the way music games were played; however, its sequel is more of an evolutionary step forward. A huge song list and the ability to play World Tour mode online are the biggest attractions--very little else has changed. It's more of the same, but it's still awesome. The gameplay you've come to know and love from the first game is intact in Rock Band 2.
Pros: 80-plus songs on disc, Ability to import songs (for a $5 fee) from Rock Band, Online World Tour mode, Great gameplay is a blast alone or with friends.
Cons: Very few significant changes since the first game, Some songs aren't much fun.
Excerpt: Last year Rock Band was an instant hit. Taking all the best aspects of past music based games (Guitar Hero, Karaoke Revolution, etc.) and combining them into one package was a recipe for success. But while there were a lot of things done right, there was one critical factor that was missing: the ability to play the main game mode, Band World Tour, online, requiring bands to get together in one location, something that could prove difficult for those who enjoy playing...
Conclusion: 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.
Excerpt: There's no doubt about it that last year it was Rock Band that was easily the best music game, boasting not just a guitar but also a microphone, and more importantly, a drum set! I've spent copious amounts of time with the game, most of it spent behind that drum set too. So as soon as I heard word from MTV and Harmonix that the second one was on the way, I couldn't have been happier.