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.
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.
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.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: A significant enough step up from the original to warrant your renewed attention this year. The only question that remains is whether it can stand up to the promising Guitar Hero World Tour.
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is The first Rock Band was revolutionary in one way or another. Having four friends rocking it out as one band in a video game was a farfetched dream before the release of the game. With the peripherals on hand, you were blessed with basically four games in one.
Excerpt: Last year Rock Band turned the music industry—and music video game industry—upside down. It became such a powerful delivery tool for music that artists began releasing their new singles inside the game before making them available to the public.
Conclusion: Rock Band 2 is a great way for MTV and Harmonix to improve upon one of last year's most successful music-rhythm games, despite Legends of Rock reigning supreme. While the package isn't as impactful as 2007's was, I've thoroughly enjoyed everything RB2 has to offer, and then some.