Summary: Parents need to know that the songs in this game include sexual euphemism and drinking and drug references, and some of the game takes place in bars. Some profanity has been edited out of the songs, but kids will still hear "hell." Most of the songs are from well-known commercial bands, and the game promotes a guitar store and guitar gear. The game is best played with the special guitar-shaped controller, which adds to the price.
Excerpt: It's hard not to have heard of Guitar Hero by now. After sweeping the nation in frenzy over the past year, Harmonix and Red Octane have returned with the sequel to what many consider to be the best game of 2005, and what a sequel it is. Fixing all the major complaints of the first and taking the amazing presentation to new heights, Harmonix and Red Octane have outdone the original in every way, delivering an absolutely incredible package in what is sure to be the best...
Summary: Guitar Hero 2 is a must for any PS2 owner. This isn’t anything new to those who had the first as you probably had GH2 reserved the day it went gold. Outside of the price tag ($80 for the game and guitar controller) there is no reason not to get it. In a time when gamers are shifting towards the next generation systems and less focus will be placed on the previous consoles, Guitar Hero 2 gives you a reason to keep the PS2 dusted off and in the center of the living room.
Excerpt: I’ll start this review off with this synopsis: if you loved Guitar Hero you will love Guitar Hero II. There you have it. Go out and buy it and rock out. For those of you who are new to Guitar Hero or who are curious as to what’s new in the deuce, read on for the extended remix of my review… I’ll start out with a quick synopsis of the gameplay for the newbies out there and then move on to what’s new.
Excerpt: It's no secret that I'm not a fan of loud music. Nor am I a great fan of rock music, probably due to the fact that it's generally played pretty loudly, and because a lot of it (to my ears) isn't all that tuneful. Quite why I like Guitar Hero then is something of a mystery, but I think it comes down to one thing: a brilliant song selection that even rock haters will enjoy.
Excerpt: Depending on who you ask, Guitar Hero was either every nerd’s opportunity to become a rockstar, or every rockstar’s opportunity to become a nerd. Either way, both had fun and the game did well enough to spawn a sequel in Guitar Hero II , which outdoes the original in every way imaginable. Music is a sort of a big deal for the series.