Excerpt: Last year, Rock Band ended Guitar Hero’s monolithic plastic guitar domination. With its drums and vocals in addition to top notch wanna-be axe shredding, it upped the ante and started what is already shaping up to be the clash of two super power rhythm game franchises for years to come.
Excerpt: Just to get things clear: this review of Rock Band 2 is only about the software. The hardware I used was that of Guitar Hero: World Tour. Don’t make me accountable for it but the worldwide web by now has reached some sort of consensus about that fact that the hardware of the latter is just a bit...
Conclusion: Without a doubt, Rock Band 2 is setting a gold standard for music games to date. The few minor nuisances are just that, small reminders that nobody and nothing is perfect, and that someday a patch will come out to fix these errors.
Conclusion: Overall - 10/10 The best game of this overcrowded genre. Bar none. Guitar Hero World Tour was below average compared to this game, and Guitar Hero 5 highlights that they are just playing catchup.
Summary: If you like this genre, you should pick up
Rock Band 2
. It basically takes the
series and perfects it. The platform notion is a huge selling point (assuming they’ll continue to use it), and being able to instantly expand your tracks by importing
Rock Band 1
and buying any of the weekly...
Pros: Platform system, Weekly store updates, Tour mode is better than a playlist, Good multiplayer/great party game
Cons: Character creation system is a little too light, More plastic instruments taking up space in my room
Excerpt: Deja vu is really odd. You feel like you have seen or done something before, but then you slowly realise that you actually haven’t. Rock Band 2 instills this same feeling. At first glance, it looks more like a rather expensive add-on instead of a full blown sequel.
Conclusion: The game is unique in that it attempts to utilize the best mechanics from the most popular fare, but doesn’t quite fire on all cylinders on any particular aspect. The difficulty curve is too sharp for my tastes, and I found I really didn’t appreciate the true nature of Frenzic until a couple hours...
Summary: Rock Band 2 is a sequel in the true sense of the word. It's not a dramatic reinvention, but a collection of small improvements on an already strong game. There are a lot of nice touches, like how Harmonix fixed the problem of newbs always signing out of your four-player sessions by mistake.