gamers (60%) found this review helpful
I'll try to keep it short and sweet. Rock Band 2 is the superior game. If you don't want both, then that's the one to get. There's are considerable number of duplicates.
Both games have their pro's and con's. The is definitely the best Guitar Hero out there. What came down to for me was I rented it, really enjoyed the songs (some you just have to play to understand), and just bought the game.
You can change the individual song difficulty (RB2 you have to do it by the set, frustrating).
gamers (55%) found this review helpful
I've probably put more time into the guitar hero franchise than anyone here. I've 5-starred every song on expert on both guitar hero 2 and guitar hero 3. I also own rock band and rock band 2. I would say this is the best musical beat game I own.
First off, the setlist is amazing. I have no clue what people are talking about. Maybe people that don't listen to a lot of music won't recognize some of these songs, but I found the majority of them to be spectacular. I mean, I went from playing One Armed Scissor, to playing Hotel California, to playing Crazy Train. I couldn't ask for much more.
So far, the difficulty seems good. I am about halfway through the game and have already had to retry one song (Mr. Crowley, caught me off guard with no star power). The new slider tool on the guitar is a really cool feature. You look and feel amazing with your strumming finger whipping up and down the neck of the guitar. I'd say the best example of this is in the song "The Joker".
As for the other instruments, the vocals seem fine. It works good with my mic and is basically the same as rock bands vocals, only with a different set list. And, since the set list in my opinion is orgasmic, I would say major kudos to the vocals.
The bass added a nice new slap feature, giving something more to do than a boring beat. Other than that, same bass, same awesome multiplayer. I have not tried the drums yet so I won't review them.
Overall, there are still a lot of cool new features, such as customizing your rocker, customizing your own guitar, awesome playing locations, choice on different set lists, great "boss" characters, and fun new online multiplayer. I'm having a blast with this one, basically a must buy in my opinion.
The big thing for me was you could only play in widescreen and this coming from someone who has a 20in SDTV was a big "aww darn" moment. It took some time to adjust. Bass is kinda hard to get used to, with the open strumming. Singing seems a bit more difficult than RB or RB2. Drums are a bit fun playing with the rock band drums. The recording studio was an experience but a little hard to find a good sounding guitar sound. The big thing I was disappointed with was there wasn't a "No Fail" cheat like GH3 had, all though there is a beginner difficulty doesn't mean it will be that hard to fail. Now the song list was pretty well done, all though some songs just weren't that fun to play. The tap strumming is an awesome addition to the gameplay. Overall, this game meant well, but had a few short comings, but overall worth the rent from Gamefly.