For Most People, this game would be just like the first. I had more fun and a greater challenge with this than playing GH Metalica. Even though this game does not posses the recording studio option, it does give a more realistic flavor for band progression. Actual gigs and choices of venue can keep a band playing for hours. The online option for finding additional band members was more than I could have expected, and my son and I enjoyed ROCKIN' with someone we just found wanting to play. I still have my personal pet peeve about the design of any current drum set-up, but I understand the limits put on cost. Overall, I would buy this game over GH Metalica.
this is without a doubt the best music game that you can get for the wii right now. It can really bring you back, or get you into a new genre of music. It has lots of classic and pop rock. also if you have the drums mic. and guitar you can hook up with some friends and play with them. Also the game is realistic like there are concert venues and you lose fans if you fail a song, also you gain fans by getting stars and the performance of the song. And if you didn't get the original rock band for the wii and you have guitar hero:world tour or guitar hero 3 than you can use those guitars as a sub. if you are thinking about getting the original rock band for the wii, skip to this one because there are many more features. so overall this is the best music game that is out for the wii right now.