gamers (100%) found this review helpful
This is the best party game in my opinion. I loved Rock Band 1 and now they have even made it better. The new instruments are a huge improvement from the 1st bundle everything about them is better. Almost all the songs from RB1 are able to be played on RB2, no it is not a free upgrade but it only cost like 5 bucks and it is well worth it. They release songs every week for download and the list of songs from RB1 & RB2 with the downloadable ones makes for endless fun and hrs of entertainment. As for as changes go they have a lot more online stuff now like online band world tour, they have online duels, battle of the bands and more. It is like they really listened to the fans and everything you wanted or wish they had in RB1 is in RB2. I think the only thing missing is the making your own music like GH World Tour is going to have. They even added a no fail mode that is super cool to turn on at parties and stuff for those who want to get involved but suck at video games. lol This game is loads of fun and if you like Guitar Hero and RB1 get this game.
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Everybody's whining about how they didn't change a thing in the game and just put in more songs. Well, what did you expect? The original formula was pure genius, and if it ain't broke, don't fix it! What could they have done to make it "different" but still Rock Band?
Anyway, this game, in my opinion, has the strongest setlist in just about any music game. Avenged Sevenfold, Fleetwood Mac, Ratt, Jimmy Eat World, etc. are just some of the bands that go through the many, many genres of rock covered in this game. There's always gonna be a few songs you particularly don't like, but you can't change that. To counter those, you can have up to 100 songs without buying a single cent's worth of downloadable content with the 20 free songs. These free songs tend to be hit (I Wanna Be Your Man) or miss (Magnetic Baby). However, you can only get these if you buy the game with the manual, and if someone else already put in that code, you're screwed.
Online multiplayer is practically flawless, with my only gripe being that if someone quits or their connection fails in the middle of a song, it counts as them failing and you'll slowly fail the song. The no-fail mode is a big help too, for people who are just getting into the genre and would usually fail every song they attempt. Overall, this game is excellent. The songlist is diverse and great all around, the gameplay is still great, and the presentation is top-notch, as expected.
gamers (83%) found this review helpful
If you thought Rock Band was just the perfect game, Rock Band 2 adds just more icing to that cake.
The Positive: 84 new songs. All master tracks, these 84 songs represent the single greatest collection of songs in a game to date.You can turn on your xbox and put in Rock Band 2 for the first time and have over 300 songs to start.
The new feature of Battle of the Bands will keep people occupied for months to come.Battle of the Bands is a series of challenges where your score is compared against those of your friends and the rest of the online gaming world. The challenges change regularly and with the producers promising a new challenge every day.
World Tour is almost completely identical to last year's. The world map uses the same art and the challenges are set up the same way as in the original.
Also a let-down is the character creator. A few new faces, a new clothing store and some new tattoos do little to improve upon what was offered last year. You still can't modify faces or create many body types. The tattoo creator has such great depth and variety it's a wonder why the character creator is so simple.
Rock Band 2 improves in several areas over the original. The track list is better, the difficulty has been bumped up, and with brilliant online mode, makes up for the very identical World Tour mode.