posted by IamtheStig (PORT RICHEY, FL) Sep 21, 2008
Member since Dec 2006
RockBand 2 = RockBand 1. RB2 is just more of the same. Not that it is a bad thing. I am a little disappointed in the song-list. I was expecting them to really ramp things up and get some great stuff. Out of the 80 new songs there are probably 20 that I am really stoked to play. I like that it imports your RB DLC automatically, but I am ticked that they want me to pay 400 microsoft points to import the RB1 songs from the RB1 disc. I already paid for those songs when I bought RB1. That is bad business. They may have just slowed down my RB DLC purchases, I don't like greedy people or companies. Time will tell.
That is about the only negative things that I can say about RB2.
They finally got the single player Band Tour fixed. You can play the tour offline now. On any of the instruments. You can swap out and play a different role/instrument at anytime(you have to complete the set you are playing first though) in the tour without having to have separate tours for each instrument. Which easily makes this game worth the price. They also fixed the moronic problem of having to have different characters for each instrument. Overall they fixed all the menu problems that RB1 had. All of the RB1 instruments work with RB2. As well as working with the upcoming GH:WorldTour. And in case you were wondering, the Wired and Wireless GH guitars work in RB1 and RB2. But the RB1 guitar doesn't work in GH. Great Game. Buy it.
posted by killakoala (GREAT LAKES, IL) Sep 20, 2008
Member since Jun 2008
Picking up where they left off they create another near perfect game. Adding to the great sounds selection from all genres and making it better. I mean how can you go wrong with a game that lets you play Journey. I mean come on. And the little extra tide bits here and there just make it that much better. Music video photo shoots and the online challenges are awesome not to mention the playing with other people over live
Here is the Rock Band 2 recipie: 1. Take Rock Band 2. Stir in 104 new songs 3. Finely dice a $5 transfer fee for Rock Band 1 songs 4. Garnish with some added or tweaked menu changes 5. Bake in your 360 until you fall aslep or get the red rings of death
In short, if you like Rock Band, you will like Rock Band 2. The two biggest changes are that you can now play world tour by yourself, which is very good, and that you can no longer go down through all the songs on solo mode to unlock them quickly, which is not so good. You need to unlock them through playing them in world tour mode (or use the cheat, which disables saving).
Most of the other changes would be viewed as minor tweaks. The graphics are a little more polished, there are a few more instruments to purchase(more drum kits!), and you can unlock and hire a "roadie" of sorts that might bring a cash or fan bomus. There is also a band challenge option listed once you access your band, which can net you some extra cash. I was also pleasantly surprised when I came across the first song that actually had a drum solo. It is handled the same way as guitar solos, with bonus scores for good performance.
So, all in all, Rock Band 2 is more of an expansion pack than a true sequel, since it builds on, and uses many of the same graphic animations of, the first game. It is a great value considering song tracks go for $1 - $2 a pop, and is a game that the whole family, or a group of drunken college boys, can appreciate equally.