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Rock Band 2 - Playstation 3 (Game only)
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2008
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Edition: Game only
the biggest selling points for me were: tracklisting, instrument quality, and downloadable content. I would normally just go and buy the new guitar hero game, but how can i do that when rock band 2 has songs like "Aqualung" by jethro tull and "Spirit in the Sky" by norman greenbaum along with hundreds of other downloadable songs. I've already bought the metallica, oasis, and classic rock track packs!

Instrument quality was the second selling point. Although it's cool looking to have the cymbals ala GH:WT drums, you get the more STABLE bass pedal with Rock Band 2 drums because of how it sits on a horizontal bar. The GH:WT pedal has reportedly slid on uncarpeted floors, or flipped sideways. The RB2 drums, are as SILENT as it can get and they are VERY sturdy.

The last deciding factor for me was the downloadable content. By years end, there will be about 500 downloadable songs on the playstation network. If you like Rush, oasis, megadeth, metallica, blondie, lynyrd skynyrd, etc. then Rock Band 2 is for you. Also, the software itself is just PLAIN FUN! to play through. You unlock songs by earning cash, fans, and hiring staff. The customizability of the characters is also tremendous, to the point where you can change eye colors! I hope this review helps, and don't pass up a fantastic game!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2008
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Edition: Game only
In case it was still in doubt, your RB1 instruments will all work with RB2 and they work well! Not to mention my GH:WT instruments all work with RB2 and work well!

I own both GH:WT and RB2 and RockBand 2 wins round 1 and here is why:

- amount of songs I can play is double on RB2: I usually play when friends come over and time and time again we choose RB2 simply b/c you can play and pick from soo many more songs with the inclusion of all my RB1 songs and downloadable content as well. GH:WT makes you re-insert any old GH disc if you want to play songs from previous discs.

- song search criteria in RB2 is way better: not only can you search for songs by title, artist or difficulty but now RB2 also allows you to search for songs by decade(70s, 80s, etc) and genre(alternative, classic rock, etc.) Very polished and easy to find any song from the 100s you might have. GH:WT only has one option and that is by song title.

- ability to save band members: since i usually play when friends are over the ability to "save" my beginner band members is crucial since a lot of times they are just learning how to play and want to have fun with it. GH:WT will automatically fail the whole band out if one band member fails...there is no option to change this. This is not very good when friend or family are over and want to just have fun playing with you.

- RB2 has drum solo sections and song ending solos which are fun: to achieve starpower on drums in RB2 you simply hit the last note of randomly inserted drum solo sections...which i enjoy!! You can go wild during the solo sections and do whatever you want as long as you hit the last note. GH:WT has no designated drum solo sections or song ending band solo sections. In addition GH:WT makes you hit the two symbals(two center drum pads) to trigger starpower. It might be me but it is nearly impossible to pull this off in the middle of a fast paced song.

- RB2 has ps3 trophies and GW:WT does not! Rock Band 2 offers about 40 ps3 trophies to unlock via challenges and GH:WT offers none =/

When it comes down to it both RB2 and GH:WT are very similar and both work as advertised however after months of owning both the winner goes to the one I play almost exclusively now for the reasons i have listed above. Cheers for RB2 continuing to add to my music collection.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2008
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Edition: Game only
YES! Rock Band Two has done it right. This game is easy to navigate through and that makes it so much fun to play. With the downloading of the "key" you now have all the songs from your first Rock Band game, all the songs that you bought and downloaded from the Rock Band Store pluse all the songs that comes with Rock Band Two makes this game the best Guitar Playing that you'll ever find.

You Will Be Happy Choosing Bock Band 2...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 20, 2009
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Edition: Game only
We bought this game and Rock Band (1) after buying GH: World Tour basically to have more/different songs. The songs are a lot of fun to play. I like the note layout, especially on the drums. It's a bit more intuitive than GH4. I didn't care as much for the gig structure of the game. There are single-song gigs, and those unlock multi-song gigs where you select the songs. But because you can only select unlocked (already played) songs for these sets, you sometimes have to play some songs twice in order to proceed and unlock new venues or songs. That's how a band has to do it in real life, so I can't argue with it, but I'd rather replay some of the songs at my own pace.

I play this game with the GH4 hardware, and on the PS3, it *does* work.

Note to thise who own both RB2 and Rock Band (1):
If you have the GH4 hardware on the PS3, you've no doubt noticed that the GH4 drums won't work with the original Rock Band. To resolve this, all you have to do is go to the playstation store and purchase the song export key for $5. Export the songs from Rock Band to your HD, and then they are all unlocked and playable (on the drums!) in Rock Band 2. This was a great help for those sets I mentioned earlier, because now instead of only being able to choose unlocked songs from RB2, I also had the RB1 library to choose from to compile a set. What fun!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2008
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Edition: Game only
I LOVE this game! I am a 44 YO SAHM and I totally love this game. The music is fun and brings back good memories! I like that I can sing with the artists. I especially like that most of the songs are originals. Some aren't and they are real close, but some are WAY off. No worries there is maybe 2-3 of those. I don't care at all for the guitar. I am not a player, but my DH is and even he has trouble. We have had this game on a Wii Platform and the PS3 Platform and the guitar is no different on either. The drums are wonderful, I think they are better on the new version. We sold our Wii version and bought the PS3 RB2. Much better graphics this time around. When I wanna rock, this is where I get to do it and all of my family is happy with that. My 5 YO daughter loves it when mama says "I wanna rock". She will ask me if I am ready to rock...lol! The good thing about this too is that she gets to learn some of my music that I grew up on. My DH is even learning some rock too! Check it out! You will be happy!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2008
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Edition: Game only
Rock Band 2 is a great game. They didn't change the game dramatically, just added a few enhancements. There is only one thing I don't like about the game itself and that is that you have to constantly play songs over and over and over just to unlock other songs. It's not a bad thing, but why must I keep breezing through a song many times to get every track unlocked? It's just a little annoyance at some times. But overall, it is a very great, solid game that fits in songs well with a very diverse audience appeal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2009
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Edition: Game only
Let's face it, there are tons of different music games out nowadays. Seems like every year 2 or 3 new games come out based around playing in a band or by yourself using an instrument. Even though this game is mostly just Rock Band with a new set of songs, this is the best deal around if you want a game of this genre.

I'll admit the song selection is a little on the lackluster side, but that's not the reason you should get this. You should get this because of three reasons. The first being that the world tour/career mode is probably the longest of any game of this genre's. There will even be the occasional online competition made available to you if all those playlists you have to go through didn't do it for ya. The second reason is variety. You'll find songs from the 60's up until today being played in the best form possible. There is something here for everyone in that respect. Finally, and most importantly, this game prospers from an immense downloadable content section on the Playstation Network. There are literally hundreds of songs to choose from, and considering each is only one or two dollars apiece, it's a much more cost-effective means of getting a hold of your favorite songs without having to spend $[...] everytime a new guitar hero comes out. Plus you're not getting a bunch of songs picked out by a bunch of monkeys in a room somewhere. You're choosing songs YOU want.

So if you don't have this game, and you're getting bored of Guitar Hero or DJ Hero or whatever other Hero you have...go on the Playstation Network and check out the content for this game. The list of songs will boggle your mind, and not only that, but you can import the songs from your Rock Band 1 game to play in this game...for absolutely free. Sure, Lego Rock Band lets you import songs, but you have to pay a $[...] fee. Seems like a waste of a lot of money to me. The price on Rock Band 2 is very low right now, and you can easily get 10 songs with a $[...] Playstation Network card. The graphics may not be the best, but you're going to be looking at a stream of notes anyways. If you don't have this, do yourself a favor and get a copy. You won't be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 25, 2008
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Edition: Game only
I have the whole set of Guitar Heros for PS3 (III,Aerosmith, and World Tour), and this game hangs right there with them. Both GH World Tour and This game are extremely comparable, share some of the same tracks, and allow full band play with online. Rock Band Definitely has more tracks available, but GH World Tour allows you to make your own tracks. Both have their advantages, and I like them both. The graphics are outstanding in both of them, but I do give the nod towards GHWT, because the backgrounds occasionally blend with the note board and make it difficult to follow the songs. I still highly recommend this game, since it is the first Rock band to be fully compatible with the Guitar Hero III Guitars (les paul models), and The World Tour Guitars, Drums, and Mic. That's right, Playstation made the two companies put aside their differences and patched the peripheral, so no big room full of plastic instruments to play each game. Buy Rock Band and Guitar Hero World Tour, enjoy them both!!! Too bad they did not do this for Rock Band 1.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 23, 2010
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Edition: Game onlyVerified Purchase
I enjoy this game but I do wish it had more hits on it or that I could easily download exactly what I wanted. There are tons of clothes to choose from but I disliked most of them and I am full on rocker girl. I don't like that you can't edit your character once you create it. I like my character to reflect me, if I gain weight I want her to. You can get a hair cut but you only have like three to choose from, you can't choose from all of the main styles.

Mostly, I just wanted more of the no.1 hits that I love. Just not enough good songs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 21, 2009
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Edition: Game only
The only thing I didn't like about Rockband 2 is that you have to own Rockband 1 and buy a $5 export program at the "Rockstore" in order to send all the Rockband 1 songs to Rockband 2.

I had traded in Rockband 1 at gamestop and tried for weeks afterward to just rent it from Blockbuster, but the word is that they don't make it anymore, so it's hard to find. Anyway, buy rockband 2, export your old songs from Rockband 1, THEN you can sell Rockband 1.
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