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5.0 out of 5 stars The Silence is Deafening!, December 21, 2008
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Wii Rock Band 2 Special Edition (Video Game)
Ahhh the sweet sound of nothing!!! Finally, a "band" game where the instruments Don't make more sound than the songs do (at apt. dwelling reasonably volumed levels). These guitars are nearly silent when being played. And the drums are 50% quieter. In addition, the between song cut scenes aren't amped up sooo ridiculiously loud (like another "band" games' are) that you are always reaching for the volume control. The new instruments are upgraded very nicely. The guitars even have a photocell & mic built in to sync up with your TV when you calibrate. They look nicer with a 2-tone wood neck/head and the whammy bar is better at not sagging down. And did I mention they were soooo quiet? This actually creates a small problem of not sometimes knowing if you pushed the button or not. The new drum set is improved nicely too. The pedal has a metal plate added and the crossbar is more tighter fitting for less noise. The pads sound simular to RB1 drums with the silencer pads added, so that cuts the noise down as well. I have bought the add-on cymbals (2 set) and they aren't so quiet, but when you have them plugged in, you can still hit the regular pad also (so you can have 2 yellows or 2 greens) that you can have a choice of which to hit, so worth $20 extra. They are now wireless (3 batteries and a dongle) and are black/silver instead of white. It seems a mic is a mic is a mic, but cant they make it wireless? You can be on the internet in a subway for pete's sake!!! So now for the actual game itself: 4 out of 5. The "TOUR" (which you must do to open all songs) is maddeningly repetitive. I have played some songs 6 or 7 times because they are part of the "gig" you are playing. This is the only flaw I can find in this game. I just want to play each song once to open, and quickplay my life away! Of course song selection is personal, so no complaints here. There will be DLC, so that shouldnt be an issue with anyone. (it is not active as of this review) The game also keeps lists of 100s of scores so you can go look to see how you stack up with other wifi players. After 3 days of playing, I am very happy with 90% of this game. And I cant wait till Xmas to have a 4 man band (WIIBARON) rock out in peace and reletive QUIET! BEST BAND GAME YET . 3/13/09 UPDATE: After 3 months of ROCKIN', I am happy to say that I am 90% thrilled with the game/experience/fun that is RB2. (or GH:WT) The drum hardware had issues, but I cannibalized RB1 set and all's well. Guitars are still awesomely quiet, and durable too. It was very hard for me to get game/instuments synched-up, but once I finally got it bliss was achieved. Being able to download is better than sliced bread and I have 20 songs so far. Eventually, they say the entire 500+ catalogue will be available so I better stock up on Wii points and SD cards! This game (&gh:wt) are the most fun (by yourself or with friends) ever invented. And only 6 months (9/9) till The Beatles version cometh! Can't Wait.....
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Initial post: Dec 22, 2008 2:58:22 PM PST
Just a note on the following review comment: "The 'TOUR' (which you must do to open all songs) is maddeningly repetitive." The World Tour mode *can* be repetitive, but you can also unlock all the songs in Band Challenge mode, which is there to give you the same kind of tier progression seen in Rock Band 1 and the other guys' products. Give it a shot! Enjoy the game!

Posted on Apr 26, 2009 7:51:35 PM PDT
S. rosenbaum says:
i enjoyed this review;i have a question. i have no musical ability or talent and neither do any of my kids except my youngest. hes almost 12 and plays the alto sax in school. he also is beginning drum lessons and loves the guitar as well. he saw in gamestop the rockband for wii. do u think thats a good thing for him. last year we thought to get him the guitar hero and a friends son thought he was too young for that. is he too young for either and if not, which do u feel would be better for his age? he is very motivated. he teaches himself all sorts of things from books and the internet, from origami to magic to the harmonica. thanks for any input. his birthday is beginning of may:)

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 8, 2009 10:23:00 AM PDT
jns says:
Reviewer: Thank you for continuously updating your review. I wish others would do the same.
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