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- Local and global online modes
- Online World Tour mode fuses Solo Tour and Band World Tour modes with opportunity gigs, challenges, cities, venues and hirable staff
- Tour Challenges - mini-campaigns focused on the best songs by instrument, decade, genre, etc
- Battle of the Bands mode - go head to head against other bands in constantly refreshed contests (internet connection required)
- Quickplay - with prefab or customized characters that can play on any instrument. Make customizable set lists and organize your song lists in different categories
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Special Edition Kit contains: • Wireless Guitar • Wireless Drum • Drumsticks • Wired microphone • Batteries • Software • RB Stickers
Continue Your Rock and Roll Fantasy
Rock Band 2 lets you and your friends take your band on an even more expansive and immersive world tour - in person or online - and continue your rock and roll fantasy.
Harmonix, deliver Rock Band 2, the next step to the platform that lets audiences of all ages interact with music in an all-new way. Rock Band 2 lets players vicariously jam out as some of the best guitarists, bassists, drummers and singers of all time.
Featuring a track list with more than 100 on-disc and downloadable tracks from some of the most hallowed bands of the rock pantheon, Rock Band 2 by challenges rockers to master lead guitar, bass guitar, drums and vocals.
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While Rock Band 1 was a great time, they made several welcome improvements to the hardware and software for the second version, and continued to do so with downloadable patches. I won't go into too many specifics about the game improvements, since I'm guessing hardly anyone is still only playing Rock Band 1 these days. If you are, just go out and find a copy of Rock Band 2 right now. You'll be thrilled at how much easier it is to navigate in the game, set up quick play sessions with friends, etc.
The basic game is the now-standard rhythm set-up, with colored "notes" coming down the screen, and the players either hold the matching colored button amd strum in time (on guitar or bass parts), or hit the same colored drum in tempo. For singers, the lyrics are displayed karaoke style, with the addition of a pitch indicator to show you if your vocals are too low, too high or just right. Behind these lanes of note are fun "performances" by digital band members. These use great camera angles that are cut on the beat, and feature the characters performing great rock star moves that always reflect the energy of the song. The developer, Harmonix, studied tons of rock documentary films, and they've captured that look of filmed live performances beautifully.
The hardware saw significant upgrades between Rock Band 1 and 2. The stock guitar is now wireless, which is a huge plus. They also upgraded the fret buttons, which are now much quieter, and the strum bar is more reliable. A nifty feature in the guitar is the auto-calibration, where the guitar reacts to flashes and tones from the game to figure out if your AV system has any audio or video lag, and syncs up the game accordingly. You probably won't use it much, unless you take the game to other people's houses, but it works great. The guitar also got a cosmetic upgrade, with a nice woodgrain added to the neck and head.
The drums are vastly improved over the original models. They're wireless, which makes them much easier to deal with. They're also considerably quieter, thanks to a rubber-like surface over the heads. Gone is the sharp plastic whacking sound of the Rock Band 1 drum set. The new surface also give the drums a bit more rebound, which makes playing fast fills a bit easier. They're not as bouncy as real drum heads, but they're a lot better. A subtle addition is the new heads are velocity sensitive, so a harder hit makes a louder drum sound in the game. This only really shows up in the game during the free-form fills, but it makes the free-style drumming mode a lot more interesting. You can also buy separate cymbals for the new drum set, if you want to make things feel even more "real."
Then there's the best thing about Rock Band 2: the music. The selection on disc is both plentiful and broad in scope. This breadth probably means there's a song or two you won't like, but that's a small price to pay for such a diverse selection. Plus, there is just a ton of great downloadable music to choose from. The online music store, accessible from within the game or through XBox Live, has hundreds of tracks available. They range from classic rock from the 60's up to some current songs being released the same day as the actual album. Just about every genre is represented, so even though musical tastes vary drastically, you're sure to find plenty you like.
Rock Band 2 has provided me and my friends with literally hundreds of hours of enjoyment. Having tried every iteration of the competing Guitar Hero games, it's still my favorite game in the genre. Harmonix did so much right in designing it, and it has a certain soul that the competing games lack. I can't recommend it enough for any music-game fan.
Anyhow, back on topic, Rock Band 2 is a fantastic game set. The instruments are much better this time around. Once you go wireless you won't go back. And, at $100, what a deal! I'm happy with it....... as are my friends that come over to play often.
Also, we are not super impressed with the music selection as a whole, but it is better than I expected it to be. Just bummed that we will have to pay more money to download stuff we actually like. It seems, that for the amount we spent on it, it should be an option to spend your "tour money" earned on new songs and such. Like, a built in part of the game.