Rock Band 2 Special Edition (Xbox 360)
Manufacturer: MTV Part number: 19156
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Gamespot editors' review
Welcome Improvements, + new features make this a hit!
by troyoverton on September 17, 2008
Pros: I love the expanded setlist, and the ability to rock out with or against online players, better hardware, and the ability to import the titles you already own for the original.
Cons: Some players will take the GAME too seriously.
Summary: Harmonix and Co. did a fine job riding the line between making improvements, and keeping the game familiar to the crowded fanbase. No matter what kind of music that you ...
Summary: Harmonix and Co. did a fine job riding the line between making improvements, and keeping the game familiar to the crowded fanbase. No matter what kind of music that you listen to, there's a good shot at having a classic favorite in the mix somewhere. Its a fun casual player, and the drums (and drum trainer) can help give kids some basic skills if they want to try out drumming. There may be no vocal coach, but if you have friends over... you'll soon figure out who has no business with the mic.
As a musician and DJ, I really like the fact that we can incorporate game technology to promote an art with kids. I realize that the techniques used in gameplay may not resemble the actual instrument technique, but its a step to encourage kids (and big kids like me) to participate. It promotes the acts that contribute their music to the game, as I have found a few new groups to check out as a result. Overall, I just really appreciate the genre for putting music appreciation in the minds of kids.
The no-fail mode is a good thing too. Like the review, there are going to be those who take this WAY to seriously. But for some of us, its nice to just be able to hang out and participate while we listen to some great tunes. I can tell you this... just because you can play guitar in rock band... that doesn't make you Clapton.
Check out the new tour challenges, too. A nice new welcome concept that allows the game makers to constantly keep the game fresh and new. Although you need a XboxLive account, I think that most players who are into this type of thing will already have it.
Overall, the game is just that... a game. It's fun, its fresh, it has lots of options, and lots of new features to keep you interested when you beat Halo after 36 straight hours on release day. You can play with friends, or solo, online, at home... whatever. Nothing's perfect, but its nice to see a game that listened to its fans, refined a few (not-so-critical) flaws and expanded content and options to release a stellar sophomore effort.
...and with over 500 songs in the library by the holiday season, we've got some work to do before we become rock gods.
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Still play this game.
by TPA_Agent_Obsidionn_DOW on March 4, 2009
Pros: Amazing, so much customization available.
Cons: I have no complaints
Summary: Great party starter
Summary: Great party starter
Big improvement over the orginal
by dlc2009 on November 3, 2008
Pros: Fun gameplay, can't put it down without playing "one more song". Blast to play online with friends. Big rock endings very innovative. Checking downloadable songs from in the game gives you the difficulty levels of the song before you download it.
Cons: "who are they" artists, cannot chat while wireless drums are hooked up, if you hit the center of the drums softly it registers but if you don't hit the center it doesn't register unless you hit it harder. No custom characters in quickplay, why?
Summary: My drum set was good quality, I didn't experience any crosstalk (hitting one drum setting off the drum next to it). Get high quality batteries for the guitar and ...
Summary: My drum set was good quality, I didn't experience any crosstalk (hitting one drum setting off the drum next to it). Get high quality batteries for the guitar and the drumset and they will last a long time. I got accustomed to hitting the drums in the center softly to keep noise down and then when I hit the drum off center with the same velocity it didn't register causing me to miss notes. Drums always seem to be at an odd angle no matter where you set the height. Auto calibrate is a welcome feature but it's not completely foolproof. Wish the bass drum spring was a little less firm. The microphone was a mixed bag, if I set the sensitivity high it would activate overdrive fine, but pick up sounds from the tv causing distortion and feedback, turn it down and it wouldn't do overdrive unless you practically screamed into the mic. But overall an extremely addictive game, your Xbox 360 will see a LOT of use after you get this game.
It's a lot of fun for 1 or more players
by TylerG09 on October 21, 2008
Pros: 1.) New Instruments are more responsive
2.) Song selection varies in difficulties
3.) Fun alone or with a group
4.) Instruments are wireless
5.) Redone guitar
Cons: 1.) I don't like singing so yeah
2.) Can't use guitar hero guitar
Summary: Overall this is a great game. I honestly get tired of the traditional games where you just sit there and use a joystick and triggers. I am a fan of ...
Summary: Overall this is a great game. I honestly get tired of the traditional games where you just sit there and use a joystick and triggers. I am a fan of the sports and shooting games, but when I experienced Rock Band 1 I was like wow. I played the first one for the first time and got so hooked I went out the next day to buy it and they had just released Rock Band 2. I was lucky enough to go to a GameStop and they had one left that wasn't pre-ordered. I got it home and it's simple to put together. I put the batteries in the instruments and began playing. The song selection is wonderful. It varies from Eye of the Tiger to the new Paramore songs. I'm young, but love the old songs. It's a lot of fun alone, but when you get 4 people together to play it it's an adventure. My younger cousin at the age of 11 can play this just as good as i can. It's a good something to do when you're tired of the old video games of just sitting around doing nothing pulling a trigger, you can get your rock on with your tv. I HIGHLY recommend this to anyone even if you've never played the first one
- Manufacturer: MTV
- Part number: 19156
Product Basic Spec
- Platform Xbox 360
- ESRB rating Teen - Lyrics,Suggestive Themes
- Genre Music
- Number of players 1-4 Players
- Connectivity Scoreboards,Live Aware,Voice Chat
- Customization Downloadable Content
- Offline modes Competitive,Team Oriented,Cooperative
- Online modes Cooperative,Competitive,Team Oriented
- Developer Harmonix Music Systems
- ESRB Teen
- ESRB descriptors Lyrics,Suggestive Themes