Guitar Hero II PlayStation 2

User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 105 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 85 out of 105
  2. Negative: 7 out of 105
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  1. KolC.
    Mar 3, 2007
    7
    Guitar Hero II's is a step forward and a step back. On the up side, the mutli-player is much improved. Guitar Hero is perfect for playing with friends, so the original's lack of co-op was a big downer during GH parties. Yet, while the new co-op and improved competitive modes are certainly great, GH II's songs are simply not as good, and the quality of the covers is also Guitar Hero II's is a step forward and a step back. On the up side, the mutli-player is much improved. Guitar Hero is perfect for playing with friends, so the original's lack of co-op was a big downer during GH parties. Yet, while the new co-op and improved competitive modes are certainly great, GH II's songs are simply not as good, and the quality of the covers is also down (Mother and War Pigs are espically awful). Of particular note are the songs above teir five, which, with a few exceptions, range from very bad to terrible. The songs are horrible choices, because very few people know them, they're to genre specific (The Beast and the Harlot may be loved by metal fans, but it's nothing compared to Crossroads, which everyone seems to love), and they're to long and repetitive. Yes, they're very difficult, but the point of this game is fun - instead, it seems the developers were only concerned with challenging those few who conquered the first game. I find myself wishing that GH's songs could be combined with GH II's multi-player - that would be a perfect game. Expand
  2. HotPee
    Nov 15, 2006
    5
    I feel duped. This game is WAY overrated. The covers SUCK!! in this game, which take away, completely, from the overall ability to actually get into the game. It feels more like I'm just trying to hit some buttons, regardless of how loud the stereo is up. The game play has improved, but the the production value has gone way down, from the poor vocals to the horrible sound quality on I feel duped. This game is WAY overrated. The covers SUCK!! in this game, which take away, completely, from the overall ability to actually get into the game. It feels more like I'm just trying to hit some buttons, regardless of how loud the stereo is up. The game play has improved, but the the production value has gone way down, from the poor vocals to the horrible sound quality on guitar. Don't be fooled, rent the game first. Expand
  3. AlexHeim
    Jun 29, 2008
    7
    Although very fun casually, this game lacks any sort of gameplay worth committing to. I am a big fan of classic rock and still this game disappoints me. I'm afraid hype has given this title too much credit. If you are a casual gamer this is a perfect game for you. It has simplistic, easy to learn gameplay that can entertain you for hours. If you aren't a casual gamer you mayAlthough very fun casually, this game lacks any sort of gameplay worth committing to. I am a big fan of classic rock and still this game disappoints me. I'm afraid hype has given this title too much credit. If you are a casual gamer this is a perfect game for you. It has simplistic, easy to learn gameplay that can entertain you for hours. If you aren't a casual gamer you may want to pass this title up for something that will be more worth the price Expand
  4. J.L.
    Dec 20, 2006
    6
    I had high hopes after GH1, and as good as the gameplay (still) is, unfortunately the song list just dosent stack up to the first version. It really needed more guitar rock anthems like the first. Wheres the AC/DC? Wheres the Van Halen? Wheres more Stones? (Thats the best song in the list btw). And whats with Cherry Pie? I dont think I could think of a worse song.
  5. MikeM.
    Dec 28, 2006
    7
    Compared to the first one, GHII has truly enjoyable multiplayer and a useful practice mode. But in a game based on music, the songs will be the make-or-break factor, even moreso here where it's centered around a specific instrument and (one would think) genre. That's where GHII really drops the ball. Much of it seems to be an homage to the 80's, and I don't mean good Compared to the first one, GHII has truly enjoyable multiplayer and a useful practice mode. But in a game based on music, the songs will be the make-or-break factor, even moreso here where it's centered around a specific instrument and (one would think) genre. That's where GHII really drops the ball. Much of it seems to be an homage to the 80's, and I don't mean good 80's. There are many songs that fit with the design intention of the series, but this time around there are too many others that are just not very fun to play. And that's the crux of it. There are hundreds of songs from dozens of bands I've liked from over the decades, but a sizeable percentage just aren't the type that should go in a game which purports to make the player feel like a guitar hero. To be fair, by the same token there are songs I've either never heard or never much cared for that have turned out to be really enjoyable to play, both in this one and the original. Along with a weaker overall selection, there are some truly bad "sound-alikes" doing vocals. A few would even be laugh-worthy, assuming you got the game for half price. I figure the additions to gameplay are worth at least 2 points, so a straight comparison leaving out those additions would net this one a 5, or about half what I'd rate the original. Expand
  6. JayE.
    Nov 25, 2006
    5
    Comparing to the first: + More songs + More options for dual players + More states - Many songs are muted guitar - Most of the songs don't draw you in (unless you are into the off-beat punk style rock) - Medium is MUCH easier than the 1st, Hard is MUCH harder than the 1st - Many songs appear to have guitar "notes" in odd-ball places (aka ... no corresponding sound) - Appears to be a Comparing to the first: + More songs + More options for dual players + More states - Many songs are muted guitar - Most of the songs don't draw you in (unless you are into the off-beat punk style rock) - Medium is MUCH easier than the 1st, Hard is MUCH harder than the 1st - Many songs appear to have guitar "notes" in odd-ball places (aka ... no corresponding sound) - Appears to be a quick release just to get the game out ... I go back to the first Expand
  7. Nov 21, 2011
    7
    Guitar Hero II is bounds better than Guitar Hero. Though the addition of encores is a superfluous addition that only wastes time in the long run, a larger set list, an improved practice mode, two-player simultaneous modes, a vastly improved hammer on system, and superior charting leave little to argue against the upgrade for fans of the original excepting preference of songs. Today, thisGuitar Hero II is bounds better than Guitar Hero. Though the addition of encores is a superfluous addition that only wastes time in the long run, a larger set list, an improved practice mode, two-player simultaneous modes, a vastly improved hammer on system, and superior charting leave little to argue against the upgrade for fans of the original excepting preference of songs. Today, this game is outmoded by other rhythm games except for the guitarist who wishes to test his mettle against Jordan. Expand

Awards & Rankings

#7 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2006
Metascore
92

Universal acclaim - based on 69 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 68 out of 69
  2. Negative: 0 out of 69
  1. Exceeds the previous title in every way..."Guitar Hero" was a staple of the parties I throw at my house, but it looks like Guitar Hero II has stolen the crown!
  2. The original's head to head multiplayer wasn't vital enough to make the expense worthwhile, but this time the co-op play is so integral to the game's appeal that most will find it irresistible...This is an absolutely stellar release, with too much variety, originality, rewards, and pure fun to even think about missing out on.
  3. You can play any given song at any of four speeds (Normal, Slow, Slower and Slowest), and you have the ability to select what portion(s) of the song you'd like to play. That has proven ridiculously useful as I continue in my Quixotic quest to complete "Free Bird" on Expert.