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  • Summary: Play together in your living room or across the world! Rock Band offers deep online functionality, allowing players to rock together whether they’re in Rhode Island or Reykjavik. Major record labels and leading music publishers have signed on to provide unrivaled access to master recordingsPlay together in your living room or across the world! Rock Band offers deep online functionality, allowing players to rock together whether they’re in Rhode Island or Reykjavik. Major record labels and leading music publishers have signed on to provide unrivaled access to master recordings and legendary rock artists – from punk, metal and alternative to classic and southern rock. Rock Band ships with 45 fearsome tracks from artists like Bon Jovi and The Ramones to Black Sabbath and Stone Temple Pilots. Full support for downloadable content delivers never-ending challenges. New content will be available every week. Download full albums for play with Rock Band including the iconic rock album 'Who's Next' by The Who. Metallica has signed on to offer several tracks as digitally-distributed game levels for Rock Band as well as "Enter Sandman" for the Rock Band ship disc. Create your own rock avatar! Mold a unique rocker using Rock Band's character creator. Chose from gender, body shape, face, hair, clothes, tattoos and signature moves. Don't forget to pick your specialized rockin’ instrument. Drumming in the spotlight! Showcase a real drum solo with Rock Band's freestyle drum fill windows featured in each song. Break out your own rhythm and style as anything goes! Vocalists can bring the crowd to their feet during Rock Band’s freestyle vocal fill windows. Ad-lib your own words or shout to the crowd to raise the rock intensity of the performance. Band mates can fail out of a song for poor performance, but the band still plays on. Rescue your failing mate by busting out signature moves and blistering solos to wow the crowd with showmanship. Earn bonus points for your band during Rock Band’s Unison Phrase opportunities if everyone plays perfectly. [Harmonix] Collapse
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  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Rock Band is really three games in one, and what's amazing is that not one of them feels anything less than excellent, despite treading on now familiar ground. Combined, they are a recipe for the most fun you can have in your living room.
  2. Touring in single-player mode is disappointingly pared down, as though the designers couldn’t imagine anyone would play the game alone. This was disappointing, as my friends can’t come over every day to play.
  3. Rock Band is more than a simple video game, it's a highly interactive social experience. There's enough depth and fun here to keep you and your friends entertained for months. A must-have for the festive season!
  4. If you can afford the high price, Rock Band is one of the best musical gaming experience at this moment. Sadly, the PS2 version of Rock Band robs it of a good chunk of its great value.
  5. The stripped down nature of the PS2 version of Rock Band robs it of a good chunk of its value, but the gameplay still rocks.
  6. 80
    On its own merits (which we're reviewing it on), Rock Band on PS2 is a fundamentally excellent rhythm game that simply lacks the variety and presentational polish of Harmonix's previous work. Compared to its PS3 and 360 versions, it comes up surprisingly short.
  7. Rock Band for the PlayStation 2 is like seeing a cover band over the original performers -- you'll have a good time but you'll notice something is missing.

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  1. JaredChristenson
    Apr 1, 2008
    10
    Recently, the games for PS2 are MLB 08: The Show, which is good. Pro Evolution Soccer which is fun. Buzz! The Hollywood Quiz which isRecently, the games for PS2 are MLB 08: The Show, which is good. Pro Evolution Soccer which is fun. Buzz! The Hollywood Quiz which is well-mannered but somewhat dreary. and Singstar '90s which is good fun for those old timers. But Rock Badn will rock your soul with mesmerizing songs and will get you playing for hours. Despite the fact that singin' and drumin' through the beat is boring and seemingly difficult to manipulate, guitar and bass just rock your world. Spending $150 is worth the bill. Expand
  2. ElizabethSchneider
    Dec 31, 2008
    2
    Ok I gave a