Metascore
91

Universal acclaim - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. 90
    Rock Band 2 improves in several areas over the original. The track list is better, the difficulty has been bumped up, it's more accessible, all previously released DLC works from the get-go, and Battle of the Bands is a brilliant online mode. But there's no getting around the fact that almost nothing was done to the main mode, World Tour.
  2. Even though Rock Band 2 plays it safe with only minor improvements and additions, it still rocks.
  3. It doesn't get much better than when four people all come together and score a five star on a really rocking song (like Spoonman). This is gaming bliss.
  4. 91
    The real attraction here is the game's Sticky Fingers-like bulge of music.
  5. A brilliant expansion to one of the year's best games. [Jan 2009, p.74]
  6. You can say its not very innovative in comparison with the original game. But this is a minor thing if we take into account that this is without doubt the best game in the genre, and a great achievement if we consider the great struggle with its rival, that doesn't lose grip.
  7. The seamless integration of its previous content is a massive boon for Rock Band 2 that gives it depth "Guitar Hero" can't offer yet. [Christmas 2008, p.112]
  8. 88
    Overall Rock Band 2 makes a few welcome changes to a solid rhythm action title – and the overall soundtrack is a big step up.
  9. Rock Band 2 really is the game Rock Band should have been in the first place, but it's nothing more than that.
  10. 96
    With the incredible tracklist, tweaked engine, new modes and the overwhelming quantity of extra songs available for download, this is easily the best rhythm action game currently sitting on store shelves. It must be said the guitars are still second best, but then nothing’s perfect.
  11. If the first game was a success on so many levels, the sequel brings the same success back but pushes it so high that at this point it will be hard for anyone to catch it up. I can’t finish my review without saying that if you never experienced Rock Band, you’re definitely missing something really special.
  12. On top of including the songs from RB1, they've also gone and fixed nearly every single issue we've complained about, and then some!
  13. Just as sweet as the original. The new Challenge mode, Battle of the Bands and tweaks to the World Tour mode will keep you playing for months.
  14. Rock Band 2 is a solid sequel. Harmonix smoothed out most of the rough edges and added enough new stuff to warrant the full priced upgrade.
  15. Rock Band 2 may be considered one of the best in the genre, if not the best. If you are a fan of the genre and like large doses of fun, then do not hesitate, Rock Band 2 is waiting for you.
  16. Makes you feel more like being in a band, edging out its near rivals. [Issue#174, p.72]
  17. Add in the fact that Guitar Hero instruments work with Rock Band (and vice-versa), Trophy support and a ton of new music and you have a package that's every bit as attractive as the first game, if not more.
  18. This is a worthy sequel with a look and feel that are more polished than last year’s effort.
  19. You'd best get ready to rock. [Holiday 2008, p.70]
  20. Ultimately, Rock Band 2 is a fantastic title and one that is highly recommended.
  21. The best music game currently available. [Feb 2010, p.72]
  22. Rock Band 2 is a great follow-up to an already good game. The improved track list and World Tour mode, and the implementation of some interesting new options make for a great sequel.
  23. Rock Band 2 isn’t a “true” sequel, but it’s the best encore we've ever experienced. Warn your neighbors – this may be their last proper night of sleep for months.
  24. Whilst improving on practically everything that wasn't up to par in the original, this sequel is really only marred by it's delayed release schedule in Europe. A must for all music lovers out there.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 76 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. MikkoM
    Apr 3, 2009
    7
    Whatever nice things Rock Band 2 adds and fixes from the first game, it messes up in the track list. Most of the songs are pretty dull and Whatever nice things Rock Band 2 adds and fixes from the first game, it messes up in the track list. Most of the songs are pretty dull and give an impression that this game is tailored to the US masses. No amount of nice content can counter the feeling of not having fun playing the game. The few happy occasions are when you stumble into the RB1 songs, your bought content or the few good tracks. Check the full song list before buying. Full Review »
  2. Nov 6, 2014
    5
    Very nice game, great graphics, and OK music choice. But this is not a game for those who want challenge, almost all of the songs are tooVery nice game, great graphics, and OK music choice. But this is not a game for those who want challenge, almost all of the songs are too easy.

    The world tour career is creative made too, but it gets boring when you must play the same song on many stages. I liked Rock Band 1 much more, because it's a very fun setlist to play with friends.
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  3. Feb 3, 2014
    8
    Songs: 8 out of 10, Graphics: 7 out of 10, Fun: 8 out of 10, Controls: 8 out of 10, Difficulty: 7 out of 10, Length: 8 out of 10, Re-play: 8Songs: 8 out of 10, Graphics: 7 out of 10, Fun: 8 out of 10, Controls: 8 out of 10, Difficulty: 7 out of 10, Length: 8 out of 10, Re-play: 8 out of 10, Value: 8 out of 10 Full Review »