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  • Summary: Rock the Rhythm, Lead, and Bass Guitar tracks in the follow-up sequel to "Guitar Hero." Form your guitar duo and shred riffs cooperatively or go head to head in all new multiplayer modes. With over 55 tracks to rock out to, you'll go from Guitar Hero to Guitar god in one press of a fretRock the Rhythm, Lead, and Bass Guitar tracks in the follow-up sequel to "Guitar Hero." Form your guitar duo and shred riffs cooperatively or go head to head in all new multiplayer modes. With over 55 tracks to rock out to, you'll go from Guitar Hero to Guitar god in one press of a fret button. Choose from multiple rock characters and jam at concert venues that grow in size as your rock career progresses. You'll start your rock career playing small clubs and bars, but if you play well you'll work your way up to stadiums and arenas. Guitar Hero II takes the guitar rock experience to new volumes by allowing players to play 3 different guitar tracks: Rhythm, Bass, and Lead. Guitar Hero II introduces all new multiplayer modes like: cooperative, pro-face off, and face off, letting 2 Guitar Heroes conduct their own symphonies of destruction. Shred School: Guitar Hero II features an all new practice mode, allowing Guitar Zeroes to become Guitar Heroes with enough practice. With Guitar Hero II for Xbox 360 rock rhythm, lead, or bass guitar tracks with downloadable content and the new X-Plorer controller, designed specifically for the Xbox 360. [RedOctane] Expand
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  1. It's exactly like Guitar Hero II for the PS2, but made even better by Microsoft's favorite son. [Mar 2007, p.58]
  2. When you can finally crack a song that initially seemed far beyond your skill level, and not just play it but perform it - arched back, windmilling arms, grins and grimaces and devil-horn salutes - it transcends a mere video game. It’s interactive entertainment taken to an entirely new level.
  3. 95
    But, the added level of depth and infinite replay value through Xbox 360 Achievements and loads of downloadable content make GHII Xbox 360 the ultimate version to own. [Apr 2007, p.80]
  4. Dollars aside, Guitar Hero II is a sequel that improves upon its predecessor in every conceivable way, and the Xbox 360 version sweetens the pot with additional songs and light online functionality.
  5. 90
    More songs, better sound, a sexier guitar and online functionality. The Xbox 360 version of Guitar Hero II is the definitive entry in Harmonix’s phenomenal rhythm and music game series.
  6. A major factor in the addictive and fun nature of Guitar Hero II is the excellent learning curve.
  7. 80
    So, my friends, this is my cross to bear. Rest assured if the series continues down the path of leather pants and fret board showboating, I'll be unplugging my axe and shutting down my amp.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 56
  2. Negative: 1 out of 56
  1. JesseB.
    Jan 19, 2008
    10
    Absolutely amazing, I never played the playstation version of the game, but the Xbox360 had me hooked like a fish. At first I was on easy Absolutely amazing, I never played the playstation version of the game, but the Xbox360 had me hooked like a fish. At first I was on easy thinking this games impossible. But hours and hours and more strait hours of gameplay and I'm tearing through easy, then medium and hard. This is absolutely the most addicting game I've ever played. Expand
  2. JamesA.
    Apr 11, 2007
    10
    Who's dream is it not to be a rock star? 2 player is a blast, and the game it self is amazing.
  3. JoeW.
    Apr 3, 2007
    10
    The PS2 version was great. But this game is just so much more fun. With the extra tracks, plus the downloadable content coming in "hopefully" The PS2 version was great. But this game is just so much more fun. With the extra tracks, plus the downloadable content coming in "hopefully" soon. This came will last a very long time. From beginners to pros. It will be fun for all. Expand
  4. EricC.
    May 29, 2007
    10
    Somewhat fun on your own, but embarrassingly hilarious with a group of drunken friends. Your 360 is better for having a guitar attachment...
  5. Daniel
    May 12, 2007
    9
    Expensive, but worth every penny. Innovative, addictive, and just fun to watch. My dad even plays this game, and he doesn't play videogames.
  6. Mar 30, 2012
    9
    This was the game that got me really into the Music game scene and was definitely the best version of the series before GH 3 started to try toThis was the game that got me really into the Music game scene and was definitely the best version of the series before GH 3 started to try to appeal to all music genres instead of just the rock genre it was known for. I played this game for hours upon hours and neither Rock Band nor the subsequent GH games could compare to this one for me. If this game had the online support the later versions had, it probably would have been alot better. However, the lack of focus on one genre really hurt the later versions of the game, as well as the lack of creativity towards the end. But, if your a rock fan and just felt like the later versions of this game and Rock Band failed to deliver enough of the songs you really liked, then pick this game up. There are some excellent songs in this version and you don't have to wade through some of the crap from the later versions. Expand
  7. ChrisR.
    Aug 12, 2007
    0
    I dunno, why the hell people like this game, for my taste, this game is as metal as DDR, this game has no metal cred whatso ever. No self I dunno, why the hell people like this game, for my taste, this game is as metal as DDR, this game has no metal cred whatso ever. No self Respecting metal head would really want to waste their time with a game as commercial and just plain lame, if you really like Rock, just go out to a local music store and buy yourself a real guitar and butcher the music that way, instead of just embarassing yourselves with a plastic one. Expand

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