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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 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. Positive: 55 out of 55
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 55
  3. Negative: 0 out of 55
  1. 100
    Without a doubt the 'ultimate edition' of the ultimate music-based game. Though far from mind-blowing, the upgraded graphics are appealing, but the remastered sound, additional songs and features are the true stars of the Xbox 360 version's stage, making this game an even easier purchase than the two games before it.
  2. Even without a massive collection of exclusive content, this is an improvement (if a slight one) over the five-star PS2 original, which is all 360 owners need to know.
  3. The game has a great rock-and-roll art style that works extremely well. The character models are fairly detailed but they all have very unique personalities whether you’re looking at a 60s era rocker, a punk rocker, or a hardcore metalhead.
  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. With the improved visuals, increased song count and the crucial addition of friend-bating online leaderboards, the 360 version is the best yet.
  6. 90
    Downloadable content gives the 360 version a potential ace in the hole, but the first wave released comes as a mixed blessing.
  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
    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. Hello
    Apr 11, 2007
    THe best game by far for xbox 360 except maybe oblivion, but this is a completely different game. IT is the most addicting game on the shelves and offers hours of gameplay. I highly recommend this game to anyone of all ages wheter you like video games or not. it offers an oppurtunity to people who have never touched a guitar in their entire life to rock on! I play guitar myself and i must admit that this will not help you play the guitar except that it may improve your rhythm. Buy this game! IT ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Expand
  3. MarkT
    Apr 3, 2007
    Put simply it's the funnest game available for XBOX 360.
  4. Dave
    May 25, 2007
    This game is too hard. I've been stuck on Psychobilly Freakout on Expert for weeks. :-(
  5. Daniel
    May 12, 2007
    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
    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 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
    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. Collapse

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