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  • Summary: Rock Band 2 builds upon its foundation as the first music game to introduce co-operative band gameplay, multiple instruments, a robust online multiplayer experience, an unrivaled offering of downloadable content and raises the bar by delivering an entirely new level of depth, connectivity, authenticity and features including: Backwards compatibility with Rock Band downloadable music content. All previously purchased tracks immediately load into your Rock Band 2 song list. No need to re-purchase or re-download. The biggest and most diverse soundtrack ever featuring some of rock's most prolific acts, comprised entirely of master recordings. Major new and dynamic online modes that connect the entire Rock Band community in more ways than ever before both locally and globally. More variety of instrument choices than ever before with new and improved drum and guitar peripherals, enhanced functionality and innovative new designs - all fully compatible with the original Rock Band instruments. [MTV] Expand
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  1. Positive: 69 out of 69
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  1. 100
    Rock Band 1 was innovation. Rock Band 2 is perfection. Buy it.
  2. 100
    If you already own the first game and all the instruments, this is a must-own title; if you haven't experienced the magic, this is a great place to start.
  3. 94
    With 84 tracks on the disc, an additional 20 more coming before year's end and the gigantic amount of improvements to an already stellar game Rock Band 2 is a music game lover's dream come true.
  4. It doesn't drastically shake up the formula, but it does come one step closer to perfecting it.
  5. More or less every concern and complaint we had about the original game has been addressed, the new tracklist is very much to our taste (with 20 more free songs to come, remember), and with the rebalancing of difficulty, modes like Battle of the Bands and the No Fail modifier and Drum Trainer, Harmonix has completed the awkward job of broadening the game's appeal at both ends of the skill spectrum successfully. It's an excellent, measured sequel that should appeal to all.
  6. Harmonix paid good attention to what made Rock Band such a success. It fully adapted Rock Band 2 to this knowledge and that's why single player and multiplayer mode gives you the feeling that you're playing one solid game. The game offers much more than its predecessor and even the tracklist (what seemed almost impossible) is even better than the first one. Harmonix has given the fans exactly what they want and has given newcomers a nice starting point.
  7. There's nothing revolutionary about the second game and it's more evolutionary but it's still a fun game to play with others.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 34
  2. Negative: 4 out of 34
  1. Oct 8, 2010
    Rock Band 2 has a large variety of genres on platform. The option of 2000 (At time of writing) songs ranging from Death Metal to Nerdcore to Funk to Rap to Trance. From Megadeth to Gun's n Roses to Snoop Dogg to Bob Marley.
    The option to import all the songs from Rock Band 1, Lego Rock Band and Green Day Rock Band allows users to keep on playing their songs on one disc and future editions of the game.
    World Tour bring a much longer and varied playthrough rather than Rock Band 1's play one song, next! play next song, NEXT!.
    Single users can play World Tour now.
    Realistic charts a.k.a single notes rather than a ensemble of three note chords.
    Weekly Download content announced every friday on
    Better graphics and colourschemes. (Have you seen the main menu tiger! D:)
    Rock Band Network allows even more songs for 360 users and soon to be PS3 and Wii Character Creator could do with a makeover
  2. WilliamM.
    Oct 13, 2008
    This game is a great improvement to the first one. Easily able to switch instruments within the same character,upload rock band 1 tracks and play world tour online. Must buy for all rhythm game fans. Expand
  3. markstewart
    Jan 13, 2009
    Damian M in reply at the end of the day its just a bit of fun you know where you laugh and smile lol : ) and i play electric guitar and have been producing dance music for a good bit now and its good to have a break and enjoy make a few mistakes and laugh check out my tunes @ add me if you want : )
  4. JordanK.
    Nov 3, 2008
    Great game...however, Damian is right to a certain point. I think that one of the reasons that people like rock band instead of real instruments, is it helps build confidence in a short period of time. It is much harder to play an actual instrument, and can take years to actually play the songs that you may find on rock band. Great game, but pick up a real guitar people. Expand
  5. NiklasA
    Dec 14, 2009
    A great party game. The main issue involved is the crappy Rock band guitar, which is extremely easy to break, and is non-responsive. When I bought this I had to go buy guitar hero just for the hardware! But besides that, the online has great support, with a HUGE selection of music, and I cant recall a single one of my fav. bands not being on that list either. If you have the previous rock band, then theres no sense in buying the full set too, you dont need two drums. Expand
  6. brockjones
    Oct 27, 2008
    a great sequel to the first Rock Band, but it feels a lot like just a bunch of new songs. Not enough fixes of things like a lack of note streak count in a setlist (other than the last song) and the fact that the improved drums are just as breakable. Worth buying the game, not worth buying the new instruments to replace Rock Band 1's. Expand
  7. DamianM
    Oct 6, 2008
    Piece of crap. Seriously people, just buy any of the real instruments, because they cost about the same as this expensive and overrated load of sh*t.

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