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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. 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. Sep 6, 2010
    All you need to know is that I have been playing RB2 since the weekend it was released and it still holds my attention now. Best value for money gaming ever. Expand
  2. 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
  3. Oct 21, 2010
    one of the best music games ive played thus far. has a great track list you can import all the songs from RB1 for just $5 and all the DLC songs you downloaded can be used as well . this is the ultimate party game to get together with your friends and play . the carear mode is very long and will keep you busy and unlike RB1 can be done solo of you feel like playing by your self now. the RB instramints still suck so use the guitar hero guitars if you have them or get one trust me they are so much better then RB's . the graphics still suck . looks like it belongs on the PS2 but graphics arnt as important in this kinda game but still they could have done a better job . the new challange mode is also nice addition . Expand
  4. Jun 9, 2013
    Taking the formula of Guitar Hero and adding the option for both vocals and drums to be played alongside the guitar Rock Band 2 makes no real effort to cater for the single player but does make for a great party game. Expand
  5. Mar 31, 2011
    Song list that can only appeal to people who can nicely fit their musical taste in a predictable box and think they can gain substantial musical knowledge from having a subscription to the Rolling Stones magazine. Expand

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