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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,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. Aside from moaning about the shortcomings the Wii's technical limitations force upon the game, the only thing to complain about with Rock Band 2 – and it’s barely even a complaint - is that it polishes rather than reinvents.
  2. With its large number of modes, weekly DLC that is accessible via the SD Card, online play, better instruments, a variety of modes, diverse soundtrack, and excellently charted songs, Rock Band 2 is the definitive band game for Wii.
  3. They've taken every aspect I could think of an improved it.
  4. 90
    Rock Band 2 offers a fantastic game experience no one should let escape, specially if we count the impressive track list included.
  5. 90
    With Rock Band 2, Harmonix has created a game that's quick to grow and evolve... just like the music libraries of its ardent fans. If there's any game that reflects the age we live in, and the way that we interact with music, it's Rock Band 2.
  6. Nintendo Power
    90
    Buying more Rock Band within six months of the last one is an expensive prospect, but Rock Band 2 is the true Rock Band experience. [Jan 2009, p.88]
  7. Custom set lists and a new No Fail mode means you can play however and as long as you want. Buy Rock Band 2 and rock through the house.

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  1. Jun 24, 2015
    10
    Rock Band 2 for Wii ROCKS! It fixes every disappointment from RB1! There's a character creation, DLC, and online play. Another must have forRock Band 2 for Wii ROCKS! It fixes every disappointment from RB1! There's a character creation, DLC, and online play. Another must have for anyone who has a Wii. Expand
  2. AJW
    Feb 5, 2009
    10
    I loved RB1 with all of its Wii limitations, and now this one kicks its trash. HMX, what will you think of next?
  3. May 3, 2021
    10
    the setlist is the best in my opinion, I can only say that it is the best rock band that I have played
  4. jr
    Dec 25, 2008
    9
    no DLC yet (12/25) but finally a fully featured rock band... even if it is 3 months later... maybe i should give it an 8 for that... :P
  5. GregP
    Dec 31, 2008
    9
    The seemingly small technical improvements (wireless drums with a pedal that doesn't fall off every time you move it; automatic lag The seemingly small technical improvements (wireless drums with a pedal that doesn't fall off every time you move it; automatic lag detection for guitar) might not seem like much to the Rock Band newcomer, but trust me, this kind of improvement counts for a lot. Then you add to it the much-improved "Tour" experience, in which you get to pretend you're a band on the rise, while not being forced into quite the same linear development as the predecessor... and it's a whole new game. My one gripe is that with all the "be a rock musician" games out, the companies are afraid to "recycle" songs found in other titles or previous versions. My understanding is that RB1 content will be available within RB2, but in the meantime the song selection isn't as broadly-appealing as one might want in order to suck non-Rockers into a quick session in order to get them hooked. That said, there's a certain pleasure to be found in taking a seemingly inaccessible song and rocking out with it... while discovering a new favourite tune that might never have gone into your music-listening library otherwise. Overall, highly recommended. If my non-gaming, top-40 loving significant other gets psyched about rocking out on the drums with me on guitar, there's obviously something special to the game. Expand
  6. Austin
    Jan 6, 2009
    9
    A huge improvement over the first Rock Band for Wii. I really, really enjoyed the character customizations, world tour, drum/beat trainer, A huge improvement over the first Rock Band for Wii. I really, really enjoyed the character customizations, world tour, drum/beat trainer, and the many features that are also on the Xbox 360 and PS3. Also has an excellent soundtrack, ranging from death metal to indie to classic rock. This is, in my opinion, the best music game for the Wii. Just two main problems. First, the graphics are only OK; my characters' movements are not very smooth and the screen in general is not so clear (it's a Wii, you know). The second (and hopefully will be resolved soon) problem is the delay in the Wii Music Store. Expand
  7. Nov 8, 2022
    9
    Compatibilidad con todos los accesorios de Guitar Hero, una banda sonora escandalosamente larga y brillante, modo historia interesante yCompatibilidad con todos los accesorios de Guitar Hero, una banda sonora escandalosamente larga y brillante, modo historia interesante y desafiante... lo tenía todo, salvo una leve imprecisión a la hora de tocar las notas que te hacía cometer fallos estúpidos. Fallaba la calibración más de la cuenta, la única pequeña mancha para un videojuego prácticamente perfecto e inmejorable. El pico de Rock Band, luego todo vino abajo... Expand

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#54 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2008
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#2 Most Shared Wii Game of 2008