Rock Band, everyone’s favorite karaoke on
steroids, is back on Xbox 360 with its cleverly
named sequel Rock Band 2 (RB2). Is it fun?
Damn right it is. It’s got to be when it makes you
genuinely act like a Panic At The Disco! song.
Not a lot has changed from last year’s outing,
but there are a few additions: The handy
new Drum Trainer mode teaches you the
fundamentals of real drumming, the Battle
of the Bands mode pits you and your friends
against bands from all over the world, and the
No Fail mode is great for drunken parties.
Sadly, the World Tour mode is still a bore,
but you’re going to have to play through it to
unlock all the songs available on the game. But, on
the plus side, the new wireless drum set is
quieter than the previous one and the new
guitar has a snazzy wood grain look with an
improved strum bar.
The real star of the show is the impressive, 84-
song-long, decade-spanning track list. It’s got
everything from AC/DC’s “Let There Be Rock”
and Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ On a Prayer,” to the Foo
Fighters’ “Everlong” and Paramore’s “That’s
What You Get.” The hits don’t stop there — the
game offers a weekly updated iTunes-like music
store that will have over 500 songs (at $2 each)
by this Christmas. All your old downloaded
songs will work with RB2 and for only $5 you
can export 55 out of the 58 songs off of your
(or your friend’s) RB1 disc. Before you know it,
your music library will be huge. I’m talking
Fuccillo Hyundai certified here.
Pardon the obvious pun, but this game “rocks”.
You PS3, PS2, and Wii owners are going to have
to wait until mid-October to rock out. Use this
time wisely by practicing your guitar scissor-kicks
and recruiting groupies.
Price: $60 (Disc Only) / $190 (Bundle Available