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Rock Band 2 review

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Manufacturer: Electronic Arts

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

Like a good sequel should, Rock Band 2 takes everything that made the original title great and improves upon it.

Like a good sequel should, Rock Band 2 takes everything that made the original title great and improves upon it.

Rock Band was never just a game - it was a bona fide phenomenon. Rock Band changed the way we looked at, listened to, and played music in a video game environment and now that revolutionary experience is back and better than ever with Harmonix's highly anticipated sequel, Rock Band 2.

While it doesn't reinvent the wheel, Rock Band 2 is something every virtual rocker will want to get and crank up to eleven. In the infamous words of Dee Snider: "if it's too loud, you're too old!"

Let's cut to the chase: by this point, we all know what Rock Band's about, so there's no point in re-hashing the rhythm-based gameplay mechanics - if you haven't played it, go play it already! Like a good sequel should, Rock Band 2 takes everything that made the original title great and improves upon it.

The graphics got an impressive boost in Rock Band 2, with subtle touches throughout. There are filters applied during live performances that make it look like a real music video and the venues are more detailed than ever. The fantastic character designs really bring out the outlandish nature of the game as well.

But what really stood out for me in Rock Band 2 was the insane amount of customization the game allows: you can alter your character's attitude and wardrobe with an even wider selection of shirts, tattoos, hairstyles, make-up, masks-you name it, you can rock out in it.

Also available in Rock Band 2 is the ability to customise your band with a surprisingly deep Band Logo creation tool which lets you combine multiple layers and display your band's mark in-game during your gigs.

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  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

It's more Rock Band and that is not a bad thing at all. With a new setlist of songs and more features, Rock Band 2's a no-brainer for anyone who loved the first Rock Band.

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