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Good Game!

I purchased Guitar Hero III and decided I wanted to get Guitar Hero II also since I had played it a little at other people's house. I also wanted it for the ability to play the songs. To me they were both basically the same game. After getting to spend some time wiht Guitar Hero II I discovered that it is actually a good bit easier than Guitar Hero III. This is a good thing since when I went to the medium level on GH III I had a hard time keeping up with adding the 4th button. On GH II I can play it on medium and I can keep up a lot better. I an now working through GH II on the medium level to build my skills for the medium level on GH III. I will use the same process when I move to the hard level.Read full review...

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wicked good game

Like I always tell my friends, this game is way too addicting for it's own good. I got this game about a week ago and are already pretty far in it. I have played more in that periord of time than I have in my whole life with any other game. This game has I think 74 songs which is a really good amount. The 4 difficulties are really good too because they really do range from pretty easy to crazy hard. But you havr to make sure that if you try to play expert that you know how to move youo're hands super fast because you will need to to play that mode. The only bad thing about this game I can think of is that you can't play against or with other people on xbox live. And another bad thing is that you can buy some songs on xbox live, but 3 songs like $6.25 which in my opinion is a real lot to pay for so little amount of songs. But none the less, there is a xbox live leaderboard which is fun, you can see how you stack up against the rest of the world.Read full review...

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Guitar Hero 2

I like the songs it has all kinds of good 80's songs.
I also like the xplorer guitar that came with my bundle very easy to use.
I dont like that there is no story line to it really at all.
They need to make it a story line type game like THPS 4 or even like NFS games but they didnt thats the only thing i really dont like about this gameRead full review...

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PS2 mega hit comes to Xbox 360 with more reasons 2 rock

Guitar Hero II
The PS2 mega hit comes to Xbox 360 with more reasons to rock than ever before.
Everyone should own a Guitar Hero game. If you haven't played it yet, you really don't know what you're missing. The music rocks. Playing with a guitar shaped controller rocks. Jamming with a friend rocks. Did we mention that the game rocks? Everything from the presentation to the gameplay in Guitar Hero II is universally appealing. If you haven't already played Guitar Hero II on PS2, this is a must own game. Even if you already have done all of this before, you may yet find a reason to grab the Xbox 360 re-release. With reworked graphics, sound, new songs, downloadable content and more, this is easily the best Guitar Hero game yet.

Introductions are in order. While PS2 owners have enjoyed the Guitar Hero franchise for a couple of years now, this is the first time any guitar music game has appeared on a Microsoft console. The premise behind the franchise began years ago with Konami's Guitar Freaks but didn't grip the mainstream in the US until RedOctane teamed up with developer Harmonix. The two companies put together a special controller to accompany the release of an all new franchise, Guitar Hero. If you haven't heard about it yet, it's high time you came joined the party. Guitar Hero and its sequel have been massive successes financially and critically and with good reason. Who doesn't want to step into the shoes of Keith Richards or Eddie Van Halen and shred some classic licks? We all do. And now 360 owners can join their PS2 brethren in rocking out.

All of the songs and sights from the PS2 version of Guitar Hero have made it over to Xbox 360, though they've gone through a bit of a facelift during the move. That means that the praises and issues with that game hold true for the most part. Rather than rehashing old news in this review or explaining gameplay mechanics laid out in previous releases, we'll ask that you head over to the PS2 review if you're unfamiliar with the game. If you need even more of a background, you can always start from the beginning with our original Guitar Hero review.

It should be noted that if you own a PS2 Guitar Hero controller, it isn't going to work on the Xbox 360 version. You'll have to buy a new one.
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Simply amazing a must have!

Guitar Hero. Its the title that most people who love rock music wish to attain someday. In November of 2005 a company called Red Octane launched a game named Guitar Hero which let us faithful rock fans feel like they were indeed a hero of rock. Now in April of 2007 that very same company has re-released the sequel to the original Guitar Hero onto the Xbox 360. Lets get down to the nitty gritty here...what you people came here to find out about the game.

Gameplay: 10/10

Guitar Hero 2 features simple gameplay. A fretboard scrolls towards the screen and notes of five different colors (green, red, yellow, blue, and orange) move towards the bottom. The player must press the corresponding fret button on the neck of the guitar and the strum to play the note. With each 10 successful notes played the guitarist attains the next level of multiplier(x4 max) although a missed note causes the players multiplier to diminish back to zero. Continuing to miss notes will cause the players rock meter or health meter to deplete. Once it reaches zero the player fails the song and must start over. Certain starred notes will give the player star power which they can activate to double their current multiplier(x8 max) and lasts until their meter runs out.
Non-bonus songs are sorted into 8 sets. If a player can manage to pass their required number of songs without failing three times they are granted the chance to perform an encore song that is usually harder than the rest of the songs in the set. This song isn't required to advance but usually provides a lot of fun.

Graphics: 9/10

The graphics in the 360 version aren't the best of the 360 but are far superior to the PS2 version. Characters look far more realistic and the strings can even be seen on the characters guitar. Lighting effects are very good and the animations of the characters, even the rest of the band. are very fluid and practically perfect.

Sound: 10/10

Being that this is a game entirely based around playing music the sound is absolutely superb. Most of the songs in the set lists are covered by other artists. The cover artists have performed very well and the songs sound very similar to the original artists. The bonus songs are performed by their original artists so they sound like perfect reproductions.

Replay Value: Very high

Due to this being a music and rhythm game players will want to go back and keep achieving higher scores on their favorite songs and even be able to beat those songs on higher difficulties. The multiplayer aspect of the game adds a whole new reason to keep playing.

Overall rating: 9/10
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Simply Amazing!!

I've played this game a couple of times on the PS2, and as soon as I heard it was coming out on the 360, I knew I was going to buy it. I play rhythm guitar and some lead on a real guitar. It's got about the same feel as a real guitar. Instead of strings, there are 5 color coded buttons, and a lever that you can pluck(strum) up and down. Is it going to help you get better at playing a regular guitar? Chances are, probably not. But the game is so addictive that I find myself playing it more than my electric guitar! It requires incredible eyes-to-hands coordination. There are 4 different difficulty levels. There's even an option if you're left handed, so you can turn the guitar around and still rock out! All in all, it's just a great and fun game. With downloadable content(songs, gamer themes, etc..), the replay value of this game will take a long, long time to die. PS2 is still selling bundles of guitar hero to this day, and it came out in 2005 without downloadable content. Plus you get to see where you stand on the leaderboards among all of the other jammers out there on XBOX 360 LIVE. Another thing to think about is Guitar Hero 3 is coming out in Fall of '07. From what I've read, it's going to be an 80's edition. GH3 WILL support multiplayer via XBOX LIVE. Rock out!!!

Graphics: 5/5 (for this type of game)
Sound: 5/5
Gameplay 5/5
Replay: 5/5
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Love it!!! It's as much fun as world tour works great

Works great with the Xplorer guitar. I'm not a kid I use this guitar a guitar hero as physical therapy. Due to a head injury I need help with eye hand control my therapist suggested using gutiar hero. I like this one as much as world tour. It's a great way to get my head working againRead full review...

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Guitar Hero II - This game is a must buy!

Graphics: Amazing – 3.75/ 5
Smooth graphics, but this is just an update from the PS2 version – but if your playing this game for the graphics, you are way off base.

Sound: Amazing - 5/5
5.1 surround sound and great rock tracks from cover bands that sound as good as the original. Sounds good to me.

Gameplay: Amazing – 5/5
Can anything be as simple, yet as fun, as playing Freebird? This is a game for the whole family.

Replay Value – 4.75/5
This game is so much fun that you will find yourself playing tracks again and again. I just wished it had online multiplayer support.

Overall –4.75/5
The only thing that prevented this being a perfect score from this reviewer was the lack of an online multiplayer option and graphics (somewhat). Overall, pick this game up, you won’t regret dropping the money on this one.

It has been a long time since I have played, and reviewed, a good game on the XBOX 360 – and Guitar Hero II has brought me back to sing, or strum its praises. Guitar Hero II on Xbox 360 is the best iteration of the hit music rhythm game yet, and it brings a fun, non-shooter game that everyone can play on the XBOX 360. With over 65 songs, and planned marketplace content for download a week after the games release, this game is awesome. You can not help but to catch yourself moving around and jamming in your living room. Add another guitar and a friend to rock out as a pair and reach the achievements and greatness in true multiplayer fashion. The only thing this game lacks is HD next-gen graphics and online multiplayer, though they might take care of the multiplayer online issue through an update. RedOctane and Harmonix put their best foot forward with this release. It's a bit pricey at $90 and doesn't have the wireless guitar that I wanted, but it is definitely worth picking up, especially with eBay’s great pricing.
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Guitar Hero II **Rock N Roll All Night Long**

Guitar Hero. Its the title that most people who love rock music wish to attain someday. In November of 2005 a company called Red Octane launched a game named Guitar Hero which let us faithful rock fans feel like they were indeed a hero of rock. Now in April of 2007 that very same company has re-released the sequel to the original Guitar Hero onto the Xbox 360. Lets get down to the nitty gritty here...what you people came here to find out about the game.

Gameplay: 10/10

Guitar Hero 2 features simple gameplay. A fretboard scrolls towards the screen and notes of five different colors (green, red, yellow, blue, and orange) move towards the bottom. The player must press the corresponding fret button on the neck of the guitar and the strum to play the note. With each 10 successful notes played the guitarist attains the next level of multiplier(x4 max) although a missed note causes the players multiplier to diminish back to zero. Continuing to miss notes will cause the players rock meter or health meter to deplete. Once it reaches zero the player fails the song and must start over. Certain starred notes will give the player star power which they can activate to double their current multiplier(x8 max) and lasts until their meter runs out.
Non-bonus songs are sorted into 8 sets. If a player can manage to pass their required number of songs without failing three times they are granted the chance to perform an encore song that is usually harder than the rest of the songs in the set. This song isn't required to advance but usually provides a lot of fun.

Graphics: 9/10

The graphics in the 360 version aren't the best of the 360 but are far superior to the PS2 version. Characters look far more realistic and the strings can even be seen on the characters guitar. Lighting effects are very good and the animations of the characters, even the rest of the band. are very fluid and practically perfect.

Sound: 10/10

Being that this is a game entirely based around playing music the sound is absolutely superb. Most of the songs in the set lists are covered by other artists. The cover artists have performed very well and the songs sound very similar to the original artists. The bonus songs are performed by their original artists so they sound like perfect reproductions.

Replay Value: Very high

Due to this being a music and rhythm game players will want to go back and keep achieving higher scores on their favorite songs and even be able to beat those songs on higher difficulties. The multiplayer aspect of the game adds a whole new reason to keep playing.

Overall rating: 9/10

Buy or Rent? Buy it if you can afford the price-tag of $90...otherwise try to rent it or borrow it from a friend
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Guitar Hero II, quite simply rocks

Easily the best of all the guitar hero series. The songs are edgier and harder than either I or III, it has almost exactly identical features in single player and multiplayer to the third, but it now comes at half the price to guitar hero III. The one downside is that the X-Plorer guitar controller is not wireless, however it has a better more responsive feel to it than the more recent wirless controller, and given the choice I would choose the X-Plorer first over the more advanced controllers.

Most importantly though the song list is as good as it has ever been, with classics like Kansas' Carry on Wayward Son, Police's Message in a Bottle and Motley Crews message in a bottle. With around 100 songs (including the bonus ones) and the ability to download more from xbox live, this game quite simply rocks.
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