Rock Band 2 Hands-on
- Posted July 16th, 2008 at 09:41 EDT by
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I’m sure I wasn’t the only one preparing to rock out on Tuesday as I headed into Harmonix’s private meeting booth. I walked in to the booth to immediately discover that the new Guns ‘n’ Roses album is a reality due to the fact that Rock Band 2 will be showcasing a single from it. Well that's a good start. Not only that, but the game will also feature songs from AC/DC, a band never before seen in a video game. As many of you know, Rock Band 2 is going to feature over 85 songs out of the box and is expected to offer around 500 total songs worldwide by the end of 2008. This will create a phenomenal choice of songs for fans of the franchise.
Most of you know what Rock Band is, so I’m going to skip the formalities and dive straight into the new features and info you guys want to hear about. One of the things Harmonix has implemented in order to make things easier for its users is the ability to browse through songs alphabetically. Now, by this I don’t mean you’ll have 200+ songs lined up like that, but you’ll be able to just pick out a letter and the game will list those bands under that letter. This will make finding the song you’re looking for that much easier and will make parties a lot smoother.
One of the questions posed by our forum members was if you’d be able to create a custom set-list and have it play back-to-back for ease of use. The answer to that question was a resounding yes. Not only can you create your own set-list, but Harmonix has made the process convenient and easy. You’ll have the option to just click on a band name and have their entire lineup added to your custom listing. This will prevent users from having to face long load times after each performance.
As for the instruments themselves, from what I took from my hands-on is that each instrument with the exception to the microphone are all wireless. They’ve improved the guitar a significant amount and have added a cool feature to it as well. The guitar contains this audio circle type thing that will help you calibrate the responsiveness of the controls. This will definitely appeal to the hardcore Rock Band player who is very adamant about how his instrument controls. On top of this, the strum bar has been upgraded to feel more genuine and sturdy and to prevent the fear of breaking it while playing.
As for the drums, well, we’ve all seen the $299 premium drums. They had them on display for my hands-on opportunity and, unsurprisingly, they felt very good. The cymbals are placed by choice and, though they are color-coded, they truly have no significance on the title at all. You can hit the cymbal, but the song will continue to play as expected. The only time you’ll hear a cymbal sound while playing is during a fill section where the game will recognize the difference between a tom and the cymbal itself. Just so you’re aware, the default drum kit that comes packaged with the title will provide slots in order for you to attach the cymbals themselves, so you won’t be forced to buy the entire premium package.
That covers the instrument changes, so I’ll dive into the new features the title provides for fans either continuing their love of the title or newcomers picking up their instruments for the very first time. The World Tour mode has been completely revamped to avoid the generic “play 5 songs, unlock 5 songs” mentality that seems to be prevalent amongst music rhythm titles now-a-days. Instead, World Tour will include Tour Challenges that will give you the chance to complete certain song objectives. The coolest part about these challenges is their dynamic element. Custom challenges will pop up depending on what songs you have downloaded onto your console. So, if you happen to have The Who album available, you may see a “The Who Challenge” icon displayed for you to complete.
The other portion of the World Tour is Battle of the Bands. This new addition will allow ... (continued on next page)
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- 5:08am EDT - July 16th, 2008
first comment. i think that rock band 2 will be great.
- 5:17am EDT - July 16th, 2008
again, rock band = better than guitar hero because made by harmonix
- 5:19am EDT - July 16th, 2008
Is Lenny Kravitz or Prince in Rock Band or Guitar Hero?
- 5:48am EDT - July 16th, 2008
Thanks for the write-up Dave. Rock Band 2 is my most anticipated game at E3. I'm thrilled to hear about the setlist and the new career challenges. Thanks for the great info! Keep it up.
- 5:57am EDT - July 16th, 2008
I can't wait!....i'm getting this the first day it comes out....period! :)
- 6:20am EDT - July 16th, 2008
this game sounds great
- 7:24am EDT - July 16th, 2008
Soo.. what does the normal drum kit look like thats packaged with the game? does it look like the standard drum kit from rb1 with some attachment slots? or does it sport the cool curved design of the new one?
sorry for the newb questions, im just a little confused this morning >_>
- 10:18am EDT - July 16th, 2008
will think about getting a new rockband 2 guitar but wont be getting more drums, cant wait for RB2
- 11:27am EDT - July 16th, 2008
This is gonna be sweet!
- 5:08pm EDT - July 16th, 2008
Can't wait for this. Saw the gameplay vid of "the ace of spades" track
BRING ON MORE METAL!!!!
- 7:47pm EDT - July 16th, 2008
Does the guitar and drum kit of RB can be used on RB2??
- 6:50pm EDT - July 18th, 2008
AC DC WAS IN THPS4!! research your claims first, Dave.
- 5:22am EDT - July 19th, 2008
If they were to put some Dream Theater on the setlist, I'm in. The Glass Prison would put all those people think Through The Fire & Flames hard into hosptials with serve finger spams.
- 11:56am EDT - July 20th, 2008
$300 dollars for thr drums?
- 8:26pm EDT - July 20th, 2008
suhhweeet. and that $300 drum set. oh yea getting that. if anyone knows azeraction and ibiteprettyhard from youtube/rockband youd know they be getting that set too lol :P
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