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The Fun Parts
Rock Band 2 makes up for all the things that were missing from the original Rock Band to make this title the real thing. They included all the features found on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 versions on the Wii version.
The interface is a lot more user-friendly, characters can now play any of the instruments, and rockers can drop in and jam and then leave when they have to go.
New gamers can switch to "No Fail" mode and play a few quick songs without having to learn the game play and enjoy the visual and audible entertainment included with Rock Band without the challenge of having to play the instruments.
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The Bad Parts
The Wii Game Console version of Rock Band 2 does have a few frame rate issues that don't pop-up often but do cause the character animations to be a little jerky occasionally.
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The Graphical Story
Rock Band 2 for the Wii Game Console has a visual presentation that is a rank below that you'll see on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 versions, but the Wii is a little underpowered in comparison, so this is to be expected. Still, the visual textures and details of the instruments, crowds, and characters are pretty good and add nicely to the entertainment value of the experience.
The visual effects certainly lack the visual bang of the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions, lacking detail and looking a little dull at times, but for the most part looking good. The World Tour mode presentation is especially amazing and slick as you get a bird's eye view of the world.
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Sounds in the Game
Rock Band 2 has the biggest and most diverse sound track I have ever heard on a video game, featuring some of rock history's most popular acts singing master tracks. Classic tracks include tunes by The Who, Guns N Roses, Bon Jovi, and AC/DC. More modern tracks are also include such as You Outta Know, So What'cha Want, and Man in the Box.
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Rock Band 2 allows you to create your own character or even your own band with up to four members using an amazing array of customization options, including hairstyles, shoes, clothing,and instruments, but unfortunately were not able to use our Mii, yet. Once you're ready you can take your band or yourself on tour to amass the fame, fortune, and fans you need to unlock more entertainment options. You can even take your band online and compete in Battle of the Bands challenges to see who is really the best. The online play is seamless which makes the experience a lot more fun.
Rock Band 2 comes with 84 songs, but you can also download more via the in-game music store using Wii Points purchased from the Wii Shop Channel. You can preview the songs before you purchase them and download new songs every week to give you something new to play.
Guitar Hero III and Guitar Hero: World Tour instruments will also work with Rock Band 2, which is nice if you want to try Rock Band and only have instruments from one of these games.
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The Final Word
Rock Band 2 is a solid gaming experience. With the upgrades of the drum kit, the addition of very nicely done online content and modes, and the ability to create your own rocker or band with up to four members and take them online to compete against the world, Rock Band 2 gets my nod as an experience that can't be missed.