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Guitar Hero II is the second installment in the extremely popular Guitar Hero series developed by Harmonix Music Systems, and was released on the Xbox 360 in April 2007.
Just like in the other Guitar Hero games the aim is to use your guitar controller to simulate playing the song, by hitting the coloured notes at the correct time to ensure the song you're playing will sound through correctly.
The game is incredibly addictive, great fun, good for all ages and is an excellent multiplayer game with friends and family.
There are 4 difficulty settings:
Easy - For absolute beginners
Medium - For average people
Hard - Once you've been playing a while, hard becomes a great challenge
Expert - Hard to master, but very satisfying when you do!
A negative of Guitar Hero II is that all but four of the songs featured in the main set list are cover versions, they are extremely good cover versions, but when you're playing a song by an artist you know well - you will notice the difference. This will not spoil your fun though!
All in all, if you enjoy playing any of the other Guitar Hero series', then you will love Guitar Hero II, and it is backward-compatible with the Guitars from the latest spawns of the popular title.
Guitar Hero 2 is the first Guitar Hero game to be released on the Xbox 360 and proved to be highly successful. You use the included Xplorer guitar or the consoles controller itself to strum musical notes at the correct time which are indicated by a certain colour, and these notes, when hit, produce the sound heard.
The Xplorer guitar comes with most packages of the game and is a plastic guitar you plug in to the 360 console via a wire; unfortunately a wireless version doesn't exist. The guitar has a green, red, yellow, blue and orange button, along with a strum bar which must be hit in junction with the correct colour as a note appears on the screen.
The songs you play in the game are mainly from the older period and include songs such as "Cherry Pie" and the famous, yet difficult, "Freebird". The game allows you to play through a Career mode where you simply play gigs all over the world. This gets pretty old quickly, and unfortunately the game doesn't include multiplayer via Xbox Live. This leaves you with only Quickplay to play and practise songs in or offline multiplayer to play your friends on. Much fun is to be had, but the songs can drag on after a while.
Guitar Hero 2 is the popular sequel to the PS2 Game Guitar Hero. Release on Xbox 360 in April 2007 with additional content this game uses a guitar shapped controller to simulate playing real songs. There are 5 buttons at the top of the guitar which act as chords, and a strum and whammy bar for strumming and changing the sound.
The game has many songs (some cover versions) from 1960's to 2000's, which involves playing scrolling notes by pressing the corresponding coloured button and simultaneously strumming the strum bar. You can use a normal Xbox 360 controller for this but it takes away from alot of the fun. 'Hammer on' and pull'off' functions have been added for GH2 to add to the realism of the game.
The career mode offers the choice of about 8 made up rockstars for you to play as, with 3 unlockable characters available to purchase from the in game store. Downloadable content is also available on Xbox Live.
The career consists of playing set lists for 8 different venues. Many of the songs become unlocked to play individually once you have passed them, additionaly the encore song from each set also is unlocked once passed.
Easy mode consists of 3 buttons, medium 4, hard 5 and Expert 5 and a crazy fast scrolling screen display. If you can get to grips with expert you truly are a guitar hero!
2 player mode in available in 3 different forms - Cooperative, Face-Off, and Pro Face-Off. Co-op involves a 2 player career with one person playing lead guitar and one playing base. Face off mean you both play the same song (on whatever difficulty you want) and the winner is determined by score and difficulty level. Pro Face-off is the same as face off but both players have to play the same difficulty.
Overall a great game with some great songs to play.
Guitar Hero II explodes onto Xbox 360 with over 70 songs and the revolutionary X-Plorer Guitar Controller. Choose from a wild group of rockers and jam at concert venues that grow in size as your rock career progresses. Play with a friend and shred riffs cooperatively, or go head-to-head in multiplayer modes like Pro Face-Off.