CES 07: Guitar Hero II Hands-On

We rock and roll with the 360 version of the popular rhythm game and get the scoop on a few new songs.

LAS VEGAS--These days, few industry secrets are better kept than the set lists for upcoming Guitar Hero games. We all has our favorite rockers we hope to strum to in the next game, and the folks at Red Octane are understandably protective of the information. The upcoming release of Guitar Hero II for the Xbox 360 will mark the debut of the game on the system, and we had a chance to rock out to a few songs to see how the game is shaping up.

In addition to all the tracks from the PlayStation 2 version of Guitar Hero II, GHII for the Xbox 360 will include 10 new songs not seen in the PS2 game. While we don't know the full list yet, Red Octane has announced five of the new songs that will be in the game:

Pearl Jam -- "Life Wasted"
Rick Derringer -- "Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo"
My Chemical Romance -- "Dead!"
Deep Purple -- "Hush"
Alice Cooper -- "Billion Dollar Baby"

Due to limited time with the game, we only had a chance to try out one of the new songs: "Life Wasted," a song we weren't familiar with but one whose driving beat and clever, tricky meter in the chorus made for a challenge both on bass and guitar when played in co-op.

The other song we tried out was the Buckethead scorcher "Jordan," a song that's found in the PS2 version of Guitar Hero II. It gave us a great chance to take the Xbox 360-exclusive guitar for a spin. Right off the bat we can say that this guitar has some definite advantages over the Gibson SG models found in the PS2 game. For one, it's got a cool new X-shaped design based on the Gibson X-Plorer model guitar. It also feels a bit sturdier than the PS2 model, and the fret buttons are a marked improvement over the PS2 model--firmer and less liable to wiggle under your fingers. It didn't help us beat "Jordan" on "hard" difficulty, but then few things could have.

Red Octane is still staying mum on most of its online plans for Guitar Hero II, but we do know you will be able to download songs from Xbox Live. Whether that means older songs from the original Guitar Hero or entirely new song packs remains to be seen. We do know the game will include online leaderboards so you can post your high scores for definitive rock-and-roll bragging rights over your buddies. There's more to learn about Guitar Hero II leading up to release, including the release of the final five songs on the list of tunes. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

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308 comments
mustang03
mustang03

or maybe scorpions, BTO, Stones, bob seger, thin lizzy expose some people to some exceptional classic rock

mustang03
mustang03

hope some of the exclusive songs not yet revealed are classic rock. maybe some styx, led zeppelin, cream etc...

Domobran-
Domobran-

Some Soundgarden would be crazy, maybe next time I hope

xombie5
xombie5

Why can't they have any Beatles or Stones or anything good?

conkerblade
conkerblade

they need slipknot, killswich engage, and unearth

Nakkie34
Nakkie34

I dont know if they have THE ACE OF SPADES in there but that would be great. They should also include Cold hard **** from jet I dont know if i'm gonna get this game but i think it is great

DarthRevan109
DarthRevan109

jroder has got it right, some U2 would be great

Pangamaster
Pangamaster

I AM THE IRONMAN I CAN"T WAIT TO GET THIS GAME I AM THE IRONMAN I WILL GET THIS GAME IF MY MY MOM SAYS I Can

BOSSMAN_2004
BOSSMAN_2004

I have $30 worth of Best Buy Reward Zone gift cards that I have been waiting to use on something good and I will finaly put them to use to buy this game

kim_nielsen
kim_nielsen

haloBoy04 - Will there bee Slipknot on the 360 version or is it just something you hope, It would bee so nice if there are...

DesmondPills
DesmondPills

is there going to be online mp? like 1 on 1 obviously

Mr_Butterworth
Mr_Butterworth

MCR freaken SUXX!!! They Better put some REAL punk on there!

jroder
jroder

I Just beat the PS2 version on expert finally. And I just pre-ordered this one due to the downloadable songs. Thats going to rock. I hope they can get a steady pace of songs coming out though. I would love to play some U2 or Muse. And I hope I can hear the songs over my 360 :(

Wolverine77
Wolverine77

The wait is killing me. I already have mine preordered and half paid for at gamestop. I hope it is march 23rd instead of april tho

hello12367890
hello12367890

i just read in my new xbox mag that iron maiden the trooper was a song

ShellShocker42
ShellShocker42

hope theres some system in there! cigaro! shimmy! otxicity! chop suey! yeah ****

timts
timts

it sucks that they dont allow the original controller to be used on xbox 360 with converter. I already own a ps2 guitar controller, now it has to sit and eat dust when I have to spend money for a new 360 one. I want to play it with my friends without breaking the bank

SwirvyIrvy
SwirvyIrvy

is that just a random guess? also is that us or uk date? also with the metallica licensing i think they should allow it especially how they've got a new album coming out get some publicity through a game at least! maybe its because they dont want to license the songs before the bus tragedy as they dont think its right, im not sure, but i dont see why they'd do that pantera was on the last game! ah well guess i'll never be able to play master of puppets :(

playdoh2005
playdoh2005

I think the game may be coming out on march the 23rd.

01casey
01casey

alienkiller, have you even heard dead! by MCR? it has an awesome kickass solo near the end!

stuarthanley
stuarthanley

This game is awesome on the PS2 and will be even greater on the 360!

jerami
jerami

This game WILL change my life...I can't wait.

AL13NK1LL3R
AL13NK1LL3R

this game is goin be a bad a**!!!!! i cant wait till it comes out but idk why they put my chemical romance in there.. their not a good band.. they should put metallica, more songs of van halen and ac/dc, gun n roses..

xnight_ninjax
xnight_ninjax

this game is going to be so bad ass on the 360

mslocum
mslocum

What a waste of time.

Eyechakra
Eyechakra

buckethead is so f*cking awesome!

bagumbo21
bagumbo21

first guitar hero rocked on ps2, ill be one of the first to buy this game, for sure, in fact im goin to pre-order it now, well try to pre-order it, im sure this game will be as good as its ps2 brother

ryujiikata
ryujiikata

I want to play MCR. :( First it's DDR's online play, now it's GH's exclusives. Music games are the only tihng spurring me to the Xbox console and I hate it. *sigh*

Dead_Methany
Dead_Methany

The day I play a My Chemical Romance song is the day I castrate myself with the SG controller (yes, it would take some work to pull that off, too). You will never see Metallica songs in a GH game, unless they get their heads out of their a**es. They are stingy with their licensing. As with Led Zep, and I believe AC/DC. I can't see why anyone would really deny their music be put in the game... they have to be payed royalties i'm sure, and even if they aren't, hell, its free advertising... And I AM happy to see that they are reporting an Iron Maiden song. Note to self: message Red Octane about putting some Black Dahlia Murder in the game. Double note to self: Start practicing more in case this game is fully only.

silverchief
silverchief

wow!!! I can't wait for this game to be released!!! I'm a classic/hardcore rock fan who never bought the PS2, so this looks freakin awesome! Even though I hold way more respect for Iron Maiden and Deep Purple, I can't deny that I'm pumped to play "Dead!" by My Chemical Romance. They get written off a lot as a "Lame ass emo band", but in reality, they kick a lot of ass musically. Plus, Dead! has an awesome solo in it...

baseballkid7
baseballkid7

Is there an official date on this game besides 'March'? I'm dieing to know and play this!!!!!

TheGreatSteak
TheGreatSteak

I just hope that metallica isnt on here... even though i have a 360 (and the ps2 with a copy of GH2 on it), it would be stupid to get another copy for one song....

pondarosa
pondarosa

Dave, my friend says that happens to him. He says it's a good idea to take a breather every couple of hours or so, he thinks it's due to having to pay attention to such a small portion of the screen with flashing dots for minutes on end.

sharpshooter188
sharpshooter188

oh god. note to self. never allow my chemical romance song to be unlocked. hated that band since it started...even on the east coast. -shiver-

spiderlou5592
spiderlou5592

I wish they could get Led Zpeelin or AC/DC songs in the game. That would absolutely rock out loud.

DaveTheBabe69
DaveTheBabe69

Does anyone else see the walls move/trippy effects after playing this game?

galstyan
galstyan

Does this game have Master of Puppets By Metallica? (It would have been great if it had BYOB by System of a Down, the guitar for that song is increadable!)

360gamerz
360gamerz

I wonder how much xtra gutairs will be

SeraphimRequiem
SeraphimRequiem

Finally! An Iron Maiden song. I agree about the price though. Hopefully it'll be the same price as the ps2 version... but I doubt it will. Probably at least $10 more.

BillyBr00t4l
BillyBr00t4l

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DAN845
DAN845

i can't wait for this game to come out

ldonyo
ldonyo

I wonder what the pricetag for the 360 version is going to be. I'll probably get it at some point, but it might be a while if the price is any higher than the $79.99 for the PS2 version with the controller.

polar-
polar-

What would REALLY rock is the song from ski or die's downhill blitz!!

SteveTwo
SteveTwo

Here are all 10 songs: * "Hush" - Deep Purple * "Dead!" - My Chemical Romance * "Billion Dollar Babies" - Alice Cooper * "Salvation" - Rancid * "Possum Kingdom" - Toadies * "Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo" - Rick Derringer * "Life Wasted" - Pearl Jam * "The Trooper" - Iron Maiden * "Drink Up" - Ounce of Self * "Kicked to the Curb" - Noble Rot