Rock Band 2 for 360 hits the road

MTV Games, Harmonix, and Electronic Arts bid bon voyage to rhythm rocker as they send it to stores for its Sunday launch.

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Microsoft's Xbox 360 exclusivity window on Rock Band 2 kicks off this Sunday, as the tandem of MTV Games, Harmonix, and Electronic Arts have announced that their latest rhythm game is shipping to stores and will go on sale this Sunday, September 14.

While the stand-alone version of the Xbox 360 game and individual guitar and drum peripherals will launch this weekend, a full bundle including both instruments, a mic, and the game should follow next month. The game will arrive on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, and Wii later this year.

Rock Band 2 adds a number of new features to last year's critically acclaimed original, including automatic calibration to compensate for TV lag, "no fail" and online World Tour modes, and backward compatibility with the original game's downloadable content. For an additional $5 fee, owners of the original can transfer most of that game's on-disc set list for play in the sequel. Harmonix is also allowing players to order Rock Band apparel and figures from within the game.

The Xbox 360 game will sell for $59.99, while the wireless Rock Band 2 drum kit is set at $89.99. A wireless Fender Stratocaster controller will sell for $69.99. Other companies will also be getting in on the instrument action, with Mad Catz offering a licensed Fender bass guitar controller, and ION releasing a $299 drum kit complete with cymbals and an all-metal kick drum pedal.

For more on the game, check out GameSpot's Rock Band 2 launch center.

Discussion

78 comments
mikesea
mikesea

So when is it being released in the UK? We can download the content, but we ain't got the game !!! Any ideas?

ctg867
ctg867

Pass. I'm waiting on World Tour. I preferred RB1 over GH3 last year, but I feel the opposite so far this year. We'll see after they're both out.

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

Holdwick Posted Sep 11, 2008 3:50 pm GMT (hide) Very cool, this game looks awesome!!! I can't wait for them to test run it (public test) with the Xbox 360 owners and then fix the bugs! After that they will release the really awesome, no bug version on the PS3 (which then I'll buy it)! I have both consoles but much prefer the awesomeness of quick loading, quietness, and much better graphics of the PS3 over the roaring loudness of the overheating red ring of death device,the Xbox 360! ------------------------------------------------------ You obviously dont own either console, if you think the PS3 is quiet and fast loading compared to the 360 you are mistaken. My 360 (Elite)is just as quiet as my PS3 (60GB) and it loads a lot faster. I'm not knocking my PS3 I play it all the time, but facts are facts.

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

Hate Rock band and Guitar Hero, I'm so crap at them!!!! Samba De Ameigo is more my style (easy).

Pete5506
Pete5506

I'm so pumped for this game

blacknight101
blacknight101

The $300 kit doubles as an electronic drum kit.

abeard424
abeard424

anyone who actually buys that 300 dollar drumset is a moron. they could buy a legitimate drumset for a little more money

pwner372
pwner372

I preordered the gsme so i could get a free pimping t-shirt, which I would have bought the game first day anyway. also i like how the 360 will get a great version of the game and some how in the process the ps3 version will be filled with bugs.

roboticCoward
roboticCoward

To all PS3 owners: Yes the 360 will get Rock Band first, but which edition of the game will get the most bugs? ;-o There's no reason to be bitter I think.

seanisgod
seanisgod

@ threedown And congratulations, you just spent $300 on fake drums!

threedown
threedown

i have the ion drumset and game ordered on amazon! says ill get it by the 19th! woowoo

dmish82
dmish82

It's a shame this is another timed exclusive. Unfortunately, I'll be waiting until October, which is the month of a million releases on the PS3. Urghhhhh

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

Hey 200 songs to play with at launch with 300 more before the end of the year... can't beat that! The Rock Band songs I purchased throughout the year won't go to waste!

Lostboy1224
Lostboy1224

Oh, I wish it was Sunday already. If they hadn't changed the game (making the world tour for single players too) then I probably wouln't have pre-ordered it. But now I am all for it. Then I got the Guitar Hero World tour game coming for even more songs.

Holdwick
Holdwick

Very cool, this game looks awesome!!! I can't wait for them to test run it (public test) with the Xbox 360 owners and then fix the bugs! After that they will release the really awesome, no bug version on the PS3 (which then I'll buy it)! I have both consoles but much prefer the awesomeness of quick loading, quietness, and much better graphics of the PS3 over the roaring loudness of the overheating red ring of death device,the Xbox 360! :D

4esth
4esth

I'm just getting the game, then getting the GHWT bundle. I've been using the gibson GH guitars with rockband anyway. I never liked the fender.

Warshock
Warshock

WHAT?!?!? RUFFLUFFS GHWT HAS TOOL!?!?!?!.. well.. if that godsend is true.. then... GHWT wins...

bropie
bropie

bjoplin35, the drums in GHWT are basically a 5 piece drum set....i don't see how you can get more realistic than that...and GHWT actually thinks about the people in Aus....unlike RB.

ruffluffs
ruffluffs

Both GHWT and Rock band have a pretty impressive lineup Rock band 2 has Elvis Costello, Squeeze,GHWT has Tool, ATDI

neonblueshadow
neonblueshadow

@julianwelton why are you wasting your time and cognitive strength trying to figure out? you've already seen the quality of the average comment board post I'm sure. I overhead someone saying this at PAX this year: "Guitar Hero is all about skill, but Rockband is just like a party game" .........so rockband doesn't involve skill?

neonblueshadow
neonblueshadow

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julianwelton
julianwelton

@1nverted: That's a stupid thing to say, how has GH changed gaming for the worse, or at all for that matter?

1nverted
1nverted

These guitar/band games are becoming far too popular. The guitar hero generation of gamers are ruining the industry.

monkeyluffy
monkeyluffy

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monkeyluffy
monkeyluffy

honestly fan boys should shut the fudge up! I mean I love rock band and honestly ill probably prefer it over GHWT, BUT saying that the songs suck is stupid since some of the songs are from same artist but a different track. Its stupid to say that the songs are horrible just because they are not in the game you like. Its just ignorant

bjoplin35
bjoplin35

World Tour is going to SUCK! The drums aren't even realistic. They look too easy. And the graphics haven't changed since Guitar Hero II. And the track list so far is horrible. At least the good songs they have are on Rock Band 2 as well and will probably be much better quality.

tonicmole
tonicmole

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LeviHarris
LeviHarris

That's kind of shoddy. I just reserved my copy at a local gamestop and the a-holes told me that the bundle was coming out this sunday. I paid all of my money for the bundle, and now this article tells me I won't get it?! What the ess, Harmonix. My crappy plastic drums need to be replaced by a strong healthy medal pedal!!! I'll be over here pouting...

Wula_
Wula_

this is nice to know that the 360 version comes out sooner so I can find out via reviews if its worth picking up for the PS3 when that is launched. Or wait till I see the reviews of World Tour comes out then determine from there.

mvsteelersfan
mvsteelersfan

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combatsoldier
combatsoldier

To be honest. I have a guitar and am not good at playing it. However playing this as a game is tons of fun. I use to be like what ever. Then I actually tried it. Now all I can say is....Im hooked and will be buying it as soon as possible.

Raztix
Raztix

I will be getting this, I love Rock Band on my PS3. I have 214 songs downloaded. But for those who say Guitar Hero World Tour sucks or it might etc etc. GH:WT Has Beat it! Enough said. Listen to the song, Van Halen did the guitar, and the solo is a face melter. Slash did the Solos live in concerts.

football_legend
football_legend

@RoC1909, when it comes to instruments and features, World Tour is up. But... I like the way Harmonix is treating it as a platform and not a game. So the songs I buy will easily be transferred to a future RB game. And GH forces u to buy songs for individual games. Also the fact that Harmonix with good practices like throwing away 20 DLC songs for free, and 5$ only for importing RB 1 songs, now thats where a investment is worthwhile dont you think?

foxhound_fox
foxhound_fox

I really do hate modern gaming. Why don't they release the bundle straight up with the game? Why am I forced to pay more for something? Oh that's right... because they can charge whatever they want. I am really taking a second look at Rock Band and other western rhythm games now... I don't even know if I want to get Rock Band 2 now that I have to wait an extra month just to pay what everything should cost. For the $50 I would save by buying the bundle I could get a Beatmania IIDX controller...

RoC1909
RoC1909

@football_legend I think the exact OPPOSITE. With all of the additions to GH:WT, I am thinking THAT is the game to get and will be better than RB2. RB2's feature set / additions do not seem to be as extreme as the features added to GH:WT. And I am not talking about the added instruments. Read up and you might change your mind.

saturo123
saturo123

It's gonna be hard to sleep on Saturday night

jediknightoms
jediknightoms

So when they say "later this year" exactly how much later because I cant f****** wait to get my hands on the ps3 version

gnbfd
gnbfd

*waits for PS3 version*

gnbfd
gnbfd

*waits for PS3 version*

football_legend
football_legend

I'll get the PS3 version when it hits. But I dont think GH world Tour sounds attractive compared to RB 2.

mach-stem
mach-stem

systemfan1188: several people CAN play instruments as well as play these games. To think otherwise is ignorant and stupid on your part. Nobody respects people who oppose something without validation of their opinion. I don't play that much, but my wife does and at times I play with her. I sing, since I can't play an instrument worth a crap, and I tried (I am 30yrs old) PEACE

OmegaBob
OmegaBob

@systemfan1188 Should I also go out and get a real gun, shoot real people and steal their cars... for real?

jstarzyk
jstarzyk

I'm so excited! Can't wait to pick this up on Sunday.

konradak
konradak

Sweet cannot wait :) After I pay bills it's off to get this! Lol.

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

Meh ill pass, someone i know will pay for it and ill play for free .... too much dang money for one game honestly ..............

casesomething
casesomething

YoJim8obaJoe: "chargeing to transfer songs that you already have?man now I know they'd take a dump on there mum if offered some money.Greedy buggers" wrong. not greedy. generous. harmonix had to pay a second time for all the rights to all the songs (except 3 because they were too expensive). we're lucky to even have this feature. it costed them a lot of money to do it, and they have to make money somehow. also it isnt in any way mandatory.