Video-game review: ’Guitar Hero II’ delivers best performance yet on Xbox 360 RRS feed

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  • Exclusive extra features - most importantly the addition of bonus downloadable music tracks - make it the most rocking version yet.
        It’s hard to explain this game’s addictive lure until you try it for yourself. There’s just nothing else like it.

        For $89.99 you get the T-rated game and a slick, white plastic guitar that has all the buttons on the regular Xbox 360 controller. You could play with the controller, but that would be totally missing the point.


     If you somehow haven’t heard of the phenomenon that is "Guitar Hero," the premise is simple but very hard to master.

        You play as any number of rockers who grow fan followings working their way up from lowly high school auditoriums to big-time, sprawling sports arenas.
        The various game styles, which include career mode, are overshadowed by the insane gameplay, which is about as close to being in a rock band as most of us will ever get.
        There’s just something exhilarating about nailing the killer riffs in songs like Nirvana’s "Heart-shaped Box" - you feel like you’re really a live performer.
        In reality, all you’re doing is pressing a combination of buttons at just the right moment. But the fact that you’re standing up, wailing away on a toy guitar adds to the immersive quality.
        With two guitars, "Guitar Hero II" quickly becomes the ultimate party game as one plays lead and the other takes up rhythm or bass.
        For the most part, the Xbox 360 version is a pitch-perfect rendition of last year’s PS2 edition.
        But the next-gen console adds many features that make an already excellent game even better.
        You now can post and compare high scores with the Xbox Live online service.
        Most significantly, you can purchase new songs and download them to the console. I was a bit perturbed at the cost: for the equivalent of $6.25, you only get three songs.

    Thursday, April 26, 2007 12:03 PM