Monday, September 3, 2007

Guitar Hero II - 4 stars

Great game, endless fun.

Even the "Face-Off" modes (as contrasted to the specified "Co-op" mode) seem to be more cooperative rather than competitive, since it seems like "I play a section, now you play a section" sort of dueling banjos style, except with a lot less competitive spirit in the "dueling."

My biggest gripe with this game is that Microsoft won't release the hardware specs to allow them to make wireless guitar controllers. Also, the guitars are an eyesore when you're not playing, since they sit around in your living room looking like cheap plastic toy guitars (which is exactly what they are).

The music industry needs to get its head out of its ass and start allowing people to license their tracks so games like this aren't stuck with second-tier songs. They're still fun, but we'd really like to see some big-name popular songs on it. Supposedly Rock Band (due out in late 2007) has the backing of MTV, so maybe they'll be able to swing some better licensing deals for that.

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