Guitar Hero II

Cameron Nutter - Staff Reviewer

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GAME TECH INFO

Computer Platform: PlayStation 2 (Sony)
Produced by: Harmonix
Price Range: $31-40
Learning curve time: 1-2 hrs.
Age level: All Ages
ESRB Rating: T (Teen)
Patches / Upgrades: None
System Requirements: Guitar Controller

     Reviewed By: Cameron (evileye)
     VOLUNTEER GUEST REVIEWER

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Genre: Other Rhythm / Music
Christian Rating: 3 of 5 (average)
Gameplay: 5 of 5 (excellent)
Violence: 5 of 5 (none)
Adult Content: 4 of 5 (barely present)

 

Guitar Hero II.  Illustration copyrighted.

This review is based on a older game that already has a sequels. During this review, I will be comparing the negatives and positives of this game based on Guitar Hero III

May or may not apply to the 360 version of Guitar Hero II

Story:
You are a local band that no-one even knows about. You and your three closest friends are trying to make it big time. You practice, and you make tons of calls to try and book concerts. Finally, you get a call from the local school who wants to get a band for the dance. You happen to know a few songs that people can dance to, so you sign up. Very soon, your playing around the U.S. and the world.

Violence: Well, your character still smashes really awesome guitars.

Language: Some of the songs do have very mild language, but the worst of it was edited. When you do the tutorial, the narrator does use the “F” word a few times, but it bleeps it out each time. Besides that its not going to get worse than d***, h*** or a***. The Lords name is used in vain, once in one song its used over four times, because it repeated in a verse. Its not bleeped.

Sexual Content:One of the female characters got a bit skimpy. There are two particular songs that are very offensive to many. One can be avoided, but one is a cover, and it has to be played to continue with the game. Some of the other songs might have very slight references, but nothing more too major.

Spiritual Content: Like the last game, every song is secular. Not a single Christian song. Also there is a lot more “heavy metal” songs, which some strong Christians might think is very ‘satanic’. But unless you can pick up more spiritual things very deep inside some of the songs, then thats about it. Though there is one song that talks about witches, burning crosses and a lot of other satanic things. This song can’t be skipped if you want to finish the game.

Graphics: In this game, the updated the crowd very well. Most of them do have faces and you can see when they are doing things. The problem is that crowd has only two actions. Head bang or raise fist. Everyone in the crowd is doing one or the other. The character models look much nicer, and they can play guitar very well still. Though I can’t confirm this for Guitar Hero II, they look very close to be playing the correct chords for the songs that they are playing.

Controls: As the previous installment, the Guitar Controller is the only reason that this game can even play. They slightly updated the original controller, and added more strength to the whammy, among other things. It still feels as great as ever, and it does make you feel like your a guitar hero.

Guitar Hero 2

Sound: First off, as in the previous game, most of the cover songs are remade. Only two are done by the original artists. They, personally, did a worse job re-doing a few of the songs. While some of them sound great, they really messed up on a lot of songs vocals. But even so, they really got together a very good sound track. Over 50 songs, including Woman, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Stop, Last Child, Heart Shaped Box, Free Bird, Beast and the Harlot, Six, Light that Blinds, and the famous-infamous TROGDOR. Most sounds very impressive, and the songs make you feel like your really on stage. There are a few songs that don’t belong in a rock game, or really don’t belong on this planet. How they made it into a rock game is beyond me.

Final Conclusion: This being my first Guitar Hero game, I have put over 500+ hours into it, and I’ve not even had it for a year now. Its extremely addicting, it has a great sound track. Its got good gameplay, lots of replay value. I compare all my music oriented games to this one.

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Year of Release — 2006




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