Guitar Hero II is awesome

by Mike

Guitar Hero II
Personally, I’m not a big gamer at all. I rarely, if ever, play any games on my Mac (as if there were any, haha!) and will occasionally play for a few minutes on my DS or PSP. That being said, I am absolutely, positively addicted to Guitar Hero II on the PS2 (also on Xbox 360, but I don’t own it). If you’ve never heard of it, read on, as I’m going to tell you why it’s, well, awesome.

Firstly, it’s different. I’m not going around shooting monsters, which is admittedly entertaining, or trying to reach the end of some level by jumping through obstacles. Instead, you use the special guitar-shaped controller to play the notes in some awesome rock songs. Even though it took 15 frustrating minutes to finally teach my fingers which button controls which note, it was worth it because of how much I’m enjoying the game now.

The actual game is based around a band you create. Your band will go to shows and play songs; simple enough. There are “sets” of four songs which each get progressively harder to complete. To unlock a new set on a certain level of difficulty, you need to beat 3 of the 4 songs in a set. Let me tell you, it starts easy, even on the medium difficulty, but it gets harder, much harder. Right now it hurts to type because of how much I’ve been moving my fingers on those damn keys!

I sort of mentioned the difficulty levels, but I’ll describe them a little more in a list:

  • Easy: only 3 notes, very slow
  • Medium: 4 notes, quick
  • Hard: all 5 notes, wicked fast
  • Expert: still 5 notes, fast

Right now, I’m playing on medium and that’s giving me a challenge.

Now, I went out and bought a PS2 for this game specifically (my old one was broken); most people probably won’t do that, but if you find your old PS2 in a corner and want to give it a new life, invest $80 for the package of Guitar Hero II + the guitar controller. I’m telling you, you won’t regret it.

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6 reviews or comments

Andi Says: May 5, 2007 at 9:03 am

…and anyone now willing to insult guitar playing/players could just learn to play guitar instead of doing this clownery ;)…

Sam Says: May 6, 2007 at 4:05 pm

Funny you’ve just picked up on Guitar Hero 2 around the same time that I did. Never seen it in action before, my mate gave me it because his ps2 broke. I played it 5 hours straight the first time and finished it on Medium before putting it down. Having grown up playing real guitar helped I guess because when I gave it to my (button bashing addicted) flatmate, he spent an hour or two getting used to it, but he’s now addicted aswel. I’m now on HARD and things are frustratingly addictive.
But I can finish Wolfmother – Woman on EXPERT, yes I’m pretty proud of myself aswel.

Mike Says: May 9, 2007 at 4:33 pm

@Sam: I’m still stuck on medium — some songs I can get 5 stars, most 4 stars, but there are still a handful that I just can’t get past the 3 star rating. I’ve tried playing Shout at the Devil on Hard and, much to my dismay, was booed off the stage rather quickly. 😛

@Brandon: I can’t decide if I want that feature or not because it would be pretty damn cool, but I don’t want to be playing Woman 20 times just to boost my ego. 😀

Daniel Says: May 24, 2007 at 10:56 am

I picked up the first guitar hero a couple months after it was released. I became addicted instantly, and when number 2 came out, i already had a reserved copy. I have beaten both games on expert. But the only song i have NEVER passed on expert is Buckethead’s – Jordan on guitar hero 2. Extremely fast, thousands, if not a million notes, and slams you in the face during the solo. I keep trying, but to no avail. I wonder if i’ve reached my limit?

reginald finley Says: December 3, 2007 at 9:52 am

Why don’t you sod off and learn to play a proper instrument.

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