Guitar Hero II still rockingShawn Drotar

Posted on June 21st, 2007 in Gaming, Playstation 2, Xbox 360, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

It’s been months, and my Guitar Hero II hunger has not yet been sated.

Still the go-to game for parties (and my wife), GH2’s pitch-perfect play keeps everyone coming back for more, and the game’s flawless learning curve means that I’m always surprising myself by being able to play a song that I never would have imagined attempting just a few weeks earlier.

Even though the game’s been on the PS2 for what seems like forever, even with the guitar issues that manifested themselves early on for the Xbox 360, even with the overpriced song packs on Xbox Live, Guitar Hero II endures, simply due to the first rule of game design - gameplay first, gameplay last.

The NPD sales numbers for May don’t lie: The game sold 184,000 copies for the Xbox 360 last month, and 131,000 more for the PS2, ranking them seventh and tenth for the month, respectively.

Now Eurogamer is reporting that more downloadable content is on it’s way next month, in the form of new song packs.

Here’s hoping that Red Octane mixes things up a bit from the cheese-metal paradigm, either going more modern - the bouncy, refreshing “Dead!” by My Chemical Romance is almost unique in the game’s set list - or veering towards funk, or even borrowing from the PS2’s 80s Edition.

Sure, I’m as interested in the upcoming Guitar Hero III and the competing Rock Band as much as anyone, but what’s the rush? I need more time to perfect my Primus, anyway.

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  1. John said,

    on June 22nd, 2007 at 9:39 am

    Did you ever get your guitar controller fixed? I know you weren’t getting an answer from Red Octane.

  2. Shawn Drotar said,

    on June 22nd, 2007 at 1:22 pm

    John, I have gotten an RMA, and Red Octane’s PR was kind enough to send a new one.

    While things still took far longer than they should have, they have been taken care of, and now that the initial rush on release is over, Red Octane said that they expect a faster turnaround time on defective items; and they expect less of those now, too.

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