Rockband 2 for the Wii
I recently saw a magazine cover with the creator of Guitar Hero on it. The caption underneath said that this man didn’t even like video games, and yet he has created one of the biggest video game sensations, ever.
It used to be video games were pure escapism. You would play a hot chick with guns going through a series of adventures, or you could play a series of random shapes in order to fill lines ad infinitum. Now, there is a game that puts you in the music. Sure, there are points, but the real motivation is to get the tunes right.
I’ve talked about Guitar Hero III for the Wii before, and Rockband 2 for the Wii is quite terrific. Rockband was the first video game to incorporate a gaming microphone, drums, and gaming guitar all in its gameplay. The gameplay is almost identical to Guitar Hero: World Tour (also with instruments), with some exceptions.
First of all, Guitar Hero World Tour requires a Wiimote for every instrument that you have, but for Rockband 2, only one Wiimote is required. This way, the user does not have to invest in any more Wiimotes than he or she wants to.
The instruments themselves require three AA batteries to function, and all but the microphone is completely wireless. All you need to do is plug it in back, and it sends out a wireless signal. As long as the instruments are turned on and synced, the drums and guitar can be used as controllers.
Sure, the instruments will take up a lot of room in your house, and you might want to devote a Rockband room just for them. Something tells me there will be a lot of architects who will be designing home theater and “home performance” centers.
Except for some of the suggestive lyrics that are in the songs, Rockband 2 is a game that the entire family can play. I have very young children myself, and they had a hard time keeping up with the fast moving gameplay. Fortunately, you can turn off the function that will kick you off stage if your band playing sucks. Children have a hard time playing the guitar and don’t know the words to the songs, but they love banging on the drums.
Rockband 2 is available pretty much everywhere video games are sold. If you want the full set, it runs around $200.00, if you already have the original Rockband, I believe the original instruments are compatible with Rockband 2, so you can just buy the game for about $50.00.