Playstation 2 Rock Band Special Edition

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Playstation 2 Rock Band Special Edition

FEATURED Playstation 2 Rock Band Special Edition

  • Bundle includes game, USB Hub, microphone, guitar and drum set peripherals
  • 45 licensed tracks from legendary rockers
  • Showcase a real drum solo with Rock Band’s freestyle drum fill Windows featured in each song
  • Vocalists can bring the crowd to their feet during Rock Band’s freestyle vocal fill windows. Ad-lib your own words or shout to the crowd to raise the rock intensity of the performance.
  • Build your own band and tour the world

Tap into your Rock & Roll fantasy as you pick your axe, form a band and tour for fame and fortune, all while sticking the rock credo of learning your instrument as you go in Rock Band.

Bring the house to its feet in Rock Band
For those about to rock!
Jam solo if that's your thing
Jam solo if that’s your thing.
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Or try multiplayer action
Or try multiplayer action.
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Step to the mic
Step to the mic.
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Drum like a wildman!
Or go Bonzo on the skins!
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Developed by Harmonix, creators of the blockbuster Guitar Hero franchise, Rock Band is an all-new platform for gamers ready to take on the challenges of the Rock & Roll lifestyle. Instruments available to players are guitar, bass, drums or vocals as they hit the road as either an aspiring superstar solo act, or for the first time in game genre history take on the true collaborative and challenging nature of music as they form a band and jam together in multiplayer action. Either way players will need to master their stage presence through the various game modes and polish their rock chops via the unrivaled Rock Band song list if they hope to make it out of the garage, into the clubs and finally on to the main stage.

What’s In the Box
Rock Band Special Edition for PlayStation 2 comes with everything you need to get you rocking right out of the box and includes: 1 wired guitar (for guitar & bass part), 1 wired mic, 1 wired drum kit peripheral, plus software, USB hub, drum sticks and guitar strap.

Extensive Game Modes.
Rock Band delivers four music games in one – challenging rockers to master lead guitar, bass guitar, drums and vocals through the five separate game modes.

  • Tutorial Mode: Master the basics! No need for experience. Pick your weapon of choice and ascend from beginner to rock god.
  • Practice Mode: Perfect your tune! Breakdown any part of any song at your preferred speed before hitting the main stage.
  • Quickplay Mode: Instant fix of fun! Jump into any unlocked song for some quick jam time either on your own or with other players.
  • Solo Tour Mode: Take it on the road! Pack up your instrument of choice and set out on the open road for a fun and challenging single player career.
  • Band World Tour Mode: Conquer the world! The journey to rock stardom takes you from small town bars to world-renowned venues. Earn fame and fortune along the way to secure rock star necessities.

A Song List That Goes to Eleven!
Built on unprecedented deals with top record labels and music publishers, the mix of remastered originals and covers that make up the epic Rock Band song list puts players in the shoes of legendary artists from day one. And with the promise of additional downloadable songs and albums you are sure to be rockin’ for some time to come. In addition to the 45 tracks listed below, Rock Band will also feature 13 songs ranging from a variety of established bands to up-and-coming independent artists that can be unlocked as you play through the game. Track list includes:

  • Rolling Stones, “Gimme Shelter”
  • Aerosmith, “Train Kept a Rollin'”
  • The Who, “Won’t Get Fooled Again”
  • Boston, “Foreplay/Long Time”
  • Mountain, “Mississippi Queen”
  • The Police, “Next to You”
  • David Bowie, “Suffragette City”
  • Black Sabbath “Paranoid”
  • Blue Oyster Cult, “Don’t Fear the Reaper”
  • The Ramones, “Blitzkrieg Bop”
  • Deep Purple, “Highway Star”
  • KISS, “Detroit Rock City”
  • Molly Hatchet, “Flirtin’ With Disaster”
  • The Outlaws, “Green Grass & High Tides”
  • Sweet, “Ballroom Blitz”
  • Rush, “Tom Sawyer”
  • Bon Jovi, “Wanted Dead or Alive”
  • The Clash, “Should I Stay or Should I Go”
  • Faith No More, “Epic”
  • R.E.M., “Orange Crush”
  • Iron Maiden, “Run to the Hills”
  • Foo Fighters, “Learn to Fly”
  • Metallica, “Enter Sandman”
  • Nirvana, “In Bloom”
  • Stone Temple Pilots, “Vasoline”
  • Weezer, “Say It Ain’t So”
  • Smashing Pumpkins, “Cherub Rock”
  • Radiohead, “Creep”
  • Beastie Boys, “Sabotage”
  • Hole, “Celebrity Skin”
  • Garbage, “I Think I’m Paranoid”
  • Soundgarden, “Black Hole Sun”
  • The Hives, “Main Offender”
  • Queens of the Stone Age, “Go With the Flow”
  • The Strokes, “Reptilia”
  • Jet, “Are You Gonna Be My Girl”
  • OK Go, “Here It Goes Again”
  • Nine Inch Nails, “The Hand That Feeds”
  • Pixies, “Wave of Mutilation”
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Maps”
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Dani California”
  • Coheed & Cambria, “Welcome Home”
  • Fallout Boy, “Dead on Arrival”
  • The Killers, “When You Were Young”
  • New Pornographers, “Electric Version”

Bonus Tracks:

  • The Konks, “29 Fingers”
  • Anarchy Club, “Blood Doll”
  • Freezepop, “Brainpower”
  • Death of the Cool, “Can’t Let Go”
  • The Acro-Brats, “Day Late, Dollar Short”
  • Honest Bob and the Factory-to-Dealer Incentives, “I Get By”
  • Flyleaf, “I’m So Sick”
  • Crooked X, “Nightmare”
  • Tribe, “Outside”
  • Bang Camaro, “Pleasure (Pleasure)”
  • Vagiant, “Seven”
  • The Mother Hips, “Time We Had”
  • Timmy and the Lords of the Underworld, “Timmy and the Lords of the Underworld”

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  1. 244 of 252 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A parent/20+ year drummer’s persective, December 26, 2007
    By 
    J. Welle “8TamaZ” (over the hills and through the woods) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Playstation 2 Rock Band Special Edition (Video Game)

    Seems I’m the first to review this on Amazon for the PS2 version. I read all the reviews for PS3, and there are minimal differences (character customization and online playing) that are absent for the PS2 version. I can’t really say those are a big deal to me, and I was really skeptical about this product. I haven’t played Guitar Hero, so I can’t make a comparison of the two.

    What I can say is this game is a BLAST to play. I read some reviews where people who are drummers (or are the girlfriends of drummers) are complaining about the quality of the drumset. Considering a high quality digital drumkit (Roland for example) is going to run you from $3,000 to $5,000, what do you expect for $170 (it ALSO includes a WIRELESS guitar controller plus the video game)? I am actually impressed with the kit, it seems durable so far (and I’ve laid in to the thing when getting in to a song), and I’m very surprised by the action of the drum pedal. It’s not a TAMA or DW pro-pedal, but it’s got great action “considering”.

    I would recommend buying a real pair of drumsticks (at a comfortable size for your playing). Not only are the included sticks smaller (kid sized), but they’re very roughly finished and you’re guaranteed to get nice and blistered real quick-like playing with the low grade sticks included. Personal recommendation for brand would be Vick Firth (or Promark) for sticks (just my opinion, there are others out there). Another “comfort” item (if you choose to put money in to this game) is a drum throne. You’ll be in pain much less, and can play for longer.

    As for the guitar, it feels great. I’ve always wanted to learn or play real guitar, and this doesn’t replace the 6 string, but it does teach great coordination for your fretting (left) and strumming (right) hands. Playing along to the game on guitar is fun for me, because it’s a different role than “beat keeper”, and you feel like you’re really jamming the tune.

    Another advantage of the game… if you learn to play the drumkit on this … the transition to a real kit will be minimal (much more comfortable for sure). Something to be cognizant of (for the drumkit) is the playing surfaces. They are hard, and playing for extended periods on this (especially for us 30+ year olds) can lead to some forearm/wrist pain. The reason being is when you strike a hard rubber pad with a stick, there’s no “give” to the surface you’re hitting. The game tutorial recommends holding the sticks loosely, and it’s important you do this not only to have the speed to play the game, but also to keep the impact of your striking a hard surface from being sent back up the stick right in to your wrist/arms.

    The other thing I like about this game is the collaborative playing. My 15 year old daughter (who mainly likes hip/hop) and I have a ball playing this. We hooked it up and were jamming for 3 hours. The only reason we stopped was from fatigue. We’ve always played video games, but most are “versus”, and it’s really cool to be jamming a tune with your kid. We haven’t explored the vocal aspect of the game yet, but we’ll get there. She loves the game and has been sitting with the controller going over the songs just to learn them (something cute about seeing your daughter jamming “Mississippi Queen” with you). If we have company, I can still see this being tons of fun.

    For parents on the fence about buying their child a drumset… I see this as a perfect testing ground and reasonably priced. Most “kid sets” are absolute garbage, and if your daughter/son doesn’t pursue it further, then you’re stuck with a junk drumset you’ve paid $200-400 for, and you’ll get half that amount (if it’s in good shape) if you sell it. For what you get in this game… it’s a great starter for drums, it’ll teach them how coordinate all the limbs, and if they outgrow it and want a real kit, well … you’ve still got a fun video game for the family to play. The fact you can play this with headphones is a big bonus, since real drum sets don’t have volume buttons!

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  2. 36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Worth the wait…., December 30, 2007
    By 
    S. Aldrich (Cypress, TX) –

    = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Playstation 2 Rock Band Special Edition (Video Game)

    We originally ordered this from Amazon around Nov 2007, but Amazon cancelled the order canceled shortly afterwards because of product shortages. And yet local retailers continued to get them in very short supply. So we took to checking local retailers each morning to see if they had a new shipment for most of December until we finally got lucky.

    We’ve had a blast with it thank goodness, since after waiting this long, my kids’ expectations were VERY high. Three instruments come in the box: guitar, drums and microphone. The game comes with a USB splitter that allows you to connect up to 4 instruments at once into the USB port on the PS2. We *WERE* able to use the guitar we have for Guitar Hero (a Red Octane wireless version for PS2) with this game, giving us a band of lead guitar, bass, drums and microphone. I like that we can keep switching around and try the different instruments. It gives you a lot of different perspectives on the same song!

    Guitar:
    The guitar is excellent. We’ve been using a Red Octane PS2 wireless Guitar with the Guitar Hero 1-3 games, and while good, aren’t as good as the one that came with Rock Band (RB). The new RB one has an extra set of buttons farther up the neck for solos and there are NOT ridges (fret bars) between the keys on this one as there were on the GH guitar. This makes it easier to slide fingers along the buttons with this guitar than it was with the GH guitar, making it easier for the fast sections.

    The songs are orchestrated a little more easily, I normally play GH at a “hard” level and get 3-5 stars there… on Rock Band I was able to sight read and get most songs at 5 stars on my first try, so I think they are easier in general.

    Drums:
    My kids LOVE the drums, and they take some coordination to play. Since I’m not a drummer, it’s hard to add a lot here. The height is very quick and easy to adjust which is nice when there are dramatic differences int eh height of the players. The sticks that come with the set are fairly low end wooden ones… we use better ones we already had from a music store with nylon tips that are more solid and feel better. The heads on the drums are very solid feeling and have some give. They don’t bounce like real drum heads, but are close enough for us non drummers to get a feel for it. The overall set is a little rickety — the vertical bars that hold up the heads look like they are just plastic pipe and they will rock back and forth a little. That doesn’t really affect the play, but it doesn’t have a solid feel unfortunately.

    Microphone:
    A mic comes in the box and it seems to also be nice and solid. We also have the mics from the SingStar series, and these are shorter than those. We haven’t checked to see if they are interchangable yet. The ones with Rock Band have longer cords which is nice — you can spread out a little more. Some songs also allow you to use the mic like a tambourine and the singer’s part (between phrases) sometimes shows a rhythm the singer uses to tap out a tambourine part.

    Bass:
    A bass does *NOT* come with this game. However, like the GH series, you can select whether the guitar you hook up plays a guitar part or a bass part. So if you hook up the guitar that comes with Rock Band and then another guitar that you already have, you can have one person take the guitar part and the other take the bass. This is about the same in RB as in GH, and as noted the tracks in RB are easier in my opinion.

    Overall, an excellent effort and I look forward to being able to get the inevitable add on song packs. Just like GH came out with an “Encore: the 80’s” product, I would LOVE to see add on disks for RB. If anyone from the RB team is listening, I’d love to see “genre disks” in particular, like Country hits, Hip Hop hits, best of an era, etc.

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