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hot_turkey_ed
07-14-2008, 03:15 PM
Source: Rock Band (http://www.rockband.com)

Rock Band 2 got announced! Here's the PR piece:


Start A Band, Rock The World!

Developed by Harmonix, the world's premier music videogame company, and published by MTV Games, Rock Band™ 2 is the next evolution of the groundbreaking music platform that forever changed the face of music videogames.* Rock Band 2 builds upon the original, challenging players to put together a band and tour for fame and fortune while learning to master lead/bass guitar, drums and vocals, and raises the bar to include an entirely new level of depth, connectivity, authenticity and exhilarating features.*

Rock Band 2 will feature more than 80 tracks on disc – but it doesn't stop there. Players will have access to all DLC tracks, packs and albums released to date as well as future DLC releases, as well as the ability to export most or all of the original Rock Band disc tracks; that's more than 200 song choices and counting. The music in Rock Band 2 features all master recordings and spans all genres of rock from punk, metal and alternative to classic and southern rock.

Rock Band 2 will make its debut on Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft this September and have an exclusive launch window in North America. Rock Band 2 will be available for additional platforms later this year.* Rock Band 2 will be available for the PLAYSTATION® 3 and PlayStation® 2 computer entertainment systems and Wii™ later this year.

Key Features *

Export Rock Band 1 Tracks Into Rock Band 2!
In an industry first – consumers who already own Rock Band 1 and have an online connection will receive a software key for a nominal expanded licensing fee (less than $5) and be able to import most songs from the Rock Band game disc into their Rock Band 2 song library!

Rock 'n' Roll Never Dies!
Rock Band 2 offers backwards compatibility with Rock Band downloadable content- all previously purchased tracks will immediately load into your Rock Band 2 play list! No need to re-purchase or re-download!

Unrivaled Song Library!
Rock Band 2 features the biggest and most diverse soundtrack of all master tracks ever featuring some of rock's most prolific acts like Billy Idol, Jimmy Eat World, Fleetwood Mac, Rage Against the Machine, Pearl Jam and Smashing Pumpkins.

More Than 500 Tracks by Year's End! With more than 200 tracks available to date on-disc and via downloadable content, plus the over 80 songs on Rock Band 2 and continued weekly single, track packs and full album downloads, the Rock Band music catalog will be larger than any other music videogame.

Live the Rock Lifestyle! Link your custom character to your RockBand.com profile and get access to create personalized photos, statues resembling your in-game character and other merchandise from t-shirts to posters, just like a real band!

Rock the World!
Rock Band 2 offers new and dynamic online modes that will connect the entire Rock Band community in more ways than ever before, both locally and globally.

Battle it Out!
Go head to head competing against other bands with Battle of the Bands contests that will be generated by Harmonix on a regular basis.

Stay on Top!
Stay the undisputed leader board champion with real time alerts updating you when another rocker or band has surpassed your score!

Take on Tour Challenges!
Play through mini-campaigns focused on a specific instrument, your favorite artist, your preferred genre, or a particular album.

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Customizable Set Lists!
Create your own set lists in Quickplay mode to keep the music rolling and your band rocking!

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Star in Your Own Music Video!
Win various challenges to unlock music video venues, allowing your band the opportunity to star in its very own music video while you play!

Complete the Look!
Rock Band 2 delivers new clothing, accessories, tattoos, hairstyles, instruments and more to keep your unique rock avatar playing the full rock part.

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Game Modes

Quickplay Now easier than ever to get in and jam without hassle.*

New prefab characters
Your customized characters can now play on any instrument
Make your own set lists
Organize song lists by a variety of categories (alphabetical, genre, era, etc.) World Tour
Solo Tour and Band World Tour join forces to create the ultimate band touring experience!

World Tour is now online,
No more band leaders! If you need to fire your guitarist but keep the band going, fire away!
Switch up instruments throughout world tour
All new collection of opportunity gigs, challenges, cities, venues, and hirable staff Tour Challenges Take your band on tour in a whole new way with specific music challenges.

Focused mini-campaigns featuring the best songs by instrument, decade, genre or artist Automatically generated DLC challenges Album specific challenges * Battle of the Bands Put your band to the ultimate test by competing against other bands, both on your friends list and around the world!

Dynamic content with regular new contests designed by Harmonix Matches up your score against overall competition and friends' bands - with REAL TIME feedback Get updates on new battles from your Band Profile, as well as notifications when your score has been topped! Drum Trainer A true teaching tool that gives players a step-by-step lesson through the basic beat and fill vocabulary any real world drummer would know.


Instruments

Rock Band 2 adds a great set of features to the amazing and solid peripherals used in the original Rock Band. The new instruments are fully compatible with the original Rock Band and drive home the authentic music experience of Rock Band. Plus! Harmonix and MTV Games open up Rock Band 2 to support a variety of third party instruments and expansion accessories that will take your rocking to a whole new level!

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Guitar/Bass

Sturdier, more precise feeling strum bar
Quieter buttons
Even more authentic look and feel
Wireless Integrated calibration tool! *

Drums

Metal reinforced pedal Quieter and more natural feeling drum pads
New Aesthetic touches
Wireless Velocity sensitive pads
Expandable with third party options! Expand Your Instrument Options COMING SOON!* *

-Fender Precision Bass Controller*
-Premium Microphone Controller*
-Fender Telecaster Guitar Controller*
-Full Sized Squire Stratocaster Guitar Controller*
-ION High End Drum Set**
-Drum Set Cymbal Expansion Pack*
-Stage Kit: Fog Machine, Strobe Light, Color LEDs***

*Product designed and created by third party manufacturer MadCatz
**Product designed and created by third party manufacturer ION
*** Product Designed and created by third party manufacturer PDP

Music

Major record labels and leading music publishers have signed on to provide unrivaled access to master recordings and legendary rock artists with hits from the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's and 2000's. The Rock Band 2 disc will feature more than 80 rock hits—all master recordings! Plus, Rock Band 2 owners will have access to the growing Rock Band DLC catalog of more than 170 tracks.

Rock Band 2 On-Disc Tracks: *

2000s

Dream Theater “Panic Attack*“*
System of a Down*“Chop Suey”*****
Avenged Sevenfold “Almost Easy”
Jimmy Eat World “The Middle”
Linkin Park “One Step Closer”
Rise Against “Give it All”
Abnormality “Visions”
AFI* “Girl's Gone Grey”
Anarchy Club “Get Clean
Bang Camaro “Night Lies”
Beck “E-pro”
Breaking Wheel “Shoulder to the Plow”
Disturbed “Down with the Sickness”
Guns N' Roses “Shackler's Revenge”
Interpol “PDA”
Lacuna Coil “Our Truth”
Mastodon “Colony of Birchmen”
Modest Mouse “Float On”
Panic at the Disco “Nine in the Afternoon”
Paramore “That's What You Get”
Silversun Pickups “Lazy Eye”
Speck “Conventional Lover”
Tenacious D “Master Exploder”
That Handsome Devil “Rob the Prez-o-Dent”
The Donnas “New Kid in School”
The Libyans “Neighborhood”
The Main Drag “A Jagged Gorgeous Writer”
The Sterns “Supreme Girl”

1990s
Foo Fighters “Everlong”*
The Muffs “Kids in America” **
Red Hot Chili Peppers*“Give it Away”***
The Offspring “Come Out & Play”
Rage Against the Machine “Testify”
Social Distortion “I Was Wrong”
Testament “Souls of Black”
Alanis Morissette “You Oughta Know”
Alice in Chains “Man in the Box”
Beastie Boys “So Watcha Want”
Bikini Kill “Rebel Girl”
Dinosaur Jr. “Feel the Pain”
Judas Priest “Painkiller”
L7 “Pretend We're Dead”
Lit “My Own Worst Enemy”
Lush “De-Luxe”
Mighty Mighty Bosstones “Where'd You Go”
Nirvana “Drain You”
Pearl Jam “Alive”
Presidents of the United States of America “Lump”
Ratt “Round & Round”
Smashign Pumpkins “Today”
Soundgarden “Spoonman”
Testament “Souls of Black”

1980s
Motorhead* “Ace of Spades”**
Billy Idol “White Wedding Pt. I”**
Bon Jovi “Livin' on a Prayer”
Jane's Addiction “Mountain Song”
Joan Jett “Bad Reputation”
Devo “Uncontrollable Urge”
Duran Duran “Hungry Like the Wolf”
Megadeth “Peace Sells”
Metallica “Battery”
Sonic Youth “Teenage Riot”
Survivor “Eye of the Tiger”
The Go-Go's “We Got the Beat”
The Grateful Dead “Alabama Getaway”
The Replacements “Alex Chilton”

1970s
Cheap Trick “Hello There”
Elvis Costello*“Pump it Up”
Journey*“Anyway You Want It”****
Bob Dylan “Tangled Up in Blue”
Steve Miller Band “Rock'n Me”
Talking Heads “Psycho Killer”
Allman Brothers “Ramblin' Man”
Bad Company “Shooting Star”
Blondie “One Way or Another”
Bob Dylan “Tangled Up in Blue”
Fleetwood Mac “Go Your Own Way”
Jethro Tull “Aqualung”
Journey “Anyway You Want It”
Kansas “Carry On Wayward Son”
Rush “The Trees”
Steely Dan “Bodhitsattva”
Squeeze “Cool for Cats”
The Guess Who “American Woman”

1960s
The Who “Pinball Wizard”*
Norman Greenbaum “Spirit in the Sky” *

ChildrenofSodom
07-14-2008, 03:28 PM
METAL

DethMaiden
07-14-2008, 03:34 PM
HOLY HUGE SETLIST!

Also,

SITTING ON A PARK BENCH
EYEING LITTLE GIRLS WITH BAD INTENT

SomewhereInTime72
07-14-2008, 04:15 PM
THIS

IS


THE PAINKILLER

ravenheart
07-14-2008, 05:17 PM
I knew about the most important part of this earlier today... new GN'R :D

rjturtle9
07-14-2008, 05:42 PM
damn, looks like i'm getting rockband

mankvill
07-14-2008, 05:52 PM
panic at the disco! :rocker:

powerslave_85
07-14-2008, 07:42 PM
The 90's section is fucking killer. I'm pretty shocked to see Bikini Kill on there.

JRA
07-14-2008, 07:47 PM
Kansas “Carry On Wayward Son”



Again?

powerslave_85
07-14-2008, 07:52 PM
Bon Jovi- "Livin' On a Prayer"

I shudder to think of some of the karaoke attempts at this one :hecho:

It bothers me that they have to sanitize these songs and edit out the "bad words." What fun is singing "Rebel Girl" without "she's got the hottest dyke in town!" ?

JRA
07-14-2008, 07:55 PM
They should have James Brown songs on here just so we can see how badly people will fuck up singing it. :lol:


Actually, that would be terrible. :hecho:

SomewhereInTime72
07-14-2008, 09:04 PM
I shudder to think of some of the karaoke attempts at this one :hecho:

It bothers me that they have to sanitize these songs and edit out the "bad words." What fun is singing "Rebel Girl" without "she's got the hottest dyke in town!" ?

You could say that about pretty much all of these songs...

Also, wtf they do that?

powerslave_85
07-14-2008, 10:04 PM
Also, wtf they do that?Well, actually, I'm not sure if they do it for Rock Band, but they do for Guitar Hero. I imagine it's so they can sell it to kids without parents getting their easily-offended panties in a knot.

SomewhereInTime72
07-14-2008, 10:21 PM
Well, actually, I'm not sure if they do it for Rock Band, but they do for Guitar Hero. I imagine it's so they can sell it to kids without parents getting their easily-offended panties in a knot.

Or probably to avoid the M rating that bans them from walmart. :flame::hmm:

iggyb387
07-16-2008, 07:24 PM
The Trees seems like a really odd Rush choice.

Oh and I really hope it's sold with a guitar-only pack as I cannot fit a drum kit in the 10x10x10 cube I'm living in next school year.

This setlist looks like it will beat the pants off of GHWT, and this has absolutely no basis.

DethMaiden
07-22-2008, 01:02 PM
Yeah, fuck. I'm gonna preorder this soon. Colony of Birchmen!? Aqualung!? The Trees?! Battery!? OMG YES

SirLardsAlot
07-22-2008, 01:09 PM
Yeah, fuck. I'm gonna preorder this soon. Colony of Birchmen!? Aqualung!? The Trees?! Battery!? OMG YES

Don't forget Painkiller :D


FASTER THAN A BULL-- ... song failed.