A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Men and women of all shapes and sizes rock out in this game. This is a great game to play with friends because you become part of a rock band. If one player is struggling in a song, the other players can bail him out.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexual lyrics and scantilly-dressed female performers. Examples of lyrics include: Examples include Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know": "Is she perverted like me/Would she go down on you in a theatre?," Bikini Kill's "Rebel Girl": "They say shes a slut, but I know she is my bestfriend," Jethro Tull's "Aqualung" :Sitting on the park bench -- eyeing little girls with bad intent" and Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Give It Away": "What I've got you've got to give it to your daughter/What I've got you've got to get it put it in you."
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Some potentially offensive words include "sh-t," "damn" and "hell," and "slut."
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Products & Purchases
Branding from guitar and drum manufacturers. All songs have been commercially released, too.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some minor lyrics refer to being "high."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this game is very similar to its predecessors, but adds new songs, modes, characters, and instruments. As with the first game, this game is rated "T" by the ESRB because some of the songs have suggestive lyrics about sexual situations. The game also shows some male and female performers wearing skimpy clothes. If you already own the original Rock Band, you don't have to buy the bundle with the new instruments, but rather, can just pick up the new game. Your old instruments will work just fine. The PS3 and X360 versions offer online playing, a feature Common Sense Media doesn't recommend for kids under age 12.
Is It Any Good?
This sequel doesn't veer away much from what made its predecessor the hottest thing since, well, Guitar Hero, but along with all new songs, Rock Band 2 features newly-designed instruments (including a wireless and quieter drum kit); new solo and multiplayer game modes (such as a "Battle of the Bands" online competition); unlockable characters, instruments and venues; and the ability to import the original Rock Band tracks and paid downloads. Speaking of which, gamers can once again download additional tracks from the Internet, by song or complete albums.
Let's cut right to the chase: is Rock Band 2 worth the money? The answer is yes, but with a condition. If you loved the first game and are happy with the plastic instruments you already own, then just pick up the disc with all the new songs and modes on it, as the new instruments – while wireless and quieter – might not be worth the cost for the entire kit ($190). But if you're new to the game series or prefer the new peripherals, then the entire kit is for you. And let's face it -- because the original game is only nine months old, Rock Band 2 isn't too radically different than Rock Band -- so consider this game "Rock Band 1.5" rather than a true sequel. That said, gamers looking for a rocking thrill won't be disappointed with this purchase.
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