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Old 07-08-2008, 04:36 PM
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http://www.gamespot.com/xbox360/puzz...s&subj=6193439

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For a while there, it seemed that online world-tour play might arrive as a patch for the original Rock Band; as it turns out, that feature will be one of the biggest features in the sequel, letting you join up with bandmates all over the world to fulfill your dreams of rock stardom. Online play sounds like great fun, and the folks at Harmonix have also made the smart decision to do away with band leaders in Rock Band 2. As a result, you can change your lineup at any time without having to break up the band as a result. Better yet, any character will be able to play any instrument as you go. Combine that with new gigs, challenges (more on those in a bit), as well as new cities and venues to play in, along with the ability to hire staff, and there will be a lot to do in Rock Band 2's World Tour mode.

Still, according to Harmonix, online World Tour wasn't the number-one feature requested by Rock Band fans. That distinction goes to "backward compatibility"--ensuring that all of the hundreds of songs that were found in the original Rock Band and available as DLC since its release will work seamlessly once the sequel rolls in. In that sense it's mission accomplished, because the game will feature full support for all of the original Rock Band songs, all of the downloadable content, and, naturally, the more than 80 songs that will be packed in with the disc version of Rock Band 2.
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With hundreds of songs available to you from the get-go, the ability to create setlists for quick-play sessions is a crucial addition in Rock Band 2. In the last game, you could pick songs only one at a time; with the sequel, you'll be able to create setlists exactly how you see fit. It's perfect for the Rock Band fan who insists that every third song be a Rush tune, or that repeating Freezepop's "Sprode" 13 times in succession isn't just a good idea, it's a great idea.

When you aren't rocking out with your all-night custom quick-play sets in Rock Band 2, you'll be spending your time with the new game modes, including Tour Challenges and Battle of the Bands. The Tour Challenge will replace the Solo Tour from the original Rock Band and follow a nonlinear path, in which you unlock new challenge groupings as you go. Tour Challenge will be playable either solo or with up to three other bandmates, with any mix of local and online players.
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The challenges themselves will be built around a variety of play styles, and beating one challenge will unlock additional challenge paths for you to take. Instead of being a linear list of songs, the challenges are structured more as a progression web in which you can choose which path to take through the game. For instance, the bass path will let you focus on all of the best songs for the bass, while still giving you access to play the other songs found in Rock Band 2 as side challenges. In addition, Tour Challenge mode will also integrate DLC automatically when building challenges. You can also expect to play album-specific challenges, which should only grow as the list of full-length albums available as DLC continues to expand.

The other big challenge mode is Battle of the Bands, which will also be available for one to four players, in any mix of local and online play. Unlike the progression system of Tour Challenge, Battle of the Bands is a straight-up tournament that pits your band against groups from all over the world. Harmonix will be creating new daily battles for bands to take part in; some will even have unique entry requirements, or gameplay modifiers. When playing Battle of the Bands challenges, you'll see an onscreen score, along with a score that you need to beat (such as someone on your friends list who has also competed in this challenge).
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sounding better and better. Finally can make your own setlist besides 2 or 3 songs at a time.
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Old 07-08-2008, 05:14 PM
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Yeah, that feature really needed to be built in. As Rock Band matured, gamers who'd been there from the start began playing the disc setlist far less, especially once their DLC collections started outnumbering their disc list. This kind of thing is only going to encourage more people to pick up DLC if they can tailor their playlists exactly the way they like it.
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Couldnt agree more with you. I kept doing random setlists but it was just the original songs 95% of the time for me.
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i just online world tour to work. thats all i care about. just make it work and i'll be happy.
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For seriously, you guys must go read the article from Game Informer that got scanned onto ScoreHero.com, or at the very least look at the pretty pictures!

Ion Drum Set is OMG! Plus I added the new confirmed songs to vids above. It is looking like that confirmed list is right.
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Old 07-11-2008, 11:19 AM
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For more scans.
http://rockband.scorehero.com/forum/...ic.php?t=11340
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i sold my rock band set for this. now i can't wait.
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Old 07-11-2008, 07:18 PM
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$299.99 for the ION drums
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