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Guitar Hero II Review

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Great new selection of tracks on this addictive game.

★★★★

Having unleashed the world’s most delirious rhythm-action game, the developers of Guitar Hero have sensibly opted to avoid fixing what plainly ain’t broke. But while GHII is virtually identical to its hallowed predecessor, the selection of tracks you can strum along to isn’t quite as satisfying.

Although the first game featured rock standards hard-wired into every Brit’s brain - Ace Of Spades! Ziggy Stardust! Killer Queen! – the sequel doesn’t boast as many unforgettable numbers. And while the bands featured are all bang on the money – Guns N’ Roses, Spinal Tap and The Rolling Stones for starters – the tracks donated by those acts aren’t always their most famous or loved.

Still, there’s nothing like the spine-tingling excitement of playing to an appreciative imaginary audience, and the opportunity to crunch out Nirvana’s Heart-Shaped Box and The Stooges’ Search And Destroy are worth the asking price alone. So why only four stars? Because there’s no place for Sting in video games, and the inclusion of Message In A Bottle is an unspeakable travesty.

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