If you're tired of playing the same old Rock Band, get ready to rock out with the sequel, Rock Band 2. Currently, you can only get it if you have the Xbox 360, but versions of the game for the Wii, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 2 platforms will be released later in the year. Gear up to rock out.

In addition to the 84 songs included on the game disc and 20 free downloadable songs, hundreds of additional downloadable songs are being released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions; all of these songs, existing and future, are compatible with all Rock Band titles. Featured songs include "Ace of Spades" by Mot?rhead, "Any Way You Want It" by Journey, "Everlong" by Foo Fighters, "Let There Be Rock" by AC/DC, "My Own Worst Enemy" by Lit, "Pinball Wizard" by The Who, "Psycho Killer" by Talking Heads, "Spoonman" by Soundgarden, and "White Wedding" by Billy Idol.

The song "Shackler's Revenge" from the long-delayed Guns N' Roses album Chinese Democracy will be part of the soundtrack, and it is seen as a precursor to the actual release of the album. All existing and future downloadable songs will be cross-compatible between both Rock Band titles. To promote Rock Band 2, 20 free downloadable songs will be released soon after the game's launch.

The new version will feature improved drum and guitar controllers, while supporting older controllers, as well. New features include a "Drum Trainer" mode, a "Battle of the Bands" mode, online capabilities for "World Tour" mode, and merchandising opportunities for the players' virtual bands.

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