Guitar Hero II
Guitar Hero II
Xbox 360
Release date(s)
NA: April 3, 2007

AU: April 4, 2007

EU: April 6, 2007
Music video game
Single-player, multiplayer
DVD (Xbox 360)
Input methods
Guitar controller

Guitar Hero II is the second game released in the Guitar Hero series. The Xbox 360 version has many new features that were not included on the original PlayStation 2 version.


Main article: Setlist in Guitar Hero II

New songs[]

For the port, RedOctane licensed 10 new tracks (8 main setlist songs, 2 bonus songs):

There are also changes to charts from the original songs. For example, in "Stop!", there are two more SP phrases, and in "Monkey Wrench", the first note (on Expert at least) is a blue sustain one beat before the original start.

The setlist for the game has been changed to reflect the new tracks and a new understanding of the difficulty of the original songs.

Downloadable Content[]

There are currently 6 track packs available for 500 Microsoft points each. There have not been any announcements of new packs.

In a GameSpy interview, RedOctane said that versus online gameplay was a probable future addition, and that downloadable songs would be priced the same as other similar services.[1]. They have also claimed in various interviews that Guitar Hero II will feature more downloadable content than any other 360 title".[2]This turned out to be untrue however, because all newer Guitar Hero games, all Rock Band games, and plenty of other Xbox 360 games all had more DLC than Guitar Hero II.

Changes from the PS2 version[]


The Xbox 360 version also features leaderboards on Xbox Live. Scores are split into three groups:

  • Campaign Only - Your total score for the songs on the main setlist.
  • All Songs - Same as Campaign Only, but includes bonus songs and DLC.
  • Individual Songs - Individual leaderboards for each song.

Scores listed on the leaderboards do not include the percentage or note streak achieved on a player's best run. In fact, the only designation of any kind is a small letter next to the score, denouncing which difficulty the score was achieved on.

The leaderboards have been hacked (much like other XBL leaderboards), making total scores of over 1 billion as well as song scores a lot higher than the optimal scores possible to show up on the boards. Neither RedOctane nor Activision have remedied this problem, despite much fan complaining.


A glitch has been discovered that allows players to beat any song with minimal effort, particularly useful to people playing solely for achievements. The glitch was discovered by user "jonesater" on the GameFAQs message boards.[1]

For more, see glitch.


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Games of Guitar Hero
Main Series
Guitar Hero - Guitar Hero II - Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock - Guitar Hero World Tour - Guitar Hero 5 - Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock - Guitar Hero Live
Aerosmith - Metallica - Van Halen
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On Tour
Guitar Hero: On Tour - Guitar Hero On Tour: Decades - Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits
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