Guitar Hero II
Guitar Hero II
Developer(s) Harmonix Music Systems
Publisher(s) RedOctane, Activision
Series Guitar Hero
Release Date(s) Xbox 360

NA April 3, 2007
AU April 4, 2007
EU April 6, 2007

Genre(s) Rhythm game
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Rating(s) ESRB: T
PEGI: 12+
PEGI: 11+ (Finland)
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, Xbox 360

Guitar Hero II is the sequel to the popular Rhythm/Timing game "Guitar Hero" on PlayStation 2. Another version of GHII was released for PS2 in 2006, featuring a different setup and less songs.


The controller for GHII is based on a Gibson X-Plorer guitar. The neck of the guitar has five coloured buttons on it, each representing a note. When a button is held down, the Strum Bar on the main body of the guitar must be pressed to activate the note. On long notes during a song, the Whammy Bar on the edge of the main body can be pressed to create a unique sound.

Difficulty Settings

When playing Career Mode, 4 difficulties are available:
Easy (35 songs, sections 1-7, no encores), uses three notes
Medium (48 songs, all sections), uses four notes
Hard (48 songs, all sections), uses all five notes
Expert (48 songs, all sections), the Ultimate Challenge! Uses all five notes and is a lot faster


Most of the songs in the game are very well-made covers made specially for the game, but a few are as they were performed by the original artists.


Section 1: "Opening Licks"

Cheap Trick - Surrender
Toadies - Possum Kingdom
Nirvana - Heart Shaped Box
Rancid - Salvation
KISS - Strutter
ENCORE: Mötley Crüe - Shout at the Devil

Section 2: "Amp Warmers"

Danzig - Mother
Pearl Jam - Life Wasted
Warrant - Cherry Pie
Wolfmother - Woman
Van Halen - You Really Got Me
ENCORE: Spinal Tap - Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight

Section 3: "String Snappers"

Kansas - Carry On Wayward Son
Iggy Pop and the Stooges - Search and Destroy
The Police - Message In a Bottle
Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies
Alice In Chains - Them Bones
ENCORE: Black Sabbath - War Pigs

Section 4: "Thrash and Burn"

Foo Fighters - Monkey Wrench
Deep Purple - Hush
Matthew Sweet - Girlfriend
The Butthole Surfers - Who Was In My Room Last Night?
Rolling Stones - Can't You Hear Me Knockin'
ENCORE: Guns 'N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine

Section 5: "Return of the Shred"

Rick Derringer - Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo
The Pretenders - Tattooed Love Boys
Primus - John the Fisherman
Allman Brothers - Jessica
Thin Lizzy - Bad Reputation
ENCORE: Aerosmith - Last Child

Section 6: "Relentless Riffs"

Heart - Crazy On You
Stone Temple Pilots - Trippin' On A Hole In A Paper Heart
My Chemical Romance - Dead!
Rage Against The Machine - Killing in the Name
The Sword - Freya
ENCORE: Jane's Addiction - Stop

Section 7: "Furious Fretwork"

Anthrax - Madhouse
Iron Maiden - The Trooper
Stray Cats - Rock This Town
Lamb of God - Laid to Rest
Reverend Horton Heat - Psychobilly Freakout

Section 8: "Face Melters"

Avenged Sevenfold - Beast and the Harlot
The Living End - Carry Me Home
Suicidal Tendencies - Institutionalized
Dick Dale - Misirlou
Megadeth - Hangar 18
ENCORE: Lynyrd Skynyrd - Free Bird

Sections 1-7 can be played on all difficulties, section 8 only on Medium or higher.

Unlockable Tracks

Several songs can also be purchased through the in-game store:

The Last Vegas - "Raw Dog"
Drist - "Arterial Black"
Anarchy Club - "Collide"
Ounce of Self - "Drink Up"
That Handsome Devil - "Elephant Bones"
Valient Thorr - "Fall of Pangea"
Vagiant - "FTK"
Brian Kahanek - "Gemini"
The Acro-Brats - "Laughtrack"
Freezepop - "Less Talk More Rokk" (this is not a typo)
Buckethead - "Jordan"
Noble Rot - "Kicked To The Curb"
The Amazing Royal Crowns - "Mr. Fix-it"
Every Time I Die - "The New Black"
Breaking Wheel - "One For The Road"
The Neighborhoods - "Parasite"
Bang Camaro - "Push Push (Lady Lightning)"
Count Zero - "Radium Eyes"
Megasus - "Red Lottery"
All That Remains - "Six"
Honest Bob and the Factory-to-Dealer Incentives - "Soy Bomb"
Shadows Fall - "The Light That Blinds"
Dethklok - "Thunderhorse"
Strong Bad - "Trogdor"
Voivod - "X-Stream"
Made in Mexico - "Yes We Can"

Downloadable Tracks

Three packs of songs are also available for download from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace.

Track Pack 1 (500 MSP)

Ozzy Osbourne - "Bark at the Moon"
The Exies - "Hey You"
Motörhead - "Ace of Spades"

Track Pack 2 (500 MSP)

Queen - "Killer Queen"
The Donnas - "Take It Off"
The Edgar Winter Group - "Frankenstein"

Track Pack 3 (500 MSP)

Red Hot Chilli Peppers - "Higher Ground"
Bad Religion - "Infected"
Incubus - "Stellar"