It seems that not even music games are escaping the post-Christmas plummet , which can only be a good thing. But be warned, a good number of the deals we'll be posting in the coming weeks are likely to be limited time offers that are often dependent on stock so be sure to get in quickly if something catches your eye.
Today, ShopTo are running a nice little deal on the Wii version of Rock Band 2 offering the game for just £16.95, a good £8 cheaper than the nearest competitor (Gameplay - £24.98), so if you fancy a little bit more button mashing fun picking up a copy shouldn't hurt your wallet too much.
In case you've found yourself under a rock (no pun intended) for the last few years, the world has gone bananas for rhythm games that replace real instruments with colourfully buttoned plastic replicas and Rock Band is one half of the royal couple presiding over this gaming trend.
If you are new to all this, then Rock Band 2 should probably be where you start. It's easier than its Guitar Hero rivals, progression through the ranks is quicker, and if you're looking for a music game with an eye towards forming a virtual power trio with some mates then I'd argue this is the better game when it comes to multiplayer too.
Rock Band 2 doesn't alter the formula much from the first game, but there has been a spring clean: the menus are faster and it takes less time to jump in and rock out. The songs all now have difficulty indicators for each instrument and, as with GH: World Tour you can now create a playlist so you don't constantly have to jump in and out for each and every song.
As with all music games, though, it's pretty much all about the songs which you can find here. There's usually something for everybody, and even if you're not immediately familiar with all of the material, a lot of the songs grow on you. Music game veterans will probably be up to speed on the merits and differences between the two massive franchises, and if you already got a load of the peripherals but are yet to pick up a copy of Rock Band 2 then this is a must-buy. For newbies though, you may want to think about one of the instrument combo packs, although you'd probably be better off grabbing this solus version and hunting round for a Guitar Hero peripheral or two as they're generally better made.