Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s is an "expansion pack" to the Guitar Hero series, the third original title to be released. The game was released July 24, 2007 for PlayStation 2 in North America. In Europe it was released on July 28, 2007 under the title Guitar Hero: Rocks the 80s, while it was released in Australia on August 1, 2007.
The entire game features an 80s theme, with an all 80s setlist, and new outfits, skins, etc. to support the overall theme. Also, rather than a "full" new game or sequel, the game is an expansion pack of sorts to Guitar Hero II and does not feature any changes to the actual gameplay found in Guitar Hero II. I Want Candy by Bow Wow Wow was origanaly part of the game but was removed for unknown reasons.
Rock the 80's was the final title developed by developer Harmonix, as they have moved on to work on the game Rock Band.
Currently, Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80's holds a score of 72 out of 100 at Metacritic.com. The following are some scores by major gaming magazines and websites:
Game Informer: 8.25/10 
1UP.com: 7.5/10 
GamePro: 4/5 
The most common criticism leveled at the game is the quality of the setlist, the high price ($49.99) of what many felt was a half-hearted expansion pack, and the relative lack of bonus content.
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