Released: 2006
Developer/Publisher: Harmonix Music Systems for Activision/ Red Octane
Platform(s): 360, PS2

Guitar Hero II was the Harmonix dudes' last stand before they said "eff it" and jumped ship to MTV to go after the whole pie with Rock Band. GHII is a classic because it got all the kinks figured out, the extras locked in, and the greatest songs tapped ("Sweet Child O' Mine," "Free Bird," "War Pigs"). Everything after this was cool, but just unnecessary. DJ Hero? We'll reserve judgment on that for now.

YOU AUGHTA KNOW:
To play the secret Air Guitar version on the 360, enter Yellow, Blue, Yellow, Orange, Yellow, Blue at the main menu. For the PS2...man, you need to upgrade, son.