“If you really want to rock out, just lean on F#” – Tom Morello
Coming this Fall, Ubisoft plans to revolutionize the Guitar gaming genre with their release of “RockSmith”, the first and only game where you can plug in any real guitar. How does “RockSmith” differ from any other guitar genre video game; glad you asked; you’re not triggering samples like in Guitar hero or Rock band, you’re actually playing notes/chords using real techniques on a real guitar. You might be thinking “I can’t play guitar, how am I suppose to play this game”. Well, “RockSmith” offers a dynamic interface, which will actually teach you how to play the guitar. The interface resembles playing in front of a mirror, the notes will come down the screen, just like in guitar hero or RB. The game offers four difficulties, each person will start off with the basic difficulty that only has you play about 1% of all of the notes in the song.
As you get better the game adapts, if you start hitting all of the notes, it will gradually add more notes, if you start missing them, it will dial back, all with out interrupting the song. RockSmith will recommend different techniques for you to practice depending on how well you do on a song. One of Rocksmiths key features is an accelerator, it analyzes how fast you can play a certain section, then slows the tempo down to your speed and gradually speeds up until you’re playing at the correct tempo of the song. It also offers tutroials to teach you different techniques like power chords and note bends. It also offers a mode called “Guitarcade” that offers a variety of skill building exercises that keep the learning fun so that you don’t get bored. To progress in RockSmith, you will need to practice songs until you’re ready to play them at an event, where you will play a setlist of songs in front of an audience.
The only thing I could see potentially hurting this game, is the fact you need to have a real Guitar, therefore, if someone wants to play the game they need to go out and buy one, which isn’t usually cheap. On the other hand, if this game does what it claims it will, buying that guitar will be worth it in the long end. All of those people out there who have that burning desire to learn how to play, but maybe don’t have the time to take lessons, can learn in the comfort of their living room. I will be purchasing this game, and possibly a new Axe (don’t tell my g/f) so check back for our in-depth review. Check below for a few of the tracks on the Set list.
“Rocksmith includes 50 tracks that span from classic hits to current favorites. Each of these will feature the real lead, rhythm, and combo guitar compositions found in the songs. Whether you’re an experienced musician, or have never picked up a guitar in your life, Rocksmith will automatically adapt to your personal ability level. After playing – you’ll be able to perform these songs when you turn the game off.”
Track List: (Just to name a few.)
The Black Keys – I Got Mine
The Animals – House of the Rising Sun
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
The White Stripes – Icky Thump
Stone Temple Pilots – Vasoline
Nirvana – In Bloom