||10-05-2012 10:51 AM
Possibly Controversial NGD
So I did it. I bought Rocksmith. Time to clear the air about it.
Bit of background first. I have been playing guitar for about five years, so I guess I'm a fairly competent guitarist.
The cable the game comes with is very durable and well made. I was expecting it to be similar to the Xbox 360 wired controllers cable. Nope, more like a standard guitar cable. It is usb to a 3/4 inch jack and the same cable works with the Xbox, PlayStation and pc's.
At first, when you start playing the game, it is quite patronising for an experienced guitarist, but I guess for people who have never played, it needs to be. It explains all the parts on the guitar. Frets, tuners, jack, strings. Basically anything you'll need in the game. It teaches you how to tune the guitar with a tuner in the game. Here is my first complaint. The tuner is absolutely shit. It was saying I was in tune when I could clearly hear my G string is out. So the game teaches you that your guitar is in tune, when sometimes, it can be out. And that's not me being picky, it was quite obviously out of tune.
After everything's explained, you play your first song, (I can't get no) Satisfaction by The rolling stones. The game plays with a guitar hero layout, so it's already familiar. At first, I was finding it difficult. I already know how to play the song, so it wasn't that. It's just getting used to it. The strings are colour coded. You have a coloured note come towards you and you have to play the note on the guitar. It takes some getting used to but the game does adjust to your performance. At first, you haven a few notes in the riff. If it sees you're doing well it adds more notes in. If you're missing them, it takes notes out. It's a good feature.
After a while, I started realising my playing was a lot more sloppy than it usually is. My left hand wasn't staying in the Same place, I wasn't alternate picking and there was a lot more movement than there should have been. It's because you have so much more to concentrate on. If there is an arpeggitated chord, it doesn't suggest you hold that chord. Timing is another issue. I found if I didn't know the song, I found it hard to tell how long I have to hold the notes for. Until the next note? Staccato? With some notes, it does tell you, but only if they last for several beats.
The guitar's sound isn't that great. I was playing into a full hd 46 inch TV and the speakers are very good. I was using a Gibson Les Paul Standard Faded. However, it didn't sound like it. Sounded like a cold fuzz through a solid state amp. The rest of the instruments sounded great. Tone controls, volume controls on your guitar don't do anything. I haven't yet tried the game with a different guitarist, but I'd bet my bottom dollar it sounds the same. Haven't experimented with the pedals in the game as you have to unlock them.
Oveall, despite the fairly negative review, I'm glad I bought it. It is a lot of fun. There is a good variety of songs plus more to buy. It teaches you the actual song at your own pace. Yes, technique wise, it's not great but it probably isn't designed as a standalone guitar teacher, it is a tool to make learning it more fun. Which it does a Brilliant job at. As I''ve said, I've been playing for five years and I can definitely see it helping me. Very glad I bought it and would definitely recommend it. Sorry for grammatical or spelling errors, I'm on a tablet so I often miss buttons! It also has predictive texts, so there might be words that don't make sense haha