Excerpt: Rocksmith is what many have been waiting for since Guitar Hero exploded on to the scene a few years ago. Yes, it was great to grab a plastic guitar and jam with friends, but in the back of everyone’s mind the thought lingered – “Wouldn’t it be awesome if I could do this with a real guitar?”.
Excerpt: Chris Cornell is wailing “Whoooo gets mystifiiiiiiiied” while we’re furiously fingerpicking during the bridge of Soundgarden’s masterpiece “Outshined.” Our eyes dart from TV to guitar and back; there’s an avalanche of orange, blue, and purple notes heading toward us.
Pros: Your 360 becomes an amp, Interesting, diverse song list, Messing with loads of sounds
Cons: Dull, tired career mode, Likely intimidating to newbies, Hefty price of $80
Excerpt: Ubisoft is aiming to set the gaming world on its collective ears, in this case their musical ears with the first game that uses real guitars. Now the statement about the first game may be true to an extent, as some may recall Rockband 3 had a pro guitar mode, though with some limitations….for that...
Conclusion: Epiphone model. If you’ve already got an electric guitar lying around, you’re better off skipping the bundle and purchasing just the game. RS isn’t so much a party game, as it is more of a teaching tool. RS goes over a lot of guitar techniques including slides, bends, tremelo’s, and chords.
Excerpt: I love those guitar-based party games. I've spent many evenings with friends playing The Beatles Rock Band, singing along, banging on the drums and yes, strumming the plastic guitar controller with its five colorful buttons.
Excerpt: Do not “fret” about the boards, chords, or other six-string elements. All ages and skills should take the leap for some practical music knowledge with this impressive guitar music game strengthened by a large song list, great sound, split screen multiplayer mode, and appealing “go-at-your-own-pace”...
Pros: players can use any electric guitar for a game controller, play and learn at own pace, mini-games, split screen multiplayer mode, engaging beginner tutorials, and hardware functionality/responsiveness.
Cons: special feedback from famous musicians, no online play
Summary: Rocksmith is the first and only game where players can plug any real guitar with a standard quarter-inch input jack, and play through an in-depth library of music including everything from the latest hits to classic rock songs.
Excerpt: Years ago, my Guitar Hero bundle arrived for review and after getting a feel for the game, I couldn't stomach it. Honestly, I simply didn't like it. And it's not just me, anyone else who plays the guitar agrees - this game is impossible for an actual guitar player to enjoy.