I bought it yesterday.
I always wondered when someone was going to make a real guitar version of Guitar Hero or Rock Band. Ubisoft did. Problem was that it was $80.
Now it's down to $49.99 new, which comes with both the game as well as a usb guitar cable to hook up to your PS3 or Xbox. I had a $20 off coupon and said screw it.
What worried me is that this is a Teach Guitar program. Now, I'm not a good guitarist, but I have been playing for a quite a while. What I lack most in is the technical stuff due to bad practicing, so if I wasn't getting a fun game out of this, I at least wanted something to shake me out of a slump and get me practicing a different way.
Turns out the game is pretty fun. It has a scaled difficulty that changes as you play. Each song starts out one note versions. The scrolling color system is a little bit confusing and makes you wish they had a more of a tabbed style option (it will show the "red string" on the 4th fret for low E, and it's easy to lose which string color is what as well as fret placement as it scrolls.. at least while you're learning the song). There is a slight lag playing with an HDMI cable, so you will want to play more by ear that hitting it exactly when the colors scroll by. That actually makes it easier imo because it's less arcade style to me.
After you get a high enough score and a handful of songs you play a gig with that group of songs with the goal of scoring as high as a score as you can and earning an encore. You scores unlock more songs in the "career" mode or whatever, as well as stuff in the technical practice/explanation and mini games. I played a kind of tetris scrolling mini game where you had to slide the corresponding string associated with the falling block as a way to practice your slides. It's something that'd be good for a complete novice and entirely voluntary. You also can unlock different gear and mess with your own sound.
And the song list is actually pretty damn good, too. The 50 songs range across all the rock based genres, and they have DLC (I'm picking up Otis Redding and a Radiohead track later).
So yeah, this would be a pretty good tool to teach you guitar. As it turns out, it's also fun for those who just want to play a new way. Even if you used it as nothing more than a backing track that gives you feedback
I bought it yesterday.
Just food for thought Rock Band already has a type of real guitar. It's like $90 and is used under the pro guitar mode. I have a nice electric drum kit that I use for the game as well.
Ah, I didn't know that. I still wouldn't have picked that up having known that yesterday FWIW since I'd rather play one of my guitars than a $90 one, but that sounds like a good option
If I'm not mistaken you can calibrate the game so there is no lag/delay just like in the other games. I didn't mind the game actually but with all the money I have invested in Rock Band I always find myself back playing that.
For instance when I load my Rock Band 3 instead of the 85 available songs I have 388 songs to choose from.
Wow, that's awesome.
I really wish they would let you create your own stuff from songs on your personal playlist, but I know they never would due to licensing.
Well I found a little tip that worked out pretty cool. There is a practice section on Rock Band where you can just mess around so what I do is I connect my zine player to my Xbox then I go into practice mode on the game then I put a song playing on my zine and I just play along. Pretty cool playing along with a full playlist of Tool lol
UGCTT_NKTKDace - Well I found a little tip that worked out pretty cool. There is a practice section on Rock Band where you can just mess around so what I do is I connect my zine player to my Xbox then I go into practice mode on the game then I put a song playing on my zine and I just play along. Pretty cool playing along with a full playlist of Tool lol
Zine = Zune
The Guitar Hero style floating fretboard think is hard to sight read for me. I think it's because it's always shifting around what part the neck it is showing and everything is tilted.
The chord arrangements are very basic too. You can 100% it by just hitting a chord and letting it ring for the whole bar.
I do like the Guitarcade games though. I can play Dawn of the Chordead for hours.
I've had it for a week. The games like Dawn of the Chordead is probably the best tool for me at the moment. Working on chord fingering and transitions is a difficult skill for the beginner, and it's helping a ton for getting used to the fret board.
Also, the song list is great. I can play this, while my GF is cooking or reading, and she's not instantly annoyed. She likes to come in and watch me "rock out" for a couple of minutes, and no grief is given at all (not always the case with most other games.) She's anticipating fireside serenades & singalongs with kids.
All in all, probably the best game for giving you a real world skill. Using an actual guitar for your interface is priceless.
PC Version comes out next week.
Hopefully there is a big community to create song they didn't include.
So I can learn guitar with this?