Rocksmith Best Buy Exclusive Edition - PlayStation 3
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- PlatformPlayStation 3
- Number of Discs1
- ESRB DescriptorLyrics, Mild Cartoon Violence
- ESRB CategoryLanguage, Violence
- GenreMusic, Dance & Party
Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 49 reviews(49 Reviews)
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Not for everybody, but fun if you play guitar
Not for everybody, but fun if you play guitarPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
To further explain the Review Summary, it must be explained that this game will appeal to a limited base. Rock Band players who wished they could try Pro Mode but were scared off by the obscene pricing of the Pro gear will find this worthwhile, as will the more persistent Guitar Hero players. In fact, the only negative peripheral will be the guitar they choose - you hook up the guitar YOU provide in order to play. Since the game features the actual chords from the songs, guitarists who scoffed at the fake guitar controls of the past will finally have an excuse to play. I'll try to review the game based on the rating parameters Best Buy uses. STORYLINE What story is there? It's the same story used by music games the world over. You start off playing in the boonies as a nobody, and eventually your fame builds to bigger and better venues. I rated it as "Average" because it doesn't seem fair to neg a game for something its genre was never meant to have. CHALLENGING GAMEPLAY The game adapts to how well you play. It starts off simplistic, but it carefully watches how well you perform. Each section of the song, called a "phrase" is individually scored. If you do well on that playthrough, the game will add more notes/chords to that section next time you play it. If you're doing really well, notes/chords can sometimes be introduced as the song is playing. It's not like RB/GH where any fret was used just for the sake of playing along. The notes you begin with are the notes you will end up using (either in faster streams or as part of chords) when you eventually master a song. Even as a well-versed guitar player, I found some of the songs challenging. The beauty of Rocksmith is that it adds just enough to get you out of your comfort zone, but tones itself back if you start having too much difficulty, creating a playing field that is both challenging and yet never overwhelming. As a guitarist, I found this part especially neat because I have run into my share of songs that were simply too difficult and I never went back to them. GRAPHICS Your attention will be mostly on the notes, so I did not consider graphics too big a selling point for the game and this review. The note highway and hit zone are easy to see and once you become accustomed to the way the notes approach you, it's easy to see what's coming up next, which is a MUST in this game genre. Some of the audience CGs look like they could have been improved for this console generation, but still enough to recognize you're playing on a PS3. I did not rate this as a 5 because of a known issue with lag between the audio and video. Other music games offered Lag Calibration options, Rocksmith does not. It is not so much Ubisoft's fault - this issue is known to happen with HD TVs and gaming. Depending on your TV, you may not notice a lag at all - I didn't on my Samsung. If you have external speakers or headphones, the lag issue goes away. Again, it's not Ubisoft's development, but at least they could have offered an in-game option to compensate for it. AUDIO The most critical part of any music game. The audio quality is awesome, even if played through a TVs default speakers. A little more emphasis was given (rightfully) to the guitar tracks which is a great help in learning the song. The song list is not as diverse as other music games, but supposedly Ubisoft is planning to remedy that with Downloadable Content. It's not bad either, but just a few more songs from other genres would have been appreciated. As of this review, Nov. 2nd, there isn't any DLC. OTHER STUFF This game does NOT require an Electric guitar. If you have an Acoustic/Electric or an Acoustic with the audio jack, then you can play. If you happen to have a guitar without an audio jack, they are not expensive to have installed on a guitar you may already own. I have not had the opportunity to try Multiplayer, so I cannot comment on the Multiplayer mode or how it functions other than it is supported in this game provided that the second player has a guitar and the audio cable. There are several complaints against the price of the game for including the Audio Cable to hook your own guitar up to the console. Considering how much money people threw into the peripherals for RB/GH, a cable is not asking for much. Any guitarist will tell you that the type of cable needed, as well as the length provided, is more than covered by the extra $10-$15. That being said, the game can be expensive for someone without a guitar. True, some copies of the game come with Guitar Center coupons, but I highly recommend that you purchase a decent quality guitar. Any distortion of sound, warped necks, and other common problems with cheap or preowned guitars can cause problems for you in-game. If your guitar cannot make the correct sound by playing the E string, for example, the game (based on the sound you just played) will register that as another note. Therefore, it is extremely important that your guitar is able to produce clean sounds. If you have dull strings or a warped neck, then expect to compensate for those problems as you play. The minigames are addicting while teaching important skills at the same time. For example, there is a Duck Hunt-like game in which you have to play a string on the correct fret to shoot the duck. If you don't do it within a certain time limit, the duck gets away. Another, Attack of the Chordead, does the same except with chords rather than just a fret. You must play the chord shown on the screen in order to shoot the approaching zombies. OVERALL I think that one of the weakest points of Rocksmith may also be its strongest. While it may only appeal to a dedicated base of gamers, the appeal is strong and the game has enough to keep one occupied longer than most games out on the market today. If you were seriously considering getting the Pro gear for another music game, then perhaps investing in a real guitar and a copy of Rocksmith may be worth your money.Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Excellent...BUT...Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
When I saw titles like Guitar Hero and Rock Band in the past...I had ZERO interest in getting those for myself or my children. Spending that kind of money on plastic "pretend" music equipment so that you can only learn how to press buttons in time with a music track on screen seemed very lame to me. So two years ago I decided to buy my oldest son (10) his first guitar. He watched lessons on DVD and the internet and he even took a few lessons but that "spark to play" hadn't really hit him yet. Then I saw that Rocksmith was going to be coming out in the Fall of 2011 in time for Christmas. It looked cool...really cool. Rocksmith ROCKS! First off...it now excites my son to pick up his guitar and play! Yes...he is learning...but he's excited to do it! The games are fun and challenging and unlock as you progress up the ranks from songs performed and venues played at. This has been put together SO well that I can honestly complain about little. There is one major area that I would like to see improvement (Please Ubisoft...Pay attention to this). The song download section needs to be reworked in a few ways. For starters...music variety or selection!!! All the songs included in the game are fine...and the small amount available for download are "Ok" at best...but it's almost as if you skipped completely from the 60's and 70's...over the 80's...and landed firmly in the 90's. I would love to see more rock songs from artists I love!! Another area that is completely untouched and really needs to be is music from today's morern Country music! Yes...it's called "Rock"smith...I get that. But many Country music artists rock out in their music as well and I would love to play some of their music too. Lastly...download prices! This is the worst part of the game!!! The price for one song is $2.99 and that's too much! I should be able to pay $1 per song or get a bundle of 6 or 7 songs for $5. Other than that...this game/guitar teaching title is top notch! More accurately I would give it 93 out of 100 as a score! The only thing I would hope that Ubisoft does in the future in Rocksmith 2 is add the ability to hook up my MIDI keyboard and play alongside my son on his guitar!Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great toll to learn, take it slow and it will come
Great toll to learn, take it slow and it will comePosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I really enjoy this game having played it for about 8 hours the first day until my hands were about to bleed. I have been off and on playing the guitar for the last 3.5 years and haent been able to fully sit myself down and dedicate time as needed to play. I started with Musician's Institute books, a few tutoring lessons, messing around on the guitar with some experienced coworkers after work, downloading tons of tabs and playing as best as I could. I used to force myself to sit down an hour a night during the weekdays perhaps longer, just to practice hand movements up adn down the fretboard and getting my fingers used to things. But for the last year I have not had any time to play, twiddle, practice at all. I was very excited when this game came out and planned to get back into things and was hoping this would be the motivation I needed and a fun way to do it. I started out with the first song, it was very slow and easy which was great for me. I needed a refresher and to get my fingers used to the guitar again after a year of not playing anything. By the end of the day I was jamming pretty good. I really enjoyed the first minigame (Ducks# which is basically Space Invaders but you shoot by moving up and down the fretboard and strumming to shoot up towards the ducks before they fly too far away. I made it thorugh 4 songs total and a bunch of the lessons workign hard to try and make it to Gold status. I am eager to get back to the game and find more time to see how the game progresses as it is supposed to learn your skill level and ad more notes along the way, so I am hoping it will really help me progress. I had some trouble with some of the notes registering which was making me mad on a few sections #the slide challenge mostly# This could be due to a dented fret on my Ibanez but I am not sure. Either way this is a great tool and I am eager to see what else it has in store for me with regards to minigames, skill challenges, and note additions to the songs I have already played. I would easily recommend this to anyone who wants to have fun and to progress your skills. I dont know if this will actually TEACH you how to play the guitar on your own, rather teach you how to move your hands around better and to memorize a few tab type songs, not necessarily make you into the guy who will be able to play Metallica songs because you tabbed a few songs in this game, I doubt it will be that progressive. But I am excited for DLC as well and hoping they ad some fun songs that I personally would want to play and learn myself so I can learn them. Granted it will teach you how to play that song and that song only not how to become good at playing other songs, but it may make it easier for you to play tabsa now that you have fretboard experience moving around and masically playing this game which appears to be mainly tabs #at this point as I have only been playing for 8 total hours) so we will see how it progresses.Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Way better than other guitar games Ive played
Way better than other guitar games Ive playedPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I just bought this game yesterday, and I played it for a few hours last night. Ive been playing guitar off and on for 11 years but havent really made much progress despite taking around 12 lessons over the years. I dream of playing in a Metallica cover band but I dont put in the time it takes to learn how to really play the guitar. My guitar has collected more dust than it got played in the last 11 years. Ive attemped to learn songs only to get frustrated and put the guitar down and walk away after 15 min of trying. So now that you know where I am musically, lets talk about this game. This game is like Guitar Hero only way better because you use a real guitar instead of a plastic piece of junk (which I broke 2 plastic GH guitars from pressing to hard on the fret buttons and strum bars). The game doesnt have allot of songs im intrested in playing but there is DLC being added so maybe there will be better songs later. The game has more realistic graphics that GH. The mini games are kinda lame as far as the graphics but they are designed to help you learn different techniques. The game has allot of great features that make it fun to play as well as a great learning tool. I didnt like paying $80 for it but it does include a special cord that you must have to play. I have allot of games that i really like and this one instantly jumped to the front of the list. Buy this game, Its worth every penny!!!Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great For Guitar Players
Great For Guitar PlayersPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
Want a game that's actually Guitar Hero? Rocksmith. I have played guitar for about 10 years, and I play drums in a band. I got through expert mode on every Guitar Hero game and learned absolutely nothing other than how to hit 5 buttons. Rocksmith came along and actually provided a challenge, and is also a teaching tool for anyone who wants to progressively learn guitar. You can target areas you are struggling in regardless of your skill level, and the game's difficulty changes as you play to adjust to you, instead of hitting pause to put it on Medium, or easy. I love the game, and I played it for over 2 hours a day both days I've owned it. I highly recommend this game for people looking for a video game that you can actually get real like rewards from instead of a level up online. Its about time.Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Best Music Game Ever!!!
Best Music Game Ever!!!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I was skeptical at first when i heard about this game. After playing so many Guitar Hero and Rock Band games I was getting tired of the same old thing and the same old plastic fake stuff that they offered. Thinking to myself before getting this game I was like "just like Power Gig". But this was with a real guitar. Being that I already been playing guitar for 5 years i was kinda skeptical on how real it was going to be. Thinking to myself again is it really going to play well this time knowing that its going to use a real guitar. So i decide to pick this up and sure enough it was the right chose. This game is the real deal. You actually are really playing the song . You don't get that type of felling when playing Rock band or guitar hero. For me I got this cause I love playing guitar and I love playing video games but I wasn't going to settle for plastic fake playing. But this game changes everything.Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Doesn't teach much, but game is still fun
Doesn't teach much, but game is still fun|Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
Don't expect to learn much guitar, but expect to have more of a challenge than guitar hero or rock band. This is a game, not a guitar tutorial.Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Learn to Really Play Guitar, the Video Game Way
Learn to Really Play Guitar, the Video Game Way|Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
If you are one of the many who have become bored with "playing" the guitar using 5 buttons (I'm looking at you Guitar Hero and Rockband), this may be the game for you. This game/tool actually teaches you the basics on how to start playing the guitar. Plus, with the included dongle, you can use any guitar (accoustic/electic) that has the necessary output connections. Loads of fun to play, and an excellent supplement to learning the basics, you'll be surprised how quickly any aspiring musicians learn to pick-up the basics. Also, a newer 2014 version just came out, with loads of new songs.Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.