Fallen Kell wrote:
Ok, so I am now just starting to get use to the interface, as well how to get the game to increase the realism of the notes it wants you to hit to play the song. I'm still tweaking the audio/video delay, but I have that pretty close now (close enough that I don't really notice it). I also played a bit of the "dawn of the chordead" (or whatever it is called) mini game. I do have to say it is pretty funny, and really does a nice job testing your knowledge of chords. I think it is a really useful training/practice tool to be honest.
So, Rocksmith showed up at my doorstep on Thursday when i was away for work. On Friday evening, after i drove back home, i threw it in since my wife was still at work. I also played a little this morning since she had to work early. Two sittings, 5ish hours, and raw fingers.
I consider myself a pretty accomplished guitar player. I'm 30 years old, and I've been playing for as long as i can remember. One of the first "toys" i had was a guitar, my dad is a phenomenal guitarist, so i've been around / playing guitars for a long time. That said, i'm a TERRIBLE lead guitar player. I can play any chord progression(s) you want, as well as sing and strum, but when it comes to riffs or soloing, i'm awful. Clumsy fingers, i guess.
I popped in rocksmith and hooked up my guitar, and went through the tutorial. The interface is pretty intuitive. It's sort of like Guitar Hero in that you have the scrolling stuff you have to hit. instead of the buttons at the bottom of the screen, though, you have a guitar neck. Strings are color-coded (EADGBE = Red Yellow Blue Orange Green Purple), and the frets are numbered. Going through the tutorial was pretty clumsy for me, trying to sight-read as well as make sure fingering was correct (haven't picked up my guitar in a month or more heh).
After the tutorial, you go right into the "game mode" with rehearsal, play a gig, etc etc. For your first gig, they give you two songs. The first song to rehearse is a choice between a Black Keys song and the Rolling Stones - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction. Easy choice for me, since I don't know the Black Keys song. So they start you out playing what i would consider the "bass line" of the song; single notes pretty evenly spaced. As if you were playing single notes to try and figure out what key it was in, you know what i mean? The adaptive difficulty is pretty spectacular. The game sees you're playing correctly and changes up the difficulty in the middle of the song. Occasionally this can be problematic as they're throwing stuff at you that you haven't seen before, but i guess that's the point :p. I played through Satisfaction about 5 times to feel comfortable playing it, each time picking up a little more of the song.
You have to play a song and score over a certain number of points in order for that song to be "gig worthy." You can make your set list for a gig from a list of any song you've qualified on. Of course, when you play your gig, if you score high enough, you'll be tossed an encore, which is a song you've NEVER rehearsed before, and that you have to sight-read. For me, these have been significantly harder than the set list songs.
There are also technique practice sessions you can unlock (i.e. practicing palm mute, double-stop, power chord, etc etc) as well as arcade-style games using the guitar neck - i played a "Duck Hunt" type arcade game where they give you the neck interface, and a duck begins flying from one of the frets, and you have to hit the note to "shoot" the duck. If you hit the wrong note, the duck goes faster. It's a pretty cool fingering tool.
As i said earlier, I was playing Satisfaction, and eventually played a gig and progressed through some other songs for a while, got comfortable with the interface i bit, then came back to "Satisfaction" and i guess my "level" was better, and the game was throwing all these licks in during the middle part of the song. I was lost. So i practiced a couple more times, and caught up.
The best part about it so far is that, unlike guitar hero, when i turn the game off and pick up the guitar, i've actually learned to play a song. And that's why, after 5 hours, I highly recommend Rocksmith to anyone who wants to learn to play the guitar (or, hey, if you want your KIDS to learn to play the guitar!). Doesn't matter if you have never played before, if you're a novice, or if you're a pro: You'll get something out of this.