Rocksmith is a great learning tool for guitar.
Some users have complained about the menus.. It uses the space bar, the arrow keys the escape button and the enter key. Once you understand it, zero problem.
In Rocksmith the game guides your learning by throwing you in the deep end. you start by playing along with songs. But the game makes this possible by checking your level and by keeping within your skill level. To improve your skills and add a little variety on the way, there are some arcade games to try. This will help with skill training for things like learning scales. I personally hate them as the note recognition is dubious and they tend to be impossible time wasters.
Rocksmith keeps guitar learning fresh and interesting by offering a whole lot of 'levels' 'unlocks; and 'upgrades' to aim for. There are riffs, technical skills and challenges to master, and of course songs to play and memorise. It is a FANTASTIC tool for creating a context and a motivation for playing guitar.
As you improve in levels you can unlock new guitars and hardware items that improve the sounds you can make, they also serve as a beginner course in teaching about amplification, pedals, and the various peripherals required to create the sounds we hear in so many great songs. This offers some handy research before new players invest in expensive hardware.
The playlist for the game is large, and very fun to play. There are a range of styles covered from classic rock-n-roll greats to many Indie musicians. Getting a feel for this music is a highlight of the experience.
DLC is expensive, but after investing time in the core playlist it becomes reasonable to pay a bit more cos each new DLC offers plenty of fun.
It is no lie to say this is the fastest way to play guitar. After about 5 days of dedicated effort I was thrashing (crudely) through mid-difficulty songs with around 70-80% accuracy and having LOTS of fun doing so. I got in some all day sessions and after 12 hours of nonstop play fingers were aching but there was a big smile on my face. If you love music and think you want to play guitar go to the ATM and withdraw $500 immediately to buy the best guitar in that price range you can get, a retail version of this game and the cable. Push yourself to 'Get the achievements' or whatever other motive you can find and you will NOT regret it.
This is Undoubtaby the BEST game I ever played, cos at heart it's not a game. It's a life changing, life-enriching education tool. And it's proof of how LUCKY we are to be living in the age of advanced computer-entertainment.
Posted: December 11th, 2013