Rocksmith is a great learning tool for guitar.
Some users have complained about the menus. Truth is there is NO problem with the menu. 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, and this is basically all you do. 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 and master. This may help with skill training for things like learning scales which would otherwise be incredibly boring. If you do the games for the 'gaming' motive of getting a high score, your guitar skills also jump up as a lucky by-product of the game.
Rocksmith also 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 not only improve the sounds you can make, they also serve as a beginner course in teaching the player about amplification, pedals, and the various peripherals required to create the sounds we hear in so many great songs. This is real world knowledge that will give you a feel for the hardware you need before you go and spend lots of money to buy real pedals and amplifiers.
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 a large number of diverse Indie musicians. So Rocksmith can introduce the player to music they may not have heard and expand a general history and knowledge of music while it is teaching guitar.
DLC is very expensive, for Rocksmith and is not needed at first. However by the time you have exhausted all the (large) playlist that comes with the core game, the DLC will become great value for money since the time you invest in this game, gives you great real-world skills worth every single penny. All together Rocksmith is probably the BEST value for money, and the BEST 'game' you can get. If you ever dreamed of playing guitar, and you are also a gamer, I would invest the money required in a decent entry-level electric guitar (Like a made in China Telecaster or whatever) and the vital USB cable for this game. With those and Rocksmith you will be playing from your first day. And if you ever unlock all the achievements for this game, you would have moved well beyond middling levels in guitar skills and would be good enough to join (or start) a garage band. Want to play guitar? BUY THIS.
Posted: December 11th, 2013