About a month ago, I reported that Activision had killed off its Guitar Hero franchise “due to continued declines in the music genre.” Apparently Ubisoft has something to say about that. Today, the developer announced that it is currently working on a guitar based rhythm game call Rocksmith. Now before you call Rocksmith a Guitar Hero clone, please note that there are some major differences. Most importantly, you play Rocksmith with a real guitar, not some plastic toy.
Apparently Ubisoft has come up with some sort of converter that allows you to plug in your guitar cord into a USB drive. Now I know some of you are saying, “What about Power Gig: Rise of the Sixstring? That game let you play with a real guitar!” Please note that with Power Gig, you had to play using their plastic “guitar.” Sure it had strings and plugged into your console of choice, but it still wasn’t a real guitar. Also the fact that the gameplay was just trash didn’t help Power Gig‘s reputation.
According to Rolling Stone, Rocksmith will teach gamers how to play guitar, as well as 45 songs from artists including: the Animals, the Black Keys, David Bowie, Interpol, Nirvana and the Rolling Stones.
For those of you who have no experience with a guitar, don’t feel too left out. Apparently Ubisoft has found a way to dynamically shift the difficulty of songs. This means that, rather than failing out of a song like in Guitar Hero, Rocksmith will adjust the difficulty while you’re playing. If you’re like me, and actually plan on using Rocksmith as a tool to help your guitar playing, you should note that there will be a practice mode where you can loop parts, adjust the speed, etc.
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m absolutely thrilled to hear about this. I’ve been playing guitar for a few years now, but I’m still trash. I never really took it seriously and just kinda spent my practice time pounding out covers of Misfits songs with my friends. The thing is, I don’t really have time to take actual guitar lessons. I’d much rather have a videogame that walks me through a regimented practice system at my own pace.
What about you guys? Is this something that interests you? Are there are guitar players who can weigh in on this game? Do you think that a videogame can teach you how to play an instrument? Let us know what you think with a comment below.