I’ve always wanted to play guitar, as far back as I remember I had the image of me being able to.
The thing is I’m prone to laziness and procrastination, every time I’ve tried to learn I’ve got to a point where I’d just get bored. For a beginner reading tabs was confusing and I was really having trouble with chords.
I’ve had Rocksmith since February 2014, the Xbox 360 version initially and now the PC version which has been recently remastered. At the point of writing this review in July 2015 (updated and edited January 2017) and after putting in over 500 hours of time, using Rocksmith as my only learning tool, I have actually learnt how to play an instrument.
Don’t get me wrong I’m not the best guitarist in the world, and I’m still learning day to day but I’m proud to say that if someone asks me if I have a talent I can reply that I can play the guitar.
As far as Rocksmith goes as a game and learning tool, it is very informative, fun and can be highly addictive.
The game has your basic chord and note lessons as well as some you wouldn’t normally even think of, from simply putting a strap on correctly to changing strings and tuning the instrument by ear.
The skill games in Rocksmith’s arcade mode are challenging and actually help with remembering notes, but most importantly they’re fun, the inclusion of score based modes have an appeal that makes you want to do better and learning guitar is somewhat of a side-effect at bettering the numbers on the screen. It’s such a simple concept and it works wonders from a learning aspect, even if its teaching you subconsciously, you will remember notes and muscle memory will form on where to place your fingers.
The game constantly rolls out DLC track packs so you’re never short of songs to play, of course this means shelling out around £10 on new songs but if they’re tracks you love then it’s well worth forking out.
I also have to mention the custom downloadable content which is being made by members of the Rocksmith community. If you head on over to CustomsForge, they have literally thousands of songs to download for free, all you have to do is sign up to the site and search for an artist or song, download the file and place it in the game’s DLC folder and you’re set.
As far as the graphics go they’re sharp and colourful, similarly to Rock Band graphics aren’t really important in a game like this, it’s a rolling tab with customisation. Graphics options go as far as V-Sync and resolution and that’s about it but you’re not looking for a triple A title here.
Overall, if you’re looking to learn guitar and have fun while doing so make sure to pick up Rocksmith.