I played Rocksmith 2014 for the first time last night for about 4 hours. It was a bit of work for it to figure out I actually can play at first, but then when I went to play a song that I know how to play pretty well apparently they threw in the sythesizer portion as part of the bass line in the middle and I failed the song horribly. (Muse - Knights of Cydonia, for those of you playing the home game)
Also, when learning to play a new song I’m still having a bit of a hard time understanding the flying 3d guitar tabs. I guess that part will come with practice. It has a similar problem to guitar hero, I’ve noticed, in that when you’re not on the most difficult mode the notes won’t actually be quite on the note in the song itself. This was particularly annoying when I was playing the actual song along with the game but not actually following the notes it was trying to teach me.
My only other gripe is that additional songs are $2.99 - though if I end up playing along with them enough it will probably end up well worth the $3. Especially since most of the songs I’ve seen have been pretty well done transcriptions… Though whoever did this seems SUPER fascinated on the bass with only using the E and A strings, and sparingly using the D and G (seriously they made some of the songs much harder to play than they needed to be but maybe that’s just to get you to practice rapidly moving your hand across the fretboard).
All in all, I had quite a lot of fun playing last night, and the game has gotten me out of my comfort zone of songs that I play all the time (which Laura surely wants to kill me every time she hears at this point), which is also a good thing. I will probably dump a few hundred hours into this game, I can already tell. I’m glad that they treat the bass as a main part of the gameplay, and spent enough time actually including complicated bass lines, technique building exercises, and truly fun to play songs as well.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone who:
- liked the idea of rock band / guitar hero but got frustrated at only having a few notes you’re actually playing, and no strings.
- liked rock band / guitar hero and got inspired to play a real instrument
- plays guiar/bass and wants to have fun learning new songs
- plays guitar/bass and wants to improve their techniques (the lessons aren’t bad, it finds things you’re not doing as well as you could and recommends activities to help you learn a technique you may be struggling with, a part of a song you may not be quite getting right, etc)
Thumbs up from me.