Exclusive Concert to Celebrate the Launch of Rocksmith
Ben Postulart-Toronto: In celebration of the upcoming release of the new video game Rocksmith, Ubisoft held an exclusive concert to show off this interesting take on the music simulation gaming genre. Rocksmith takes games like Guitar Hero, and Rockband to a whole new level by letting the players use a real instrument instead of a fake guitar, or bass. With Rocksmith you can use any instrument that has a quarter of an inch connection.
The concert featured three bands, The Reason, Magnetta Lane, and The Suburbians. Each band played two of their own songs, and two covers of songs that are featured on the upcoming video game release. One of the most interesting events of the night was when Magnetta Lane performed a cover of Blur’s “Song Number 2″. The ladies of Magnetta Lane had members of both The Reason and The Suburbians come up on stage and sing the famous “Whoohoo”s.
There were four stations set up where fans and artists alike had a chance to get a firsthand look at Rocksmith before its October 18th release. In my opinion, this is not nearly as simple a game as its Predecessors, Rockband, and Guitar Hero, With Rocksmith you need to know how to play a real guitar. For an average gamer, and musically inept person like me, this game looks way too difficult. This game is more suited to someone who knows the basics of guitar playing, or someone who is good at guitar and wants to learn some new songs.
The price point is a bit of an issue with me as well. Most new games retail for about $60 dollars in Canada, but the price of Rocksmith will be $80. Apparently the reason for the steeper price is because of the adapter that comes with the game. Another reason that this is not a game for the average gamer is because you have to have an electric guitar in order to play it. This is not something that I would recommend purchasing for a young child, it would probably end with a child getting very frustrated and smashing the new guitar that you bought for the sole purpose of being able to play this game. If you love to play music, playing video games, and have an electric guitar, this game is for you. If you want a simple music simulator, I would go out and pick up either Guitar Hero, or Rockband.