Let’s dig into what makes Rocksmith so great
As I mentioned earlier, Rocksmith is a game that besides the fun is meant to help you learn to play guitar and learning songs. Realistically, Ubisoft’s intention to create such a game is definitely successful.
The game is designed in the spirit of rock music, which clearly indicates what the target group is.
How does Rocksmith work?
To begin with, it is a very important lesson that needs to be addressed, tuning in your guitar. You actually cannot play the game without doing this first. That is why the tuner is at the very beginning of the game.
However it is not perfectly accurate, which is a big minus.
Like any other game, Rocksmith starts with a tutorial on how to synchronize the guitar with the sounds of the game. This also gives you an opportunity to learn how the virtual neck of the guitar works and teaches you how to accurately play a tone.
For example, each string has its own color so when a note appears on a certain field with a certain color it is already known where the tone should be played.
After the tutorial, the first mission is to learn how to play a song. This is actually to check if you have mastered the first tutorial. It is no surprise that the first song is set to the lowest level of difficulty. This level can be changed as you go along depending on the player’s preferences.
Each song is divided into sections and with this, it is easier to find the part that the guitarist would like to focus on.
It also has the option to change the speed of the tones, making it easier to read the notes.
With this, we can conclude that learning songs with Rocksmith is quite easy and interesting.
The list of songs that you get when you buy the Rocksmith game is pretty small, 55 songs. However, if you want to spend some extra money you can purchase extra songs, and choose from a collection of about 1200 songs.
Further along, you will find missions on how to use the other categories from the main page.
Session mode is the part where you can use an already created band or create your own. It consists of 4 parts which you need to fill with instruments depending on your desire. The list of instruments you can choose from has drums, bass, keyboards, and rhythm guitars. You can also choose multiple styles like rock, metal, blues…
The virtual band starts playing in the tonality and the tempo you have chosen and responds to the phrasing of the player.
The Nonstop Play is a mode that you can activate where after you finish one song you automatically get another to play. The choice of the songs is random. The title of this mode is pretty self-explanatory and the mode overall is good for someone looking for a challenge.
Lessons is one of the most important elements of this game. Here you get to learn through tasks about the basic chords and power chords, melodies, and rhythm. The whole process is pretty simplified which is not a bad option for beginners.
The lessons include video and an added audio explanation by a narrator. With this, the narrator explains while the instructor demonstrates at the same time.
Taking an example from the already established online guitar lesson sites, Rocksmith meets all the requirements for providing a good program for different levels of students. Each lesson is very well and thoroughly clarified. Once you learn the lesson you can use to practice through the virtual guitar.
I think this combination of a video lesson and a game to practice and bring fun to the process is great and I consider Rocksmith one of the best alternative platform (game) for learning guitar.
But as I mentioned above, just like any other way of guitar learning without direct interaction, it is considered one level lower than having guitar lessons one on one in real life.
The next section is Guitarcade
Here you will find mini-games where your guitar only functions as a controller.
This is totally unrelated to the educational part and has nothing to do with learning guitar.
The games itself are not that good and simply have no potential.
Now let’s get back to the interesting part of the menu.
The Multiplayer Option
I don’t think I need to explain this because we are all familiar with the concept. But still it’s a good option to have and it definitely makes that game that much more fun.
The Tone Designer
This is a part where every guitar player would spend his or her time. Imagine all that you would do and the time you would spend experimenting if you would have a bunch of guitar pedals, amps, and cabinets available. Awesome, right?
Here you can create your own unique tone by dialing the amp and tuning the potentiometers. You can also try the remaining 300 tones that you get with the game. These can be changed during the playing track.
The other two sections are the Shop and Uplay
At the shop, you will find the list of songs that can be added to the game. The rest is guitar accessories that you can use in the game also.