Despite everyone we know once crazed about it, we never bought into the whole hype around Guitar Hero. Sure, it was fun for a few songs, but we always felt cheated by the cheap, lightweight feel of the plastic instrument. How could you feel like Dave Murrary of Iron Maiden while strumming the nonstop onslaught of "2 Minutes to Midnight" when the guitar feels like a plastic ukulele? Worry no longer, Ygnwie, you'll soon be able to learn how to play by plugging in a real guitar.
Rocksmith by Ubisoft will be available for both PS3 and Xbox 360 users and was amongst one of the most intriguing titles demoed at this year's E3 show, breaking away from typical genre/gender titles and offering the opportunity to actually learn a skill (an art!) while playing a video game. You'll have to supply your own axe, but once connect a real guitar with the supplied USB adaptor to your console, the fun begins.
With an adaptive learning curve which not only adjusts to your skill level (in our case, extreme beginner), but also remembers where you last left off, the Rocksmith demo gave us the impression this is less of a party-game experience like Guitar Hero and possibly an inventive musical teaching tool under the guise of a game. You can even plug into a virtual amp and effects pedalboard for added style (e.g. crunchy distortion, vintage tremolo, or a psychedelic reverb).
And get ready to start a band…a real band. There will be multiplayer action!