My first draft of this review was a huge long post giving details of all the features, what I liked and what I didn’t. But really it boils down to this….
If you want to learn to play guitar, go buy yourself a basic electric guitar and a copy of Rocksmith on Xbox 360, it’s cheaper than most guitar lessons and you’ll be playing tunes in no time.
If you want to pretend to play a guitar then grab yourself a copy of Guitar Hero or Rockband, but why go to the effort of learning to play a plastic guitar when Rocksmith makes learning real guitar as easy and fun?
Yeah I could pick holes in the included tracklist, it’s easy when there’s no Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Jimi Hendrix, Rory Gallagher, Metallica, Satriani, Vai, ZZ TOP or Guns ‘n’ Roses included. Yup, the “No Stairway” rule is very much alive in this game. Or I could be nasty and cynical about Ubisofts reason’s for leaving out so many great guitar tracks being linked to the profits made on their DLC.
But here’s the rub, even at 240 xbox points per track, it’s incredibly good value for what you’re getting. You’re being taught a real world skill that you can take away from your Xbox and could be the basis of a career.
So to sum it all up…
If you want to learn to play guitar and have fun doing it, go buy yourself a basic electric guitar and a copy of Rocksmith.