This morning's Top Story is the news that Ubisoft is keen to prove with its upcoming title Rocksmith that the music game genre is far from dead.
Ubisoft's Rocksmith, coming later this year for 360, PS3 and PC, promises to "revolutionize" the music game genre. It'll apparently do this thanks to its ability to use any real electric guitar featuring a standard quarter-inch jack as a controller, rather than requiring specialist hardware designed specifically for the game.
Features of the new title include gameplay that automatically adjusts to the player's skill level, and a design which apparently makes reading music "visually fun and intuitive." Not much in the way of actual game footage has been revealed thus far, but this statement perhaps means we can expect something a little different from the typical Guitar Hero/Rock Band note highways. Perhaps something a little closer to traditional guitar tablature?
The game promises a sizeable library of music from artists as diverse as The Animals, The Black Keys, David Bowie, Interpol, Nirvana and The Rolling Stones. It's probably fair to assume there will also be a sizeable library of DLC available for the game, too.
"Rocksmith is the most authentic and addictive music game ever created," said Geoffroy Sardin, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer at Ubisoft EMEA. "Whether a beginner or a seasoned guitarist, players can progress at their own speed and walk away from the game with the ability to play songs by memory. Rocksmith is the only video game that gets players stage-ready."
A bold claim indeed, and one which some players are claiming Rock Band 3's Pro Mode already takes care of. Will Rocksmith provide a different experience to the well-established titles in the rapidly-stagnating music game genre? Is there a place for it in a world where one of the most popular music franchises -- Guitar Hero -- has died out?
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