ROCK­SMITH 2014 RRP: $ 89 ( Re­viewed On Plays­ta­tion 3)

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TECH - Mike Wilcox Email mike@ hy­per­ac­tiveg­ames. com

THE wave of rhythm- based video games that shot to fame a few years back, such as Gui­tar Hero, were great at get­ting gamers off the couch and jump­ing around like rock stars, but they did lit­tle to teach you how to play a real in­stru­ment.

Rock­smith was the next evo­lu­tion in this gam­ing genre, which launched last year, en­abling you to plug a real gui­tar into your con­sole or PC and in­cluded in­ter­ac­tive lessons and songs to play along to.

Now its suc­ces­sor has ar­rived, which not only fi xes a few of its pre­de­ces­sor’s is­sues but adds some wel­come new fea­tures too.

Key im­prove­ments in­clude new in­tu­itive menus and quicker load times, but more im­por­tantly, there are no longer prob­lems with the gui­tar’s au­dio be­ing de­layed.

Re­gard­less of your prow­ess as a gui­tarist, this game is a one- stop shop for learn­ing new tech­niques and refi ning ex­ist­ing skills, which is all de­liv­ered in re­ward­ing and en­ter­tain­ing ways.

Af­ter pick­ing your ex­pe­ri­ence level and pre­ferred play­ing style, which in­cludes rhythm, lead or bass gui­tar, you can then jump straight into dozens of in­ter­ac­tive video lessons on ev­ery­thing from how to hold a gui­tar and tune it, right through to ad­vanced tech­niques such as pitched har­mon­ics and twohanded tap­ping.

There are modes where you can cus­tomise the sound of your gui­tar with dif­fer­ent amps and ef­fects and set up dif­fer­ent tun­ings, how­ever the main draw­card of the game is a li­brary of 50 well- known songs that you can learn to play.

Ses­sion mode is a new fea­ture, which is essen­tially a back­ing band you can cus­tomise and play along with.

Af­ter se­lect­ing the in­stru­ments for your band, you choose the tempo, scale, groove and com­plex­ity of their per­for­mance.

Also new is a hand­ful of mini games that are not only fun, but are de­signed to sharpen your gui­tar skills as well.

Strictly speak­ing though, Rock­smith 2014 is more an edu­tain­ment ti­tle than a video game, but what it does, it does ex­ceed­ingly well.

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