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5.0 out of 5 stars Playing my guitar for the first time in 20 years, 5 Oct 2012
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This review is from: Rocksmith - includes Real Tone Cable (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
There are good points and bad points to a game like this (calling it a 'game' somehow doesn't seem right, does it?) I've never played Rock Band because the idea of playing a plastic guitar always filled me with horror. I started playing (real) guitar back in the mid-80's and, despite much effort, never did play with a band on stage despite a great deal of effort. My prized electric guitar went back into its case in the late Eighties and stayed there for the next twenty plus years. I couldn't bear to sell it. Not ever. I played acoustic guitar instead from time to time to pass the time and keep my fingers flexible.

Then I heard about Rocksmith. I ordered it the moment it became available for pre-order in the UK. It arrived three or four days ago, and I must have played it for a solid three or four hours a day with my long-neglected electric. It's a little battered, a strap button is mysteriously missing, and the sound is a tiny bit erratic from time to time, making me thing maybe I need to get it checked over in a guitar shop. But for the first time since maybe 1989 I'm playing the damn thing, and loving it.

Don't get me wrong; some of the caveats other reviewers have aren't necessarily incorrect. It's not necessarily the best way to *learn* to play guitar for reasons some people have mentioned. It's not necessarily even aimed at people my age - ie in their forties - but the important thing, the really important thing, is that it makes you want to play, and that's frankly just awesome. To me, it's a band in a box - one that doesn't talk back, turn up late, smell a bit funny because it never changes its leather trousers, or own a really expensive instrument it can barely play, if at all. The fact that it responds to what you're playing - that element of feedback, of responsiveness to your playing - is what, on some deep psychological level, elevates this far above simply sticking on a cd and playing along.

I haven't had this much fun in years. As far as I'm concerned, it's the single best reason to own an Xbox.
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Initial post: 11 Nov 2012 15:42:56 GMT
this is what my 16 year old son was hoping.. he is very accomplished - I sometimes go to his lessons... he has played the plastic rock band guitar - I was never too keen on that.. I am hopeful that this is as good as it says on the tin..
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