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on 23 January 2013
If you don't already play an instrument then my review is going to seem pretty unhelpful to you so stop reading here :-)
So assuming that you do play guitar/bass, and you have been given fair warning, I'll feel free to ramble on...
As a die hard fan of Frequency I've been waiting a long time for something as musical to come along. Guitar Hero seemed like a good idea but the interface just put me off as it was impossible to play genuinely in time and it's a pretty expensive way to not play a real instrument. Rock Band Blitz rewards button bashing too much and didn't really seem to matter whether I was involved or not. So I'm a musician and pretty experienced bass player - what's in this one to keep me playing?
The repertoire is pretty good - it's fun to play along with songs and learn new stuff - if you play well the difficulty increases in response and vice versa. It seems to react pretty well to playing in time so that's great - I don't have to make a 'video game adjustment' from real life skills to suit a poor interface in order to do well at the game. As other reviewers have said the loading times are long, having to tune before entering any other screen is annoying and it can crash from time to time. Overall it's still pretty fun though and the positives outway the negatives.
If you're used to reading TAB then the system of frets flying downscreen towards you is very counter-intuitive, especially combined with trying to remember the colour coding for strings as the neck at the bottom is pretty much pointless. Viewed as a videogame and having to learn the system is fine but if it's really intended as a guitar tutor then using a non-standard system that won't appear anywhere else is perhaps slightly unhelpful. Good luck to people who have struggled with the traditional systems if this provides a workable alternative but I would welcome a standard notation/TAB option too. Also, because of the lag and lack of regular divisions it's pretty much impossible to tell what the rhythm is going to be from the screen itself - a mixture of intuition and aural skills is filling in the blanks for me but it makes sight-reading an unknown song seem unfairly difficult. That said it's still much better than Guitar Hero et al and to be commended as a significant step in the right direction.