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Gig: Rise of the SixString
Score: 4.5 / 10
When a packed-in controller, in this case a
plastic six-string guitar, actually gets in the way of me enjoying a
game I know that something, somewhere went off the rails.
The guitar packed in with Rise of the SixString is a guitar in the
academic sense. It's shaped like a guitar, it has strings. But when that
guitar is put into play it quickly becomes obvious that it could have
had its strings swapped with buttons with no
change to the overall game. And actually
might have been preferable since I managed to cut one of my fingers and
create some ugly calluses on my left hand in my attempt to plow under
the insipid story mode to unlock more of the great set list.
It definitely took me a lot of practice to get the hang of the guitar.
More or less. Even now I don't feel very confident that
I'll hit the right notes at the right time and creates more stress than
relaxation. Other music games I've played, like Guitar Hero, have
impressed me in the way it can get really difficult but still allow zen
moments when I hit the "zone," hear only the music and react more on
impulse than anything else. Rise of the SixString has none of that. I
felt constantly on edge.
No doubt the way the on-screen "notes" descend might also have some part
to play in this heightened tension. The other major titles in the
category have figured out that depth is very important to providing
clear tells as to what note or combination thereof is coming. Rise of
the SixString throws this out. The notes travel on a narrow 2D path that
doesn't want to make use of the entire real estate a big screen
provides. On my TV, sometimes this meant I was flying completely blind.
It meant re-trying songs until I had them mostly memorized before
Power Gig: Rise of the SixString was a good stab at adding something
unique to the music genre, alongside its great set list. It's
unfortunate that the overall experience is left wanting and that the
guitar -- the thing you dropped all that money on -- really does prevent
enjoyment seeping into your gaming sessions. Clapton's "Layla" be