So you think you're a rock star? You probably bought all of those Guitar Hero games and have all 2,000 Rock Band songs. You wake up at the crack of noon, feather your hair and put on the spandex that drives all the women in the front row wild. Yeah, I know the type. You probably think that you've done and seen it all. Well think again, princess. Because Seven45 Studios is about to unload their newest rock simulator, Power Gig: Rise of the SixString.
Before you have horrifying flashbacks to past music game disasters let me reassure you, Power Gig is not the new Rock Revolution. This is not one of those unnecessary games that doesn't add anything new and gives us half-assed cover versions of some D-list artists. Power Gig is better than that. My time with the game may have been brief, but I came away impressed. It's clear that Seven45 Studios is doing everything they can to help differentiate this title from the rest of the Rock Band clones.
Like most music games, Rise of the SixString offers its own brand of unique fake plastic instruments. But unlike most, these instruments are actually worth talking about. Let's start with the guitar, the most exciting new addition to Power Gig's arsenal. Chances are you already have one or two (or in my case, a half dozen) fake guitars collecting dust in the closet. Perhaps it's time to try out a real guitar for a change?
That's right; Power Gig features a real, honest-to-goodness electric guitar that you can learn how to play. That means that once you're done destroying your high score in the game, you can plug the guitar into a real amp and really impress your friends. Who knows, maybe this will be the push you need to start a band, become famous and become the next U2. Or maybe you'll just do Nirvana covers in your garage. Either way, Power Gig gives you the chance to do that.
The guitar itself is actually really cool. It's a little smaller than a standard electric guitar, but it has all of the pieces and parts needed to successfully rock out. Best of all, Power Gig is created in such a way where you can learn how to play the fundamentals of guitar. That is to say, this game teaches you to rock the power chords, the starting place for any guitarist. From there you can learn how to incorporate solos, picking and more.
But don't get too frazzled by the prospect of learning how to play power chords, because Power Gig also allows you to play the game like past incarnations of Guitar Hero and Rock Band. You still have a note highway and five colored buttons, each lining up to a fret on the real guitar. You can hit any string on that fret, just as long as you have your fingers in the right place. Early on I found this to be a bit more challenging than my standard Guitar Hero 5 axe. Thankfully, it only took a few songs to get me back in the swing of things.