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Power Gig: Rise of the SixString – the guitar game with an actual guitar

Submitted by on Monday, 15 March 20102 Comments

Music games such as Guitar Hero and Rock Band are struggling.  2009 saw an epic shrink in that market – so much so that Activision Blizzard are scaling back the music game products they had in the works.

What the genre needs is a good kick up the backside – is Power Gig: Rise of the SixString the game to do it?

The game is made by a new Boston based development team called Seven 45 Studios.

So what’s the hook?  Well the guitar that comes with the game is an actual guitar.  Plug it into an amp and play for real, and they sync it up with the console and rock out on your telly.

Kotaku have seen the game in action and had the following to say;

“The power gig controller has coloured markers that indicate where those buttons would be, but it does not have buttons. You use the strings.

Sensors in the neck of the guitar can detect where the player is pressing down. So, just as the cascading on-screen note indicators in Guitar Hero will ask the player to press the red button and then the blue button, the cascading notes in the Power Gig game will compel the player to press the any of the guitar strings in that coloured area.

A Guitar Hero player would have to strum a flipper switch. A Power Gig gamer strums strings.

Different difficulty levels of Power Gig will require different levels of specificity and dexterity.

A Chord Play mode, which will require that proper strings are pressed, will essentially teach players how to play the real chord structure of the song they are playing. It won’t teach notes, but, in an indirect way, you’ll be learning how to play.”

We have mixed feelings about this game.  Whilst there is no doubt that this is an interesting idea, we can’t help but feel that it will isolate the core audience that buys the Guitar Hero games in the first place.

These games are seen as a bit of fun, something to bring out at parties.  By adding in strings and a real guitar suddenly things look a bit more serious and not so user friendly.

The game is set to release in America this fall, and as of yet there is no word of a release date for anywhere else.

Who’s up for blasting a few power chords then?