Power Gig: Rise of the SixString Review
Xbox 360 | PS3
Power Gig: Rise of the SixString box art
System: X360, PS3 Review Rating Legend
Dev: Seven45 Studios 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Seven45 Studios 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Oct. 19, 2010 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-3 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Aside from this, you have the functionality of the controller in the game. Now hold on before you jump this article to go play the game with your snazzy guitar controller. One has the impression that you will play this game as you would a real guitar. However, this is not the case. Instead you will use your pricey peripheral to play the game in the same manner you have all previous guitar-enthused games. Five "buttons" and you pressing them at the right time while you strum your guitar make up the basic gameplay.

Power Gig: Rise of the SixString screenshot

The neck of the guitar is broken down into colored fret segments. Just like all predecessors, you have to hit the string "button" and strum. This guitar could have been a fun way to help teach newcomers; instead, it allows you to be as lazy as easy mode in other music games. Successfully hitting the notes is easy; all you will have to do is hold any of the strings in that colored fret. Not only is this wrong, but you will hear sounds that will remind you of an always-practicing, obnoxious trumpet player.

Graphically, Power Gig doesn't hold up much better. While the caricatures and backgrounds look fine, the game looks unpolished at times. As for the button displays, I can understand how difficult it must be to come up with a new and interesting way to display the same functionality of your competitors. Having said this, I think there are probably a few others ways to display them. Instead, we are treated to what is reminiscent to Rock Revolution and their User Interface. Even this is a bit unfair, because the Rock Revolution UI looks good compared to the small circles connected by squiggly lines. There are times, if you are prone to motion sickness, that following squiggly lines may make you a little "squeegee." In all honesty, any problems had with the graphics seem and are trivial to Power Gig's other areas of concern.

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Power Gig: Rise of the SixString had such great promise. It could have been a tool to teach people how to play the guitar, make the learning process fun and exciting, and finally show the naysaying professionals there is a valid reason behind the music genre in video games. All of these things were what Power Gig seemed to offer. Instead, we receive a weak track list, a real guitar whose sound quality is questionable, a lackluster gameplay experience for this $180 package, and unfortunately, the list continues. Power Gig: Rise of the SixString should have been the beginning of something wonderful for the music genre, but instead it is something tragic.

By Matthew Walker
CCC Site Director

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
2.0
Graphics
Weak character design and a questionable interface harms the overall experience.
2.0
Control
The "innovative" controller quickly becomes the same old same old controller we have been playing for a while now.
2.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music selection is a solid diverse offering. However, just because it is diverse doesn't mean it is good.
1.9
Play Value
There are songs to play you can't get anywhere else, but you should really ask yourself if you to play them on a "real-fake" guitar.
1.9
Overall Rating - Avoid
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • The SixString Guitar Controller creates a more authentic gameplay experience through its use of real guitar strings rather than buttons.
  • Full band gameplay allowing up to three players - one each - on guitar, drums, and microphone
  • Rock and Roll Adventure. Each of up to three players can take on the role of one of six heroic rockers as they embark on an epic quest to overthrow the oppressive headliner who has brought disharmony to the world of the game
  • Unique Gameplay Modes Chording Mode. Gameplay allows players to gain fundamental guitar skills that will put them on the path to playing real music offline.


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