Game Review: Power Gig: Rise of the SixString (Guitar Pack)
Release: October 19, 2010
Developer: Seven45 Studios
Available Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
MSRP: Three SKU’s available
ESRB Rating: T (Teen)
Website: Power Gig
Seven45 Studios brings us the next revolution of band videogames and wraps it up with a controller/real six string electric guitar in one package. With Power Gig you jam to some of your favorite tunes using a real guitar without even knowing how to play a guitar. If you add the air drums and mic you and your friends can perform and help save the world of Ohm.
Power Gig allows you to play some of your favorite song titles while using the AirDrum (think of it like an air guitar) guitar and mic and brings you into the story of Power Gig. The story starts as you are welcomed to Ohm a world that has banned music and has oppressed the Rockers. You and your new found band set out to see if you have what it takes to dethrone the tyranny of The Headliner. First you must choose one of six rockers to play as and set out on your epic quest. As a rocker your object is to go from venue to venue playing your favorite tunes while filling up your Mojo Meter and progressing the game. As you progress through the story you will meet a lot of interesting characters that teach you how to harness and use mystical powers.
The controls for the guitar recognizes your input along the fret and also has a unique option to switch to chording mode that utilizes chords that require specific finger placement on the strings which in return by playing in this mode you may in return come away with some understanding of playing a guitar. Now don’t let this description discourage you as you will be able to pick up this guitar and play if you are familiar with any of the button pushing peripherals out there but the difference is you have no buttons.
What separates Power Gig from the other rhythm games out there is the fact that you can lock your strum bar and plug the Power Gig guitar into any standard amp and have at it as it plays as a real guitar. So not only are you getting a guitar you can play but a game that is fun to play. I liked the fact that Power Gig has exclusive artists so if you own any of the other rhythm based games out there you will be able to play some of your favorite songs that may not be found in other games. Now Power Gig not only allows you play the game and lets you use it as a real guitar but it is also compatible with Rock Band and Guitar Hero games and controllers alike. Plus Power Gig is just a little more forgiving than the other rhythm games out there as you strung the guitar you don’t have to click the button point on or strung the guitar in this case.
I would have liked to see the guitar just a little larger as it is 2/3 the size of a real guitar. The reason I say this is you feel as if you are playing with a real guitar not only because of the strings, but the guitar is just heavier than you are used to with the plastic peripherals so why not include a full size guitar instead of having to buy it separately. Also would it hurt to throw the batteries in the box with the guitar. Now I know this is a simple thing but you know what it is like looking for batteries around the house with kids, sure you do. Everything takes AA batteries and my household in particular is always in short supply of AA’s. Another thing I would have liked to see is some sort of string silencer because if the button clicking got on your nerves the strumming sounds may just irritate you to no end.
Scott’s final say is pick this one up if the price tag isn’t a shock. (It will run you a $179.99 for the software and guitar and 229.99 for the software, Guitar, AirStrike Drums and Microphone or you can just pick up the game by itself $59.99). I feel it is worth the larger price tag because the guitar is a controller and a real guitar (for those that can play a guitar). The exclusive sound track is awesome and it is always good to play some Kid Rock and jam out with the Dave Mathews Band. I know this would be a welcome surprise for the rhythm based gamer in your life.