Rhythm games: dead, alive, or just out of sync?

Posted: March 28, 2011 by jerkmag in VAULT -- archives
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As I mentioned in a previous post, the video game publishing company Activision canned the Guitar Hero franchise. But have no fear, for rhythm games are not dead yet!  They’re just headed in new directions. Here are two upcoming rhythm games to keep your eye on.

1. Child of Eden for the Xbox 360 plans to combine rhythm, action, and the Kinect motion sensor technology.There are very few details on the game at this point, but if it can successfully cover all three of these aspects, it could prove to be a very interesting game. Child of Eden’s predecessor, Rez, had a set soundtrack, but I think it would be really awesome if the developers added an option for players to import their own music. If that could also be achieved, Child of Eden would be absolutely groundbreaking in terms of video games, music, and Kinect. The game is set to be released June 14.

2. The video game developer, Ubisoft, recently announced the release of Rocksmith for this September. While the game sounds like a Guitar Hero knock-off, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Yeah so what, Rocksmith is another rhythm game controlled with a guitar. The difference is that the controller will not be made of cheap plastic. The controller will be a REAL guitar. And the best part: you may already own a controller before the game comes out. How? Because if you own a guitar, it’s bound to work on Rocksmith! According to IGN, “Rocksmith looks… to support ‘most’ electric guitars thanks to an input jack that’s plugged into the console”. A guitar game + actually teaching you how to play – the extra price for controllers = a winner in my book!

-Mike Thal

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