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About the product
- Multiplayer: Form local bands and play along with your favorite songs, or create original music with up to 4 players on Guitar, Bass or Vocals
- Authentic Equipment: Amp and pedal effects like distortion, reverb and chorus
- Total Song Control: Slow down songs to hear every nuance or loop favorite song segments and jam along, refining your technique and mastering favorite tracks
- Deep Career Mode: Progress through the phases of a rock career starting from humble beginnings and work your way up to becoming a Rock Legend
- Great Feel: Perfect response time, superior polyphonic note detection and a fully unlocked library of hit songs
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BandFuse: Rock Legends
BandFuse: Rock Legends provides an authentic pick up and play experience for musicians of all skill levels. Whether you’ve never held a guitar or bass before or you are already the lead guitarist in your own band, BandFuse: Rock Legends will have you rockin’ out with your favorite songs in minutes. Vocalists can enjoy karaoke style or scored vocalist mode with instruction on proper singing technique. The set list includes 55 epic tracks and a cast of the world’s most famous rock legends, including Slash, Bootsy Collins, ZakkWylde, George Lynch, Five Finger Death Punch’s ZoltanBathory and Jason Hook, and more.
Two Ways to Play:
- Artist Pack: Includes the game and one 1/4" guitar cable (Xbox 360 includes an audio adapter and headphone extension cable).
- Band Pack: Includes a microphone, 4 port USB hub, two 1/4" guitar cables, and an acoustic adapter.
- Real Instruments: Learn to play real guitar, bass, and vocals. Real-world animated guitar tablature provides the first truly authentic music video game experience on consoles.
- Form Bands: Get the band together and play along with your favorite songs, or create original music with up to 4 players on guitar, bass, and vocals. Additional hardware is required and included in the Band Pack.
- Tour Mode(Career): Progress your way through the phases of a rock career; start from humble beginnings as a novice player or vocalist and work your way up to become a Rock Legend. As you develop as a musician, completing challenges to gain fans and cash, you can unlock additional tours.
- Real Rock Legends: Receive inspiration and instruction from some of the world’s best musicians including Slash from Guns N’ Roses, ZakkWylde, former lead guitarist for OzzyOsbourne and founder of Black Label Society, bass legend Bootsy Collins, and others. These legends offer instruction and inspiration for the player every step of the way, providing the foundation for a lifetime of music.
- Huge Music Selection: 55 songs on disc with 5 or more levels of gameplay. Artists include Pearl Jam, Coldplay, Rick Springfield, Jane’s Addiction, Maroon 5, Halestorm, Black Label Society, Judas Priest, Incubus, Heart and many more!
Top customer reviews
The makers of BandFuse also seem to have been concerned with a number of Rocksmith "problems" that I wouldn't label as such. Songs use a 2D animated tab interface rather than Rocksmith's flashier 3D notes-flying-at-you ride, and show you which finger to put where. That does make things a little easier, but it feels less immersive, especially since BandFuse dedicates half the screen to the song's music video. BandFuse also offers indicators for whether you hit a note early or late, something Rocksmith lacks. But those indicators are tiny and impossible to look at while also determining which note to hit next. Besides, the accuracy with which any software can indicate guitar note timing is limited, particularly when you factor in video and audio delays. The one thing I'd call a solid improvement over RockSmith is the polyphonic tuner, which makes tuning very fast (though, annoyingly, you have to go through it before every song).
BandFuse also doubles down on the original Rocksmith's tour system, where you're given set lists to practice and play in order to earn points and unlock in-game prizes. BandFuse not only lets you win "fans," but also "cash" on your journey. RockSmith 2014 went in the opposite direction, downplaying the campaign elements and instead offering easy access to everything the game has to offer, from lessons to minigames (something BandFuse lacks) to the song library. Here, BandFuse definitely made the wrong choice. Song mastery is its own reward. There's no need to lay additional carrots and sticks on a preset path.
In short, BandFuse would have been a fine successor to RockSmith if it weren't for the superior RockSmith 2014, which offers its own version of BandFuse's fixed difficulty levels in the form of the "Score Attack" mode. I'm giving BandFuse 4 stars for being the second-best guitar game yet released.
The tab interface was easy for me to understand, I picked it up right away. Features like being able to save recordings of yourself and the option to turn off the songs guitar track so you can only hear your own playing are major bonuses. It has an amp and pedal section you can mess with and the in game tones sound fantastic. If you are learning to play guitar I would say it is a worthwhile purchase.
You cannot use the Rocksmith cable for Bandfuse, and you cannot use the Bandfuse cable for Rocksmith.
The biggest difference is that Bandfuse has set difficulty levels and Rocksmith "learns" as you play. It shows the music video above the tab view.