Bandfuse: Rock Legends is a new guitar rhythm game produced by the Realta Entertainment group, designed to take beginners from humble imaginings of slaying a guitar solo and transforming it into a reality. By using any electric guitar, Bandfuse essentially eliminates the need for pricey peripherals, which helps keep the purchase costs down. If it sounds a little familiar, Rocksmith paved the way with its release late last year.
For those familiar with Ubisoft's 2011 reinvention of rhythm gaming, Bandfuse will feel incredibly familiar, offering a nearly identical experience, though I didn't see any of the arcade style mini-games found in Rocksmith.
Bandfuse is attempting to close the gap between reality and arcade style gameplay, and offers an extensive studio which allows you to create tracks, share them with friends, and then allow them (or yourself) to edit them. Essentially you could create an entire song by sharing key elements over the Internet and social networks (integration is still being worked on). Whether it works as smoothly as advertised is yet to be seen, but the concept sounds fascinating.
Mic and guitar inputs are already confirmed, and bass is expected to be an option as well. Drums may be a possibility, but that's still up in the air at this point. It may be too costly to implement, but the Bandfuse team sounded at least interested in the idea.
My only real problem with games like this is it's difficult for me to stay focused long enough to learn guitar, let alone play a game featuring one. What made Guitar Hero and Rockband so great was there was no need to figure out complex chords and music notes. It's very easy to jump right in and feel like you're performing a solo for thousands of fans. The appeal is certainly there, especially if you're more serious about learning an instrument.
With an extensive track list already announced from various artists such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Pearl Jam, and the Clash -- plus guest appearances by Slash, Zakk Wylde, and Nancy Wilson -- Bandfuse: Rock Legends should bring the house down for fans anxious to play their favorite sets and learn to play a mean guitar at the same time, when the game is released in winter.
Currently Bandfuse is releasing as a 360 exclusive with no immediate plans to release on the PS3. I did hear a few different stories on that, as many of the devs seemed a bit confused as to whether it was true or not. However, according to senior developers I spoke to, the 360 is the only official console announced at this time.