A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This game's message is about having fun playing music -- though it's worth noting that some of that music contains provocative lyrics. The game uses a real guitar, so kids will learn to play a real instrument.
Positive Role Models
The musicians in the game convey typical rock and roll attitude and also dress the part.
Ease of Play
While you can use a Rock Band or Guitar Hero guitar peripheral, the official Power Gig instrument is a real guitar with six strings. If you choose to use this guitar you will encounter a steep learning curve. Its strings and wider frets will feel decidedly different to players accustomed to fake guitars made for other games. A mode that involves playing chords adds an even greater challenge.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Suggestive lyrics can be heard in a couple of songs, such as Kid Rock's "All Summer Long" ("Making love by the lake"). Most of the female musicians in the game have tight clothes and show cleavage or a bare stomach.
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A couple of songs feature profanity, but offensive words are bleeped out. Example: Kid Rock's "Rock N Roll Jesus," which has the following line: "...and a lot of unAmerican bullsh--t."
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Products & Purchases
This game promotes the music of several real-world artists.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some lyrics refer to drug use, such as Kid Rock's "All Summer Long" ("We were smoking funny things"). Others refer to alcohol consumption, including Dave Matthews Band's "Tripping Billies" ("Eat, drink, and be merry...tequila drinking").
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Power Gig: Rise of the Six String is a fairly tame "Teen"-rated music game. There's not much to worry about here aside from some lyrical references to sex, drugs, and alcohol, and some female characters with low-cut tops. The few songs in the track list that feature profanity have been censored.
Is It Any Good?
This game is pretty tough to play – even for seasoned music game fans. The wider fret spacing of the stringed guitar feels very different -- unless, of course, you're a real guitarist. On that note, the game has two ways to play: the standard mode (press a colored fret while strumming any string) and the power chord mode that has you play using real chords and demands specific finger placement on the strings.
It's worth adding that it has some graphical issues. Frankly, it looks like a PlayStation 2 or original Xbox game rather than something in line with the current generation. Plus, the "fret highway" has notes cascading down the screen rather than towards the player (it's also off to the side, which is okay for multiplayer but not ideal for solo playing). Consequently, Power Gig might be best be played first as a weekend rental to see if you like its look and feel.
Online interaction: The game publisher says players could download additional tracks after the game launchers, but there is no online multiplayer mode.
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