Originally Posted by jrinck
Quoting my own prior post simply to refute it now that I actually own the game.
The strum bar is fine, unlike my problems with the demo version. Stupid Best Buy apparently didn't calibrate the lag correctly and that's why I had problems with fast up/down passages.
I can't fully speak about long-term durability, but I now prefer the Rock Band guitar over the Guitar Hero guitar. It definitely feels like it's better made.
I love Guitar Hero, but Rock Band is simply miles and miles above it. With the grand slam that Harmonix put out with this game, the Activision/Red Octane folks will have some SERIOUS work ahead of them to match this.
I was hoping you'd have a different feeling when you tried your new guitar. I can't stress enough how important it is to have your lag EXACTLY right on for those long, quick 16th note sections. Think of it like trying to sync a metronome up to the second hand of your clock. If the metronome is exactly 60 beats/ second, both the clock and metronome should always keep in perfect time with each other. If, however, your metronome is set for anything else, even just 61 beats/second, eventually the metronome will fall out of time with your clock.
Same thing with the game. If your calibration is even just a little
off, eventually you're going to be missing notes in those longer note sections. The trick, however, is finding your exact lag calibration. It's, unfortunately, very tricky.
Spent about two hours the other day....calibrating....going into Paranoid on HARD...trying to fine tune out the missing notes. It'll drive you crazy if you don't get it right away. And then, as if by magic, you'll find it, and it'll be effortless to hit every single note.
It doesn't help that the calibration tool isn't at all helpful. The first screen, where you line up the little icon to where the note makes a sound is very...subjective. You can move that little thing within about a 40-50 beat zone, and it can look like it's hitting the note. The second screen is no better. I've done the test sometimes 15 times in a row, and got calibration numbers anywhere from -10 to 120!! Now I know I can't be off each time THAT badly!
So yeah, it's all about calibration. I finally found my zone. But it was hell. (I also found that a cardboard pick also helps to nail a long string of 16th notes....like in Paranoid on HARD. It's waaay more accurate than the strum bar, I find.)