After running through the song in Learn a Song (LAS) mode a few times, I ended up with a 100% mastery percentage - 81 NS/92% Accuracy/100% mastery, with a 101.7 overall percentage.
What is the Overall Percentage?I still don't quite get it. I think 100% mastery means I played the entire song - all phrases - in Master Mode. Apparently I hit 92% of the notes correctly and managed to play 81 notes in a row with no mistakes. But, I still have no freaking idea what the 101.7 overall percentage means. To me, 100% would mean I played every note correctly at 100% mastery, but clearly that's not what I've done since I only got 92% accuracy. And, how can I play MORE than 100% of the notes correctly? Where would the other 1.7% of notes come from? This is sort of an annoying scoring anomaly, but I can live with it.
Score Attack FunGetting a 100% mastery sort of inspired me to have a go at improving my Score Attack standing on the Master Mode Leaderboard. I played through the song completely 7 times with a restart on almost every one of those. You can only restart a song in Score Attack ONE time and still qualify for the Leaderboard. So, after restarting once, you have to exit the song and start all over. I did that a lot.
This brought back memories of my first few months of Rocksmith when I often wanted to throw my guitar, XBox, and TV through the window. It wasn't quite that bad, but I was quite frustrated that I had memorized this song over a year ago and couldn't seem to get through it without completely botching at least one phrase.
Scores generally improved with each full run-through, but I started out at 488,305 - well below my previous Leaderboard score of 893,496. I worked my way up to 836,914 and then fell back down to 705,694 on my 7th attempt. Accuracy varied from a high of 98.3% to a low of 96.7 on my 7th run. Streaks varied from a low first attempt of 86 to 239 on the 7th pass. Other than NS, everything seemed to be dropping. So, I decided to do one more run and then quit for the night.
I'm not sure if I had resigned myself to failure and relaxed or if making this my last attempt put me in the zone. Or maybe the whiskey sour just kicked in. Whatever it was, things started well and kept going. I got both HOPOs in the intro, plowed through the little solo phrase perfectly, and hit everything clean on the ending. But, I didn't expect what I got when it was all said and done -
1,234,066! NS: 364. Accuracy: 100%. Platinum Level performance.
I'm in the top 5 on the Master Mode Leaderboard for God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.
This also unlocked XBox 50G Achievement "Perfect Game Hard." And, it unlocked a couple of new skins for the HC-212C amp. I suppose I need to use my new skins and take pictures. . . (No idea why my achievement was "Perfect Game Hard" when I was playing Master Mode, but who cares?)
Still Just Can't Put it DownSo, now I was pretty stoked. I was planning to pack it in if things had gone badly, but now I seemed to finally have my head in the game. This was no time to quit!
Remember how I originally feared that taking the Journey out of Rocksmith would kill all the fun? Score Attack seems to have adequately replaced at least some of the incentive that the Journey used to provide.
I decided to work on Carol of the Bells a little while I was in the groove. I made a couple of mediocre runs through the song - 119/86/88, 90.2 overall. Then I worked Solo phrase 2 and the song ending in RR for a while. Turns out they didn't rewrite the second solo phrase - it's still a bastard. I just hadn't leveled it back up enough to see the staggering array of notes in the full phrase. But, I'll get it! The ending is pretty quick and I managed to nail it a few times, so it's just a matter of time before I get that solo.
Riff Repeater RocksRR is just awesome for hammering out songs. Seriously. Ubisoft could market Riff Repeater as stand-alone software and make a killing. If they could get the licensing issues worked out and hire a team to code more songs, they'd put almost every other software-based guitar playing method out of business. That's how good RR is.
I turned the speed on Solo2 down to 15% and it's still a bear. Just too many notes. Bumping the Difficulty from 92 to 100 takes you from "maybe doable" to "no freaking way." It's a big jump. But, the ability to turn the speed down is the key. I really prefer to see all the notes (100% difficulty) and slog through them slowly anyway. The New, Improved! Riff Repeater allows players to do this much better than in the original RS.
You could also turn down the difficulty and play 90% of the notes at full speed. On some phrases, that might work better. But, on Carol of the Bells solo2, I don't see it happening.
More Score Attack Fun. . .I figured I might as well have a go at Score Attack while I was at it. I played the Medium Level. First try wasn't bad - 467,134/249/93.51%. But, I failed a phrase and ended up with a Silver pick. So, I tried again. A little better the second time: 468,193/198/95.37% Gold.
(In Score Attack, Gold means you got no strikes or in other words you didn't screw up any phrase too badly. You can make a few minor mistakes but if you really botch a phrase you get a strike. Silver = one strike. Bronze = two strikes. Three strikes and the song stops. You fail. Put in another quarter and play again.)
I wasn't thrilled with my score and didn't even bother looking at my Leaderboard position, but I was content with a Gold run. That was an improvement.
Bringin' it Home for the NightTo wrap up the night, I pulled up something just for fun - something I know I can't play (yet) and wouldn't feel pressured to keep playing over and over until I got it right. Sweet Home Alabama. Ran though it once and only once. 31/76/78.8% (which the Rocksmith Voice thought was a "decent performance"). Good enough for me and Ernie Ball.
I wasn't sure what it was at the time, but early in the song when I was playing I got an XBox 20G Achievement - the "Ernie Ball Long Streak Special." I looked it up and figured out that you get this achievement (on XBox) for getting a 250+ note streak that bridges multiple songs. Apparently I was doing pretty well at the end of my last go on Carol of the Bells and then carried on at least a little while at the beginning of Sweet Home Alabama. Nice little surprise. I wish RS2014 would integrate more stuff like the XBox Achievements into the Missions.
Overall, a pretty good night of Rocksmithing.