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Jam Sessions is an amazing, versatile program that is perfectly suited for a handheld system. You can plug in headphones and silently rock out on the bus, or you can plug it into an amplifier, crank it up, and play for an audience. This is a must-have for any musician or music-lover. Are you a musician, but don't have a Nintendo DS? Here's your reason to buy one. When combined with the portability of the DS, Jam Sessions is set to spawn a whole new breed of troubadours. For those about to rock... we salute you.
Jam Sessions is practically flawless at what it’s trying to do. If you come in expecting a game, you’ll be frustrated and disappointed. If you come in expecting a versatile musical tool, you’ll be pleased and impressed.
Computer Bild Spiele
Sicher, auch als musikalischer Anfänger können Sie dank Einführung und einem Repertoire von mehr als 35 bekannten Liedern sofort loslegen. Aber dann stoßen Sie schnell an Ihre Grenzen. Jam Sessions ist weniger Spiel als vielmehr Simulation. Sie sollten Musikverständnis mitbringen. Als Notizbuch für Eigenkompositionen ist der Titel ein komfortables Werkzeug, mit dem Musiker "gute" Ergebnisse erzielen können.
Jam Sessions ist eine geniale Idee in einer guten Ausführung. Wie die Werbung schon sagt: Die Gitarre für die Hosentasche. Jeder, der sich nur halbwegs selbst mit Musik machen beschäftigt, muss Jam Sessions zumindest einmal antesten! Die Benutzung ist zwar nicht 100% optimal (Akkorde, die schräges Drücken des Steuerkreuzes verlangen sind manchmal schwer zu treffen, bzw. zu halten) aber alles in allem sehr durchdacht und funktional. Bei einem zweiten Teil wäre es wünschenswert, noch einzelne Noten "zupfen" zu können, vorausgesetzt natürlich, das Speichervolumen der DS Cartridges lässt es zu. Ebenfalls fehlt die Möglichkeit, Akkorde als Gitarrengriffe anzeigen zu lassen. Dies hätte Spielern, die auf den Geschmack gekommen sind, die ersten Schritte auf einer richtigen Gitarre vereinfacht.
I can't stress this enough: Jam Sessions is not a game. What it is... is a guitar that only costs $30 and fits in your pocket. It's best to have some foreknowledge of how to play a guitar to really take advantage of Jam Sessions, but it's also pretty easy for amateurs to pick up. The important thing is: if you love to make music and are particularly interested in the experimental music scene, this game (whoops, I mean tool) is a must-have.
Like any good tool, though, the amount of enjoyment gotten from Jam Sessions is going to be directly related to how much work goes in. Music takes effort, and if you're as musical as I am then it'll be hard to take the game past the "Ooh, pretty sounds!" stage. Creativity isn't easy, and nobody gets a free ride to being talented. Those willing to put in the time, however, will find Jam Sessions to be something that won't replace a real guitar any time soon, but still ends up as a fun and creative musical toy.
GBase - The Gamer's Base
Dank der zahlreichen Einstellungsmöglichkeiten wie dem Stimmen auf die passende Tonhöhe, dem Speichern von verschiedenen Effekten, Akkord-Belegungen und sogar selbst eingespielten Liedern wird das Modul nicht nur für Hobby-Musiker, sondern auch für Kenner des echten Gitarrenspiels interessant. Einfacher zu transportieren war eine Gitarre nämlich noch nie. Allerdings ist der Titel auch nur so gut, wie der jeweilige Spieler. Wer unmusikalisch ist oder sich generell nicht für das Musikmachen interessiert, wird schnell gelangweilt sein.
The concept is there, we could just use more depth overall, and more "game" aspects that encourage non-musicians to pick it up and play it. For those that know music, or have a serious interest in tinkering with a very real, very serious guitar program, however, Jam Sessions is a must-have program. It may not be much as a conventional game, but it certainly has its place in the DS library.
If you’re a casual musician – or not a musician at all, for that matter – and have always yearned to try your hand at playing a bit of guitar, Jam Sessions could be a good choice for you, as it provides basic tools for those who want to dabble in music. It’s not much of a game, and it’s no Guitar Hero, but it’s a pretty decent instrument simulator for the aspiring guitarist.
Jam Sessions is interesting project that is worth a look if you already dabble with guitar playing, or want an easy way to sound like you can play the guitar without building up those calluses. I can also seem Jam Sessions being up the alley of alternative musicians who want to seek to use its electronic sound to create music. It’s hard to rate a product such a Jam Sessions, let’s just say on a whole it’s missing a few notes, but the chord still sound good.
Video Game Talk
As a tool for musicians to create tunes, Jam Sessions is easily the most innovative game on any system. Aspiring composers will love the amount of customizable options as well as integrating Jam Sessions into a regular band. In short, Jam Sessions should be avoided by anyone expecting the next Guitar Hero and snatched up by everyone actually learning to play a real guitar.
Don't go into this expecting a handheld Guitar Hero: There's no "game" to speak of. Rather, Jam Sessions is part of the same software family as Electroplankton and Traxxpad -- nifty little musical tools that, while short on bells and whistles, offer a fun diversion or a little flexibility to a home recording setup.
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
While a score isn't really fair to a game like this (one wouldn't score a hammer for its ability to entertain), it has to be acknowledged that this isn't a 'game' as such. So, while it's an excellent package worthy of further investigation for those interested in music, it's likely to be quite a disappointment to those interested in buying a game.
Jam Sessions is a neat idea, but it's going to appeal to a very small group of people. Musicians and wannabe musicians looking for another creative outlet will likely get a lot out of the "game," but it's not for everyone.
Inexperienced musicians who want to gain an appreciation for music may find something in the game's simplicity but this, unfortunately, is nothing like playing an actual instrument. Ubisoft get points for effort, but overall, Jam Sessions hits a dead note.
Game Informer Magazine
With no scoring system, backing music and vocals or career mode, this isn't really a game in any sense. And, honestly, strumming and singing to yourself gets old after about 15 minutes. Stick to Guitar Hero.
Jam Sessions is different and enlightening enough to be worth at least a mild recommendation, especially if you're in the same boat as other aspiring guitar players around the world. It's a fun simulation once you get the hang of it, and it has its moments of rocking-out goodness. Just don't expect the next Guitar Hero (or happiness from gun-toting Guido) and you'll be fine.
For those of you that are considering adding Jam Sessions to your collection, be warned: this is not a game. Instead, it’s a program that basically turns your DS into a makeshift guitar. It fulfils that job well; the sound is remarkably crisp and accurate, the controls are easy to pick up, and some guitarists might appreciate all of the little tweaks and customizations available. But when it comes to the other gameplay aspects, Jam Sessions falls flat.
Jam Sessions is a toy guitar, good fun to play around with, but it doesn't imbue you with the sense of accomplishment that something like Guitar Hero does, nor does it have the variety or adaptability of a real guitar, which means it sits uncomfortably in the middle ground between instrument and game, without the clear advantages of either. But as a music tool it's definitely worthwhile, especially as a portable diversion for guitarists or an easier option for those with no time to learn.
Jam Sessions is a neat idea and a unique way to tinker around with your DS, but if you aren't a hardcore musician, I can't see anyone finding much appeal in this title. There aren't any games to play, no high scores, just jamming...which I guess makes the game's title extremely accurate. On the other hand, musicians will find that this tool allows you to do mostly whatever you want and let your creative juices flow.