Ever since the first trailer in which we saw a grown-up Ellie playing the guitar back in 2016, fans have been wondering if that scene would be interactive. Lucky for us, with a few tweaks of the in-game accessibility settings, you can learn to strum out any tune you could think of with some ingenuity.
The accessibility features that Naughty Dog has included in the title are nothing short of spectacular. Creating an entire game world and narrative is no easy feat, and the developers have included over 60 unique settings no matter what disability you might have; this also applies to the guitar controls as they have their own designated section.
A blind gamer who received a review copy recently shared their joy on Twitter, praising Naughty Dog for creating a game that all players can enjoy. In his video, Steve Saylor mentions how much this means to the industry as a whole. “Y’all don’t even know,” he stated. “Y’all don’t even know how much…”
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Learning chords and experimenting with strings is easy enough, but what truly takes it over the top is the accessibility options you have to make playing notes on your controller translate into actual music on screen.
Here are the guitar accessibility features available in-game:
Options: Vertical. Horizontal, Taps - Changes the input method for playing the guitar.
VERTICAL (Default): Swipe up and down on the touchpad to strum the guitar.
HORIZONTAL: Swipe left and right on the touchpad to strum the guitar.
TAPS: Press X to strum the guitar. This can be bound to a different button in
Customize Controls under Select / Alternate Strumming.
With gamers already sharing their songs from the game on the web, we are sure to see more ingenious creativity coming from this overlooked gameplay feature.