Rocksmith’s innovative game design makes playing music visually intuitive and will engage experienced musicians as well as those who have never picked up a guitar in their lives.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (527 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 16, 2012
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Notice: The Rocksmith™ Real Tone Cable is not included with the purchase of Rocksmith™ on Steam and must be purchased separately. Please see your local retailer or many online stores to purchase the Rocksmith™ Real Tone Cable.

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The Rocksmith™ Real Tone Cable is not included with the purchase of Rocksmith™ on Steam and must be purchased separately. Please see your local retailer or many online stores to purchase the Rocksmith™ Real Tone Cable.

Rocksmith™ requires a unique 1/4"-t- USB cable, that is the first of its kind, which allows users to plug any real guitar with a quarter-inch jack directly into their console or PC.

Developed exclusively for Rocksmith™, this revolutionary cable turns the guitar's signal from analog to digital, allowing it to be recognized and played through video game consoles or PC for the first time.

The use of a second Rocksmith™ Real Tone Cable allows for simultaneous split-screen cooperative play while playing Rocksmith™.

About This Game

Rocksmith™ is the first and only game that you can plug into any real guitar or bass with a 1/4" output jack.

Nothing plastic, nothing fake, just the most authentic and complete guitar experience in music gaming. By plugging into your PC, you’ll develop real skills and real styles while playing absolutely real music. Featuring gameplay that automatically adjusts to your personal ability, Rocksmith’s innovative game design makes playing music visually intuitive and will engage experienced musicians as well as those who have never picked up a guitar in their lives.

Unlock mini-games to hone specific skills. You’ll also be able to choose from a large catalog of songs in different styles. You’ll experience it all with an honest-to-goodness guitar or bass. Nothing compares to playing a real instrument.

System Requirements

    Minimum:

    • OS:Windows Vista, Windows 7
    • Processor:2.0 GHz Intel® Core™2 Duo E4400 or 2.0 GHz AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 3800+
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:256 MB DirectX 9 / NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600 GT or ATI Radeon™ HD 2600 XT
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:12 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9.0c-compliant
Helpful customer reviews
24.8 hrs on record
Will help beginners gett comfortable with guitar
Posted: October 16
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11.2 hrs on record
Incredible engine. Fun mini games to develop your techniques. Excelent!
Posted: October 6
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7.4 hrs on record
Here's how the game mostly works. The game requires a special cable that allows you to plug your guitar into your computer. So just downloading the game won't allow you to play it unless you have that special interface cable. Once you plug in and tweak your options, the basic campaign will give you the simple "Rocksmith" experience. When you first start, all of the songs are not yet "leveled up," so you only need to play just a few notes of the melody, and probably no chords at all. But as you play each song again and again, the game figures out which sections of the song you're getting good at, and increases the difficulty, add more of the melody's original notes. This goes on continually, for every song you play, making the game increasingly more challenging the more you play it. After you have played each song and "leveled them up" to maximum, you'll basically be playing the song as it was recorded.

As a "guitar instruction" method, I really think this has potential. The early part of the game is simple enough that really ANYONE could play it, and the more you play, the more the game challenges you as a guitar player. Each song as a few different arrangements, some focusing on lead, some on rhythm and chords. The game is a harsh judge, so make sure you hit EVERY note, not just the ones that are easy to play!

As some who already plays guitar, I found the game was most rewarding when I was selecting individual songs to play from the game's catalogue, without bothering with the campaign at all. I sort of knew how to play Outshined already, but learning how to REALLY play it without cheating was a treat. I pick a song I like, and practice all the parts of it individually until I can play them all, then I try to put them all together by playing the complete song on the maximum level. Sometimes I can pull it off, depends on the song.

So if you're already a guitar player, or you are really interested in learning to play, this game is definitely for you! Tons of new songs to play as downloadable content. But if you're a "gamer" who's not really much of a musician, even if you really liked Guitar Hero, I'd say this game is probably not your cup of tea. It's more of a "musician's thing" than a game.

The game also features support for basses, and an entire campaign just for bass players. FINALLY, some respect!
Posted: September 29
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2.3 hrs on record
Played this on the PS3. Sold PS3 to get PS4 so got this for PC as I was missing it. Love it. Just want a chep upgrade path to 2014 version and I will be evedn happier.
Posted: October 2
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4.7 hrs on record
Works nicely!
Only played it for 30 minutes and I fell in love with it!
The songs are better on here, the 2014 edition of Rocksmith is... crappy.
But this game is okay.

Pro's:
Easy to set up.
Well explained.
Awesome music to perform.
Awesome game modes.
Lessons.

Cons:
Confusing interface (Menu's etc...)
Posted: September 30
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54.1 hrs on record
More than just a "game", this is one super way to pass time and enjoy that axe that's been laying around gathering dust.
Posted: September 24
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
451.5 hrs on record
This game has helped me with speed in playing guitar. Yeah the tuning on the game may be out a little, but it still is a great game. So many old songs you can play plus new ones you can buy, still one of my favorite games.
Posted: June 24
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20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
27.0 hrs on record
Well I don't completely suck anymore.
Posted: July 15
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Love it.
Posted: July 14
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
64.5 hrs on record
This game is great for those 2AM rumble bass jam sessions.
Your neighbors will loathe you.
Buy a second cable so they can join in.
Posted: May 7
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Highly recomend im about 100 hours in, between the lessons and scaling difficulty the software does a good job of building up your abilities. The song selection is varied. I was impressed enough with rocksmith to get the 2014 and link them .i had previously tried to learn guitar from youtube videos and found this to be far better.
Posted: June 20
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
not half bad
Posted: June 24
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
14.5 hrs on record
need the import tool !!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted: May 10
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
18.3 hrs on record
Overall, the game works well, if you can get its graphic settings low enough to get it to behave. Prepare to shell out more money on a top-of-the-line graphics card, as even a decent graphics card won't do it. Just because you can play Team Fortress 2 doesn't mean you can play Rocksmith. And the lowest settings you can set it to absolutely REFUSES to let us "lesser" graphics card holders in. It would be better if you could download a mod that allows you to set your graphics setting really low, but apparently everyone with electric guitars and basses have the latest Alien Wares.

Buy the console version, it tends to work better.
Posted: May 30
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38.3 hrs on record
Great game for beginners at guitar it really help you learn compared to just playing from tabs you get online
Posted: June 23
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9.7 hrs on record
As a complete guitar beginner, I was given this game by someone upgrading to Rocksmith 2014. Plugging in everything was easy, the first song catchy and simple to pick up, and the song list is impressive.

I've improved drastically since starting to play this in conjunction with some how-to videos and a chord book. It's clearly based off the idea and popularity of Guitar Hero, but don't expect it to follow naturally if you are a Hero hero. More finger movement, callouses and goddammit stop scooping the string, you're scooping the string don't do that make for a interesting gaming challenge.

It's not perfect: the multiplayer occasionally refuses to pick up the second player (usually me, making my already abysmal scores plummet) and even single player drops quite a few notes if the cord is not aligned correctly. And with the Steam version, you do need to buy that cord seperately.

However, I could play this game for hours. Feeling like an actual musician when you can fret without looking at it rocks and the first time you master a chord in-song is the most exhilarating thing. I've seen 2014 played and there is a lot of improvement in the interface, pickup and subtlety of the game, but Rocksmith still holds its own. The songs are solid, the gameplay is intuitive and you get to be a rockstar to crowds of enthusiastic 2d cut-outs. Really something I would recommend to rock enthusiasts and wannabe musicians alike.
Posted: June 20
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13.4 hrs on record
I do like the concept of Rocksmith.
Using your own guitar to interact with a rythm game is amazing.
However, in this first game there is just too many annoyances concerning the GUI.

I do recommend Rocksmith, but anyone is better off buying the newest Rocksmith edition instead.
Posted: June 27
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41.3 hrs on record
Basically Guitar Hero meets real guitar: Use a real electric guitar or bass (or electric acoustic or whathever, as long as it has pickups and a standard jack) to learn how to play a variety of songs a guitar-type instrument.
Very recommendable for beginners and advanced players alike, as the game dynamically adjusts its difficulty based on how well you perform. Also has a lot of useful technique tutorials and minigames that are intended to replace finger exercises in a fun way. A few of the minigames seem to be somewhat buggy, though (might, however, also be due to me just being stupid or the cable, which seems a bit too insensitive sometimes).

The default song selection is decent and covers a wide range of musical geners with different guitar playing styles. A lot of DLC titles are also available. There's also the possibility, if you have multiple cables (which are proprietary and relatively costly and thereby one of the few downsides of this game) and instruments, to play local co-op (aka duet) with a friend!
Posted: June 17
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27.5 hrs on record
This game is amazing! It has helped me with my guitar skills, and has some fun Mini-games as well!
Posted: July 7
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35.1 hrs on record
Ubisoft are one of the leading game designers in new and fresh content. This game can teach anyone the fundimentals of playing a guitar aswell as being a challenging game!
Posted: July 4
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