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 (544 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
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
I've tried to play the guitar on and off since I was a teenager with varios methods including DVDs, books and partwork magazines but I've never really kept playing as I get impatient that I don't sound good right away. Rocksmith solves that issue by rather than starting you off playing little riffs, you go straight into full songs and it plays most of the notes for you. As you start to improve, you get asked to play more and more of the song, leading into you playing the full song yourself so from step one, it sounds musical and for someone like me, that was the incentive that I needed to play more.

I'm only a week in and already I feel like I can call myself a guitar player wheras the last 15 years I've really been "a bloke who owns a guitar" Granted, I'm a BAD guitar player, but with the variety of songs and mini games keeping me motivated to play, then I genuinely feel I will become a decent one for the first time in my life.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
48.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
I used to play Guitar Hero with friends, got pretty decent at it, until I realised it was stupid spending that much time learning to play a piece of plastic. Soon after i got bored of it and stopped playing while thinking "it's sad you can't do the same but with an actual guitar so you'll learn to play it".

So when I found out about Rocksmith, it sounded pretty much like what I had always hoped for a rythm game and I had to give it a shot, bought a boxed game version with the original cable (30€ on Ebay) and a (very crappy) 50€ second hand guitar from a brand even google never even heard of. Thing is, I'm freaking poor and couldn't afford spending 200€ on a decent guitar just to "give a shot" at Rocksmith and risk wasting it all if disapointed.

So what do i think after a few weeks of trying? Well in short: HELL YEAH! If you're hesitating just go for it, you won't be disapointed. After years of unsuccessfull attempts to learn bass guitar, i can tell for sure i made a LOT more progress in only one week of Rocksmith than in 5 years of solo learning, and that's in both Bass and guitar (since a friend brought his bass to my place to play with me).

I would'nt say for sure that Rocksmith will make you a guitarist/bassist, I think you'd still have to get a teacher at some point if that's really what you want, but if you want to learn the basics, improve your skills and check out how guitar work for you, Rocksmith will give you full satisfaction. You just skip the annoying, long, repetitive hard work part to go straight to "now I enjoy practicing" part. I only wish I had something better than that crappy guitar as it's becoming an obtacle to my progress, I'm currently trying to save up for that.

My only advice: If you're buying a guitar for this game, don't go too cheap, you'll have nothing decent under about 200€ and it'll ruin a lot of the experience.

Pros:
-Excellent concept
-Very entertaining
-Very well done overall
-Absolutely suitable to learn
-Handle either guitar/ emulated bass (on guitar) / actual bass guitar
-Allow 2 players to play together
-Impressive real time adaptation to your skills and progress
-Tyranics Mini-games to force you progress faster on a specific technique

Cons:
-Menu is a little hard to navigate at first
-The cable have some misses, I have to unplug/replug it every now and then, not dramatic but could be improved.
-I miss a function to alternate players quickly, instead of changing profile after every songs.
-We can't skip the noobish tutorial when creating a new profil, why would you do that? Just... why? Some player know how to press a string, they don't need an unskippable 15min lesson on it.
-The songs database is a little short and not very diversed (pretty much only classic rock), and the songs to buy in the shop are quite f***ing expensive, 3€ each, not allowing poor players like me to enjoy many songs they really like.

Conclusion:

Very good game, such learning, much buy, wow.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Really enjoying this so far!! I'm learning the bass and until playing this game I'd not learned anything. I'm still terrible after about an hour, but I'm having a blast and I already see myself progressing.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
619.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Really good
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
This game rocks. It is a very fun way to learn to play guitar. Don't have any illusions about it though. Guitar takes patience and practice.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
High as ♥♥♥♥ at BestBuy I see this game and i'm like ♥♥♥♥ yeah I can do this, so I borrow my friends guitar and 6 months later I can tell you that I totally forgot about this one week later after smoking too much again and discovering shock websites.

I did get some sweet steam awards out of it and from what I remember the game was fun.

9/10 but can't turn a autistic derp into a riff shredding ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ing machine "which I believe was falsly advertised on the cover"
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
21.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Hell yhea, i recommend this game.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
20.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Very nice game, later i make a better review!
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
I have yet to actually PLAY :-(
Purchased the PC version and it keeps crashing during tunning, after tunning, when learning which frets to play. Very disapointed in the lack of updates. Google search shows it to be a recurring issue.
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0 of 7 people (0%) found this review helpful
27.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Rocksmith and Rocksmith 2014 do NOT output any sound through USB headphones.

Most friends I have use USB headphones as they allow the option of surround sound. To not deal with this issue is a huge oversight for a music game.

If you use USB headphones or speakers, buy a pair of turtle beaches or something with the money you'd be spending on the games, otherwise you likely won't be able to enjoy it.
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23 of 29 people (79%) found this review helpful
27.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
Well I don't completely suck anymore.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
454.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
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.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
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!
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
Love it.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
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.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
24.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Will help beginners gett comfortable with guitar
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
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.
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
not half bad
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
38.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Great game for beginners at guitar it really help you learn compared to just playing from tabs you get online
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
28.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
This game is amazing! It has helped me with my guitar skills, and has some fun Mini-games as well!
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