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 (572 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 16, 2012
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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


    • 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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48 of 49 people (98%) 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.

-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

-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.


Very good game, such learning, much buy, wow.
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36 of 45 people (80%) found this review helpful
27.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
Well I don't completely suck anymore.
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23 of 24 people (96%) found this review helpful
454.5 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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19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.5 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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9 of 9 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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.6 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
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
42.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 14
love this game/tool
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
I have to admit, I like the original RS. Both RS 2014 and the original RS compliment each other very nicely. The original RS slants in favor of a career mode by having the player play events while RS 2014 seems to possess a deeper focus on teaching the player how to play guitar. Both succeed and both games are a blast given their slightly different perspectives. If you're hell bent on learning to play guitar as I am, then RS is a nice place to start.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 15
Good to learn guitar by yourself, good music overhaul, Balanced difficulty. The only problem is... PLEASE. ADD. CUSTOM. SONGS.
No Seriously, open a workshop for rocksmith. It feels like I bought a game from Activision with 80% of the game is DLC
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
251.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
my guitar playing is progressing sl-ylwo get it? two steps forward, four steps back! No, really I am strugglying but not because of the game, but the way God gifted me or perhaps in this case did not gift. Nevertheless, having fun and who knows 10-20 years down the road.........?
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
240.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
Brilliant game through and through, can run on anything, excellent tool for learning the giutar and learning songs generally (Which is my use for it), I'd highly recommend it to anyone who'd like to start learning and learn songs
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 21
Needs more cowbell.
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2 of 3 people (67%) 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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57 of 65 people (88%) found this review helpful
35.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2013
*UPDATE: Got a Real Tone Cable now. Much better. Preparing Rocksmith 2014 review too*
As I was looking ways to learn guitar because I bought a Les Paul recently made me look into Rocksmith, a blend of a learning software and a game that in a sort of way reminds of a Rockband or Guitar Hero but complex and versatile at the time.
I plugged my guitar as I started the game, and it said to me after reaching the main screen I needed a Real Tone Cable as it specified in the store page. It wasn't a problem, as you CAN USE OTHER SOFTWARE to emulate the Real Tone effect so the game can recognise your guitar and then, let you play the game. You have to search the software in the internet and it makes you play outside Steam (that's why I have 5 min played, but I have played several hours) and if you want to be inside Steam while playing, you have to add the shortcut to your Library. Without the Real Tone Cable there is NO WAY to play inside Steam.
I still recommend buying the Real Tone Cable if you have the money to, because the other software can sometimes crash in a middle of a song or event and that ruins the experience of it. If you get the latest patch of the software, it will crash once in a while.

Talking about the music, the game offers a big catalog of songs (including a lot of genres like metal,classic rock, rock, alternative,etc) that grow smaller as you learn them all (but that will take quite a while though!) and a really extense one of DLC that is, in my opinion, somewhat better than the original because you buy the songs depending on your taste of music. I often buy my DLC during a sale since each song cost 1.49$ then and you can buy a lot more.

The gameplay is fantastic. The different modes that a song has include Practice,Perform,Riff Repeater and Techniques Used (and the great Master Mode unlocked after 100.000 points achieved in a song) The most valuable for me was the Riff Repeater, as you have 3 other options inside of it called Free Speed, Leveler and Accelerator (You can also manipulate the speed and level of the section) Those 3 help you to practice different sections of a song without trouble letting you do a first test to know your current level of playing the section, and then giving you 30 attempt to play the section at perfection. Losing lives after lives make you really try to play the section correctly!

At the end, play Rocksmith and you will have a great time as you learn the instrument you love with tons of hours of gameplay. Highly recommended for pros or starters.
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37 of 42 people (88%) found this review helpful
285.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 14, 2013
If anyone called "Mikey" ever mocks you for playing this game by saying "skiddly-dee-wah-wah-yeaaaaah" through steam each time you play this game ignore him. He is being a negative Nancy and is ♥♥♥♥ing on your dreams and holding you back from headlining Glastonbury. In the words of 2Pac "F the haters" as thats what he is....

Yes this game is great, from never picking up a guitar before playing this game I like the learning curve to it and the soundtrack (plus the dlc) is quite varied enough to keep you coming back to play. Roll on Rocksmith 2014.
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28 of 32 people (88%) found this review helpful
28.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2013
2014 is much better, but it is worth it to get this just for the songs.
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21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 2, 2013
I'll be honest: this game won't do much good for absolute beginners. While it has various learning videos and explanations, it is more of a game meade for practicing guitar, not learning it from ground up.
If you won't expect that this game will teach you how to play, you'll be satisfied. It's good at what it does: practice. Many guitararcades minigames to practice one technique or another. Technique challenges to master your skills even more. And the best part: the songs. Playing guitar parts of your favourite songs with quality accomponement just feels awesome.

P.S. You don't need Ubisoft real tone cable to play the game. Just your guitar and no-cable fix (google it up)
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
92.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 17, 2013
Whether your a seasoned guitarist/bass player or never picked up a guitar/bass guitar on your life. Rocksmith is for you. It can genuinly teach you how to play either instrument. When I first got the game I had been playing Bass guitar for 3-4 years (self taught, I've never had lessons), and was great just to play along to the songs as well as teaching me more advanced techniques like tremolo picking and slap bass. Since then I picked up a guitar and within a couple of weeks of playing guitar on rocksmith I'm confident enough to call myself a guitarist. As for graphics in this game, its plain and simple but its forgivable since your playing an instrument and not looking at the scenery. However there are a few annoying bugs in the game which can stress you f*** out and make you rage, but they are usually few and are between.
Recomended for anyone that can play or wants to play Guitar/Bass guitar.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
69.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
This game is amazing for both beginning and advanced guitar players. When I first bought this, I already knew all of my chords, including bar chords and power chords, and could play various songs on my own, yet about two days in, I could already feel a challenge, and even failed a few venues. Now, at 60+ hours, along side my own playing, I can definetly say it has honed my skills, and even brought many weeks of enjoyment and new music to me. I reccomend this to all guitar players out there looking for something new and exciting. Get out there guys!
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