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.
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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

    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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Very Positive (758 reviews)
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Genaro
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
It's a good game... the best in the musical genre.
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Zeh®
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11
Back when I bought it, it was expensive. Not only that, I also had to buy the guitar adapter, which I didn't because I couldn't find it anywhere. Looking all over the Internet, I discovered that some clever people actually made a crack so you could play with the regular sound input in your computer.

The response from the developer was that their device provided better fidelity, but I couldn't get it. Even so, some people, for the kicks, manage to 'patch' this problem using common PC hardware.
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Flopy
( 21.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Played for 2h and already addicted :D
+ Learn different guitar techniques
+ Game adjustes itself based on your skill level, adding challenge when its needed

- Game menus are bit confusing, for example player can't always restart the track that has started.
- Game introduces new guitar techniques before explaining their icons (not every icon is self explanatory)
- Personally don't like it that the game referes to different strings everywhere by color code. Color is good but note of a string should be mentioned more often.
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cg_destro
( 225.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
absolutely great, if you want to learn to play guitar in easy way it is must have :)
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_-=Groove=-_
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 30
Congratulations to the Devs, excellent work!
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Lewd
( 8.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 28
get 2014
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adenan1808
( 277.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 24
This game is very recommended for beginner to become really guitarist..get your guitar, and real tone cable...then play the game..

I have both 2014 and this one. I recommend this for beginner. Trust me, its work!
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Unsentgod
( 9.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 24
As a visual learner that will most likely never get on a stage to perform. I enjoy rocksmith and can really see improvements every time i play
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LogicalFrank
( 32.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 24
I have played guitar for many years and got this as a way to keep my chops up while not currently playing in a band. The verdict: it works! I recorded the same guitar part before and after about a dozen hours of playing the game's career mode and there was clearly an improvement in both my timing and phrasing--also the number of tries it took me to get a decent take when from like fifteen to one or two. I maybe would have seen the same result practicing along w/ a metronome but this seemed like more fun.

The one major caveat for experienced players--esp. ones like myself who have never played anything like
Guitar Hero--is that this is entirely unlike how most people typically learn to play songs. Normally, you learn part A, B, C and D or whatever and then the solos if you want and piece them together. This just throws sort of a fake book simplified version of the entire song at you all at once. As you get better, it starts to fill in the notes until you are playing the actual guitar part. It's strange and sometimes frustrating but if you keep plugging away you will get through and eventually you learn to read the game's kinda 3D, color-coded tablature quite well and the process becomes quicker.

My other complaints would be it can be a bit too lenient on timing and sometimes it lets you fudge chords. If you let the game's scoring dictate how you play, that can lead to bad habits. You need to show discipline on your own and play the parts correctly even if you can cheat a little and get a better score. Also, even using a relatively high end pro-sumer type soundcard (Focusrite Scarlett), there is a slight delay to the audio which you get used to but is enough to be annoying. It reminds me of playing on a digital guitar amp circa-2000, more of a feel thing but that matters.

Overall though, this is a fun way to practice and I've found myself playing guitar more both with and without the game. I am just letting the game pick what songs to learn and am finding even the songs I don't like are actually fun to play. Also, like most people, practicing on my own, I tend to just practice the things I am good at and letting the game pick songs forces me out of my comfort zone. Definitely check this out if you are looking to improve your existing guitar skills.
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danisegarra
( 34.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 21
I prefer this than 2014. I love the "career" mode.
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DelayGrabow
( 99.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 17
Totally worth it. It is fun yet challenging. There are some menu/navigation issues which are a nuisance, but overall the gameplay is top notch. You can learn songs at your own speed, and also play some fun arcade style games with your guitar. The PC version is a solid. If the menu issues were fixed it would be a 10.

*Of course be forewarned about needing the special USB cable. I already had one because I bought this game for PS3 back when it first came out.
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femacejo
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 13
Fun way to learn how to play a real guitar.
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Activationman!
( 14.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 5
I love the concert track like a career path in some racing and boxing games you start in the easy section and progress as your skills progress. I switch between this and just playing agauinst backing tracks but I love that there is something like this available to learn songs from. More blues Please!
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[OvO]wl
( 16.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 4
BEFORE YOU READ THIS REVIEW: AUDIALS INSTALLATION WILL CAUSE THIS APPLICATION TO CRASH RELENTLESSLY.

If you have Audials installed, uninstall it and disable the sound capture device - note that Audials will not unstall the sound capture device automatically. So with the uninstall bug with Audials and the sound device bug in Rocksmith, you have an unfortunate pairing of bugs. I found this quite by accident and I hope Rocksmith fixes this fault.

This piece of software is really good actually, it will let you:

-> Tune your guitar
-> Use the computer instead of an amplifier
-> Teach you techniques
-> It can test your ability in different techniques
-> It's smart and it adjusts to your skill level like if you fluff up it'll reduce the amount of notes for you to play so you can find your fingering again, then increase the number of notes as you pick up technique
-> It has a number of videos, and suggestions for how to improve playing
-> It will suggest tracks that match your level
-> It will even f*** off and just let you play the guitar as you want without having to conform to any gameplay rules, which is nice.

There's loads of features I like about this "game". I don't know if it should really be called a game, because it's more like a virtual tutor. I think it's rather clever actually to make you watch the screen, because by watching the screen, you will learn correct finger placement on the guitar instinctively, just as you can learn to touch type on a keyboard. I think that's a very good skill.

My guitar playing is poor, but it's improving. It's amazing how many bad habits you pick up when teaching yourself. This software is undoing those bad habits.

Can't recommend this software highly enough!

Suggestions to developers:
-> It can be really difficult to see the notes on the screen with the background - it would be good if you could turn the background graphics off, then it would be easier to see what we are trying to play.
-> Also i'd like a black and white version, as the string colours don't help me at all (I am colour blind) and people work it out from the position of the string being played anyway.
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Daniel Fate
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 3
Very good for practice!
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AMMOCATCHER
( 13.9 hrs on record )
Posted: February 28
some really good songs on the DLC list
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HoboG
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 14
Set recording and output audio to 48kHz, 16bit!! You'll have to reconfigure this with every audio driver update. At the moment, recommending this over the 2014 edition because of audio config issues.

The Rocksmith games have become unreliable for teaching, or playing. Audio configurations have not aged well over the past two years (because Windows10)

Someone please help me with this
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StatTrak™ H8raider
( 39.9 hrs on record )
Posted: January 30
Ever wana test your ability to fap? or even to make your fapping hand stronger? buy the "the good left undone by rise against" dlc. you will be able to fap for atleast 10 hours straight without getting cramps if you can play that song perfect.
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Drakeskullnl
( 33.6 hrs on record )
Posted: January 28
What should I say?... I gained a guitarist and I picked up a few things for bass myself.
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MarioMan03
( 110.3 hrs on record )
Posted: January 24
Rocksmith is a great game for learning to play the electric guitar. The only complaints are I have is that some of the songs are not rated(i.e: some have explict lyrics) and there a split-second delay from when you play the note on the guitar and when the game plays the note. All in all, Rocksmith is an amazing game and I would ABSOLUTELY reccomend it..
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
32.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
I have played guitar for many years and got this as a way to keep my chops up while not currently playing in a band. The verdict: it works! I recorded the same guitar part before and after about a dozen hours of playing the game's career mode and there was clearly an improvement in both my timing and phrasing--also the number of tries it took me to get a decent take when from like fifteen to one or two. I maybe would have seen the same result practicing along w/ a metronome but this seemed like more fun.

The one major caveat for experienced players--esp. ones like myself who have never played anything like
Guitar Hero--is that this is entirely unlike how most people typically learn to play songs. Normally, you learn part A, B, C and D or whatever and then the solos if you want and piece them together. This just throws sort of a fake book simplified version of the entire song at you all at once. As you get better, it starts to fill in the notes until you are playing the actual guitar part. It's strange and sometimes frustrating but if you keep plugging away you will get through and eventually you learn to read the game's kinda 3D, color-coded tablature quite well and the process becomes quicker.

My other complaints would be it can be a bit too lenient on timing and sometimes it lets you fudge chords. If you let the game's scoring dictate how you play, that can lead to bad habits. You need to show discipline on your own and play the parts correctly even if you can cheat a little and get a better score. Also, even using a relatively high end pro-sumer type soundcard (Focusrite Scarlett), there is a slight delay to the audio which you get used to but is enough to be annoying. It reminds me of playing on a digital guitar amp circa-2000, more of a feel thing but that matters.

Overall though, this is a fun way to practice and I've found myself playing guitar more both with and without the game. I am just letting the game pick what songs to learn and am finding even the songs I don't like are actually fun to play. Also, like most people, practicing on my own, I tend to just practice the things I am good at and letting the game pick songs forces me out of my comfort zone. Definitely check this out if you are looking to improve your existing guitar skills.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
34.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
I prefer this than 2014. I love the "career" mode.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
99.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
Totally worth it. It is fun yet challenging. There are some menu/navigation issues which are a nuisance, but overall the gameplay is top notch. You can learn songs at your own speed, and also play some fun arcade style games with your guitar. The PC version is a solid. If the menu issues were fixed it would be a 10.

*Of course be forewarned about needing the special USB cable. I already had one because I bought this game for PS3 back when it first came out.
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34 of 38 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2015
I recomend it purely because of it's arcade style pogression. It's missing from the 2014 version. The new 2014 version dosen't feel like a game at all. It feels like a practice program. This original game feels like a game should. Praise and objectives are much more fun to recieve than the new version. If you want to learn guitar , but are more into video games I think this would work better for you than 2014.
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27 of 43 people (63%) found this review helpful
44 people found this review funny
Recommended
39.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
Ever wana test your ability to fap? or even to make your fapping hand stronger? buy the "the good left undone by rise against" dlc. you will be able to fap for atleast 10 hours straight without getting cramps if you can play that song perfect.
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14 of 20 people (70%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Wow, I've been taking lessons for a while now, and practicing my scales and chords etc. I can bust out a chord melody real good, sounds great, but didn't realize how much trouble I had picking individual strings and frets.

Well, engaged by Rocksmith, playing the guitarcade game Ducks alone forced me to move up and dow the fet board where I've never been before, just amazing how liberating it can be.

My skills and techniques have improved tenfold and i think I only have alittle over an hour? Must give bleeding fingers and aching arms a rest, but this is much more than a game! from plucking just a single note at a time as a beginner to choosing the single note or chord arrangement for a song as you advance, this is great for all skill levels!!

HINT: Turn audio quality down to 16 bit CD Quality and you shouldn't have any delay problems using the Rocksmith Chord.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
33.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
What should I say?... I gained a guitarist and I picked up a few things for bass myself.
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113 of 115 people (98%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Recommended
50.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
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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69 of 81 people (85%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Recommended
27.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 15, 2014
Well I don't completely suck anymore.
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59 of 67 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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29 of 29 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
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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37 of 43 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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 ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ 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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32 of 37 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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23 of 24 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
457.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 24, 2014
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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17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
110.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
I would highly recommend this even if you own and have played 2014. The DLC content alone makes it worth the money but it also has some features that 2014 does not like a few arcade games. The way it manages venues gives it a much different feel than 2014. I wish I would have purchased it long ago.
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21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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.
8/10
Recomended for anyone that can play or wants to play Guitar/Bass guitar.
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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
30.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 9, 2015
This is a wonderful Game. It has something for everyone that likes to or wants to play Guitar. I have read many reviews and it seems like the thing people complain about most is what I call instant Gratifcation. This Game is a FUN way to learn or even just a Fun way to practice. But you still must practice, Playing Guitar or any other insturment for that matter will take practice. There is no such game or course that will have you playing as good as the guy in your favorite band in a matter of only a few hours. It does not exist. No Matter how you learn you gotta practice.
The best part about Rocksmith is that it takes that chore of practice and makes it something fun to do. I'm a 58 year old Rocker that decided to start playing again and using Rocksmith I am having a great time and learning a ton of stuff at the same time.
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2014
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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