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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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


    • 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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139 of 141 people (99%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
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.

-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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76 of 90 people (84%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
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
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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32 of 32 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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40 of 46 people (87%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
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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34 of 38 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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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34 of 40 people (85%) 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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23 of 24 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
112.6 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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22 of 25 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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12.3 hrs
Posted: October 13
When I started, I used to be able to play half a song, and now I can play 2 full songs.
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2.6 hrs
Posted: October 12
If you're running windows 10, it's a coin flip on whether it will run. Buyer beware.
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0.3 hrs
Posted: October 9
Ubisoft doesn't care about PC gamers. A game shouldn't be allowed on the market if it has a 50/50 chance of working.

And guess what. After 3 hours of looking for a fix; Rocksmith doesn't detect my audio cable.

Don't buy this game.
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0.4 hrs
Posted: October 6
idk, I don't have the game yet (planning to get it on christmas, get my metal on \m/) but I did try it from my brothers account.

Really liked the program 'game', but you really have to be trully dedicated (not extencively using it but rather play and practice with it at least 3 days a week and the amount of hours you play is up to you)
in order to get the best results out of you program.

if you have and planning to get an electric guitar or bass and want some casual fun, go for it.
But also a must buy for dedicated guitar players out there, sadly I am not one of them :(
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0.8 hrs
Posted: September 20
fam this ♥♥♥♥ is lit
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105.6 hrs
Posted: September 18
Either my guitar's fret scaling and pickup is too bad as I'm using a beginner guitar or, it's just your sound cable for this game sucks! I'm no guitar master but it gets me very frustrated when playing high speed songs because it just CAN’T recognize some right notes I'm playing, and it’s not just certain notes!
Now I did tried to adjust every volume level I could, and did tried to figure it out if it was just me not playing the notes clean enough as I've been playing acoustics for more than 5 years, trying hard to get rid of bad habits and adapt electric’s finger pressing & picking techniques. I’ve tried this software on 1st generation i5 (2009) and 4th generation i7 (2014) CPU both with GPU level above GTX 850m 4G, so it seems not the hardware problem. Well over all it’s a good game and design but, not enjoyable while playing high speed songs!
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0.7 hrs
Posted: August 16
They need to fix this so it can be played on windows 10 otherwise it will not work. So if you're running windows 10 I advise you not to buy this because the real tone cable will not work windows just wont read it
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Charles M. Schwolle
5.1 hrs
Posted: August 14
I originally got this game to try to get back into playing the guitar... I remembered it recently and started playing. I spent maybe 45 minutes in the game, at least 15 of these were unskippable "tutorials" that didn't actually contain ANYTHING relevant even for a beginner. The UI is clunky and slow at best and I honestly uninstalled it just now. I'd rather learn the old fashioned way from a book than ever deal with that UI again. If I hadn't bought this so long ago and forgotten it I would be applying for a refund. As it is, I had more enjoyment typing a review than playing the actual game. if you have patience for bad UI and overall design this might be a good solution for you, but I personally refuse to lower my standards on what I'm willing to deal with and therefor this goes into the "games I bought and played once then never touched again" stack with the likes of divinity II and other garbage.

I should note that I spent VERY little time actually playing this game so the review maybe not so much on gameplay, but the time spent with the menu made me absolutely hate this game before even going into playing it.
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1.4 hrs
Posted: August 14
This has the best mini games ever, way better than RS2014! Also I love the venue mode better than 2014 because it makes you feel like your playing to an audience and the ranking up system is good too.
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6.9 hrs
Posted: July 26
why is it so choppy?
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