Rocksmith 2014 Edition is the fastest way to learn guitar. Plug in any real guitar or bass and join over 1 million people who have learned with the award-winning Rocksmith method. This official sequel is bigger, better, and faster than ever.
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Release Date: Oct 22, 2013

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May 17

Queensrÿche Song Pack - Rocksmith 2014 Edition DLC



Learn to play 3 heavy metal hits from the late 80s/early 90s from Queensrÿche! “Jet City Woman,” “Eyes Of A Stranger,” and “I Don’t Believe In Love” will be available today on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and Steam. The songs may be posted later for players in territories served by the EU PlayStation Store due to differences in publishing times. See the tunings and arrangements below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGN8l2qwZq8
“Jet City Woman” – E Standard – Lead/Rhythm/Bass
“Eyes Of A Stranger” – E Standard – Lead/Rhythm; Drop D - Bass
“I Don’t Believe In Love” – Drop D – Lead/Rhythm/Bass

Click here for a direct link to the Queensrÿche song pack with all three songs. For individual songs from the Queensrÿche song pack, click the song name above.

For more information visit http://www.rocksmith.com

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May 10

Variety Pack I - Rocksmith 2014 Edition DLC



Learn to play a varied mix of 4 songs which covers indie folk, hard rock, alternative grunge, and melodic death metal! “Little Talks” by Of Monsters And Men, “Hair Of The Dog” by Nazareth, “Peaches” by The Presidents Of The United States Of America, and “Nemesis” by Arch Enemy will be available today on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and Steam. The songs may be posted later for players in territories served by the EU PlayStation Store due to differences in publishing times. See the tunings and arrangements below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sP8iMTlsmA
“Little Talks” by Of Monsters And Men – E Standard – Lead/Rhythm/Bass; Capo Required – Alt Lead/Alt Rhythm
“Hair Of The Dog” by Nazareth – E Standard – Lead/Rhythm/Bass
“Peaches” by The Presidents Of The United States Of America – Eb Drop Db – Lead/Rhythm/Bass
“Nemesis” by Arch Enemy – C Standard – Lead/Rhythm/Bass

Click here for a direct link to the Variety Pack I bundle with all four songs. For individual songs from Variety Pack I, click the song name above.

For more information visit http://www.rocksmith.com

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Rocksmith® Real Tone Cable

The Rocksmith™ Real Tone Cable is not included with the purchase of Rocksmith® 2014 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 2014 Edition is the fastest way to learn guitar. Plug in any real guitar or bass and join over 1 million people who have learned with the award-winning Rocksmith method. This official sequel is bigger, better, and faster than ever. Rebuilt from the ground-up, you’ll experience new modes, vastly improved features, a new look, more flexible and deeper practice tools, new techniques and tunings, over 50 new hit songs, and much more.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor:2.66 GHz Intel Core2 Duo E6750 or 2.8 GHz AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:256 MB DirectX 9 / NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600 GT or ATI Radeon™ HD 2600 XT
    • Hard Drive:12 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9.0c-compliant
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor:3.1 GHz Intel Core i3-540 or 3.3 GHz Athlon II X3 455
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:512MB Nvidia GT 240 or 512 MB ATI Radeon HD 5670
    • Hard Drive:12 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9.0c-compliant
    Minimum:
    • OS:Mac OS X v10.7
    • Processor:2.4GHz or 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB on-chip shared L2 cache, • 1066MHz frontside bus
    • Graphics: 256 MB NVidia GeForce 8600 GT or ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive:12 GB HD space
    Recommended:
    • OS:Mac OS X v10.8
    • Processor:3.1 GHz Intel Core i3-540
    • Graphics: 512MB Nvidia GT 240 or 512 MB ATI Radeon HD 5670
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive:12 GB HD space
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BlackDino
( 13.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
*Bass players perspective*
So i picked this game up a while ago on PS4
After not having fun and learning on that i thought i would give it another try on PC
And i have to say this is the most fun ive had playing an instrument
Its because of this game im passing music this year at school
Im also learning how to play the guitar off this and its the easiest learning system ive used
The fact that i can pick up a bass or guitar and learn a song in a few days while being showed and letting the game adjust to your learning style is amazing
I Highly recommend getting this and learning an instument
The high range of cheap and fun DLC songs will keep you entertained and learning in the long run
So yea
Buy this and learn easily
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Nitesbane
( 1,092.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Fun for newbie and experienced players
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Spiral_Static0017
( 504.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Fun but I dont see myself playing this game that much....
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GIULI JIPPI
( 86.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Great game with a great community which creates custom content and developers who actually care about their playerbase.
If you search for a place to start guitar go first to http://www.justinguitar.com and get the basic gay chords ♥♥♥♥ down and then build it up with rocksmith and its a viable way to learn the guitar.

You can also learn bass but who cares about that instrument or the people who UNIRONICALLY choose to learn it.
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666 clown 666
( 54.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
rip The Rev
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Pauly
( 18.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
No matter wich experience level you are, rocksmith will help you improve your playing. (at least i think so)
The mini games help you with the techniques, in the virtual studio you can test and find your sound and of course with the songs you can learn famous and not so famous songs. i personally use this game as an amp-substitute, this wway i can practice playing even late at night.
Just make sure you own a nice guitar.
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spangeboob
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Rocksmith 2014 is not a good way to learn guitar from scratch. Period. They basically throw you into the process without teaching you the basics. It seems like something that would be helpful in teaching a seasoned guitar player how to play new songs; as a tool to learn guitar for the first time, though, it's not very good at all. Also, the tuner is absolutely HORRID, and all audio was distorted in the game at first and I ended up having to change some stuff in Rocksmith.ini to actually get it to work. Even after the fix, there's some latency. I really do not recommend trying to learn guitar with this -- get lessons or use some other tool like Yousician.
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Silvex
( 637.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
Rocksmith is very glitchy and has virtually no tech support. They've givin up on it like, last year. Not worth buying now. Not to mention the overly priced DLC they ♥♥♥♥♥ themselves to sell. One star.
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DopeDarrell
( 47.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
Rocksmith is an incredible learning tool that has helped me become the guitar player I am. Anyone that plays, or wants to play guitar, needs to have rocksmith. I would be nowhere without it and I could not recommend it more.
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ApachE
( 173.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
From nothing to playing Metallica's greatest hits in 3 months. Nuff said
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Trips
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
looks great but you really really need the cable.
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Pelly
( 226.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
👌👀👌👀👌👀👌👀👌👀 good ♥♥♥♥ go౦ԁ ♥♥♥♥👌 thats ✔ some good👌👌♥♥♥♥ right👌👌there👌👌👌 right✔there ✔✔if i do ƽaү so my self 💯 i say so 💯 thats what im talking about right there right there (chorus: ʳᶦᵍʰᵗ ᵗʰᵉʳᵉ) mMMMMᎷМ💯 👌👌 👌НO0ОଠOOOOOОଠଠOoooᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒ👌 👌👌 👌 💯 👌 👀 👀 👀 👌👌Good ♥♥♥♥
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morbiusmorte
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
You WILL learn the guitar.
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2nd Rambo
( 13.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
This game is truly amazing. If you want to learn guitar or bass, this game is the fastest way to learn them. I am a bass player, played it for 6 years, and i still learns a lot with this game. Not only the basics, but also the intermediate course for more experienced players. Even sometimes, experienced players can forget basic technique like strumming or picking with the right angle. I Really recommend this game for us who wants to learn guitar/bass. But on the bad side, if we want to play this game, you need to have electric guitar or bass. And sometimes if you want to play on-the-go, you're gonna be really frustated to bring a guitar and laptop everywhere. But this game is worthy enough of the price tag. I recommend to buy it on sale, because you need to buy the Real Tone Cable too. All in all, this game is great, 9/10 rating!
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Wrestling Is Real
( 53.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
Game doesn't work with a USB headset plugged in. Utterly useless garbage. 0/10 if you don't have a standard audio jack pair of headphones.
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hcgazoo
( 13.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
Product received for free
Good software but more then just a little buggy. Everything from fatal errors and crashes from time to time to audio device issues. My brother has it and its even worse on his PC. It can be really irritating. For the most part the software works properly but it misses notes and chords that you clearly hit from time to time and the interface is a bit clunky. Could be a lot better and is in dire need of patching. I'm sure Ubisoft will get right on that.....lol
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LoZBit
( 407.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
This program is a must have for beginners and masters alike, I've been using it for one and a half years on bass with no prior practice and I can now play songs by people like Dream Theater and Rush with an accuracy of 95%+
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tallwillie
( 116.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
Keep working you'll get better.
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BoredToDeath
( 21.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
Played countless hours on console version, recently picked it up for PC.

Suggestions. Do what rocksmith suggests. Learn a song is probably the most useless part of this game tbh. Yes it will teach you note for note how to play a song... so what, with enough time you could train a monkey to do the same thing.

The best part of this game is the mini games. They will teach you the fundamentals of guitar playing, everything from chords to scale patterns to slides to bends. These are the things that you will need the most practice with if you want to learn to play songs that are not on this game or even more, make your own songs.

If you really want to learn to play the guitar, this is an excellent tool. Be warned learning the guitar is not an overnight thing. It will take countless hours to shred like Van Halen or Satriani.

I highly suggest you pick up a 24 fret guitar and be prepared to sink hours of your life into practicing.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
So I finally got around to buying this game for the third time. The past two being on the 360 and One. (Not including the first installment) I can tell you right now that if you aren't prepared to spend a lot of money, or don't have the mindset to learn, then do NOT buy this. If this doesn't fit you, keep reading.

Rocksmith 2014 is a game that requires you to plug in any electric guitar into your computer and play along to a set of notes on a screen. This means that in addition to buying the game, you need an electric guitar, and the Rocksmith Real-Tone Cable, which you can find here: http://www.amazon.com/Rocksmith-2014-Cable-Trilingual-playstation-2/dp/B00I0701P4/ref=sr_1_1/183-4779015-1118238?ie=UTF8&qid=1462759501&sr=8-1&keywords=rocksmith+realtone+cable . I have heard there are ways to use a microphone to listen to your guitar and effectively do the same thing, but I have not tried it and I recommend just using the factory issued cable.

Now to gameplay. With about 1000+ hours between all my copies; I can tell you firsthand that this game will teach you to play from no experience, as what I did when the first game came out. This game is for all levels of play and is not restricted to experts or newbies. This is the current way to learn guitar fast, while being fun too. With the overwhelming amount of dlc (It's like $3000 for everything at full price atm), you can also download tracks that other users have created here: http://customsforge.com/ (You need to make an account).

Given what the game is, the replay value of this game is literally limitless, and is well worth it. The final bits to note are to not give up on this game! The better you get at the game, the more fun you will have mastering all your favorite songs.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
1. I have both this and the original Rocksmith and this one is better. Though I do miss a few things from the original, that this has superior note recognition, less lag and a few more techniques give it a solid edge.

2. I can only review this as someone who has played guitar for years. I think it would work for learning guitar to begin with but what I can say for sure is practicing with this will maintain and improve your guitar skills if you already play. It is much better than just picking up a guitar and noodling around for an hour and it is more fun than practicing with a metronome. The only thing I could recommend over this is jamming with other players.

3. For new players: learning guitar takes a long time. That 400 hours you spent before you got really good at twitch shots in Counter Strike, that is not even close. Sorry you had to hear it from me.

4. For everyone: learn to play and get good at the songs you don't like. You will be exposed to techniques and rhythms you would otherwise miss. It will make you a better player.

5. Getting 100% on a song does not mean you can actually play it well. I have seen way too many YouTube vids of people 100%ing songs with this that just sound all kinds of shaky rhythmically. This gives you the ability to listen back to your performance. Give your fingers a break and do this every now and again.

6. This still has trouble with note tracking on bass sometimes. Sometimes it's pretty severe. Yes, I checked my intonation.

7. If you follow the path specified for you in this game, it makes you spend a lot of time playing w/ these cheesy jam-along tracks and that is just annoying. I dunno about you but playing scale notes to a poor sounding fake classic rock band is just not my idea of a good time.

8. The guitarcade games actually help you so play them. They do help w/ your playing somewhat but they really excel at is keeping your attention on the screen and not on the fretboard since you can't memorize them like you do a song.

9. It is kinda a bummer that they make you pay an extra ten bucks to play the tracks from the original game. Or, not so much that, but that you pay ten dollars and it still doesn't transfer your progress over. Sucks to you for that, Ubisoft!

10. The feature in this called riff repeater that lets you repeat and slow down tough parts of the songs is way better than in the original where I found it nearly unusable. I do wish you could just play slowed down versions of whole songs though.

11. I would not suggest sinking too much money into a guitar for this if you are just beginning. A guitar in the range of like $150 or maybe even cheaper will be perfectly adequate. Buy it at a guitar store and ask if they will check the intonation and set up for you as a condition of your purchase. This is a reasonable thing to do and they won't think you are being a big nerd or anything.

12. Every now and again you will be truly killing it on a rad song and the dumb cable will stop working and you will get really, really mad. Express this anger. You are an artist.

13. There is more to life than video games and more to life than playing guitar but if you put both together, you are pretty damn close. Maybe have a kid or something if you feel unfulfilled. I'm not gonna tell you how to live your life.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
This has taken my passion (or obsession) with gaming and allowed me to start learning guitar with it. I bought my guitar and only sent an hour or 2 with it before I got my rocksmith cable. The night I received the cable I played over 4 hours straight. Not that I would recommend that to anyone else, but it shows how fun they have made it. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes to game and is wanting to learn guitar.

Running on a fairly old Windows 10 box without issues.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
407.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
This program is a must have for beginners and masters alike, I've been using it for one and a half years on bass with no prior practice and I can now play songs by people like Dream Theater and Rush with an accuracy of 95%+
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
This game does exactly what is says if you put in the time and effort you will gain the muscle memory to really play these songs without the game. I have learned several of these songs and am able to play by memory I really love this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
This game is amazing. I just learned "Good Riddance" by Green Day (Custom Song) just in 4 hours. Im not perfect playing this song, but its actually okay. Totally recommend this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
116.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
Keep working you'll get better.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
You WILL learn the guitar.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
No matter wich experience level you are, rocksmith will help you improve your playing. (at least i think so)
The mini games help you with the techniques, in the virtual studio you can test and find your sound and of course with the songs you can learn famous and not so famous songs. i personally use this game as an amp-substitute, this wway i can practice playing even late at night.
Just make sure you own a nice guitar.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
47.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
Rocksmith is an incredible learning tool that has helped me become the guitar player I am. Anyone that plays, or wants to play guitar, needs to have rocksmith. I would be nowhere without it and I could not recommend it more.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
= ENGLISH =

1. You need to have a good guitar, or at least, a good pickup
2. Play and everyone can, even those who can not quite.
3. The original cable - Dear. 'AliExpress' or 'Ebay' to help.
4. Cool game. A more accurate "simulator"
10 mediators from of 10

= RUSSIAN =

1. Нужно иметь хорошую гитару, или хотя-бы хороший звукосниматель
2. Играть может каждый,даже тот кто не умеет совсем.
3. Оригинальный Кабель - Дорогой. 'AliExpress' или 'Ebay' в помощь.
4. Затягивает. Крутая игра. А точнее "симулятор"
10 медиаторов из 10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
173.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
From nothing to playing Metallica's greatest hits in 3 months. Nuff said
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26 of 26 people (100%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
216.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
After my 120+ hours of playing Rocksmith, i can definately say that this game will have changed my life forever.

I joined this game, wanting to learn guitar, just seeing if i can get anywhere. Started with my Acoustic Encore and play with that for a while. This game really works well with my acoustic, but fo obvious reasons, is not the best, it got me started.

I later decided to buy my first electric guitar and used that for a while (Epiphone Special 1 for anyone who is interested) It worked perfectly, no problems at all, literally, none.

After a while, i felt guitar wasn't for me, and switched to Bass guitar. Got myself a Vitage Rockbass and used that so much, i had to go to the hospital because the skin on my fingers were damaged so much. I loved it, it felt amazing to say that i finally can play an instrument. The bass integration on this game is immaculate, picks up every note, and gives an amazing sound quality back.

I recently purchased a Warwick Rockbass and have starteed using that, and have been non-stop playing.

Because of this game, i am now in an Indie rock band traveling over England, gigging.
If this game wasn't in my steam library, i'd probably still be playing CS:GO daily.

I cannot stress enough that this game is amazing.
So good infact, if there was a rating out of 1000, i'd give it 999. (The 1% knocked off for unskipable intro)
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30 of 33 people (91%) found this review helpful
36 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,900.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
Not sure how to play an E5 still...
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
20.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
i would say if you have an electric or even a semi acoustic guitar, but if you will use your semi acoustic you will have to make sure that your pickup/pickups are strong enough, if the pickup is not strong enough it will have a delay from what you are playing irl and what the game picks up.

this game is 100% a really easy way of getting to know some awesome songs and even learning a little bit about guitars,
i would give this game a rewiew of 8/10
the reason i do not give it 10/10 is because you will still need to get the official cable that does not come with this purchase.

there are a big and helpful community, and some of the guys have even made some songs that are not a official dlc songs that you can download for free on (http://customsforge.com/) under cdlcs but im not gonna get into that here you can just google it or look on youtube for some tutorials how to download the songs.



have a good time and happy rockin ! ! !
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
733.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
Ohh what to say about Rocksmith?

If you want to learn the guitar on a small budget and you are a motivated person, then rocksmith is amazing.
Yes to be optimal you need to purchase the real tone cable, and yes you might have to adjust some settings. Once you have the game optimized though you will find that the game is pure gold if you are truly trying to learn the guitar.

The first point is riff repeater, being able to slow a song down and play with the slowed tempo note for note while having the correct tablature is absolutely amazing. You play with the song at a slower tempo to match your current skill level, just as a student of the guitar would try to learn via a metronome however you feel the groove and you can miss some notes.... people trying to learn a new song for the first time miss notes all the time, and the game lets you know what notes you missed for further improvement...constant practice is ideal and this system is the best I have found.

The second point is the in game effects. Being able to play any song that’s on the game and not having to worry about effects (it automatically switches for you) is a great addition. In order to play and sound similar to songs at home you need to have effects, all of which cost money to have in pedals or software programs. You can also have have fun in tone designer where you can create any tone you want via the provided effects, which seem somewhat comprehensive.

The last point is the session mode. As a guitar player you will be expected to improvise and jam. Session mode lets you load up any scale you are currently studying, or just for a jam to be played with automated band mates. The mode is great for "finding yourself" on guitar and its displays all of the notes that you are trying to jam on.

pros:
guitar hero like learning experience that has been optimized for real student’s players
true guitar effects offered in game that would cost much more than retail price of RS14
Riff Repeater... need I say more?
Session mode to be there when you have no band mates.
As a gamer it seems like it makes learning fun,

things not mentioned are guitarcade, score attack, in game tuner to many popular tunings.

Cons:
Requires purchase of real tone cable. (this is a small cost when compared to the value of RS14)
Requires guitar to be setup or in the ball park. (you cannot accurately play RS14 with a cheapass guitar, care about your tone and be careful about buying a guitar. look for an ideal neck and most importantly play the guitar and get a feel for it. I add this only because my first guitar had a warped neck due to the ignorance of myself, the buyer when I purchased it from a pawn shop.

additional thoughts:
Grab a guitar, have a positive outlook on things and I can guarantee that you will progress as a player. Take the time to slow songs down, develop your ears, and try to improvise as a player. Check out guitarcade if you get burntout, however its more of a game than a teaching tool

I would be estatic if a new release of this tittle came out, till then jam out brothers.

final verdict: 9/10
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
687.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
learn how to play guitar.

all you need is an electric guitar or bass, and a £20/€25/$45 cable.

Pros -

*caters for total newcomes and for experienced players wanting to improve
*variety of DLC tracks
*slow down and isolate difficult parts to master them
*score attack and mini game modes, i don't use these much but its an awesome incentive with leaderboards
*once you're accustomed to reading the notes its like a new language, and learning tracks becomes very quick
*the below cons don't make this any less of an essential purchase if you want to learn guitar

Cons:

*some PC soundcards have input delay issues, but swiching to the onboard sound fixes this
*digital sound - tones are emulated digitally which is fine, they've done an amazing job but some are badly designed on certain tracks compared to others
*collecting official DLC can get expensive
*your fingers will hurt!
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
165.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
Ever wanted to try out the guitar? Or maybe you laready own one, and you need help geting good at it? This might be the tool you need.

When the first RockSmith came out, it was a novel idea, but not a new one. Games had tried to teach people to play music for real before, and the guitar was no stranger to this. But what made RockSmith good in my eyes was that it actually worked. It didn't just drop you in the deep end and say 'go', it helped you get through each riff step by step until you could play them note for note without even seeing them on screen.

But it wasn't without it's faults and shortcomings. Thankfully, that's where this version comes in.

The 2014 version added many features to the game, but it's overall shape became much less of a 'game', so to speak. The score you earn for each song is outright removed (available in a seperate mode if you still want that though) so now learning a song only tracked your progress in learning it. You still have objectives to clear, but these are all again geared towards advancing your learning of the instrument. While bass guitar was added late in the first game, here it's a native choice to play bass. And for both the guitar and the bass, the style of playing guitar has taken leaps forward. Gone is the options of learning a chord ttrack, single note track and combo track for each song; Now they exist as a much more sensible Rhythm and Lead option, alongside the Bass.

Playing the instrument itself is now much clearer too. Many styles of guitar and bass play that were sorely absent from the last game, such as two-hand tapping, pinch harmonies, fret hand muting, and slapping and popping for bass, are now in the game for you to learn, alongside a far more accurate slide and bend notation, that actually shows you how far to bend the string this time and where to raise or lower the bend as the note carries on.

But if you ever want to make it just little more 'fun', then the returning Guitarcade can perhaps help you there, featuring a much nicer looking set of games to help you learn guitar play while under pressure. As earlier mentioned, there is also a new Score Attack mode for those that still want to chase the leaderboards with their songs, and it also features the ability for you to fail out now, meaning you'll have to know what you're playing before you come in here.

Last but certainly not least, Session Mode. An entirely new addition, this is a more free-form jam mode that allows you to play your own riffs and have an AI band back you up. It also helps teach you the different scales. A very useful addition for those looking to move beyond playing cover songs.

Overall, RockSmith 2014 is an improvement over the first game in far too many ways to count at this point. You'll need a decent rig to run it, mind, but if you're looking for a good fun tool to get you somewhere on guitar, there isn't really anything else out there that meets this standard.

As long as you can get the RealTone Cable, of course.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
198.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 30
When I first got Rocksmith I couldn't tell you the first thing about guitars. I ordered it for christmas just so I could set my new years resolution to learn guitar. Now, a little over a year later, I can play all of my favorite songs, I know tons of chords and notes and I have a great time playing. For the price it's asking that's hours upon hours you could be spending money on a lesson playing scales or something gross. In this game there are scales, but when you're first starting all you're gonna want to do is say "Hey, I played my favorite song!"

Also, NO MATTER WHAT. You MUST buy the "Cherub Rock" DLC. It's only around 3 dollars or something but that enables you to get ANY custom made song off of www.customsforge.com and play that on your rocksmith game.

All you have to do is get the DLC
Then go to customsforge
Then find a song you've been wanting to learn
From there you can navigate to your DLC folder under rocksmith 2014
And all you have to do is drag the file from your downloads to the DLC folder, and then you're set.

Rock on.

10/10
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
71.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
I don't know if I can write anything here that hasn't already been written in praise of this game. I will start off by saying that I'm 38 years old and I haven't touched an instrument in years. I played piano for 6 years (grades 2 - 8) which taught me to read music and a lot of music theory. I plunked around on an acoustic guitar here and there in high school, but never really learned to play anything. A few years ago I was introduced to Rock Band 3 and had a lot of fun with it. I got back into Rock Band with the release of 4 and started wondering about turning that Rock Band experience into real music experience. I remember running across Rocksmith reviews and reading good things about it. I started looking into Rocksmith, reading reviews and watching videos. I was floored when I saw that playing along with songs was nearly identical to Rock Band. Hey! I know how to do that! :)

Fast forward through boring details about buying a guitar with my boyfriend and then buying a bass for myself...

Going into Rocksmith, I knew that all the important technique things that you need to force yourself to practice were disguised as games (the Guitarcade). I usually don't get caught up in score chasing or leveling up or earning banana stickers so I wasn't sure if I'd be motivated enough to play them. Holy cow, they are fun! My goal is to be able to play without looking at my hands and playing String Skip Saloon and Ducks ReDux has gone a long way in helping me do so. I was spending 50% of my play time (playing at least 1 hour a night) in the Guitarcade and it was paying off in leaps and bounds. My boyfriend, who has been playing guitar on and off for years, noticed that I was outpacing him in a few areas. (He tends to put on continuous play for an hour and go through songs.) He remarked "I need to start playing more Guitarcade games!"

I also follow along with and try to complete the goals that Rocksmith sets out for me. Although I don't do much with Session Mode, I did learn a lot about using it and learned some important music theory along the way. Pretty neat!

After 3 weeks of playing, I am floored by the progression that I have made. I never expected to be as far along as I am. I am by no means a "Rock God", but I'm doing way more than plunking out Mary Had a Little Lamb or Happy Birthday. :)

I look forward to practicing. Let me say that again: I LOOK FORWARD TO PRACTICING. Crazy! The Guitarcade games are fun and challenging. It's fun learning songs and there are a lot of fun songs to learn that come with the game. Through Guitarcade playing I found that I unlocked some original Rocksmith songs. Neat! I haven't bought any DLC yet and I'll wait for the Steam sale for that.

We bought a second copy of Rocksmith and we will sometimes play multiplayer mode. It's a lot of fun! "Oh my god! This is real life Rock Band!"

Just like any talent, if you put the time into it, you'll get something out of it. Rocksmith makes it super easy and fun to put that time in.
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