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.
User reviews: Very Positive (3,057 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 22, 2013
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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 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
Helpful customer reviews
185 of 192 people (96%) found this review helpful
953.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
Rocksmith 2014 is not an ADVANCED system for learning guitar. Nor is a complete system. It doesn't provide much background in music theory, nor does it provide support for reading either music or tabs. However it is a GREAT tool for the beginner. This is because Rocksmith 2014 gets you to play the instrument from the first lesson. And it is fun. It's a LOT of fun. After over a year enjoying it I'm finding a natural limit to its usefulness. But great game and highly recommended for the beginner,
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97 of 100 people (97%) found this review helpful
1,123.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
I got this game since Christmas 2013 and let me tell you. THIS GAME IS THE BEST GAME EVER MADE! I didn't even know how to hold a guitar or do a chord. Now I can rock out to my favorite songs from System of a down to Marvin Gaye.

If you've never played any guitar and you want to be able to play your favorite songs, this game is for you!

Enjoy being a rockstar!
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235 of 301 people (78%) found this review helpful
146.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
It does not use a plastic guitar with buttons.
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57 of 59 people (97%) found this review helpful
366.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
Well I've played over 300 hours on this, so I guess I like it.

Compared the first Rocksmith it's streets ahead, it's almost like a totally different game, the latency is better the modes are better, the guitarcade is awesome and Session mode makes me lose huge chunks out of my day.

Is it perfect, no but it's pretty good. I miss the tour mode from the first game, I liked that idea but with the amount of DLC and songs available for RS2014 I don't think I can complain about the small things.

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51 of 51 people (100%) found this review helpful
219.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
Let me begin by saying that I am an experienced guitarist, playing for 34 years, and therefore I am unable to provide a beginner's view of this software. If you are a beginner reading this review, please understand that I can't fully appreciate the suitability of this software to your personal needs as a new player. I hope that you will still find my review useful.

RS2014 is an interactive songbook which features fully notated guitar and bass arrangements for a great many popular songs, mainly from the past few decades. The base content is diverse, and the DLC includes a wide variety of genres and styles with the abilty to download band or theme packs or individual songs. Many songs have two guitar parts, plus bass. Not all songs have two guitar parts, but you'll find plenty to keep you busy.

The way the notation is presented may be difficult to get used to at first, especially if you are used to using TAB up until now, but you will adapt to it and find it quite intuitive. Beginners seem to have little trouble adapting where experienced players may be more....resistant :X

RS2014 is the ultimate practice tool, motivating you to pick up the instrument often and therefore practice regularly. There are lesson features and technique guides which cover many aspects of guitar playing, like hammer-ons, slides, harmonics, pull-offs, etc. Some arcade style games are included, using the guitar as the controller. These games are designed to improve your skills and muscle-memory.
A session mode includes a band that dynamically plays according to your own playing intensity. This is a useful jamming tool, and good for practicing and learning scales.
'Learn A Song' is the main part of Rocksmith, and the notation will be simplified at first, then as you improve it gets harder until you have the whole tune. At the end of each song you will get stats on the percentage of correct notes hit and your longest continuous streak. This is a fun way to learn new songs and you always have something ready to practice, just a few clicks away.

With very few acceptions, the songs are the actual recordings by original artists, so you'll be playing along to tracks that sound like they should. Additionally, your guitar tone will sound like the guitar in the recorded version, allowing you to play the song more authentically. This raises the immersion and enjoyment level as well. I don't know if the emulation is perfect, but it is certainly very good.

For added motivation you can use the leaderboards, though I don't personally, but many others do and seem to enjoy the challenge very much.

You need the Real Tone Cable to use this software. I like RS2014 so much I bought an extra cable. Check online stores. One cable is compatible with all platforms and works with guitar or bass.

There are literally thousands of hours of value to be found amongst the core content and the additional songs available as DLC. This is not a game, this is a guitar practice portal. Rocksmith is a digital interface for an interactive guitar tutorial/songbook which encourages you to practice, makes you want to play, helps you hone your techniques, and teaches you songs.

Rock on, brothers and sisters.

Oh - and Hendrix. So, yeah.
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337 of 480 people (70%) found this review helpful
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
It's like skyrim with guitars
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50 of 54 people (93%) found this review helpful
81.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Rocksmith 2014 is not only for beginners who want to learn how to play, but also for fairly experienced players who wants to improve their skills or simply take advantage of the many tools in-game.

There are several modes:
''Learn A Song'' which allows you to play along to one of the songs that are included in the game or can be bought as a DLC. It might be remind you a bit about games like Guitar Hero. The difficulty adapts after how good you are, and get harder and harder as you learn more and more.

''Session Mode'' gives you a virtual band to play with! You can customize and choose your scales, tempo, groove, atmosphere (club, studio, arena) and what instruments that is in your band. Or you can load up a stock one, like ''Electric Blues'' or ''Psychedelic Rock'' all after what music you intend to play.

There are also a whole catalouge of lessons that learns you everything from playing chords and the basic scales (and even how to hold your guitar, lel), through harmonics, hammer-on's and pull-off's, to the master classes.

Also there are arcade style mini-games that let's you train on your tecnhicques. Temple of Bends, Scale Warrior and Harmonic Heist are some examples.

Along with that you get some very useful tools. The tuner which allows you not only to standardize your tuning, but also change into different tunings based on the song you are playing. So it might be smart to plan ahead so you aren't stuck too long in the tuner. Also you get ''Tone Editor'' which allows you to change your effects, pedals and amps. Coolest product placement ever with Eden, Orange and Marshall. Every song that you play also have an ''authentic tone'' that loads up when you start the song. If for example the solo and the riff has different tones in a song it changes automatically. You can also load up these in Tone Editor so you can play with it in Session Mode.

The included songs ranges from hits like ''My Generation'' and ''We Are The Champions'' to songs from underated indie bands that no one has ever heard of. Try to play every song, you might find something you like. If you have the original Rocksmith you can import them with updated tabs or you can buy it if you didn't own it previosly.
Looking at the large amount of DLC, it's easy to think of this as another ''DLC: The Game'' but it isn't. New songs are released to this game constantly, but the artists need to be paid. So you have to pay for the license.
If a song you like hasn't been released however, you can download custom songs for free using some modding tools. They might be faulty however since they are made by sparetime modders.


There are some things to remember though: This is not Rock Band or Guitar Hero. You might and should have fun while playing this game, but remember it's an educational game. This means that you can't expect to learn the songs by playing it over and over again. You have to go deeper and use the ''Riff Repeater''. Riff Repeater allows you to slow down certain sections of a song and play it at any speed you want, again and again until you get it.
Also this is a TOOL not some kind of potion that magically transforms you into Jimmy Page. The challenge to take the skills you learn in the game into the real world might be tough. Sometimes you will find yourself cutting shortcuts just to hit the notes, which makes things even worse (espescially when soloing). If you really want to learn, you are gonna have to use other means too.

In short: It is a great game if you want to learn the basics of guitar/bass, improve your skills or just have some fun. Use it with caution and don't rely solely on it if you want to learn guitar properly. Great songs, good tabs and useful tools. It's worth buying for every aspiring or aspired guitar player out there.
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108 of 151 people (72%) found this review helpful
680.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
My life is gone
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26 of 27 people (96%) found this review helpful
57.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
While not a substitute for a *good* teacher, it is a much better option than many crappy teachers, and most guitar teachers are pretty crappy. While I haven't gotten to "hero" yet, I've gone from Zero, to well, having callouses and being able to improvise over scales in a mere 30-something hours of practice with the app.

The way I've been explaining this game to my friends is, think Guitar Hero but make it an educational game with a real guitar. Individual phrases are simplified and you level them up individually from each other, and instead of "failing" you if you miss too many notes the game tries to keep you at a level to where you're on your toes.

One thing I really appreciate about this game is that it's teaching me actual songs I can relate to. I sat down the other day to practice a prhase from one of the Radiohead songs, realized it's in the same key as the primary Salsa riff, the Game of Thrones theme, the Legend of Zelda theme and the Super Mario Castle music, and had a lot of fun going between them all. I'm not just learning more about the guitar, I'm learning more about music.

One thing I find really frustrating with this game is that it has a hard time recognizing my playing of some techniques. It doesn't recognize a vast majority of my pitch bends, for example, though an accomplished guitarist friend of mine says they're fine. The game doesn't offer any feedback on how I might improve them, other than to watch the tutorial video again.

Overall, if you want to learn guitar, it's hard to go wrong with this game as part of a larger practice. Props to Ubisoft for creating something that's more about learning and less about ego.
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24 of 32 people (75%) found this review helpful
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
I've been a guitarist for 8 years.
I've learnt the hard way, learning by tab, by ear, through sessions musicians like Amy Winehouse's Personal Guitarist...
but this game reminds me how sloppy of a guitarist and bassist I can still be at time.
I don't even use guitar on this because I already know all there is in term on techiniques that are implimented in the game but I love the session mode, I got to try it out pre-release at Gibson HQ in London last year and it caught me.
For those like me who own basses but don't get to use Bass much, this is very much for you alike, some of the greatest basslines are in this game and even with CDLC you have unlimited learning of music material on offer to you.

It's not a toy.
It's not even a game.
But it's a SELF TEACHING TOOL and an ENHANCER for those who knows the fingerboard
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
57.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Love the program; hate the selection of music. Give me some 60's and 70's. Give me some Eagles. Give me some Don Henley. I understand the allure of the new stuff for the younger crowd but us older folks want to learn guitar too and we would like to learn it with songs we actually listen to.

That said, I do recommend this program. I have made more progress in the last ten days than I made by myself in the last six years.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
26.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
I find Rocksmith 2014 a lot more playable than the original version. Notes are easier to strike, the tutorial is better organized and playing a song is a smoother experience (thanks to less latency). Arcade games are fun and session mode is a good way to improve your solo act.

For all those who kind of gave up on Rocksmith, I recommend trying out the 2014 version.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
32.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Great for learning to play the guitar. I have tried to learn by attempting the books but this program makes things so much easier and clearer to begin playing.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
521.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
great game, much better than the first one :D

Im not sure how much guitar it actually teach you, because I played guitar before playing this, but I've used it some time now and its fun, it is, but it is highly recommended to download custom songs to it, because there arent that many songs in the standard game alone and you can get the most of the (famous) bands in the world from CDLC's (Custom Downloadable Content), im making CDLC's myself and you can get all these CDLC's from "customsforge.com"


About The Game:

Its hard to explain the way you learn though this, but you are learning the songs more like the guitar hero way, where you learn to play a song, but only by playing it in rocksmith, because you dont learn to remember the tabs in the head, the same way that if you learned them from a paper or picture, im not sure if is the same for everyone, but it was for me, I needed to find the tabs on the internet, to remember how to play them, because in rocksmith its just something that pops up on the screen and then you do what it tells you to do, Its really hard to explain :D


Bad Things:

there is one bad thing that I remember and that is, that you cant make a playlist and choose the songs you want to play and then play them in a row, like if you where playing a concert, I really wanted the ability to do this, but maybe they will do that in the next one

I'll give it Four out of Five ☆☆☆☆
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
139.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 15
Just tons of fun really . Would highly recommend to new guitarists. I am having a blast with session mode all the effects you can use , and surely the cdlc and amount of songs that you can learn is also amazing .
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
89.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
Love this game, even after 27 years playing guitar, it brings a new dimension to the playing experience. I use the session mode almost exclusively, and the sounds and feels you can produce are good.

takes a little getting used to, and you need to calibrate the game properly to get the right response.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
23.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
A great game/teaching software.

While the lessons are somewhat of a mixed bag (you quickly stumble upon a problem of unforgiving difficulty), learning songs works perfectly and is very motivating. The idea of progressive difficulty based on player ability to play is implemented flawlessly.
The selection of default songs was disappointing in the beggining. However after learning basic of playing guitar, I started to enjoy many songs, which I found mediocre at first. If standard set of songs is not enough, there's always DLC, where most players should find something interesting.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
59.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
This "game" is a must for someone who would like to start playing the guitar and does not know how to get into it. I did this and then started learning some music theory to, just to expand my abilities and understanding of music. It is rather a tool than a all in all guitar experience, do not fool yourself into thinking that you can be a guitar player just by following this simple yet addictive teaching platform.

Now, first of all, it does not have everything, it misses the human interaction but I guess, it excuses a real teacher from having to wait for you to get better. You can learn at your own pace without having to get distracted, it is just you and your will to learn. Now, that is fine as long as you do not resume your learning to just that of the game, it is fun, simple and addictive, but why not take it further and start learning music like a pro? You can do this but only outside the game, as Rocksmith 2014 does not teach music theory, only techniques define-related to guitar or bass.

The presentation of the game and menus are nice and they tell you exactly what to do, but it can get overwhelming sometimes, as too many representations of notes on screen will get you into believing it is all a sad joke. After a while you get used to the pace and start playing by memory because simple eye-hand coordination from the display wouldn't normaly be enough to play, it is that fast.

It has a guitarcade, an area of the game where you do stupid-fun games to further enhance your skills, these are fun laid back games, made for gamers. These minigames are difficult and they will better your dexterity and skills with the guitar, a nice addition to a good package.

It also has a session mode, where you jam with your guitar in different rithms and beats accompanied by other simulated instruments. The way you sing and the pace you give the play will make the instruments come to a good play and you can sing like this for hours. Great mode!

I will give this a 9/10 for minor bugs and crashes. The only downside is that it can only be compared to it's earlier version, Rocksmith. It is a great and simple tool to make you start playing the guitar. If it does this I guess it serves it's purpose.
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16 of 25 people (64%) found this review helpful
54.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Who needs a Guitar teacher when Rocksmith is here?

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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
It's like Guitar Hero but with a real guitar!
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