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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"If you played Guitar Hero or Rock Band and wanted to learn to play a real guitar but didn't know where to start, Rocksmith is the place to start."
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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.
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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.

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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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366 of 384 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
998.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2014
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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98 of 105 people (93%) found this review helpful
90.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
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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637 of 883 people (72%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
110.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
It's like skyrim with guitars
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25 of 30 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
592.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2014
Great game,


About the Game:

Its hard to explain the way you learn though this and Im not even sure how much guitar it actually teach you, because I played guitar before rocksmith existed, but from my experience from the game, 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 really learn to remember the tabs in the head, the same way that if you learned them from a paper, im not sure if it's the same for everyone, it probably isnt, but it was for me (specially the solo parts) so 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 hard to explain :D


Bad Things:

1.there are three bad things that I remember, the first thing 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.

2.the second thing is the mastermode, because if you want to turn it off, you need to turn it off every single time you start the game, you cant just turn it off one time and then it will always be disabled until you choose to turn it on again and thats specially annoying, if your forgetting to turn it off and already started playing a song and then the tabs/notes starting to disappear...

3. and the last thing is the lack of proper backing tracks to use for improvisation, I know that session mode is meant to use for improvisation, but that up and down tempo thing, where the faster you play, the faster goes the backing track, really sucks! I just want normale backing tracks that keeps the same tempo :D
I chose to place this under "bad things" because I want this as a improvement of session mode.


Wishes for the 2016 Version:
(if they are planning to make more of them)

First of all, I would like to see, that the three "issues", that I pointed out, under "Bad Things" fixed.
Then I have some ideas, that I have been thinking about, for quite some time now:

1. A Floyd Rose option, that makes it possible to use the floyd rose, in the game plus a new lesson, on how to use it properly.

2. Multiplayer, where you can challenge other players by both playing with them and against them, a bit like in Guitar Hero, I would love playing "Pro-Face Off" against other players in rocksmith and think about guitar battles, how awesome that would be :D

3. The option, to record your own songs, this could be really nice, specially if the game was connected with steam workshop, so you could download and upload custom songs.

4. Number four is a much bigger wish. its about adding Keyboards to the game.
I know that it isn't impossible and its probably, easier to add, than the guitar and bass was.
I was thinking, something like "Synthesia", that program was nice and it would be so nice to see, something like that in rocksmith.
There are so many good songs, that could be so awesome to learn on a keyboard and I would definitely buy a keyboard, if this option was available in rocksmith :D


8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆
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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
90.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
Rocksmith 2014

I'm absolutely in love with this game. Learning to play guitar or bass has never been more fun than this. All you need is your electric guitar or bass of choice, the game and a cable that you can buy in a lot of stores that sell things related to music or just electronics in general.

When you first start up the game you get to set up a few things just so that you get the most out of your Rocksmith experience. I went with the option of starting out as someone who has never played guitar previously although I did have some knowledge about how to play. If my memory isn't failing me you get to calibrate and tune your guitar before the game lets you continue onwards. The game then explains the basics and how the layout of the so called 'Note Highway' will show you what notes to hit on the guitar. After you've made it through the basics you're ready to go!

At the start menu there are a lot of options to choose from such as 'Learn a song', 'Lessons' and 'Guitarcade'.

As most other people I went with Learn a song instantly because I was so excited to start playing songs. If you chose the option of starting out as a complete beginner the game will take it easy in the beginning by only giving you a few notes now and then. It will feel slow but it was still enjoyable for me. The way this works is that the more notes you hit and the better you do will increase the amount of notes you get on screen. This is called 'Dynamic Difficulty' and is one of the main reasons Rocksmith actually works as well as it does.

I would recommend starting out in Lessons learning some more of the basic stuff like posture, picking and how to use a strap if you want to play while standing up. I think that most people, like me prefer sitting down when playing Rocksmith or they just don't have a strap to stand up. There are a lot of great lessons ranging from the more simple techniques like chords to the advanced stuff like tapping.

Something that a lot of beginners tend to neglect is the Guitarcade, I really think that the Guitarcade is one of the most important features of Rocksmith as the mini-games are fun and help you build up muscle memory that you will need if you want to play the guitar. One of the best mini-games for me is the 'String skip saloon' as it helps you learn to hit the right strings without looking. 'Ducks ReDux' is another important one teaching you the distance between the frets of your chosen instrument.

The most commonly asked question is probably: "Does Rocksmith 2014 really work?"

Yes! It most definitely works. It provides the motivation and fun aspect needed to learn to play the guitar and your favourite songs. If you are thinking about buying this game and your biggest concern is "does it actually work?" then buy it and see for yourself, I can guarantee that you will atleast to some degree improve your playing and general technique.

Rocksmith 2014 has to be one of my favourite games of all time just because of how detailed and enjoyable it is. A function that I didn't even discuss but is a great way to get better is the 'Riff Repeater'. It lets you slow down and practice certain sections of a song or a lesson and really fiddle around with a lot of settings to make it easier for you to learn. Also in 'Session mode' you can jam with AI musicians playing scales at your own tempo and with a lot of different instruments.

10/10

- Liam
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22 of 26 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
for people who already know how to play guitar, this is fun as a game
for people who dont know how to play guitar, I think this isnt the best way to 'learn' but its the best way to practice!
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22 of 28 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3,482.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
Awesome tool for learning, jamming, and becoming a better musician!
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
127.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
I didn't know how to play bass before rocksmith.
I didn't even know how to play bass after rocksmith.
I played it with my telecaster and stratocaster.

But then I got a Bass and rocksmith taught me how to play it.

10/10 now im all about dat bass
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Taught me how to not suck at guitar 11/10
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
I've been playing guitar for 8 years and I can say that this game is one of the best games ever made!
It made me start playing guitar again and it feels good to play the songs I love in a game. I recommend everyone to play this, even if you don't know how to play guitar, this game can help you a lot.
Rock on \m/
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
If you want to learn the Electric Guitar or Bass in the comfort of your home while stoned and or drunk this is the way to do it. It takes Guitar Hero/Rock Band but instead of using 5 buttons you use a real guitar struming the real notes to the song while it plays the actual note you play.

It has a very nice step up system for learning the song starting off with the basic easy notes and as you play it successfully it adds in more notes until your playing the full actuall song.

It also has a hand full of mini games for warming up and fine tuning your skills

*************************************************WARNING YOU DO NEED AN ADAPTER THAT CONNECTS YOUR GUITAR/BASS TO THE USB*************************************************************
You need it to play, Eb games or any pawn shop well have one for cheap
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
Needs more cowbell
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16 of 23 people (70%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
I can live peacefully now knowing that my rock dream can and will come true. Being a 38 year old virgin living in his mom's basement has really taught me to be humble and to love everything about sex, drugs and rock and roll. I'm already buying my first kilo of cocaine and learn to speed ball. God save the Queen.
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
50.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 12
"not enough linkin park"

- 11/10 IGN
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
361.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
Temp review (will update as I learn more and more)

This review is coming from someone who is learning his first instrument and from scratch, on a brand new Fender acoustic guitar with the cable. I have the game set to Rhythm Guitar.

In short, the game is definitely good, it will definitely help you learn an instrument in a way that is more fun than having a tutor throwing mass amounts of complicated difficult to remember information at you, but has enough imperfections to make you frustrated and annoyed with each song until you're able to push through them with patience and get used to it. So it might not be better than a tutor, but it's probably not worse either. And it's likely a lot cheaper too... so there's that.

I don't know the game all that well, so I won't pretend to know everything about it, and there's a good chance I might be wrong on a few things I'm about to write, but this is my experiences so far.

I wish the game had better options for setting the difficulty and song speed before starting each song and during the song, instead of a regular speed and instead of the difficulty curve based on how well you do during the song. Because most of the time, I'll finally start to get the hang of the song's current difficulty, but then throw a bunch more new notes at me, overwhelming me with notes I can't handle at all. Most of the time, it'll go from 1 or 2 notes per strum to 5 or 6 in a very awkward hand position on the guitar and quickly go to other notes without even giving you a chance to figure out the first set of new notes. I just end up looking at the screen and going "Are for f****ing kidding me?" and just quit the song and move onto another one that I haven't played yet. Now if I was able to manually set the difficulty myself and maintain that difficulty until I'm ready for the new notes, and if I was able to manually set the speed of each songs, and maybe increase or decrease both while in the song... then I'd probably be a lot less frustrated, would enjoy the game far more and would definitely learn a lot quicker too.

I will add that this is currently the only way that has helped motivate me into learning an instrument. I've tried to self teach myself into learning the piano, drums, etc... I could never learn proper notes on a sheet, let alone get used to the hand positions and hitting the right notes, etc... I can see this game becoming quite fun once I actually start getting pretty good at it. So far, the highest I've reached so far is about 55.9% on 1 song, 50% and lower for the rest, but one of them hurts my fingers a lot (and it tears through finger tip protectors quickly, which isn't good cuz they're expensive) and the the rest seem to get more and more difficult rather quickly.

The game is really good for tuning your instruments (even better / more accurate than the built in guitar tuner), picks up on the notes while playing surprisingly well (unlike Songs2See), it even has options to allow the game to be more lenient on your imperfect / badly timed note playing so even if your instrument isn't tuned in 100% perfect, it'll still pick it up just fine so long as it's set up at a lenient setting.

I do definitely recommend this game since it's currently the best program / game out there for learning how to play an instrument (much better than Songs2See even though S2S might be better for learning the actual notes on a sheet).

On a side note, I do wish the game had a few easy / beginner songs in which rookies could actually complete 100%... like a sort of tutorial, to allow us to get comfortable with this style of game and feel like we accomplished something. Right now, I have a nasty bloody blister on my thumb, I still feel like I completely suck at playing the guitar, I have nothing at all to show my friends for all my efforts, even after almost 20 hours of playtime, I still don't know how to play any of the songs and I have the feeling it's going to require around 100 more hours before I can finally complete 1 song. I have no intentions of quitting, of course, but I just wish the game had a motivational song which we could complete 100% instead of slowly being able to get better over time and maybe someday be able to complete most if not all the songs all of a sudden (since they all feel equally very difficult).
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
48.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
I purchased RS2014 just wanting it to be a "game" like Rockband or Guitar Hero.
I didn't have a real interest in learning to actually play the guitar (I've tried numerous times in the past and given up), all I wanted from this was something I could casually play, but with a bit more challenge/reward than the "plastic guitar" games.

It started off exactly how I was expecting - just playing a single note every now and then, but as you improve and play the notes its' giving you well the game will adjust and add more into the mix. Before too long you'll be given chords, double-stops, legato techniques, and plenty of other new bits to play.
The way the difficulty works is good, it won't give you something to play that's way over your head (too often), but keeps you improving at a good rate.

In the few weeks I've been playing, I've progressed a lot further with my skills than I have in all my previous attemps to learn guitar without Rocksmith. I'm interested in learning to play again, and this makes it a great way to do it.


Pros:
* Very cost-effective way to learn (if you already own a guitar).
* Being able to have your skills quantified (Mastery percentage, song accuracy, scores etc) and improving is great motivation to see your progress and keep playing.
* Makes practicing fun!

Cons:
* Music choice is decent, but could do with a lot more songs. New songs are released every week though.
* There's no option to see the music to play in Tab format.

Overall, I highly recommend it, it's a lot of fun and you learn something while you play.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
57.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
Rocksmith 2014 is a must have for the guitar player!

There's no plastic guitar with buttons here. Rocksmith 2014 is more a tool for learning and practice, than an actual game.

The game has great songs, guitar tones that sound amazing and mini-games that will help you improve your guitar techniques. It can be simple or advanced - depending on what you want it to be.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
76.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
This game rocks, literally!
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
80.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
I love playing this game.
I am an experienced guitar player, as i have played in a few years now, and i have to say that this is some of the most fun i've had playing the guitar. It is so fun trying to get a highscore on a song, or a minigame, however, i didn't really feel like i've learnt something. I don't really remember the songs i've played without looking at the screen, and i believe that i becomes a too big of a reliability for thos who have just started playing the guitar.
But all in all, it is still a great game, and i guess you could use it for learning to play guitar, just also remember to play without rocksmith.
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