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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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.
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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.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
730 of 891 people (82%) found this review helpful
657.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
This game got me laid.
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66 of 69 people (96%) found this review helpful
950.6 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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51 of 52 people (98%) found this review helpful
154.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
This is more than a game for me. It has become a hobby. What started as a random purchase for myself last Christmas -- I had an old electric guitar I never played in the closet, so this gave me an excuse to see if I can learn -- has become an expensive obsession for me. Warning -- but a good warning -- you'll find that you're learning guitar very quickly on this game, and it will become the start of an expensive habit! I have downloaded hundreds of dollars worth of songs, bought a brand new guitar, I've signed up for music theory and guitar lessons at the local county college ... this has become a genuine hobby for me. Literally, it is one of those rare games which has genuinely made an impact on my life. Six months later, and the game has not gotten old. I look forward to new songs, I laugh when a new chord I've never seen magically appears on the song that I've practiced the hell out and achieved a new difficulty. The game is, most importantly, fun. It remains fresh and only gets better as you get better. I highly recommend.
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67 of 83 people (81%) found this review helpful
143.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
It does not use a plastic guitar with buttons.
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50 of 61 people (82%) found this review helpful
662.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
My life is gone
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29 of 29 people (100%) found this review helpful
1,097.7 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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74 of 106 people (70%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
It's like skyrim with guitars
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24 of 25 people (96%) found this review helpful
362.1 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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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
128.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
great game

a helpfull tool to learn guitar
it can be a fun game for both beginner and the more experience guitar player

the best thing about this game is dynamic difficulty , it allows the game to adjust the difficulty of the songs to your skill level
for a beginner the song would be reduced to its very core by only playing the root notes, this will make it so you can play the song and it will still be recognisable for others

because all songs are at your skill level you can pretty much play any of them with the help of the game, this gives more variety while you practice

another issue learning a single song can have is that some parts of a song can be very hard and you will probably take months to be able to play that part, but here you can play a reduced version of that part that is within your skill level, and its more fun to play a song because it will still sound good even if you play less in the hard part
so you'll play this song more=more practice

another great thing about being able to play more songs is that some songs require different techniques and these might be executed at different speeds or they move around the neck more
so in song x you for example a set of slow barré chords while in song y they are done much faster, now if you start learning barré chords you might be able to play them in song x but not y
so you can practice barré chords when you play x and suddenly song y will become easier because even though you just played x for fun you still practiced these techniques
and practice is all you need to do to get better, doesn't mean it can be fun

this makes the game so good for me you can just have fun and still get that hard needed practice

the game also has some interactive lessons that will teach you pretty much anything a person that never touched a guitar has to know, while it isn't perfect it does the job, and maybe some video's on the internet, can help too, but an experienced guitar player will always be better

another great tool is the riff repeater it allows you to adjust the songs difficulty, or if you wanna start practicing a certain section of the song, you can set it to loop that specific part and adjust speed, difficulty, pretty much anything you want
its great, easy to acces and you can approach learning a song in a more traditional way( slow it down and slowly ramp up the speed)

the more gamey parts of the game consist of a score attack for the songs with some set difficulties guitar hero style
and you also have the guitar arcade, these are mini games that are build around a certain guitar technique, you have some that help you have an on rail shooter where you kill the enemies by playing the chords shown on screen, you have a saloon where enemies come down 6 lanes and you shoot them by playing the coresponding string this will help you learn skipping strings, and you got other that help you learn scales move around the board, they are a fun distraction and it helps you practice

the last big thing of this game is session mode, it is a place for improvising and experimenting, they have created a virtual band for you, you can change what instruments they use and these instruments have a certain style associated with them, jazz, rock metal blues, besides a the normal instruments you find in the average band you also have some more special ones like a kazoo or some rain or city noises
you can also pick wich scale they will play and in which key, its like haveing a million play along improvise songs
but the best thing is here it can change dynamicly and you can change how much they will vary(from aways playing in same scale and key to dynamicly changing key and scale) you can set the bpm of a song but the band will react to how you play if you play fast they will pick up speed too while if you play relaxed they will also do so,

for beginners this might seem overwhelming and it kinda is but the game can slowly guide you through it, it will also tell you what notes will sound good, besides that you can do anything you want and use the plenty effects the game has for your guitar

intermediate/experienced players will get less out of the game because dynamic difficulty isn't something they need and they already have the means to learn songs outside of the game
but if they can get over the unique interface( its easy to read on the fly, but different from anything else)the gamey stuff still exist and the many effects and session mode can still have their value for you

bass is also fully supported and it wasn't an afterthought

you need the realtone cable though

overal i fully reccomend the game

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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
72.2 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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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
It's better than Guitar Hero! I really like this game! :D
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42 of 70 people (60%) found this review helpful
51.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
KIDS listen
guitars make your fingers strong. girls like strong fingers!
buy this game, buy a good looking ♥♥♥♥ guitar and go laid on bit.ches

you cant miss on this game, is a win-win

wish i was rich enough to buy all DLC.
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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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18 of 26 people (69%) 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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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
53.4 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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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
517.3 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 ""

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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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
23.2 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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
89.2 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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
52.5 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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
215.3 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.
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