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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September 20

Misfits Song Pack - Rocksmith 2014 Edition DLC

Learn to play 4 horror punk hits from Misfits! “Last Caress," “Where Eagles Dare,” “Halloween,” and “Die, Die My Darling” 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.
“Last Caress” – E Standard - Lead/Rhythm/Bass
“Where Eagles Dare" – E Standard - Lead/Rhythm/Bass
“Halloween" – E Standard - Lead/Rhythm/Bass
“Die, Die My Darling" – E Standard - Lead/Rhythm/Bass

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

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September 16

Variety Pack IV - Rocksmith 2014 Edition DLC

Learn to play 4 varied hits spanning 80s new wave, 00s metalcore, 70s classic rock, and Brazilian heavy metal from the 90s! “I Ran (So Far Away)" by A Flock Of Seagulls, “I’m Made Of Wax, Larry, What Are You Made Of?” by A Day To Remember, “Never Going Back Again” by Fleetwood Mac, and “Refuse/Resist” by Sepultura are now available on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and Steam.
“I Ran (So Far Away)" by A Flock Of Seagulls – E Standard - Lead/Rhythm/Bass
“I’m Made Of Wax, Larry, What Are You Made Of?” by A Day To Remember – D Drop C – Lead/Rhythm/Bass
“Never Going Back Again” by Fleetwood Mac – Capo Required – Lead; Eb Standard – Rhythm; E Standard - Bass
“Refuse/Resist” by Sepultura – D Standard – Lead/Rhythm/Bass

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

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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

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
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15.1 hrs
Posted: September 26
like rockband but with a better guitar and bass
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1,401.8 hrs
Posted: September 26
1) Most people who don't like this game are having issues with installing it. Or there's a conflict of some kind on their computer. Or they're using a 3rd party cable.
2) The overwhelming majority of people are able to install it without problems and get it up and running in no time.
3) The game is fast. There is little to no delay or loading time between songs or exercises.
4) Session Mode ALONE is worth many times the price of purchase. It allows you to select from among dozens of different instruments to create a backing band and jam in any key and in any scale in any style of music. And it shows you the notes in that scale on the fretboard so you can learn the scale and work on your improvisation. Not only that, but the band REACTS to the way you play -- softer, louder, faster, etc. Not too long ago professional musicians paid thousands to set up backing track systems that weren't NEARLY this sophisticated.
5) There are 55 or so songs from multiple genres to play, plus hundreds of downloadable tracks.
6) There are several mini-games that teach guitar skills for those starting out and for those who are rusty. Back in the day, you had to practice alternate picking/chords/bending/scales etc. by rote.
7) The game has a Riff Repeater where you can take sections (or the whole song) and slow them down and practice it until you have it down.
8) You and a friend can play along with the songs or with Session Mode at the same time: Guitar/guitar, bass/bass, guitar/bass.
9) There are lessons with video demonstrations and practice sessions for most guitar techniques. Even tapping!!!

If you, or anyone you know, are at all interested in playing guitar or bass, this is, by far, the best money you will ever spend.

ps Some people have problems with note recognition. That is, you play the note correctly but it doesn't register. If this is happening it's probable that your guitar's input level isn't high enough due to quiet pickups, guitar volume not being high enough, or your cable input isn't high enough. When it asks you to "make some noise" it's calibrating the input level. If you strum with regular force, it will turn up the input to an appropriate level. (You can re-calibrate at any time through the menu.) If you strum too hard it will set the input so that when you play at regular levels it won't always pick up your notes. When calibrated correctly, the game picks up notes perfectly on both guitar and bass.
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168.5 hrs
Posted: September 26
This game has been amazing! I heard of a game that lets you play your guitar Guitar Hero style, and I was super pumped, but it started doing so much more for me. I had almost no guitar experience before playing this (knowing only how to read tab and strum a few chords), but after just a few hours I was already improving vastly. The built in lessons were showing me everything I needed to know, the technique games were actually kinda entertaining, the songs were fun to play, and the enjoyment I was getting out of everything was actually getting me to practice playing my guitar! I super recommend this to anyone wanting to learn how to play guitar or bass!
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152.3 hrs
Posted: September 25
Overall, this game was extremely well put together, and is a great tool for anyone wanting to learn guitar.

When I first started this game, I barely could play power chords. Now, almost 2 years later, I can safely say that I'm not totally bad at guitar. It's helped me foster a love for an instrument that was previously unobtainable for me.

The DLC store is very large, and includes just about any popular band you could think of. The tones sound great. The note highway and notation is vastly improved from the last version, which had issues with readability. The note detection is usually spot on, and any issues I've had from it were from my poor technique.

In all, it looks great, it sounds great, and it runs great.

If you want to see a bit more in-depth review, along with some gameplay, check out this video I did for Rocksmith 2014.
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31.9 hrs
Posted: September 25
Waste of money, tone recognition is just a mess (I studied classical music and worked with sound equipment for years).
Don't buy it.
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416.6 hrs
Posted: September 25
the thing that made me pretty valuable with my fingers mmkway
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1,999.1 hrs
Posted: September 25
This game has so many errors in it it is I am officially done at just shy of 2000 hours. I will say that for bass guitar this game works very well with a very minimal amount of errors(some of the lower tunings don't work so consistently but there aren't many of them). For guitar however, I have had nothing but problems. Technically, this game will teach you how to play guitar but dealing with all the phantom misses gets just too frustrating...its a tool, and there are many other tools out there to help you practice and learn. I highly recommend something else...
Here is a partial list of errors that I have found(these are off the top of my head, because I have played approximately 10 minutes in the last week). All of these errors have been slowed down to 75% in Riff Repeater and ONLY the chord that was not being recognized was played-and they still didn't work.

Blondie "Call Me" doesn't recognize the Em(7-8-9-x-x-x) chord but does recognize the Bm(2-3-4-x-x-x). And my intonation is just fine...
Garbage "I Think I'm Paranoid" doesn't recognize the muted chords on section just before outro...
Weezer "Buddy Holly" doesn't recognize the Dflat/Aflat(x-x-7-7-5-5) but recognizes the Eflat/Bflat...
T Rex "20th Century Boy" doesn't recognize the bend on the low E string(2nd fret iirc)...
Soundgarden "Spoonman" doesn't recognize the 5-3 pull-off on low E string(drop tuned) but recognizes pull-offs on A string...
Disturbed "Stricken" doesn't recognize the 1-3 slide on low E string(down tuned)...
Linkin Park "Bleed It Out" last note is not recognized(slide after long sustain)...

These are just ones I could remember off the top of my head...AND THIS GAME MIGHT WORK JUST FINE ON YOUR SYSTEM BUT IT DOES NOT ON MINE. I have complained endlessly and nothing has been done...and its not like any of the instances that I have listed are especially challenging-that is what is most frustrating...THESE ARE ALL INCREDIBLY EASY PARTS TO PLAY!
I have wasted money getting my guitar professionally set up when there was absolutely nothing wrong with my intonation, no fret buzzing, etc...trying to get this game to work.
I have uninstalled, I have re-installed...
I have tried thicker strings, I have tried thinner gauge strings...
I have tried it all and its pointless, especially when Rocksmith does everything they can to not be accountable...
I have wasted way too much time and money on this game.
I will try again after the update in October, maybe by then my game might actually work...until then, the chances of me logging in and reading any comments is basically zero...
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34.8 hrs
Posted: September 24
It's a bit of a ♥♥♥♥♥ to get around the cable DRM but once you do the game is amazing and really does help
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25.1 hrs
Posted: September 24
Been playing it for about 2 weeks now. It's a really good game, I've learned how to play a lot of songs on the bass. Very simple and intuitive but I don't think its a substitue for face to face instruction. But it will definetly teach you how to play many songs.
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24.8 hrs
Posted: September 24
If you really want to learn how to play the guitar and have fun doing it, this is the game to buy. This is the best do it yourself guitar learning application I have ever come across. There are lessons that teach you the mechanics and then there are little games that help you do the much needed drills to become a better guitar player. In addition, you get to learn to play songs by the original artists. No cover bands are playing with you, you are playing with the real artists. I can't recommend this game more for anyone that is interested in learning how to play the guitar.
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33 of 37 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
141.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
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Rocksmith 2014 is VERY sensitive to deviations in tuning. Contrary to the usual recommendation that light strings ( < 9's ) are better for beginners (because they are kinder on the fingers) I would suggest that, for Rocksmith, slightly heavier, medium strings will serve you better in playing this game. (try 10's on regular guitars, perhaps even 11's on shorter scale guitars: Les Pauls, Jags, Mustangs etc.) This is becuase the thicker strings tend to be more stable in pitch and also deliver a stronger signal than those skinny, so called 'easy' strings. Trust me - it's more important for this sortware to 'hear' your notes consistently and in tune. Those bendy, skinny strings' pitch will veer all over the place as your fingers struggle to learn their correct position and pressure. Slightly firmer strings give more positive response and feedback - Your fingers will toughen up soon enough cry-babies!

GET NEW STRiNGS! - Especially if you have an old guitar that's had the same strings since it got chucked in the back of Dads cupboard back in 1979; don't wait for them to break! - I put Ernie Ball Slinky 10's on an old Stagg Strat I was given and was astonished at the strong bright tone they delivered. Compared to with the dull old 9's that were on it before, this was like a whole new instrument!

THE PERFECT STRiNGS & ViSUAL AiD FOR NEW ROCKSMiTH PLAYERS - Dr Neon strings UK USA may look a bit gaudy however they perfectly match the Rocksmith string colouring system and this really, REALLY helps to coordinate my fingers, moreso than I thought they would and particularly in the guitarcade excercises where I'm learning to move my fingers quickly between chords. Once I'm at the stage where I can play without looking at my fingers, then I'll switch back to Ernies or Elixirs or or such-like. 'til then, these definitely have accelerated my progress!

TUNiNG, TUNiNG, TUNiNG. I can't emphasise it enough. I often found this game incredibly frustrating when I'd see myself missing notes I'd swear I'd hit. I assumed at first it was because of my utterly crap technique but soon realised that often I'd hit a note or chord and it just wasn't being recognised. This became particularly apparent in the Guitarcade modules, Starchords and Castle Chordead, where I'd find myself thrashing away at a perfect simple chord with no effect as the opposition chewed me up. Getting an expensive new guitar made very little difference (:-o - What I've since discovered is that keeping your guitar perfectly in tune is what makes the critical difference. Make sure also that your guitar is in tune all the way up the neck. If the intonation is out, Rocksmith is extremely unforgiving; consider investing in getting the instrument serviced by an experienced guitar tech. Even if it's a dirt cheap guitar, having decent strings, optimal action and accurate intonation will help avoid a whole world of Rocksmith pain, perhaps even make the difference between keeping your guitar or defenestrating it. Seriously, even Eric Clapton would suck at Rocksmith if his boutique vintage strat "Blackie" was out of intonation.

HERE'S A TiP FOR GUiTARCADE - Pausing the game, you can see a little tuning meter at the bottom left of the display that indicates which note you are playing and the degree by which it is sharp or flat - Sound each string repeatedly and make sure the circle around the note lights up promptly and consistently to indicate it's in tune. I find this tuning method far more effective than the dedicated tuning module you get at the beginning of each song - Your foes will fall before you!

Finally: TiMiNG, TiMiNG, TiMiNG! - It was when I was getting to grips with "Knocking on Heaven's Door" that I realised that there was a very slight but significant difference between the music I was hearing, and the moment the chords "arrived" in the display. I didn't know whether to play the chord the instant when I see it or when I hear it? The answer is in the Audio Settings where you can adjust a delay setting. On my own Mac this corrected the difference on a setting of 4 - (Setting the delay at 0 caused an alarming bug/issue where all sound became completely distorted - Robot Voice says "")
Once I'd nailed the timing setting (trial and error) my playing has really come together quite literally. Specifically, I can look away from the display and when I look back I haven't missed the notes because the display, the song and my guitar are all syncronised.

OKAY - so this hasn't been intended as a review - It's just my hope that sharing what I've learned in fine tuning this amazing game helps you to find it as rewarding as I do and ensures that you get to enjoy playing WiTH Rocksmith rather than against it. - If you've found what I share helpful then please give it a thumbs up promotion so that others get to see it too.

Thanks - Pól
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
Whoever green-lit this game was a genius! Anyone who's ever played Rockband/Guitar Hero has had the thought of "man, I wish there was a game like this where you could plug in a guitar and get good for real". And this game indeed grants that wish.

While I wouldn't make it a primary teaching source, it is exemplary supplementary material that will familiarize you very quickly to the fretboard, the strings, and the feel of holding your guitar via a marvel of lessons (excellent introductions for novices, and decent review for the experienced), cute arcade-esque games (with LEADERBOARDS to give you some competitive motivation)…and of course, a ♥♥♥♥ ton of DLC songs to play along with (yes, the vast majority of songs are only available as DLC-- suck it up and support your favorite artists already!!).

I had purchased Rocksmith 2014 under the impression that it was going to ride hard on the gimmick of using a guitar as a controller, but nope! You can tell that all hands on the drawing board really goaled for a feasible, functional, addictive, QUALITY product and could be both instructively useful and still hella fun.

Much of this game is quite intuitive in what and how it allows players to control their practice. For instance, song difficultly gets automatically upped ever so slightly whenever the game detects you getting a steadier handle on certain song segments. And plus, there's RIFF REPEATER!: You can control the speed, select which part of the song you're struggling with, and even manually lower/raise the difficulty-- and it loops automatically.

^^ Those are such little things that really facilitate the learning process in how much it smooths over what could have potentially been extremely frustrating moments to a player. And in a world where more and more devs seem to delight in ripping off their consumers with crappy product and shrugging and spouting bs like "TRUE fans won't complain!", it's so gratifying knowing I gave my money to people who actually seem like they cared and put a lot of thought into the players' experience.

And as a result of their effort, I tend to plug in my guitar with the intention of only playing for a bit to kill time, and then only much much later realize I'd just spent hours simply dicking around on this game. It is that enjoyable. Definitely one of those things that earns the 'what a time to be alive' phrase.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
I figured out how to play Smoke On the Water
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
20.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
As a game, it's slightly better than mediocre, but as a guitar trainer, it's phenomenal! I'm a week into the 60-day challenge, and already feel more confident playing. It's not for everybody, and can get expensive once you start buying songs you want to learn, but keep at it, and you will have a skill once it's over.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
47.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
Have you bought this on sale? Have you bought this at all? Do you like to play guitar or bass? If you do stop reading and start buyiong. If you don't: are you gifting? No? buy anyway!!! This game is amazing! If you don't know how to play, this game will teach you! It has lessons to teaches you from the ground up. you you play, you can choose rythum, lead, or bass and you dont need a bass to learn(it has a bass emulator for those who oly have electric guitar and want to learn). start with some lessons, move to some excercizes to get you familiar with the fretting, finger and note placements, the notes and chord names. Then move on to learning your favorite songs. I love this game for how well it was made and how well this teaches. doesn't matter wether you're brand new and just touched a guitar, or wether you are an experienced player this accepts players of all difficulties. THANK YOU creators and I hope you keep doin more and more songs.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
57.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
there are some calibrations that are needed to be done to your game before it plays right otherwise it's pretty good for starting out!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
21.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
A good program for starting out with electric guitar
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
The game is good, provided you keep in mind you need to order a Real Tone Cable seperately. Additionally, there is over 1.000 EUR (or USD) of DLCs. It does come to mind, that's a lot to spend extra for serious musicians who want to learn through Rocksmith. Although an incredible step up since the days of Guitar Hero, it's not the same as picking up a bass or guitar tab online and figuring it out on your own... remember, that's free! So yeah, the game is definitely worth buying, although I find it pricey. Yousician also offers lessons for free or with a paid premium account.

I do have to admit this game WILL offer lessons for people who just started to play, and even advanced players will be able to pick up some new tricks and hone their skills, as long as they don't forget to play for real too ;)


- Nice songs, and you can pick your own favs as DLC
- Good quality graphics, gameplay; the game analyzes your style and level, and suggests how to improve


- Pricey; lots of additional costs to keep in check
- Although there are LOTS of songs to add, it always sucks when a song or band you love isn't available
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
23.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
my playing realy improved in a week, can't wait to see the end of the 60 days lol
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
57.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
Rocksmith is an amazing way to improve your guitar & bass playing abilities, jam, learn new songs, and even discover new artists.

I've been playing bass guitar since I was 16. I haven't been in a band for 5 years and it's hard to stay sharp and find time to practise. Also, bass is a pretty boring instrument to play by yourself. I continue to write and produce music independently and Rocksmith is a great way to get through the grind of practise.

The game works great with my basses and electric guitar. It also works really well with my classical acoustic (which has a built in pickup). The acoustic has been a very fun way to play too since I have the heavy guitar tone coming out my headphones, but I can hear the body of the acoustic as well which confirms that I'm actually playing something nice.

I had no idea I like Metalcore, but after playing an Avenge Sevenfold track on bass I've spent my whole weekend mastering all of their songs. Thanks Ubisoft!

I've played with the settings and have only 2ms latency with the real tone cable which I'm very comfortable playing with. My DAW tpyically runs at 5ms, so as an audio processing app it's pretty legit. There are also amp modelling modes and an effects board. The tones in this mode are really great, however it is difficult to use the menus to really dive deep into all the functions. My guess is that the menus were designed for console and not PC.

One thing that I would love would be the ability to set my own tuning in the game and have the tracks update as per my bass config. I play a 5-string bass so for a SOAD song I can just as easily play on the low-B rather than tuning my whole setup to drop C. Also some songs are very reliant on open notes which I personally don't like, I'd like to be able to say rather than going open D, playing the 5th fret on the A string. This is all nit picky stuff though, the game is amazing.

The songs bundled with the game cover so many genres that there really is something for everyone. The DLC has been great since day one. I've bought DLC for Avenge Sevenfold, Motley Crue, Iron Maiden, Deftones, Killers, Strokes, Smashing Pumpkins, Rush, and Pantera. I plan on buying a whole lot more but I need to master a few tracks in my library first!
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