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- THIS "NO CABLE INCLUDED" VERSION DOES NOT INCLUDE THE REQUIRED ROCKSMITH REAL TONE CABLE. ORDER THIS VERSION AND SAVE $20 ONLY IF YOU ALREADY OWN THE COMPATIBLE ROCKSMITH REAL TONE CABLE.
- WATCH THE VIDEO in the top-left corner above for an overview of all the massive improvements and new features in Rocksmith 2014 Edition.
- PLAY OVER 50 NEW SONGS and all the DLC you own in the original Rocksmith (on the same platform). You’ll also be able to relicense and transfer songs from the original disc for the new Rocksmith 2014 Edition.
- NO MORE AUDIO LAG OR LOADING TIMES. The software has been optimized so that there is no audio delay and you’ll never have to wait for a loading screen ever again.
- NEW MODES AND FEATURES make it more fun and faster than ever. Access Riff Repeater anytime on-the-fly, keep playing without returning to the menu every time, learn to jam with a band that follows your lead in Session Mode, and MUCH MORE.
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Rocksmith 2014 Edition *No Cable Included X360 Rocksmith teaches you fast and effectively by letting you plug any real guitar or bass*. Rocksmith becomes your personal teacher as it monitors how you play dynamically adjusts the difficulty to your skill level then slowly introduces more notes and phrases until you?re playing your favorite songs note-for-note. *Intended for players that already have the cable.
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Rocksmith 2014 Edition - "No Cable Included" Version for Rocksmith Owners
CAUTION: This version does NOT include the REQUIRED Rocksmith Real Tone Cable. Order this version only if you already own the compatible Rocksmith Real Tone Cable.
The Fastest Way to Learn Guitar
Join over 1.5 million people who have learned to play guitar with the award-wining Rocksmith method. Plug any real guitar or bass directly into your computer or game console, and you’ll learn to play in just 60 days.
The all-new Rocksmith 2014 Edition is bigger, better, and faster than ever. Rebuilt from the ground-up, you’ll experience vastly improved response time, user-friendly navigation, more flexible and deeper practice tools, new techniques and tunings, over 50 new hit songs, and much more.
With the revolutionary Session Mode, Rocksmith 2014 Edition takes guitar-learning to the next level by allowing you to play guitar with a virtual band that follows your every lead. Select from an assortment of backing instruments or styles, and Session Mode plays along with you in real-time.
Take the 60-Day Challenge and start learning guitar today with Rocksmith 2014 Edition.
Key Game Features
A Proven Method to Learn Guitar Fast
An independent national research study found that Rocksmith is the fastest way to learn guitar. Over 95% of players have improved their guitar skills. Whether you're a beginner touching a guitar for the first time, or a seasoned player mastering your sound, Rocksmith gets you results, fast.
Learn Your Favorite Songs
Select from over 50 hit tracks, ranging from alternative rock, to heavy metal, to classic rock, and more. You will learn to play your favorite songs, step-by-step and note-for-note, with tutorials along the way. Rocksmith 2014 Edition is also backward compatible with the songs you have from the original Rocksmith.
Designed for Ease and Speed
Features are now more accessible and flexible than ever. A new fully-customizable Riff Repeater lets you select your section, difficulty, and speed on-the-fly. Master Mode has been revamped to make learning by memory more approachable. Or jump into new and improved Guitarcade mini-games to hone your skills.
Learn to Jam with Session Mode
Session Mode lets you experience playing alongside a virtual band. Choose your own combination of instruments to follow your lead. With on-screen prompts and objectives that motivate learning and improvement, you can enjoy the feeling of jamming whether you’re a beginner or advanced player.
Get Plugged In
Rocksmith 2014 Edition is compatible with the original Rocksmith Real Tone Cable that plugs any real guitar** directly into an Xbox 360, PS3, PC, or Mac.
*Research Strategy Group Inc. – March 2013 – US nationwide in-home placement study
**Guitar requires standard 1/4" output jack.
Rocksmith 2014 Edition features over 50 hit songs, including:
- Aerosmith – Walk This Way
- Alice Cooper – No More Mr. Nice Guy
- Alice In Chains – Stone
- Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine?
- Avenged Sevenfold – Bat Country
- Bob Dylan – Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
- Boston – Peace Of Mind
- Bush – Machinehead
- B’z - ultrasoul
- Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar On Me (2012)
- Deftones – My Own Summer (Shove It)
- Foo Fighters – Everlong
- Green Day – X-Kid
- Iron Maiden – The Trooper
- Jack White – Sixteen Saltines
- Joe Satriani – Satch Boogie
- Kiss – Rock And Roll All Nite
- Mastodon – Blood and Thunder
- Muse – Knights of Cydonia
- Nirvana – Heart Shaped Box
- Oasis – Don’t Look Back In Anger
- Pantera – Cemetery Gates
- Paramore – Now
- Queen – We Are The Champions
- R.E.M. – Losing My Religion
- Radiohead – Paranoid Android
- Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop
- Ratt – Round And Round
- Rise Against – Savior
- Rush – The Spirit Of Radio
- Slayer – War Ensemble
- System Of A Down – Hypnotize
- Tak Matsumoto – GO FURTHER
- The Kinks – You Really Got Me
- The Police – Every Breath You Take
- The Rolling Stones – Paint It, Black
- The Shins – For A Fool
- The Smashing Pumpkins – The Chimera
- The Who – My Generation
- Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Mary Jane’s Last Dance
- Weezer – Say It Ain’t So
- White Zombie – Thunder Kiss ‘65
- AND MANY MORE
Quickly and easily compare the different versions of Rocksmith to determine which one is right for you.
|Rocksmith 2014 Edition||Rocksmith 2014 Edition - No Cable Included Version||Rocksmith Guitar & Bass||Rocksmith|
|Summary||All-new version of Rocksmith. Also available for the first time on Mac.||All-new sequel, but without the required Real Tone Cable. Intended for players that already have the cable.||Original version plus support for bass guitars. Also available for the first time on PC.||Original version of Rocksmith.|
|Available||October 2013||October 2013||2012||2011|
|Platforms||Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC/Mac||Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC/Mac (download only)||Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC||Xbox 360, PlayStation 3|
|Rocksmith Real Tone Cable Included||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|Compatibility||Electric guitar, bass guitar||Electric guitar, bass guitar||Electric guitar, bass guitar||Electric guitar|
Note: All versions and platforms of Rocksmith are compatible with the Real Tone Cable. It is a required 1/4-inch audio jack cable necessary for Rocksmith to detect and respond to your guitar playing. All versions of Rocksmith include the Real Tone Cable in the box, except downloaded versions and the Rocksmith 2014 Edition "No Cable Included" Version.
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Okay, so onto the main pros and cons:
- The game feels much more stable than the original. My old Rocksmith would freeze and crash randomly, but after a full night's session of gaming, I never had any problems with 2014. The animation is smooth even when there's a lot going on, and everything loads up nice and fast. I thought the game was malfunctioning when it was seemingly randomly backing out of menus on its own, but I soon learned that it uses the Kinect for voice commands, unless you turn that feature off!
- The guitar tone system seems much improved. Not only do the tones themselves sound quite a bit more authentic, but also we aren't limited to the one guitar tone per song. The game automatically switches tones for you at different points in the song. I thought this was a nice addition.
- Love the fact that you are now able to change difficulty and volume settings on the fly at any point during the game, this is a MAJOR improvement.
- Wide variety of songs included. While some may complain that there are a bunch of unfamiliar bands/songs, I like being exposed to a lot of music I wouldn't normally hear. All of the songs I played through were fun to play. Even without all the DLC I have obtained, Rocksmith 2014 still has a ton of songs to choose from.
- Fret numbers are shown under some of the notes as the come on screen especially for the big position shifts, this is super helpful.
- The technique videos are really well done this time and a GREAT teaching tool for beginners!
- SESSION MODE is an absolute blast! This is essentially a "jam simulator" where you can choose your band picking what kind/sound of bass, drums, guitar, and other instruments like a banjo or kazoo(!), pick the key, tempo, and overall feel. Then, you just start jamming. The game shows you particular scales you can use for jamming and the rest of the band reacts to your intensity, dynamics, and even the notes you play. This mode is simply incredible in my opinion.
- Lots of graphical additions make somethings confusing. There's little amp speakers on either side of the screen that move with sound waves whenever you play something, but these can get in the way of the fretboard and note colors. I really preferred the original stripped down look of the original interface, because with the new graphics it can be a bit harder to see the colors and the notes. Especially with chords or multiple notes, it's not as clear as to how many times you should play the chord, or even with someof the techniques, it was hard to tell what was a bend sometimes, although I do like that they specify 1/2 step and whole step bends now. There's just a little too much going on overall graphically. Maybe this will change as you unlock venues? The only I have so far just shows a vague silhouette of an audience, and it makes me miss the "stage view" of the original Rocksmith and with the crowd and lights reacting to how well you're playing.
- There's a manual included in-game, but there's a lot of things it doesn't really explain. For instance, it identifies what the Harmonicity Meter is in Session Mode, but doesn't really explain how it works exactly. The same about the Kinect Voice commands. There's a point where I can turn them on and off, but nothing saying what the commands are.
- Scrolling through songs is a bit of a pain. Sure you can sort them by different categories, but the only way to scroll through is to use the up and down on the D-pad. It'd be nice to scroll through a page using left or right.
- In the initial set up, the game asks you for your skill level. I chose Experienced, but I'm not sure how that factors in with anything, because every song still starts on the lowest difficulty level. Again, back to the manual it would be nice if there was some more information in-game on how a lot of these features work.
I do miss the "Ranks" of the original Rocksmith game. I liked the competition of having to score points to gain levels and ranks and unlock new stuff. I understand Rocksmith's primary focus is to be a teaching tool, but what would really complete the game for me would be a sort of "Career Mode" like in Rockband or Guitar Hero where you play gigs for fans and such. Looks like there are some Leaderboard challenges though, so we'll have to see how those work.
Maybe this could be an additional Career Mode Add-on Pack down the road? We'll see.
I haven't explored the Guitarcade or Multiplayer modes much yet, so I can't review those.
Overall, I think Ubisoft got it right with this 2014 re-vamping of the game. There are some major improvements overall, and they completely outdid themselves with the Session Mode jamming simulator. Still some elements missing that could really make this a complete package.
Definitely worth getting whether or not you own the original!
Juat a quick note: If you want to use any of the on-disk songs that came with the original Rocksmith, you'll have to pay $10 for the Import Tool at the XBox Live Marketplace to cover the re-licensing fees for the songs.
biggest improvement by far is the "on the fly" Riff repeater, its a huge deal to jsut stop right in the middle of a song and set it up how you want and practice that section till the cows come home, then just jump back into the song........no hidden menu 4 menus deep to go find.
Session mode is going to be an outstanding feature........when I stop sucking at guitar anyhow
Missions are a welcome addition, sometimes if you lack direction, you can jsut pick a mission and move on.
Games are alot of fun and I can see where they actually help build useful skills
Tuner is a bit finicky, but doesnt seem to cause too much trouble for me anyhow.......I think its so finicky because its a finer tuning than the previous.
the kinect voice commands work great......just say the word for the buttons (ie, Accept, back, play song, guitarcade, etc.....)
$10 to import your Roscksmith 1 songs is well worth it, they have recharted them and made them more accurate, and there are licensing fees as well that have to be covered........its $10 whole dollars people stop complaining, you sound silly, you can always keep playing RS1 for free if you really dont have $10. by the way the DLC is ported to RS14 for free........its only the RS1 songs that cost the whole $10.
well theres my day one thoughts. its well worth it if your thinking on buying it.
Online I can see he's played through 84 songs, completed 29 lessons, scored 7,000,000 on guitarcade, completed 42 missions. While I don't know the granular detail of what this means it's nice to be able to check online at his progress. As stated earlier, this site will only get better.
The difficulty starts at an elementary level but can quickly ramp up and it's smart enough not to start you off at the easier levels on new songs after you've played a couple of songs. My son is a Jazz Pianist for his school jazz band and has been learning the guitar over the last couple of years. He jumped straight to the Lesson 'Jazz Chords 401' and quickly learned that this game has a lot to teach him.
Even with all the issues, there is no way I could knock this down a star as my son loves play the 'learn a song', complete the 'lessons' and play the 'guitarcade'. My son has been upstairs using it since 10:00am today and it's 3:30 now. I'm going to have to stop him, that's the kind of problem I want to have. If you have a young kid that wants to play the guitar and loves video games, this may just be what you have been looking for.