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- A REIMAGINED EXPERIENCE: Newly redesigned menus and in-game interfaces are now clear, smooth, and blazing fast. It's never been easier to play along and get feedback on your performance as you go.
- LEARN YOUR FAVORITE SONGS: Select from over 50 hit tracks, ranging from alternative rock, to heavy metal, and more. You will learn to play your favorite songs, step-by-step and note-for-note, with tutorials along the way.
- DESIGNED FOR EASE AND SPEED: 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.
- GET PLUGGED IN: Rocksmith 2014 Edition is compatible with the original Rocksmith Real Tone Cable that plugs any real guitar** directly into Xbox 360, PS3, PC, or Mac. **Guitar requires standard 1/4" output jack.
- A PROVEN METHOD TO LEARN GUITAR FAST: National research studies have found that Rocksmith is the fastest way to learn guitar*. Over 95% of players have improved their skills. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned player, Rocksmith gets you results, fast.*National study by Research Media Group Inc.
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The Fastest Way To Learn Guitar
Join over 3 million people who have learned to play guitar with the award-winning Rocksmith method. Rocksmith becomes your personal guitar teacher as it monitors how you play, dynamically adjusts the difficulty to your skill level, and then slowly introduces more phrases and techniques until you’re playing your favorite songs note-for-note.
A Great Gift For Guitar Owners Of All Skill Levels
Rocksmith includes a lifetime’s worth of guitar and bass lessons, all in one box. Over 80 interactive lessons will help teach you almost every technique associated with guitar and bass. Everything from the basics of holding a pick to advanced techniques like tapping are covered in detail with multi-camera videos.
Learn To Play Hit Songs By The Original Artists
From the moment you begin, you’ll be learning to play actual songs. Rocksmith includes over 50 songs from artists including Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Avenged Sevenfold, Def Leppard, Foo Fighters, Kiss, Iron Maiden, Muse, Nirvana, oasis, Radiohead, Rise Against, The Rolling Stones, System of a Down, Weezer, The Who, and many more.
Hundreds more songs are available to download with added purchase.
|Guitar Type||Electric Guitar or Bass||Acoustic-Electric Guitar or Bass||Acoustic Guitar or Bass|
|Requirements||1/4" output jack||1/4" output jack||Acoustic pickup with a 1/4" output jack (not included) or a dedicated USB microphone (not included).|
|How It Works||Plug in your guitar or bass with the included cable||Plug in your guitar or bass with the included cable||Option A: Plug the included cable into your acoustic pickup with a 1/4" output jack (not included). Option B: Plug your dedicated USB microphone into your console or computer and position it near you pointing towards your acoustic instrument.|
|Songs Included on Disc||Over 50||Over 50 (including 30+ acoustic friendly tracks)||Over 50 (including 30+ acoustic friendly tracks)|
|Songs Available for Download with Added Purchase||Over 800||Over 800 (including 500+ acoustic friendly tracks)||Over 800 (including 500+ acoustic friendly tracks)|
“Rocksmith is the most fun and effective way to improve your guitar skills.”
– Jim Rosenberg, President of Epiphone Guitars.
“I wish I had Rocksmith when I was learning guitar.”
– Jerry Cantrell, Lead Guitarist/Vocalist of Alice in Chains
“Rocksmith is one of the best learning software products I’ve ever seen.”
– Chris Swain, Founder of University of Southern California Games Institute.
“It’s smooth, flexible, always encouraging, and makes practicing a pleasure rather than a chore.”
Rocksmith 2014 Edition is the fastest way to learn guitar*. Over 95% of players have improved their skills. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned player, Rocksmith gets you results, fast. Plug in any real guitar or bass and join over 2 million people learning with the award-winning Rocksmith method. *National study by Research Media Group Inc.
Rocksmith 2014 Edition is bigger, better, and faster than ever. Rebuilt from the ground-up, you'll experience vastly improved features, a new look, 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 reacts to the notes you play. Record your jams so you can review them or share them with the world.
Start your journey with Rocksmith 2014 Edition, now available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 system.
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When Rocksmith one came out, I played it and thought it was pretty neat. After a week or so I was done though. I felt like the gap between starting a song and then playing chords or even lead notes(Something I have really never been able to do) was just too large. When RockSmith 2014 came out I had recently been longing to pick up the guitar again, so I bought it. (Fully expecting to be disappointed)
I have been playing nearly every single day since I got it and I often find myself intending to play for a half an hour but getting stuck for hours. I can't accurately list all of the features that have changed since the last iteration, but it sure seems like they put in a great deal of time to ease you along and help you make constant progress. Its easy to jump into a song, it is easy to manually turn up the difficulty or slow down the speed of a riff, and it is dead simple to just riff repeat a portion of the song until you master it.
It is ABSOLUTELY amazing to me how quickly I have come back up to speed on playing, but even more so how I am effortlessly learning concepts I always wanted to master on the guitar (and struggled with for those two years) in DAYS. I have been going back and fourth in my head trying to understand what has changed. Because I have crushed through barriers in playing that I spent months on back in my twenties.
When I sit and try to consider what the magic is I have to acknowledge my own background as part of what have helped me. Playing so much RockBand defnitely helped to prime me for falling notes type gameplay. Knowing the basic power cords, the standard four finger Barre chords and the handful of standard chords has helped me to pick things up as well. That all being said, I have to give even more credit to the absolutely phenomenal job they did on this "game".
As you play a song on RockSmith they give you a small set of the notes to play, do well, and the next time that riff comes around you might get more notes. You will find yourself quickly advancing through a song and then when you are finished, the game will give you three recommendations for the song based on what you are having trouble with or what is coming. As an example, the game might tell you to go look at a chord that is coming in the chord book, or if you are having trouble with a specific concept it might point you to the tutorial. If you are just doing poorly at a riff, it might suggest that you Riff Repeat it. These recommendations come in the form of direct links to the content so you can go do the exercise and then come right back to the song.
Along with all of this RockSmith is constantly giving you little tasks to do. Go try out a phase or wah pedal, go play the session mode with a specific type of band. These tasks will lead to suggestions and will often lead to little video clips where they explain some musical elements as well as the technical ones. These tasks teach you about the game, how to navigate the interface and even better they teach you things about music and the tools that guitarists use. During these educational portions I never feel like they are going on too long and I often get something out of watching them.
Oh yeah did I mention that in addition to showing you fret numbers, they managed to add in fingering notations too. I learned today that the D Chord I learned fifteen years ago can be played in an easier manner with different fretting.
RockSmith has found a way to tap into that guitar hero vibe but at the same time has packed in TONS of games and lessons. All of the little things they have you doing are incrementally helping you to build a bridge to not just knowing how to play a couple songs but REALLY knowing how to play the guitar.
My personal success may have a little to do with having some exposure to the guitar (No lessons or anything formal though) in my earlier years. Whatever portion that is of my success, I can not say enough great things about this game. I firmly believe that it is the best guitar trainer you can POSSIBLY find and in the few short weeks I have had it I am not just parroting portions of songs, I am playing full songs but I'm also making music and improvising over them. This game is fun, informative and awesome on so many levels. If you know someone who wants to play the guitar or used to but wants to get back into it, just go get it for them now.
All of this is due to what I have learned in the last couple weeks. I cannot wait to spent another six months with this thing.
I was amused when I saw the first option on the menu screen was play a song. Yeah right! I was willing to accept that it would be months before I got to that point. I saw an option for Lessons and figured that would be a good place to start. The very first lessons were how to hold a guitar, connect and adjust the strap and how to hold a pick. Once I grasped that concept I was able to progress to actually playing some notes and was amazed at how intuitive and dynamic the game was as I was playing.
I ended up going through about 5 lessons total, just a small portion of the total lessons available. I found myself repeating the practice sessions until I hit full difficulty level and achieved 100%. Even though I was repeating the practice potion over and over it didn't feel repetitive since the notes varied each time. Not only that, but I could feel myself improving. By the end of the lesson I was able to play without looking at my hands. Now I realize there may be some expert players reading this review saying "just wait" but for me to achieve as much as I did in a relatively short time made me feel good.
After a couple hours doing lessons I thought I'd try playing a song. This was really more to see how it would look and not so much to do well. The first thing I noticed on the song selection screen was the massive amount of songs available to choose from. I ended up selecting Paint It Black by the Rolling Stones. I was prepared to see lots of error messages, like in Rock Band, and fail the song after 20 seconds. Once I selected the song it brought me to another screen where it listed challenges but also acknowledged where I was within the lessons. When the song started I found my worries were unfounded as it adjusted the notes to match what I had learned so far. I also got to experience the Rift Repeater option which was very useful although I didn't even come close to utilizing its full potential.
While my gameplay time was short and fairly limited I thought it would be beneficial to share my early experiences with other beginners who doubt the potential of the game. Bottom-line is the game is fun, dynamic and very much worth it if you are interested in learning to play guitar. I can't wait to get home this afternoon and play some more.
A few afterthoughts: A lot of reviewers commented on the potential for audio lag when playing this game on the PS4 or Xbox One. This was a major concern for me because I remember how frustrating this was in Rock Band. Before the game arrived I had already hooked an optical cable from my PS4 directly to my receiver. Even though my HDMI already went from the PS4 to the receiver I had read that the optical cable would be better. I didn't notice any lag whatsoever.
I also wanted to comment on the ridiculous number of songs available for download. Not only does this game come with a large variety of songs but you can greatly increase your song content through the market place. The prices seem reasonable and the selection seems limitless.
Finally, I want to add a special thanks to Amazon. I ordered this game and my guitar on Monday and I received them the next day without doing special delivery. Your service has always been top notch and I just wanted to say thanks.