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- 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.
- 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.
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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 - Playstation 3 (Cable Included)
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Rocksmith 2014 Edition
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.
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
*Research Strategy Group Inc. – March 2013 – US nationwide in-home placement study
**Guitar requires standard 1/4" output jack.
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.
Top Customer Reviews
However, once the honeymoon period wore off with the first game, I started to notice a few things I wish would change. First, as anyone who has played the first game knows - the loading times were abhorrent. Awful. Bordering on abuse. The menu system left basically...everything to be desired. You could unlock guitarcade games, but I certainly had no idea how (I had to go online to figure out how to unlock all of them.) I couldn't figure out a way to practice a part of a song that I couldn't quite get. It was an awesome program, but it was a chore to use. I'd often look at my guitar and PS3 and think to myself: "Man, I want to play guitar, but I don't want to have to wait for everything to load."
I loved the concept and MOST of the execution of the first game, but never found myself really wanting to play it. I loved that it existed...but didn't love IT.
Rocksmith 2014 has addressed pretty much all those problems. In a word (or two), it is exponentially better. The little bit of latency I could never quite get rid of from the first, gone. It's just gone. The sound comes instantly through my speakers (HDMI to tv, Audio through component to my ancient receiver.) The menus are vastly improved. There isn't a career mode anymore (I'm not sure whether I like that or not.) Instead, the game guides you to different places it thinks will help you improve, and rewards you when you complete them. This allows you to unlock things like skins for amps or different fretboard options (which is actually really cool) So it feels less like a...game. But it feels much more rewarding.
The lessons are so awesome. I'm terrible at guitar, but I decided I would try one of the hardest lessons on there (double finger tapping) and I actually did fairly well on the first part of the lesson. Then shifting while doing it came, and I could only look at the screen and dream that some day I will be good enough to do that. The lessons are clearly laid out, and there is a real sense of progression both watching and completing them. These are worth the price of admission alone, in my opinion.
I imported all my Rocksmith 1 songs (which didn't even require me to put my RS1 disc in, it was just a download.) This cost me 10 dollars on PSN, and was something like a 250 Mb install. While I understand people will be upset for having to pay 10 dollars for something they already bought, I feel fine with it. A lot of work went into making the songs tighter and more feature filled, along with licensing them all over again. 10 dollars for something around 50 songs is a bargain, whether you've already played them or not.
Another very cool thing is there aren't just two tunings in this. In the original, there was E standard and Drop D. In here there are far more. I didn't count, but there are a lot of tunings the game will recognize. There is actually a lot more I want to cover in this review, like session mode (it really does make you feel like a rock star.) Chord charts, the guitarcade games in more detail, the awesome amount of little details (like when making a custom tone, the knobs and dials on the virtual pedals actually move when you're tuning them around! Love it)
Other reviewers are going to go into more depth than I can. More experienced players will be able to weigh in on different aspects I haven't even touched. However, I think the most important thing to take away is while I'm writing this review, I'm really, really wanting to get back to playing the game. The original was a 4/5 stars to me. Flawed, but really cool. This game trumps the originals in every way, and after only a few hours of playing it, I couldn't imagine going back.
If you're on the fence, buy it.
If you want to have an interactive and fun way to learn guitar, buy it.
If you're lazy and have always wanted to learn guitar, buy it
If you have played guitar for ten years but want to learn another style, buy it.
If you don't have hands, don't buy it. This game isn't for you.
If the software is used as a teaching aid, you will achieve results. I think anyone can become an adequate, respectable guitarist by using this software as a teaching aid. If you treat it as just another form of video game, probably not so much. As with most things in life, the results you'll get will be proportionate to the amount of effort you put in.
If you do your due diligence by practising consistently, you'll find that you make rapid progress. Rocksmith recommends practising an hour a day minimum which I think is necessary if you want to achieve any kind of sustained, steady progress. I try to get in a minimum of one hour a day but shoot for practising 2-4 hours a day. I figure if you averaged it all out, I'm logging about 2 hours of practice a day. My longest single session has run to about 8 hours at a single sitting. I will add that I'm a disabled Vet who doesn't work so I have as much time to devote to learning as I care to spend.
The bottom line is give this thing a shot. At the cost of personal lessons, the investment in the software is negligible. One hour of private lessons will most likely cost more than the cost if this training aid. So it's a cheap investment towards learning the guitar.
Just remember, most anybody can pick up a guitar and get the basics down quickly and can learn a few riffs or simple songs quite easily. But it takes time and hard work to be a good, versatile guitarist. Whichever you want to be is up to you.
One thing yo note, I'm assuming that If I was a bit more familiar with playing guitar, I do strongly believe that this game would definitely take me a great stride further without the use of a real instructor.