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- When we say 'any' guitar we mean any guitar - Rocksmith lets you plug any guitar or bass with a 1/4' output jack into your device.
- Comprehensive bass support - Bass arrangements have been added to all of Rocksmith's tracks.
- Difficulty settings adapt to your ability - With dozens of difficulty levels, you'll automatically progress from single notes to complex chords and techniques without ever getting in over your head.
- Lots of music, Lots of styles - Rocksmith has amassed an amazing library of songs from different music genres.
- PC version users must have one of the following graphic accelerator boards:ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT / 3000 / 4000 / 5000 / 6000 / 7000 seriesNvidia GeForce 8600 GT / 9 / 200 / 400 / 500 / 600 series
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Introducing the next stage in the evolution of the music game. Rocksmith, the first and only game where you can plug into any real guitar. Featuring gameplay that automatically adjusts to your personal ability and innovative game design that makes playing music visually intuitive, Rocksmith will engage experienced musicians as well as those who have never picked up a guitar in their life. You'll unlock mini games to hone specific skills. You'll be able to choose from a large catalog of songs in different styles including: Every copy of Rocksmith will include a revolutionary 1/4 inch USB cable that turns the guitar's signal from analog to digital, allowing it to be played through video game consoles. By plugging into your console, you'll develop real skills and real styles while playing absolutely real music.
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Rocksmith – Learn to play guitar and bass with a video game
Introducing the next stage in the evolution of the music game. Rocksmith, the first and only game where you can plug into any real guitar and bass.
Featuring gameplay that automatically adjusts to your personal ability and innovative game design that makes playing music visually intuitive, Rocksmith will engage experienced musicians as well as those who have never picked up a guitar in their life.
You'll be able to choose from a large catalog of songs in different styles including:
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Single notes: Start simple with one note at a time, or shred like a pro. Whatever your skill-set, Rocksmith will challenge you to play the real lead guitar parts as they were meant to be played: on a real guitar.
Chords: Ready to play some rhythm guitar? Rocksmith has you covered. Choose from an amazing library of tracks that range from simple to complex chord structures, or head over to the interactive chord chart to refine your craft.
Guitarcade: Play a variety of different mini-games designed to hone specific guitar-playing skills such as scales, bends, tremolo, harmonics, and much more!
Every copy of Rocksmith will include a revolutionary 1/4 inch to USB cable that turns the guitar's signal from analog to digital, allowing it to be recognized and played through PCs for the first time. By plugging into your PC, you'll develop real skills and real styles while playing absolutely real music.
And you'll experience it all with an honest-to-goodness guitar. Nothing compares to playing a real guitar. Except playing Rocksmith.
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I have taught myself many things over the decades so I know it takes time and dedication to start out slow and build skill over time. But for whatever reason I find traditional methods (buying a lesson book or DVD) of learning the guitar too boring for me.
With Rocksmith I don't feel that way. The very first song we start with is "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" by The Stones. I was playing with a band from the get go and I feel that's important for me to maintain interest. It started me off with very simple notes too. I haven't noticed any lag or have had any problems so far.
Rocksmith also has drills called Guitarcade that are unlocked by playing the game. The first Guitarcade unlock is Ducks. Shoot ducks by playing notes. It takes something that could be potentially boring (it would be for me, lol) and makes it fun. There is also a section called Techniques. The first suggested technique is called shifting. Teaching the player how to move up and down the neck. Associated Techniques are the techniques used in the song selected. So with this you can practice the techniques specifically for that song.
If you have had lessons in the past and was bored by it or lost interest in it this could be really great for you too.
Update: The Riff Repeater, allows practicing selected sections of the songs. You can choose from three different ways to practice the section. The sections are shown as a graphic at the top of the page plus the audio is played for each section.
10/31/2012: As songs are becoming harder to play I find myself going to the Riff Repeater much more often. The thing is when you practice the song itself it plays from start to finish., no pausing. Sometimes its easy to get lost. I can use the Riff Repeater to practice the section(s) I'm having trouble with. The cool thing about the Riff Repeater is I'm still playing with the band. I also use Guitarcade and Techniques much more now too.
11/12/2012: When I first started playing Ducks, a Guitarcade game, I played the wrong notes a lot of the time. But as time has went on I have noticed Ducks telling me I'm playing the wrong note, when in fact I'm playing the right note. Its always on the twelfth fret or higher and game shows me as playing one fret higher than I actually am. So I checked my intonation with my TU-15 meter and sure enough the guitar was sharp.
One minor criticism is the interface. I don't know if it was designed this way to accommodate consoles or what, but its a little clunky. For instance, from the Main Menu / Songs. Click on the left arrow next to first album and there are three options. Events, Filter, and Sort. Now I don't know if I'd call finding them an Easter Egg but it sure wasn't readily apparent that there was anything to the left, I just happened to click it (I thought it would just wrap around and I'd go to the last song). What else is hidden I haven't found yet?
01/11/2013: I was having problems with a song that has power cords. I wasn't playing them correctly but I wasn't sure what I was doing wrong. When you play something correctly it (the note or chord) lights up on the games fretboard. If you don't play it correctly it doesn't light up. At the end of the song the game recommended I go to Techniques and practice power chords. When practicing a technique it plays through and doesn't allow for pausing, just like when playing a song. So when having a problem trying to figure out whats going on it's easy to get lost. That's when I switch to my trusty Riff Repeater.
To get to the Riff Repeater its, main menu/songs. Select the song that you want to practice. Choose whether it's single note, combo, or chords and then go across to the Riff Repeater. Then choose the section of the song to practice. After that there are three choices: free speed, leveler, or accelerator. Choosing free speed will stop the song when making a mistake. This has been really great for me. It wont move on until I play the note or chord correctly. It would be very nice if in Techniques there was a free speed choice as well.
01/20/2013: A cool feature is you can adjust the Riff Repeater (Click Pause opens the adjustments menu. Click after tuning up). When selecting accelerator, for instance, you can set mastery and set speed. Set Mastery at 100% and you get all the notes, as you slide the scale back notes are removed to make song easier to play. Set Speed, 100% for songs normal speed and that can be reduced all the way down to 25% speed. So you can really customize how you want to practice the riff.
I ordered this, intending to put it on my media center PC connected via HDMI to my living room TV. I had read about some audio latency issues so I connected a subwoofer and speakers to the PC via audio jack to avoid that particular issue. My concern after that was that I am running a sandy bridge core i3, 2120T. Basically a 2.5ghz Sandy with integrated graphics. After reading some of the reviews here I was worried about game performance. I wasn't overly worried because I do have a low profile Geforce 520 I could stick in the machine if the CPU/GPU couldn't handle the game, I just didn't want to do that unless I had to because I want to keep the power consumption, heat, and fan noise to a minimum in my living room pc. The game arrived yesterday and after the lengthy install process, I fired it up, only to find that during the setup, it kept saying the cable was unplugged. I was quite frustrated reading forums and finding that people had been getting bogus cables and had to have new ones sent. I did, however, read on one forum that audio management programs running in the system tray can sometimes interfere. I ended task on my realtek audio manager but this did not resolve the problem. I realized that it might be the audio component of my hauppauge dual tuner, so I disabled that device in device manager. The PC asked for a restart - but I did not restart it - and Rocksmith worked like a champ. After I was done playing I just re-enabled my tuner, and again, declined to restart the PC. A minor annoyance but it definitely is a solid work around and I would encourage others to try this before sending out for a new cable. The next thing that was a pleasant surprise was the graphics, latency, performance, other issues people were talking about - non existent for me. The game plays great. If you can't get it to run on Sandy Bridge or Ivy Bridge integrated graphics, you better take a look at your machine because you have other problems. The machine I run it on has the i3-2120T, 8GB DDR3, Sandy Bridge HD2000 graphics, and a 7200RPM Platter drive on Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit. So mostly I am writing this review to let people know that if they are on the fence about getting this for a machine with lower end graphics, to encourage them to give it a try, and also to let people know that there are work arounds to get the cable to work if you get the dreaded "unplugged" error.
The game itself has been really fun. I have been playing for about 3 years, from books and videos, by myself. I wouldn't consider myself anything more than an amateur hobbyist. I am having fun with the events, and with the technique training. Some of it is frustrating - I would much rather have a tab notation than the current format of "guitar-hero-like" colored notes dropping toward the string. Give me a scrolling TAB option - because that's how I'm used to playing. But then, I have maybe 2 hours total playtime on it so far - I'm sure I'll get used to it over time, and hey - I'm already addicted.
Played at lunchtime today and didn't bother disabling the hauppauge card. It worked without having to use my workaround. Maybe it only needed that done the first time through? Unsure but everything works smoothly now without having to do anything extra. Happy camper!
Also plays perfectly fine on my laptop with i5-3317u, 4gb ram, and intel cpu integrated graphics.
Also should note that I have gone from 15-20 minutes of practice time a day to 1 or 2 hours thanks to Rocksmith. It makes it so much more fun!