Rocksmith 2014 Review: First Impressions

Rocksmith 2014 Review: First Impressions

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Following on from the unboxing of the Rocksmith 2014 Guitar Package (including black Epiphone Les Paul Junior guitar), James walks you through his first impressions and starting the game for the first time.

In this video we see ideal setups to avoid audio lag, connecting your guitar to your PS3 (or Xbox 360 or PC) via the Real Tone cable, starting/configuring the game and tuning your guitar, plus a first go at ‘R U Mine’ by Arctic Monkeys and initial conclusions before we get the Rocksmith 60 Day Challenge underway!

– James (a total novice!) will take the Rocksmith 2014 ’60 Day Challenge’ and see how Ubisoft’s claims that you will learn guitar in just 60 days stands up!

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Rocksmith 2014 is a music video game produced by Ubisoft. It is a replacement to the 2011 rhythm video game Rocksmith rather than a sequel. The game’s main focus is the feature that allows players to plug in virtually any electric guitar or bass and play. It was announced at Ubisoft’s 2013 E3 presentation.

Rocksmith 2014 requires the use of the “Hercules” adapter (Real Tone Cable), a USB cable that connects to the standard 1⁄4 in (6.35 mm) output jack of most electric guitars and basses. Other guitars, such as acoustic guitars, may require additional hardware, such as a pickup.

Rocksmith 2014 offers three different development paths for lead and rhythm guitar as well as bass. It now includes the ability to set song difficulty, rather than having to play the song starting at the lowest difficulty, as in Rocksmith.

The game has a Session Mode, which enables players to perform in jam sessions with the in-game musicians. Other new modes include an enhanced Master Mode to help with memory-playing and new Guitarcade minigames. New missions have been added as a way to challenge and direct players towards areas they need improvements.

Rocksmith 2014 is intended to be more of a teaching tool than the original game, featuring more than 85 lessons covering bends, accents, slides, and more. A new finger positioning tool has also been added.

The disc includes over 50 songs new to Rocksmith, including some of the biggest hits yet from alternative, metal, and classic rock – such as:

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 – ultra soul
Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar On Me (2012)
Deftones – My Own Summer (Shove It)
Iron Maiden – The Trooper
EarlyRise – Wasteland
Fang Island – Chompers
Foo Fighters – Everlong
Gold Motel – Brand New Kind Of Blue
Green Day – X-Kid
Jack White – Sixteen Saltines
JAWS – Stay In
Joe Satriani – Satch Boogie
Kiss – Rock And Roll All Nite
La Sera – Love That’s Gone
Magic Wands – Black Magic
Mastodon – Blood and Thunder
Minus The Bear – Cold Company
Monster Truck – Sweet Mountain River
Muse – Knights Of Cydonia
Nirvana – Heart Shaped Box
Oasis – Don’t Look Back In Anger
Pantera – Cemetery Gates
Paramore – Now
PAWS – Sore Tummy
Queen – We Are The Champions
Radiohead – Paranoid Android
Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop
Ratt – Round And Round
Red Fang – Wires
R.E.M. – Losing My Religion
Rise Against – Savior
Rush – The Spirit Of Radio
Screaming Females – Rotten Apple
Slayer – War Ensemble
Splashh – All I Wanna Do
System Of A Down – Hypnotize
Tak Matsumoto – Go Further
The Dear Hunter – Stuck On A Wire Out On A Fence
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 And The Heartbreakers – Mary Jane’s Last Dance
Weezer – Say It Ain’t So
White Zombie – Thunder Kiss ’65

Rocksmith 2014 Review: First Impressions

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19 ANSWERS

  1. Found a used guitar, practice amp, the game for Xbox 360 w/ cables for $150 def getting this for my brother and nephew!!! I've been playing guitar for over 10 years but I feel this will be a great way for them to learn since they like playing video games. I think it'll be a fun way for them to get into a real instrument playing a video game hehe

  2. The dots on top of the neck are indicating odd fret numbers (3, 5, 7, 9, etc) Except for the one with double-dots, it's for fret 12. :)

  3. Will this work with a Fender Mini Strat Squier? My son is just starting Guitar lessons & I haven't bought the guitar yet I heard this is a good game for some practice.

  4. I wish it wasn't so hard to set it up to your tv. I'm thinking of just watching rocksmith song videos on YouTube and learning the songs that way.

  5. You got a black epiphone Les Paul Junior? I got Ripped Off. I bought a store demo model and they gave me a Gibson Black Guitar called an "SG", made in Tenneesee. I ALWAYS get Screwed, ….!!! Great Video. RH DSD

  6. there should be more games like this. and i would be happy to contribute to development of stuff like this

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