Excerpt: Rocksmith 2014 is a music videogame that, rather than being a sequel to the first 2011 / 2012 release of Rocksmith, is considered a remake of the original. Unlike other music and rhythm games which offer plastic controllers, the Rocksmith series accepts almost any electric guitar as the instrument.
Summary: It's a long way to the top if you wanna Rock 'N Roll, but here's a great place to start.
Pros: Will actually teach you guitar in a non-intimidating way; masks the more annoying and repetitive learning tasks behind fun minigames; incredible track list; plenty of variety keeps things fresh; a straight up technical marvel; excellent menu system; the game is great about making learning suggestions and catering to the player's skill level.
Cons: The game is at its best when supplemented with a human teacher; players can't stop the game to ask questions and make minor corrections, an essential part of learning anything; if you don't have external analog speakers, you'll experience noticeable lag; no traditional guitar tablature for the songs.
Excerpt: Ubisoft took a bold risk with the release of Rocksmith in 2011. It was rare for a video game to actually teach players how to play real musical instruments at the time, and no game had ever mastered the idea in execution to become anything more than a flop or at least be viewed as anything more than a simple-minded game. Fast forward a couple of years, and fans can't wait to get their hands on the new release of Rocksmith 2014 Edition .
Conclusion: What makes Rocksmith 2014 such a great companion for any guitarist or bassist is its power to incentivise: it’s capable of sparking new passions or rekindling old ones in players of all skill levels via its successful gamification of common guitar-playing techniques. It’s smooth, flexible, always encouraging, and makes practicing a pleasure rather than a chore.
Conclusion: A fantastic tuition tool that lets you plug a real guitar into your console and learn great songs note-for note. Audio lag on the guitar input spoils a lot of the fun and you'll gets lots of practice tuning up, but otherwise this is a worthwhile package for a budding Hendrix.
Pros: Can actually teach you how to play guitar, Incredible jam mode (if you can put up with the lag), Master mode just lets you play the song and get graded
Cons: Monitor lag forces your playing off the beat, An electric guitar is not the most precise controller for minigames, Masterful runs on licensed tracks can't be shared with the share button
Great performance! — Rocksmith 2014 “Novice” review
7 November 2013
Summary: So here I sit, fingers raw from playing. Rocksmith 2014 has done something I didn’t think was possible after its predecessor failed at the same task – it has made me want to learn the guitar and bass. As I was working on other reviews I was thinking about when I’d be able to get back to practice. Listening to music on my way to work I was running the mental fretboard for the bassline. I love music, but it’s been a long time since I was in love with music.
Pros: I am actually learning to play guitar!, Bass, Rhythm, and Lead are included, Revamped Guitarcade games are fun, Solid soundtrack and Kinect integration, Programmatic and incremental difficulty adjustments
Cons: Techniques are thrown at you before training, Refinement is not included, Kinect doesn’t have ‘page down’ option
You can always get better — Rocksmith 2014 “Experienced” review
13 October 2013
Summary: Not just for newbies, Rocksmith 2014 presents enough diverse play styles that guitar players of nearly all skill levels will find something to learn. Playing along to the licensed songs brought back the days of jamming to my favorite albums — I’d forgotten how much fun that could be. It’s also the first time in a long time that I had the feeling of reaching a challenge that seemed insurmountable at first, only to conquer it and move on to the next.
Pros: Makes even experienced guitar players better, Many songs to choose from in varying styles, Riff Repeater is the secret weapon
Cons: Sometimes has trouble detecting strums, Volume inconsistencies between modes, Some stability issues
Excerpt: Viime vuonna markkinoille saapui jälleen uusi kitarapeli konsoleille sekä pc:lle. Tällä kertaa ei kuitenkaan ollut kyse muovikitaran kanssa heilumisesta, vaan lähestymistapa perustui paljon vakavammalle ja aidolle kitaran soittamisen opettelulle. Nyt julkaistu Rocksmith 2014 Edition on päivitetty versio aikaisemmasta.
Pros: + Erittäin käytännöllinen työkalu aloittavalle kuin kehittyneemmällekin kitaristille, + Pelaamista ei tarvitse enää välttämättä aloittaa helpoimmasta tasosta, + Hinta-laatusuhde on kohdillaan siitäkin huolimatta, että kitara on pakollinen lisä.
Cons: - Värien lisäksi kielet olisi voinut ilmoittaa niiden omalla kirjaintunnuksella