Conclusion: The only time I didn't enjoy was a bit of the jam-alone and guitarcade games, but with practice, both of these are great tools to improve as a guitarist. This game is a wonderful addition to the genre, both challenging and fun, with an improved setlist from its' predecessor.
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 suggest...
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 so...
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...
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.
Summary: Whether you’re looking to learn guitar, brush up on your existing skills or looking for something to practising your current skills with, Rocksmith 2014 scratches all of the guitar-based itches you could possibly hope for.
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
Summary: To give this review some context: when I started, I had absolutely no guitar-playing experience whatsoever. Which is why I thought I'd be the perfect candidate to test it out. Adding additional perspective is V-Dub, an experienced musician who can play cello, bass and piano.