Summary: The learning curve is a little steep for newbies, but after a little bit of practice it isn't too bad. I love the gratification you get from not only learning to play the guitar but also to complete levels and playing the game. I was amazed at how well the interface cooperated with the guitar. This is so wonderful I wish there was one for the piano/keyboard too.
Summary: I already had previous version w/cable, so this was great. While very helpful with guitar, it certainly is also very helpful for learning Bass, as I am doing that too. I suppose my only complaint is I wish there were more songs in more categories (years) instead of so much modern stuff (included on disc I mean) which I don't particularly care for. Still, it is marketed to youth...
Summary: Love this game. They got rid of everything that made the first game a huge pain to work with, and improved just about everything else. The only issue with this new one is the volume sensitivity. It will occasionally complain about string volume on the high B and E strings. This was particularly problematic on the first time setup, as it wouldn't even let me go into the game.
Summary: I had the original Rocksmith and found it pretty difficult because I'm a new guitarist. Very new. I started because of Guitar Hero and Rock Band, which lead me to this game which I felt would have been the next evolution to the guitar hero saga for me at least. This 2014 version is much better than the original and I enjoy the difficulty progression which is much more reasonable.
Summary: This is a lot of fun, just be aware that a lot of the songs on this version are a little on the obscure side, but this has been a good way to learn some lead guitar phrasing (up until this point I'd largely been a 'campfire' chords player). The lag on the sounds is a bit annoying, but that is mostly because I'm too cheap to buy the device that corrects it. it doesn't effect game play though.