Rocksmith review
Bassists and Guitarists Unite at Last!

The good:

Rocksmith comes with over 50+ songs on the disc, as well as new weekly downloadable content; it used to be monthly until January. With artists featuring Eric Clapton. David Bowie, the Pixies, Megadeth, Avenged Sevenfold, Blind Melon, Soundgarden, and many more to come!

Rocksmith had released a patch in November 2012 that allows players to learn bass guitar. What this meant was, all playable tracks, downloadable and on the disc have had a bass implant of sorts; all songs, basically, can be played on bass guitar, featuring new bass tones and techniques, like Slap and Pop. Not only that, but people who don't have bass can still start, because they can play emulated bass with a six-string guitar.

Rocksmith has its own built-in tone customization system, and your television set becomes your own personalized amplifier for both six-string and bass guitar! Use any of the built-in sounds of different cabinets, amps and amp heads, and different effects pedals, all with different customizable options!

Gameplay is what makes the review so great! The gameplay is spectacular; here's how it works. When you plug in your guitar with the Rocksmith Real Tone Cable and into your gaming console or PC, the game recognizes different pitches on your guitar or bass, and tells whether your note is sharp or flat (in musical notation, sharp means your higher than the pitch, and flat means lower than the pitch intended). If you're sharp or flat, a tuner will come along and tell you to tune the keys to the precise tone until it matches, using a needle to tell you where the tone stands. The game also recognizes different chord shapes; using your fingers, you need to match the fingers to the correct frets and strum all of the notes listed. The main things are all the techniques with guitar and bass; there are harmonics, palm mutes, power chords, barre chords, and just chords, the hammer-on and pull-off, and Slap and Pop for bass. All of these techniques combine to make what is Rocksmith today. In the game, your guitar or bass shows up as a virtual fretboard on the game, separated by numbered frets and colored strings (in order; red, yellow, blue, orange, green, purple for guitar, and red, yellow, blue, and orange for bass).

The bad:

What I really wanted to see in the game were online capabilities. This set the game apart from all the rest, as it has you posting scores via computer, instead of via game systems. Taking a look back at Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, I feel as if I'm missing something when it comes to this. Oh well, I still say for the replay value it has, this game takes the cake. Much better than Call of Duty... Another thing I would've liked to see is compatibility for 5-string and 6-string basses, as well as a part of the game where you can take your favorite song, and tab it right in the game.


Rocksmith was released in October of 2011 in North America to the PS3 and Xbox 360, and in October of 2012 for PC. On Metacritic, it got a great 80/100 score, and was praised by many different musicians across the globe. The replay value is like taking Call of Duty and giving it a storyline that is constantly evolving as you play; that is the replay value of Rocksmith. I have nothing else to say, rock on, readers!

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