Rocksmith 2014 |OT| - Everything is improved, except the OT.

Jul 31, 2007
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Hey, this is out now on current generation consoles, PC & MAC in the US. Rest of the world the 24th I guess?

What the fuck is Rocksmith 2014?
Well friend, it's Ubisoft SF's latest iteration of their guitar learning software/game Rocksmith.​

Okay, is this more plastic instrument crap?
Nope. You plug a real guitar or bass into your console or computer with their 1/4" to USB cable.​

Setlist stolen from TheRiffRepeater:

Aerosmith – Walk This Way
Alice Cooper – No More Mr. Nice Guy
Alice in Chains – Stone
Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine?
Avenged Sevenfold – Bat Country
B’z – Ultra Soul
Bob Dylan – Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
Boston – Peace of Mind
Bush – Machinehead
The Dear Hunter – Stuck On a Wire Out On a Fence
Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar on Me (2012)
Deftones – My Own Summer (Shove It)
EarlyRise – Wasteland
Fang Island – Chompers
Foo Fighters – Everlong
Gold Motel – Brand New Kind of Blue
Green Day – X-Kid
Iron Maiden – The Trooper
Jack White – Sixteen Saltines
JAWS – Stay In
Joe Satriani – Satch Boogie
The Kinks – You Really Got Me
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
The Police – Every Breath You Take
Queen – We Are the Champions
R.E.M. – Losing My Religion
Radiohead – Paranoid Android
The Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop
RATT – Round and Round
Red Fang – Wires
Rise Against – Savior
The Rolling Stones – Paint It, Black
Rush – Spirit of Radio
Screaming Females – Rotten Apple
The Shins – For a Fool
Slayer – War Ensemble
The Smashing Pumpkins – The Chimera
Splashh – All I Wanna Do
System of a Down – Hypnotize
Tak Matsumoto – Go Further
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Mary Jane’s Last Dance
Weezer – Say It Ain’t So
White Zombie – Thunder Kiss ’65
The Who – My Generation

Bonus Songs:

Hail The Sun – Eight-Ball, Coroner’s Pocket
Karawan – Desolate Motion (UPlay Exclusive)
More to be announced!

Pre-Order DLC:

The Smashing Pumpkins – Cherub Rock (North America)
Tame Impala – Elephant (Australia/New Zealand)

Improvements from the original Rocksmith:
  1. Loading is gone
  2. Riff Repeater (The ability to slow down a sequence, change difficulty, work on a specific phrase or section of a song) is instantly available with a press of a button
  3. Interface re-haul - Indicators will now appear for which finger you should use for each fret in a chord - Bends and vibrato show exactly how much should be applied -
  4. Menus have been completely streamlined, no more scrolling through endless menus trying to find what you want
  5. Guitarcade more fun and useful
  6. More in-depth lessons and video instruction on vital techniques needed as a guitar player - When you mess up the game won't just tell you you're wrong, it will attempt to fix your technique

New Features:

Session Mode - Jamming with AI musicians that adapt to your playing
Partnership with Orange, Marshall and Eden gear for increased accuracy to their specific tones/product offerings
- "The game features a range of Orange Amps including the Rockerverb, Tiny Terror, AD and OR series amps plus speakers such as the PPC412 and OBC810."

Reviews:
IGN - 9/10
Gaming Trend - 90/100
Worth Playing - 8.8/10
Gamespot - 8/10
gamesradar - 4/5
Game Reactor (Denmark) - 7/10

NOTE - Original game tracklist can be imported to Rocksmith 2014 for $9.99. All your DLC can be imported free of charge.

Used to tablature? - You can flip the board vertically to be more like a tablature layout. (Options -> Play Settings -> Invert Strings)

*Colorblind GAF, you can play too. You have not been forsaken

PC Requirements:
Min:

Processor: 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E4400 or 2.0 GHz AMD Ahtlon 64 X2 3800+
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Graphics: 256MB DirectX9 / GeForce 8600 or Radeon HD 2600 XT
Hard Drive: 12 GB

Recommended:

Processor: 3.1 GHz Intel Core i3-540 or 3.3 GHz Athlon II X3 455
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: 512MB Nvidia GT 240 or 512MB ATI Radeon 5670
Hard Drive: 12 GB
 
Jul 31, 2007
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DLC - Updated as info comes in

Title | Artist | Release Date | Pack

The Sky is Crying | Albert King | 2013-10-22 | Single

25 or 6 to 4 | Chicago | 2013-10-22 | Single

Hate to Say I Told You So | The Hives | 2013-10-22 | Single

Ho Hey | The Lumineers | 2013-10-22 | Single

My God is the Sun | Queens of the Stone Age | 2013-10-22 | Single

Cherub Rock | The Smashing Pumpkins | 2013-10-12 | Single

Elephant | Tame Impala | 2013-10-12 | Single

Mind Eraser, No Chaser | Them Crooked Vultures | 2013-10-22 | Single

Today | The Smashing Pumpkins | 2013-10-29 | Single/Pack

Bullet with Butterfly Wings | The Smashing Pumpkins | 2013-10-29 | Single/Pack

Disarm | The Smashing Pumpkins | 2013-10-29 | Single/Pack

Tonight, Tonight | The Smashing Pumpkins | 2013-10-29 | Single/Pack

Aces High | Iron Maiden | 2013-11-5 | Single/Pack

2 Minutes To Midnight | Iron Maiden | 2013-11-5 | Single/Pack

Fear of the Dark | Iron Maiden | 2013-11-5 | Single/Pack

The Number of the Beast | Iron Maiden | 2013-11-5 | Single/Pack

Run to the Hills | Iron Maiden | 2013-11-5 | Single/Pack
 
Jun 15, 2007
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I GUARANTEE if you buy Rocksmith 1 the menus will piss you off in approximately 5 minutes. So much time wasted navigating shitty slow menus that I could've been using to play the freakin' guitar. Also, so jealous of people already downloading.
 
Dec 5, 2008
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The first was almost unusable because of loading times, endless saving messages and menu transitions. Will probably get this for PC, but I'm a little worried about audio lag because I've never played rhythm games on PC and use audio via HDMI normally.
 
Jun 15, 2007
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They've said it's been improved but we'll have to wait until feedback is available.
From videos I've watched of the 360 version it's absolutely been fixed. I watched a hell of a lot of a 1.5 hour stream of some of the worst guitar playing I've ever heard.

The first was almost unusable because of loading times, endless saving messages and menu transitions. Will probably get this for PC, but I'm a little worried about audio lag because I've never played rhythm games on PC and use audio via HDMI normally.
HDMI is fine for video but you'll probably need to use onboard sound. I was getting a touch too much lag with sound via HDMI. I use a set of headphones while I'm playing so I can ramp the volume late at night.
 
Jul 20, 2009
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Cherub Rock is the pre-order song for Europe too if you want to add that to the OT. It doesn't have a release date on the European store page though and there's no pre-load button:



Says it's releasing in October on the store page so I'm assuming the 24th.
 
Jun 15, 2007
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Is anyone here using this to learn the guitar? From scratch I mean.
I am. Well I used the first one anyway. Started shortly after the PAL release. I'm definitely over the beginner hump and will be starting 2014 in either Intermediate or Advanced depending on how it scales difficulty. Rocksmith motivated me in a way that learning off the internet and attempting to play tabs could never have done. I took the training wheels off quite a while ago (fret numbering stickers on my guitar) and can now zip around the fret board without thinking. Chords are still the bane of my existence, fast chord changing is taking me a long time to get right.
 
May 23, 2013
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I seriously need an ultra low latency TV set. I'm betting they have reduced audio latency too. Currently these games are unplayable on my LG due to the audio latency.

How does Rocksmith tackle the latency? If there's auto calibration and I get my sounds from my own amp, then the latency of the TV will not matter, both video and audio, as both the visuals / audio output of original song and performance evaluation can be adjusted to the latency. If I'm hearing the sound from the TV, I won't be able to play this.
 
Jun 15, 2007
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I seriously need an ultra low latency TV set. I'm betting they have reduced audio latency too. Currently these games are unplayable on my LG due to the audio latency.

How does Rocksmith tackle the latency? If there's auto calibration and I get my sounds from my own amp, then the latency of the TV will not matter, both video and audio, as both the visuals / audio output of original song and performance evaluation can be adjusted to the latency. If I'm hearing the sound from the TV, I won't be able to play this.
You can do the sound through the amp, I used to have my 360 route analog audio to the amp because as you said my LG TV introduced too much audio lag in my setup. HDMI video and analog audio is the preferred setup for all versions of the game as far as I know.
 
May 23, 2013
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You can do the sound through the amp, I used to have my 360 route analog audio to the amp because as you said my LG TV introduced too much audio lag in my setup. HDMI video and analog audio is the preferred setup for all versions of the game as far as I know.
Hmm, so you actually receive the whole output of the console from the amp. Much like what I did to play RockBand, I connected el-cheapo speakers with 0 latency, but it requires me to go behind the TV, connect the necessary cables etc. which acts like a barrier for my play, and the sound was horrible compared to the TV or my Home Theatre. A quality guitar amp would be better but the whole experience would be mono.

Are you talking about a home theatre amp btw? So I'm assuming the game adds the necessary distortion, flange, chorus etc. effects to the vanilla guitar sound?
 
Jun 15, 2007
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Hmm, so you actually receive the whole output of the console from the amp. Much like what I did to play RockBand, I connected el-cheapo speakers with 0 latency, but it requires me to go behind the TV, connect the necessary cables etc. which acts like a barrier for my play, and the sound was horrible compared to the TV or my Home Theatre. A quality guitar amp would be better but the whole experience would be mono.

Are you talking about a home theatre amp btw? So I'm assuming the game adds the necessary distortion, flange, chorus etc. effects to the vanilla guitar sound?
Yeah I'm talking about an AV Receiver. The game is its own effects pedal. You're free to use a guitar amp for the sound too, I used my Yamaha THR-10 on the clean setting, though the Yammy has the advantage of having a stereo sound in port for MP3 players etc.
 
Nov 13, 2009
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Whoah, wasn't expecting an OT for this! After moaning about wanting to learn to play guitar for, oh I don't know, forever, I went and bought a guitar and bought this for PC last week. Unfortunately it doesn't unlock for another a day or two here in Australia, but I'm super excited to jump on in when it does.

Can't wait!
 
Jun 15, 2007
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Whoah, wasn't expecting an OT for this! After moaning about wanting to learn to play guitar for, oh I don't know, forever, I went and bought a guitar and bought this for PC last week. Unfortunately it doesn't unlock for another a day or two here in Australia, but I'm super excited to jump on in when it does.

Can't wait!
It unlocks 3-4 in the morning for us mate, hope you don't have to work tomorrow :p

I do :(
 
Jun 25, 2013
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Question: I have a Zoom G5 Multi-Effects Pedal. Can I use the Guitar->Effects->PC setup or does the game force you to use its own AMP/Effects simulator?
 
Jun 15, 2007
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Question: I have a Zoom G5 Multi-Effects Pedal. Can I use the Guitar->Effects->PC setup or does the game force you to use its own AMP/Effects simulator?
The effects pedal is going to mess up the tone detection I think. If you wanted to go that way you should use a Y splitter and turn the guitar volume down in game. Then you could pipe the pedal to your amp the still have the in game music coming out of your PC.
 
May 23, 2013
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Yeah I'm talking about an AV Receiver. The game is its own effects pedal. You're free to use a guitar amp for the sound too, I used my Yamaha THR-10 on the clean setting, though the Yammy has the advantage of having a stereo sound in port for MP3 players etc.
My AV receiver adds a whopping 110ms, more than my LG. It's a Samsung. People should stay away from such abominations.

I really have no idea how I should buy my next a/v receiver. I wish there was an app of some sort that would allow me to test the latency at the shop.
 
Nov 13, 2009
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It unlocks 3-4 in the morning for us mate, hope you don't have to work tomorrow :p

I do :(
Neat. It'll be the first boxed game for PC I've bought in years - maybe since Morrowind expansions - and only because I need the cable.

Quick question - does the retail box edition have a Steam key? Cos I don't have a disc drive in my PC, so installation will be a problem if I can't just plug a key into Steam and download it!
 
May 22, 2012
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Will retail copies activate on Steam? The Steam copy apparently uses Steam Achievements and Leaderboards so is it both Steamworks and Uplay?
 
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The effects pedal is going to mess up the tone detection I think. If you wanted to go that way you should use a Y splitter and turn the guitar volume down in game. Then you could pipe the pedal to your amp the still have the in game music coming out of your PC.
Oh, thanks a lot. Will get this game once I have the proper resources (Mainly new PC) so I can get back to rock and roll.