Rocksmith 2014 Review : The ultimate guitar learning package
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The definitive guitar tutorial that teaches wannabe guitarists in a fun and engaging way
- A ton of content to improve every aspect of your guitar playing
- Session Mode offers true innovation. Jamming to a backing group is exhilarating
- Brilliant feedback system that recognises where you're going wrong and seeks to improve in those areas
- Playing guitar is a way of life. Be prepared to invest some serious time in Rocksmith 2014 to get the most out of it
The interface has been refined too and ensures that you don’t need to be able to read sheet music or tablature. Instead you follow patterns and icons as they scroll down before hitting the six strings on the bottom of the screen. Though it can be a little overwhelming when notes are moving so quickly during some of the faster tempo songs, there’s always the option to slow things down to practice. In fact, Rocksmith allows you to customize to your heart’s content which banishes the frustration you can sometimes feel from trying to nail a song in the likes of Guitar Hero.
While the Guitarcade mode offers a more light-hearted guitar experience offering games where you’ll have to shoot the likes of spaceships by hitting certain notes with perfect timing, it’s still all about teaching you technique and honing your skills so you can play the songs and eventually get the most out of the brilliant Session Mode. Here, you can choose up to four instruments to jam along with you, choosing the tempo, scale and tunings of other guitars, drums, or keyboards that will play along with you in synch. While this mode may be appealing to experienced players, even a beginner who can strum a few chords can get a feeling of what it might be like to play in a real band. There’s even the option to play Session mode alongside a friend in multiplayer.
The biggest compliment I can give to Rocksmith 2014 is that I’ve already seen an improvement in my guitar playing. Before I picked up the game, I knew quite a few chords already but my rhythm and technique wasn’t great. Within two days, I can now competently play ‘Don't look back in anger’ by Oasis on its hardest setting, and have very quickly experienced that unique sense of accomplishment that comes frequently when learning the guitar.
I’ve experimented with different amp sounds and pedal effects in the brilliant Tone Designer mode, learned how to properly play Barre chords and bend notes effectively; and there's still a hundred-and-one things that I want to master. Consequently, there’s no doubt that Rocksmith 2014 is going to continue to set me on the path to guitar mastery thanks to its wealth of options, tutorials and songs. This is much more than just a rhythm game: Rocksmith 2014 is a masterfully put together and fun learning package that will change some people’s lives for the better by introducing them to the joys of playing guitar. If you've ever thought about playing the guitar or improving your skills, now is the perfect time.