The Rocksmith Diaries: Part One

Mark has been spending some quality time with Rocksmith to find out if it's as good for established players as it is for beginners.

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Last year Ubisoft released its rhythm-game-cum-guitar-tutorial Rocksmith. As an avid guitar player of the last 10 years, I was incredibly excited to get my hands on it, particularly as--unlike with Rock Band--I could make use of guitars I already owned. But thanks to some nasty legal issues, the game never made it over to the UK.

Thankfully, those issues appear to have been resolved, and Rocksmith is due for a release in the UK this September. To celebrate the launch, Ubisoft has challenged journalists from across the UK to pick up a guitar and learn some killer riffs from the game. At the end of it all, we'll be putting our new skills to the test in front of a live audience to raise money for charity.

Now, I'll admit I have somewhat of a head start here, so over the next few weeks I'm really going to be putting Rocksmith through its paces to see if it's not only a great tool for beginners, but also a great way for longtime players such as myself to learn a thing or two.

You can check out part one of my Rocksmith video diaries above, and I'll be back again in a few weeks with an update on my progress.

Discussion

18 comments
TERMINATOR-SSD
TERMINATOR-SSD

i need this game, but want it on the PC, have a beast of a sound set up on my PC and maybe, just maybe it wont have the lag :-)

1stormbringer77
1stormbringer77

Sorry,I tried paying those silly games years ago & they never turned me on.I still play my B.C. Rich Warlock/N.J Series Guitar,Fender Precision Bass & my 14 piece Tama w/maple wood shells, a cymbal cage full of Various brands like Paiste,Zildjian,Wuhan & even plywood(if you're a true drummer that knows who used plywood on a certain song,you've probably got every album & seen The Professor more than a dozen times).

IrrationalBeast
IrrationalBeast

lol Mr. Walton just wanted to show off.  Someone forget to tell him that speed doesn't equal soul I was not moved.

Zoldiark
Zoldiark

They could fix the lag problem, its quite annoying.

HapiJoel
HapiJoel

Been looking forward to Rocksmith for ages, already been playing bass for about 8 or 9 years, but never really been any good at guitar (no bassist jokes please...)

 

Hopefully this will be worth a go :)

s_h_a_d_o
s_h_a_d_o

 @markypants 

Couple of questions...

Will you be looking at the PC version? I'd be interested to know if that platform suffers the same lag issues you mention.

At one stage there was talk of supporting bass (through DLC) - has there been any news on that front?

NickyWithATicky
NickyWithATicky

I've been trying to self-teach guitar for over a year but with other things distracting me I've made very little progress. I'm not too bad at it but (having spent most of my life playing the sax) I know it's practice that's the key.  I hope the flashy lights of Rocksmith will help me to keep my concentration and the mini-games should be useful for learning the boring basics.

So keep us updated as this is exactly the kind of article I need.

Defy_The_Fallen
Defy_The_Fallen

I've been playing guitar for 2 years now so this game interested me when I heard about it and I was upset when it wasn't coming to the UK, I'll definitely pick this up! Is it true the hardest difficulty is the actual full song? 

IrrationalBeast
IrrationalBeast

 @HapiJoel How can you play bass for 8-9 years and not be any good at guitar?  how does that work?

Crush_Project
Crush_Project

so you turn to a game thats chief advertisement is a monkey with a guitar in his hands with a caption that says 'now anyone can play the guitar?'  

 

maybe you should be like your bass and be inaudible? (sry couldnt resist)

IrrationalBeast
IrrationalBeast

 @NickyWithATicky the basics are everything and if you think they are boring and can't work with what little you know or practice then you have no passion and are learning for all the wrong reasons, i.e. try and find another way to attract girls' attention.

3Dsoldier
3Dsoldier

Hi awesome news =) where is going to be available at?! I can only find on some sites the pre-order to be released 27 or 28 of September =/

ilikepandas
ilikepandas

 @IrrationalBeast Mein Herr IrrationalBeast is not at all pleased with Nicky's brazen attempt to casually learn guitar on his own. Seig Heil.