Rocksmith 2014

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Rocksmith 2014
Rocksmith 2014 cover.jpg
Developer(s)Ubisoft San Francisco
Publisher(s)Ubisoft
Director(s)Paul Cross
Producer(s)Nao Higo
EngineGamebryo[1]
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows
OS X
PlayStation 3
PlayStation 4
Xbox 360
Xbox One
ReleaseMicrosoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • NA: October 22, 2013
  • AU: October 24, 2013
  • EU: October 25, 2013
  • IND: October 25, 2013[2]
PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • NA: November 4, 2014
  • EU: November 7, 2014[3]
Genre(s)Music video game
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Rocksmith 2014 is a music video game produced by Ubisoft. It is a followup to the 2011 game Rocksmith, but has been described as a replacement to the original game rather than a sequel. Like its predecessor, the games main feature is that it allows players to plug in virtually any electric guitar or bass guitar and play along via the use of a USB adapter - removing the need for any proprietary controller like other music games such as Guitar Hero. The game comes with 66 songs on disk, with thousands more available to download in paid DLC packs. It was announced at Ubisoft's 2013 E3 presentation and was released for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC/Mac in October 2013. The game was remastered a year later with additional content for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in November 2014.

The game was released to generally positive reviews from critics who praised the games improvements over its predecessor. The game continued to receive new DLC song packs weekly until March 2020.

Gameplay[edit]

Rocksmith 2014 recommends the use of the "Hercules" adapter, a USB cable that connects to the standard 14 in (6.35 mm) output jack of most electric and bass guitars. Other guitars, such as acoustic guitars, may require additional hardware, such as a pickup.[4]

Rocksmith 2014 offers three different development paths for lead, rhythm, and bass guitar respectively. It now includes the ability to set song difficulty, rather than having to play the song starting at the lowest difficulty, as in Rocksmith.[5] The game includes a Session Mode, which enables players to perform in jam sessions with the in-game musicians. Other new modes include an enhanced Master Mode to help with memory-playing and new Guitarcade minigames.[6] New missions have been added as a way to challenge and direct players towards areas they need to improve upon.[5]

Rocksmith 2014 is intended to be more of a teaching tool than the original game, featuring more than 85 lessons covering bends, accents, slides, and more. A new finger positioning tool has also been added.[5] Rocksmith 2014 also features a mode for colorblind players.[7]

Development[edit]

On why the publisher chose the name Rocksmith 2014 as opposed to Rocksmith 2, senior vice president of sales and marketing Tony Key explained it was to encourage those who had not played the first game yet to buy and play the second one, without needing to invest in a previous installment of the franchise. He compared it to foreign language learning courses: "This is not the second step in guitar playing. Some people might interpret it that way. If you see Spanish 1 and then Spanish 2, you think that you need to learn Spanish 1 first." He described Rocksmith 2014 as a "replacement" for the original game rather than a sequel, and argued that its new songs, modes and improvements justified the purchase for people who had already bought the original Rocksmith.[8]

Rocksmith 2014 Edition — Remastered[edit]

On 26 August 2016, Ubisoft announced Rocksmith 2014 Edition — Remastered, an updated version of the game to be released on 4 October 2016. The new version includes "a customizable learning curve, expanded practice tools, stat tracking, improved menus and more". The Remastered version is a free update to existing versions of the game, but was also released at retail for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One with six additional songs. These six bonus songs have been released as DLC for all other users.[9]

On 13 December 2016, Ubisoft released an additional patch for Rocksmith 2014 Edition — Remastered, which added two new capabilities that removed the requirement for the Real-Tone Cable.[10] The first capability added to the software was Microphone Mode, which allowed players to use USB microphones and input devices that could simulate microphones for both players of acoustic guitars, and electric guitar players using non-Real-Tone cables. While this mode allows for note detection with the software, it disables the Rocksmith 2014's Authentic Tone capabilities, and players are limited to the "clean" guitar sound captured by the software. The second capability added to the software allows players to play along with the note tracks without note detection enabled.

In April 2020, it was announced that Rocksmith 2014 would receive no further DLC after the Opeth song pack, as focus was shifting to a new project.[11]

Track list[edit]

The game initially contains 66 playable tracks with over a thousand more available as DLC.[12][13] "Cherub Rock" by the Smashing Pumpkins was a free DLC giveaway with pre-orders of the game. Rocksmith 2014 is capable of importing most songs from the original Rocksmith, with a few exceptions due to licensing issues.[5]

Song Artist(s) Release year Lead Tuning
"Self-Destruct" (Unlockable Song) Aching Head 2013 E Standard
"No More Mr. Nice Guy" Alice Cooper 1973 E standard: A447
"Stone" Alice in Chains 2013 Eb drop Db
"R U Mine?" Arctic Monkeys 2012 E standard
"Bat Country" Avenged Sevenfold 2005 Drop D
"Ultra Soul" B'z 2001 E standard: A444
"Snarling of Beasts" (Unlockable Song) Bedowyn 2013 D standard
"Knockin' on Heaven's Door" Bob Dylan 1973 E standard
"Peace of Mind" Boston 1977 E standard
"Machinehead" Bush 1994 E standard: A447
"Don't Stop" (Unlockable Song) Crimson 2011 E standard
"Stuck on a Wire Out on a Fence (Orange)" The Dear Hunter 2011 E standard
"Pour Some Sugar on Me" Def Leppard 1987 E standard
"My Own Summer (Shove It)" Deftones 1997 Eb drop Db
"Sea to Swallow" (Unlockable Song) Disonaur 2013 E standard
"Wasteland" EarlyRise 2011 Drop D
"Chompers" Fang Island 2012 Drop D
"Everlong" Foo Fighters 1997 Drop D
"Brand New Kind of Blue" Gold Motel 2012 E standard
"X-Kid" Green Day 2013 E standard
"Eight-Ball, Coroner's Pocket" (Unlockable Song) Hail the Sun 2013 E standard
"The Trooper" Iron Maiden 1983 E standard
"Sixteen Saltines" Jack White 2012 E standard
"Stay In" JAWS 2012 E standard
"Satch Boogie" Joe Satriani 1987 E standard
"Desolate Motion" (Unlockable Song) Karawan NA E standard
"You Really Got Me" The Kinks 1964 E standard: A461
"Rock and Roll All Nite" Kiss 1975 Eb standard
"Love That's Gone" La Sera 2012 E standard
"Black Magic" Magic Wands 2012 E standard
"Blood and Thunder" Mastodon 2004 D standard
"On Top of the World" (Unlockable Song) Matt Montgomery, Brian McCune, Brendan West 2013 E standard
"Cold Company" Minus the Bear 2012 E standard
"Sweet Mountain River" Monster Truck 2013 D standard
"Knights of Cydonia" Muse 2006 E standard
"Heart-Shaped Box" Nirvana 1993 Eb drop Db
"Don't Look Back in Anger" Oasis 1996 E standard: A451
"Cemetery Gates" Pantera 1990 E standard: A434
"Now" Paramore 2013 Drop D
"Sore Tummy" PAWS 2012 E standard
"Self Trap" (Unlockable Song) Playground Kings 2007 E standard
"Every Breath You Take" The Police 1983 E standard
"We Are the Champions" Queen 1977 E standard
"Losing My Religion" R.E.M. 1991 E standard
"Paranoid Android" Radiohead 1997 E standard
"Blitzkrieg Bop" Ramones 1976 E standard
"Round and Round" Ratt 1984 Eb standard
"Wires" Red Fang 2011 Drop D
"Savior" Rise Against 2009 Eb standard
"Paint It Black" The Rolling Stones 1966 E standard
"The Spirit of Radio" Rush 1980 E standard
"Monochromic (Unlockable Song)" Sabaka 2013 Drop D
"Rotten Apple" Screaming Females 2012 E standard
"For a Fool" The Shins 2012 E standard
"War Ensemble" Slayer 1990 Eb standard
"The Chimera" The Smashing Pumpkins 2012 Drop D
"All I Wanna Do" Splashh 2013 E standard
"Hypnotize" System of a Down 2005 Eb drop Db
"Go Further" Tak Matsumoto 1999 E standard
"Mary Jane's Last Dance" Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 1993 E standard
"Rocksmith 2012 Theme" (Unlockable Song) Ubisoft 2012 E standard
"Impossible Dreams" (Unlockable Song) Versus Them 2012 E standard
"Say It Ain't So" Weezer 1994 E standard
"Thunder Kiss '65" White Zombie 1992 E standard
"My Generation" The Who 1965 E standard

Downloadable content[edit]

All Rocksmith DLC songs are forward-compatible with Rocksmith 2014, but DLC songs released on or after 22 October 2013 are compatible only with Rocksmith 2014 and will not play on the original version of Rocksmith.[14] As of 3 January 2017, there are 835 songs and 209 song packs available to download from the Rocksmith store.[15] Ubisoft San Francisco announced in April 2020 that they would be stopping development of further DLC for Rocksmith 2014 as they transitioned to a new project, after delivering 383 weeks of DLC content.[16]

In addition to the DLC for Rocksmith 2014, owners of the original Rocksmith are able to purchase a Disc Import Tool that will import 52 of the 57 songs available on the original Rocksmith.[17] The tracks that do not carry over are:

Artist(s) Song Year
Chris Lee Boss 2011
Cream Sunshine of Your Love 1967
Eric Clapton Run Back to Your Side 2010
Seth Chapla Jules 2011
Seth Chapla The Star Spangled Banner 2011

Reception[edit]

Rocksmith 2014 was released in the US on October 22, 2013 to mostly positive reviews. Aggregating review website Metacritic rated the PC version 89/100,[18] the PlayStation 3 version 86/100,[19] and the Xbox 360 version 87/100.[20]

Lee Cooper of Hardcore Gamer praised the game and its general improvement over 2011's Rocksmith, saying, "Every facet of gameplay has been given a nice thick coat of improvement in Rocksmith 2014, issues that the original title was known for have either been removed entirely, or overhauled beyond recognition."[23]

References[edit]

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