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Rocksmith 2014 Edition – PC/Mac (Cable Included)

Rocksmith 2014 Edition – PC/Mac (Cable Included)

Rocksmith 2014 Edition - PC/Mac (Cable Included)

  • LEARN YOUR FAVORITE SONGS Select from over 50 hit tracks, ranging from alternative rock, to heavy metal, and more. You will learn to play your favorite songs, step-by-step and note-for-note, with tutorials along the way.
  • DESIGNED FOR EASE AND SPEED A new fully-customizable Riff Repeater lets you select your section, difficulty, and speed on-the-fly. Master Mode has been revamped to make learning by memory more approachable.
  • GET PLUGGED IN Rocksmith 2014 Edition is compatible with the original Rocksmith Real Tone Cable that plugs any real guitar** directly into Xbox 360, PS3, PC, or Mac. **Guitar requires standard 1/4″ output jack.
  • A PROVEN METHOD TO LEARN GUITAR FAST National research studies have found that Rocksmith is the fastest way to learn guitar*. Over 95% of players have improved their skills. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned player, Rocksmith gets you results, fast.*National study by Research Media Group Inc.
  • For technical assistance, the company Ubisoft has US phone agents ready to take your call at 1-888-610-2622 from 9 a.m. to midnight Eastern time on weekdays, and from Noon to 9:00 p.m. Eastern time on weekends. You may also submit an online request at http://support.ubi.com to get a subsequent reply by e-mail.

PC System Requirements 
 Supported OS: Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 Processor: 2.66 GHz Intel Core2 Duo E6750 or 2.8 GHz AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ (3.06 GHz Intel Core i3-540 or 3.30 GHz AMD Athlon II X3 455 or better recommended) RAM: 2 GB (4 GB or greater recommended) Video Card: 256 MB DirectX 9.0c-compliant with Shader Model 3.0 or higher (see supported list)* Sound Card: DirectX-compatible Hard Drive Space: 12 GB Peripherals Supported: Keyboard, mouse, microphone, Rocksmith Real Tone Cable (USB 2.0 port required) Internet required for activation Supported Video Cards at Time of Release: AMD Radeon HD 2600 XT / 3000 / 4000 / 5000 / 6000 / 7000 series NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT / 9 / 200 / 400 / 500 / 600 / 700 series Laptop

List Price: $ 79.99

Price: $ 79.99

3 Responses to “Rocksmith 2014 Edition – PC/Mac (Cable Included)”

  1. MarkWPhoto says:
    126 of 132 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Great improvement over the original but…, October 23, 2013
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    MarkWPhoto (Hampton Roads, VA) –

    = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
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    This review is from: Rocksmith 2014 Edition – PC/Mac (Cable Included) (CD-ROM)

    Rocksmith 2014 is a great upgrade to the original Rocksmith. However using the new version has caused me some good, bad and ugly! I purchased the original Rocksmith last November after purchasing a guitar. I played guitar a little bit in my teens and 20′s but now that I’m in my late 30′s I really wanted to learn to play versus just tinkering around. The original Rocksmith got me past the basics very quickly. I only learned and mastered a few songs but my friends and family were amazed and impressed how fast I picked things up. The original Rocksmith was great but the interface and game play was a little clunky and slow.

    Fast forward to the new Rocksmith 2014 and we have a much faster and polished learning system. In 2014 gone is the mode of start at the bottom working to play at top venues and large crowds and scoring points. This reminded me much of a Guitar Hero style of play versus learning. While yes you still learned it seemed focus was more on scoring points then really learning the songs. I guess you could say both went hand in hand but I really want to learn the songs and I don’t really care if a crowd is watching or scoring points so speak. While Rocksmith gave you the world tour gameplay, Rocksmith 2014 feels like the get it right in a studio gameplay.

    Installation

    I’m using the PC version as I did with the previous RS on an Asus i7 laptop with 16GB of Ram. I currently a 1TB hybrid ssd drive and a dedicated video card for graphics with 2GB of ram. As far installing the disks, that went rather smoothly. Steam was already installed however with RS2014 it also installs Uplay. Uplay from Ubisoft is supposed to give you stats on the game as well as leaderboards to see how you rank against other players online. To me this seems like an unnecessary step when it could have been incorporated into Steam! Now not only do I have all these pops from Steam when I open and close Rocksmith, but I also get popups from Uplay. It’s now even more annoying then previously before.

    Opening for the first time

    So I got the RS2014 installed and went into it for the first time only to get an error message “No Audio Output Found.” My built in sound card worked fine everywhere else but not in RS2014. I closed out to troubleshoot. I changed the sound card sample rate in properties, turned exclusive on and off to no avail. I also use 1 of 2 external USB Audio interfaces for pro-audio recording. I plugged that in and it started with no error but the sound was garbled. I went back to the built and card and tried a few more things. Now I did just update to Windows 8.1 so I figured let me try to install an updated driver. Bada bing that worked! Now most of the time I do use 1 of the external audio interfaces because they allow me to have the lowest latency (delay you hear for when you play your sound vs actually hear it). I still couldn’t get past the garbled crackling and popping with the pro interfaces. I did some digging on Ubisoft’s forums and found you can change some settings in the Rocksmith.ini file if you’re having trouble. For me on both my pro interfaces I had to change the latency to 2 and the output buffer size to 1024. That did the trick! Now all of this took about 1 1/2 hours to figure out! I did not experience these hiccups in the original Rocksmith. This was also an annoyance but I’ve been using and troubleshooting PC’s for over 20 years. If there’s a problem with a program I’m going to eventually figure it out. From to point of view of someone who doesn’t have my troubleshooting experience, I can see where this would be quite frustrating! Now I know not everyone has the same hardware configurations so it can make it a lot harder to program and get this stuff right but the install experience should not have been this complicated! I’m going to give that a big needs improvement!

    Learning your first song

    When you first start RS2014 you have to pick your guitar type, left or right handed pick, calibrate and finally tune it. After that you can immediately start playing songs. Just pick one and start learning. Like RS, RS2014 starts you out slow and then gradually gives you more and more notes as you get them right until you’re at 100 percent mastery. What I really like with RS2014 is that if you have trouble with a section you can immediately go into Riff Repeater mode with exiting the song. This will focus on that section and make you play it until you get it right! Practice makes perfect and the more you play the better you will get at it!

    Other notes

    While I haven’t experienced all of what RS2014 has to offer because I’ve only had it for a day, I can say I’m impressed with what I have tried thus far. Now if you own the original Rocksmith one would think you should be able to use those songs in the new version right? Well you can but you have to pay and additional $9.99 to Steam to transfer them to RS2014! What???? I’ve…

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  2. DTtocs says:
    125 of 146 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Not the nicest ride on the lot…, October 27, 2013
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    DTtocs

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    This review is from: Rocksmith 2014 Edition – PC/Mac (Cable Included) (CD-ROM)

    I should begin by pointing out that this review is PC specific; I can’t speak to how well the product performs on gaming consoles. Often times taken for granted, one thing most of us enjoy about front-end, consumer-grade software products (like games and productivity suites) is simplicity. On clients like Steam, for example, you buy the game, click install, let it work itself through download, click play – and off you go on a new adventure. Rarely if at all (unless modding) does the player need to worry about tweaking or changing values. You hit play – and the game plays – simple.

    Not so with Rocksmith 2014. The install was simple enough; just drop in the disc and follow the prompts. Okay, done. During the process, the installer associated the game to my Steam account, and also downloaded UPlay, a required client component. Once the UPlay registration was complete, it was time to plug in the guitar and launch the game. ugghhhh…..

    It crashed on the first attempt. On try number two, it launch and locked, prompting a forced shut down/reboot. On the third try, it made it through launch but with horribly distorted audio and significant lag (it sounded like a 78rpm record playing on a 33rpm turntable). The options menu offered no settings adjustments that addressed the issue. The “troubleshooting” guide was equally uninformative. I then opened the game files and found a pdf document that covered OS audio engine setup and made all the necessary audio playback and recording settings changes. Still no improvement – okay – off to read forums…

    Upon reading various threads, I proceeded to open the games .ini config file in admin edit and changed the win32 latency output to a 0 value. I then launched the game and disassociated exclusivity from the options menu. I then closed the game, and re-launched the associated clients in the order of Steam, then UPlay, then launched the game from UPlay. Only in that order and only after making all of the above mentioned system changes did this “game” launch and play.

    Now that it works, I think it will prove entertaining at least, if not somewhat educational. It really still feels, to me at least, just like rockband but on a real guitar; well suited for the goal of learning covers and probably improving technique. There are some nice features that will surely help beginners; like riff repeater and various technique mini-games. Already a guitarist, the biggest benefit I’ve found so far, now that it works, is exposure to some music I’ve not heard before. And I have to admit that I’m enjoying that aspect and it is motivating me to pick up the guitar more often. Who knows where that opinion will be in six months…

    If not for the technical issues, I’d have a better attitude towards it. I think that whoever coded and engineered this game failed to consider that most garden variety front-end PC users are conditioned to simple tasks like email, surfing the net, watching a YT vid and so on. Most aren’t making a habit of digging around in config files and audio engine advanced settings to get things working – especially a video game…

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  3. Funky Winkerbean says:
    36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Complete with zombie mini game!, October 23, 2013
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    = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Rocksmith 2014 Edition – PC/Mac (Cable Included) (CD-ROM)

    That’s right, a zombie mini game! And it’s really fun rail shooter, you kill zombies by playing the chords above their heads and get boss fights and cutscenes. You’d think a zombie game would be way out of place in a game like this but it works on so many levels. There are a bunch of other mini games as well. Pretty much all of them I’ve tried so far have been awesome.

    On to the game itself! The original Rocksmith knocked my socks off. Playing on a plastic fakey never appealed to me so when the concept of playing with your own guitar was announced I was beside myself, and the game was really good. This edition improves on the formula in every way. The song list is varied and the songs are used to great effect when it comes to using the right tunes to teach the right things. Whoever put together the song list understands teaching obviously, each song is tailor made for the lessons they impart. It feels like they chose substance in the context of a teaching game rather than choosing popular songs to appeal to a wider audience…well done in my opinion considering this is a niche game that is specifically for musicians (from beginners on up) and not for pop tarts. Importing your old Rocksmith tunes to the new game is made easy with an import tool available. This edition speeds up the load times immensely! Super fast. Menus handle better and faster too. One of the greater things I find is that pretty much everything is unlocked and ready to be used right out of the box, something that will appeal to more advanced players who just want to get to the real meat. Riff repeater is vastly improved this time around too, that gets special mention because it’s REALLY good this edition. If you enjoy music games I can think of no better than this. Some say the guitar playing genre is dying but games like this could easily revive it if people give it a try. I can’t see any musician from novice to pro not enjoying themselves and getting a lot out of this game learning-wise. I am completely floored by this one.

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