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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Way to Learn Bass, 22 Nov. 2013
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Rocksmith 2014 Edition - Includes Real Tone Cable (PC DVD) (Video Game)
I was surprised to see so many negative reviews here - for me, Rocksmith 2014 has been nothing short of excellent. And a hoot to boot.

Having enjoyed Guitar Hero back in the day, I bought the original Rocksmith and thought it was a fun game. However, Rocksmith 2014 is a completely different experience.

It's not just a game and can really teach you to play guitar - or bass.

Before this, I've been learning with Guitar Pro tab. I find Rocksmith 2014 more intuitive. I especially like the ability to slow/repeat a section of the song (riff repeater), which was the feature I missed most in the original Rocksmith.

What's neat about RS2014 is there is so much going on to hold your interest. If you're finding a particular section hard, once you're tired of practising you can always have a break and try one of the lessons. The lessons cover everything from holding the guitar to advanced technique. Each one is broken down into easy sections and you're shown a clear video of an experienced player which you then copy. If you find a section hard, it picks up on this and adapts the example to give you an easier version the first few times you take that lesson. I feel it's really helped my technique.

You can also play one of the mini arcade games - to help you to learn fretting, or slides, say. Or you can just have a random jam up and down a scale in "Session mode".

In short, it's a brilliant teacher. I bought it originally on the Xbox, and then liked it so much I bought it again on Steam to use on a Macbook Air (my kids tend to hog the Xbox). No problems at all for me with the Steam version - despite all the negative reviews. I have a pretty hefty network connection, so maybe that helps. It does seem to thrash the Mac CPU quite a bit - the fans go all the time, but I have no problems with the Steam or Uplay servers.

The multiplayer has potential too. My little girl is learning lead guitar, and we've had a couple of shots playing together on the Xbox together, her lead with me on bass, which is really neat.

I've bought several of the extra songs and really enjoyed learning simpler versions of songs I'd never be able to tackle any other way. For example, I still have no hope of playing the full score of "Jessica" by the Allman Brothers (aka "Top Gear" theme) but I can just about take on the "Medium" version of the song. That already sounds pretty passable. It's fun and gets me that bit closer to learning the piece in full.

I've been using Rocksmith 2014 for about 2 weeks now, and can really see an improvement in my playing.

Mores the point, I'm loving it.
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