Slash Should Be Worried: Unleash Your Inner Rock Star in Rocksmith 2014

Rocksmith 2014 is packed with game modes to help you become the ultimate guitar hero.

If you’re a rock star or have dreams of becoming one, Rocksmith 2014 may be just what you need. According to an article over at IGN, Ubisoft’s follow-up to the original Rocksmith is going to be packed full of features to help you become the leading shredder you’ve always dreamed of being.

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Rocksmith is not simply a Guitar Hero clone. It is so much more, in that it actually teaches you how to play a real guitar and bass. If you have the means to obtain your own instrument and the required USB stereo plug (if you already have the cable from last year’s version, you’re all set), Ubisoft claims Rocksmith is the fastest way to learn how to play.

The game includes various ways to play, from a plethora of educational training sessions, to simply jumping in and playing songs of your choosing, the Guitarcade, which adds a mini-game style of play, and a jam session that adds backing instruments to help you create killer licks of your own.

The original Rocksmith game was set to increase the difficulty as you got better, which was great for beginners. It started you off playing just a few of the notes along the way, adding in more and more each time you played. But this left experienced players out in the cold, as there was no way for them to start in a moderate or advanced kind of mode. In Rocksmith 2014, Ubisoft has added a difficulty selector, which should improve the experience for those already adept at handling their axe.

A music game, no matter how good it may be at teaching you to play, will only ever be as good as its song lineup, and Rocksmith has tried to appeal to a wide audience. In addition to the songs listed below (which contains rock and metal tracks considered both classic and new), owners of the original Rocksmith will have all of their previous DLC purchases carried over. IGN said Ubisoft plans to announce 20 more tracks that will be available on-disk at launch, and downloadable tracks will also be available periodically.

Rocksmith comes out this October on PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

  • Aerosmith – Walk This Way
  • Alice in Chains – Stone
  • Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine?
  • Avenged Sevenfold – Bat Country
  • B’z – Ultra Soul
  • Bob Dylan – Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
  • Early Rise – Wasteland
  • Iron Maiden – The Trooper
  • Jack White – Sixteen Saltines
  • Kiss – Rock And Roll All Nite
  • La Sera – Love That’s Gone
  • Mastodon – Blood and Thunder
  • Oasis – Don’t Look Back In Anger
  • Pantera – Cemetery Gates
  • Paramore – Now
  • R.E.M. – Losing My Religion
  • Radiohead – Paranoid Android
  • Red Fang – Wires
  • Rise Against – Savior
  • Screaming Females – Rotten Apple
  • Slayer – War Ensemble
  • Splashh – All I Wanna Do
  • The Kinks – You Really Got Me
  • The Rolling Stones – Paint It, Black
  • The Shins – For A Fool
  • The Smashing Pumpkins – Cherub Rock (pre-order bonus)
  • The Smashing Pumpkins – The Chimera
  • The Who – My Generation
  • Weezer – Say It Ain’t So
  • White Zombie – Thunder Kiss ‘65

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