Rocksmith Patch: What We Know

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If you check on any kind of discussion board or social media facet pertaining to Rocksmith you’re bound to run into a bunch of complaints. Some are console related, some are interface related, and some of them are made by people that don’t even own the game! It seems though that much of this will soon be over as both @NaoHigo and @CrossieRS (Paul Cross) have confirmed that Rocksmith’s “Title Update 2” has been approved by Microsoft and Sony!

We are speculating that the patch will be released along with next week’s DLC

get hyped!

The patch will be released tomorrow, but even so what is this patch going to do? Well here is what we know so far:

Riff Repeater Fixes:

Five Lives

One of the biggest complaints, to almost ad nauseum, is the the element of gamification within the only way to practice songs in Rocksmith. The 5 Lives has got to go! Combined with the long load time and being kicked out of practice mode if you don’t nail the riff you’ve been trying to level up makes this a “must fix” situation. Some people have claimed they don’t even bother playing the game anymore because of it.

Bends (Speculation)

Pretty self explanatory. Bends seem to not work in Riff Repeater mode. This can be extremely annoying when levelling up a solo and missing on the same bend continuously.

Accelerator (Speculation)

Is it possible to make this thing not suck so much? I don’t know maybe they can just allow us to slow down the whole song to 50% like some other games we’ve played in the past.

Crashes (PS3/XBox)

Big issues with Playstation 3’s crashing, being kicked back to the XMB screen, data being erased, and other annoyances. What we first thought was caused by long setlists/DLC is now being caused by almost everything. Won’t someone think of the Sonys!?

Oh and apparently Xbox360 has it’s fair share of crashes as well, thankfully I haven’t experienced them.

Pack Support (Xbox 360)

For whatever reason Packs weren’t working out on XBox so post-patch hopefully we’ll finally get the option to purchase “The Black Keys Pack” as opposed to buying all three singles.

Dynamic Difficulty Fine Tuning

We aren’t sure exactly how this will be done but apparently they have figured out a way to reward experienced guitarists with the accelerated difficulty scaling while still catering to the beginner. We’re looking forward to how this is implemented short of being able to adjust the difficulty of sections with your directional pad.

“We’re going to make some adjustments for advanced players that allows them to start at much higher levels and level up faster soon.”

“…then in the future we may look at letting you max out songs on demand. Unfortunately that has it’s own tech ramifications (because of the way things are tracked) so need to figure out solutions to that too…”

Rocksmith Developers – IAmA

Better Lag Calibration Tools

Yes, you will still need to (in most cases) avoid using HDMI for your audio source with Rocksmith but for those that are experiencing video lag according to Rocksmith-Matt it looks like there’s a visual representation to calibrate the game within the menu like most plastic instrument games.

“Our next patch will have an improvement to the lag correction screen. Our fix will make it so you can see the effects of your change without leaving the options menu.” – Rocksmith-Matt (Ubisoft Forums)

Master Mode Encores

For those that are good enough to master a few songs you may encounter event setlists giving you encores where it’s just you, your guitar, and the crowd… No note chart! The problem lies with the fact that some songs have multiple arrangements and if you’ve mastered more than one for each song there’s really no way to tell what you are playing! Rocksmith-Matt has confirmed this will be fixed in the patch:

“…we are aware of the master mode issue of not knowing which arrangement to play for an encore, and that will be fixed in the next patch.” – Rocksmith-Matt (Ubisoft Forums)

Matt also explains about a scoring glitch with Double Encores in the same post. Personally I think the score cut-off for achieving “Double Encores” should be reduced so I can unlock more than two bonus songs 🙁

Menu Flow

As mentioned in my review, the menu flow in Rocksmith is awful. Having “Journey/Rocksmith Recommends” as your default screen is just a terrible design decision and makes going into “Songs” over and over again to play anything that deviates from your event an exercise in frustration. WHY WON’T YOU LET ME GO WHERE I WANT ROCKSMITH???

Horray for Consolololol

Precision Tuning

Also pretty self explanatory but we are unsure of the implementation. Will the “before song/game/technique” tuner be replaced with the tuner accessible from the main menu? Guess we’ll find out soon enough

“…We’ve improved the practice modes, added option for precision tuning before songs, etc.” – @NaoHigo Producer of Rocksmith

So there you have it. That’s pretty much everything we know! Did we miss anything? Is there anything you want to be added? (besides Metallica songs)

Let us know!

PS:

SLAPPA DA BASSThey’re working on it 😛