Are You a True Rocksmith?

In a move that surprised pretty much everyone, Ubisoft announced earlier this week that they will be entering the music game market with a game focusing completely on Guitar.

Now before you roll your eyes and make jokes about PowerGig and Rock Revolution, it seems that this game was already in development under a different name: Guitar Rising.

So let’s look at what we know so far about Rocksmith:

Available for: Xbox360, PS3, PC

Release: Fall 2011

Price: $79.99 (Standalone) Epiphone Les Paul Junior Bundle for $199.99

Use Any Guitar:

With the use of a 1/4 inch -> USB cord Rocksmith promises to work with any Guitar with a pick up. Of course since the game relies on audio this makes us think that unlike Rock Band 3 your guitar will need to be in tune to get the absolute best results (just like real guitar).

They are also apparently offering a Gibson guitar (at a $300 price range) in a bundle for those that don’t own a guitar already.

Known Songs:

Best Coast – “When I’m With You”
Blur – “Song 2”
Cream – “Sunshine Of Your Love”
Dan Auerbach – “I Want Some More”
David Bowie – “Rebel Rebel”
Interpol – “Slow Hands”
Jarvis Cocker – “Angela”
Jenny O -“Well OK Honey”
Lenny Kravitz – “Are You Gonna Go My Way”
Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Sweet Home Alabama”
Nirvana – “Breed”
Nirvana – “In Bloom”
Radiohead – “High And Dry”
Red Fang – “Number Thirteen”
Silversun Pickups – “Panic Switch”
Soundgarden – “Outshined”
Spoon – “Me And The Bean”
Stone Temple Pilots – “Between The Lines”
Stone Temple Pilots – “Vasoline”
Taddy Porter – “Mean B.i.t.c.h”
The Animals – “House of the Rising Sun”
The Black Keys – “I Got Mine”
The Black Keys – “Next Girl”
The Boxer Rebellion – “Step Out Of The Car”
The Cribs – “We Share The Same Skies”
The Cure – “Boys Don’t Cry
The Dead Weather – “I Can’t Hear You”
The Horrors – “Do You Remember”
The Pixies – “Where’s Is My Mind”
Queens of the Stone Age – “Go With The Flow”
Rapscallions – “California Brain”
Red Hot Chili Peppers “Higher Ground”
The Rolling Stones – “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”
The Rolling Stones – “The Spider And the Fly”
Sigur Rós – “Gobbledigook”
The White Stripes – “Icky Thump”
The Yellow Moon Band – “Chimney”
Titus Andronicus – “A More Perfect Union”
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – “Good Enough”
Velvet Revolver – “Slither”
VsThem – “6AM Salvation”
White Denim – “Burnished”
The xx – “Islands”

Confirmed Artists:

The Strokes
Neil Young
Franz Ferdinand
Kings of Leon
Rage Against The Machine

Game Features:

Difficulty settings that adapt to your ability.

You love a challenge, but hate being overwhelmed. With addicting gameplay that adapts to your personal skill level, you will automatically progress from single notes to complex chords without getting in over your head.

Lots of music. Lots of styles.

One of the most satisfying moments for any guitar player is hearing yourself play your favorite song for the first time. Rocksmith has amassed an amazing library of songs from different music genres allowing players to experience that moment first hand.

Play songs instead of just learning them.

You want to play new songs, but you don’t want to labor through tablature or cringe through poorly produced videos. No problem. Rocksmith will not only present you with new songs, but will also challenge you to step away from the notes on screen and play songs by memory.

Can I use my guitar with Rocksmith?

Most likely, the answer is yes. If your guitar has a standard ¼ inch jack for you to plug in a cable, then yes, your guitar will work. If your guitar does not have a jack (for example, many acoustic guitars), you can go down to your local music store and buy a pickup, and your guitar will be ready to plug in and play.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Will I need an amplifier to play the game?

Nope. All you need is a TV, a guitar, and our game. With Rocksmith, your TV or home theatre system becomes your amplifier. You plug your guitar directly into the console, and play. It’s that easy.

Will Rocksmith have rhythm or lead guitar in the gameplay?

Both. You will be able to choose rhythm or lead before you begin playing a song. Basically, whatever guitar parts are featured in the actual recorded song, we will have available for you to play.

Are there effects pedals in the game?

There are loads of effects pedals built into the game, and they are all the real deal. You’ll get to tweak your sounds, and string them together with nearly infinite combinations until you’re satisfied. Whether it’s a crunchy distortion, a vintage tremolo, or a psychedelic reverb, we have the gamut covered to make sure you can achieve the sound you’re looking for.

Will there be multiplayer?

Absolutely. But we can’t reveal everything just yet. More on this to come.

What songs will you have in the game?

The intention of our song list is to capture a wide range of music, while concentrating on fun, guitar centric tracks. We can’t reveal our full song list quite yet, but rest assured that it spans from old to new, classic to contemporary, fast to slow, easy to insanely difficult… you get the point.

Will there be chord charts?

Yes! And they are interactive.

What is this I’m hearing about mini-games?

There will be a wide variety of mini-games that will challenge you to hone in on specific skills. Whether its scales, or finger dexterity you want to improve on, our mini-games will have you covered, and addicted.

  • The game also comes with mini-games aimed at teaching techniques, such as note-bending (where a player plays a note that turns into another note) and sliding (a trick often used by blues musicians to create a wailing sound).
  • Trailers:

    Announcement Trailer

    The Musician

    The Gamer

    The Beginner


    What do you think? Do you think that while Guitar Hero is away Rocksmith can play? Let us know in the comments below!

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    July 28, 2011 1:09 am

    will they be putting any heavy metal songs on this game 🙂

    July 13, 2011 9:53 am

    Whoa! Red Fang! Awesome!

    July 13, 2011 3:33 am

    Looks like a good setlist.

    March 22, 2011 7:27 am

    So Guitar Rising is back huh? This is pretty huge and may actually make me hold off on buying the Squier to see how this is since I already own a guitar.

    March 21, 2011 8:02 am

    I might have to pick this up for my PS3 (is it coming out for PS3?) the guy in the pic is playing on PS3… Becuase this game should work with my Esteban!

    Ed Tanguy EWE
    Ed Tanguy EWE
    March 22, 2011 2:55 am
    Reply to  Tommy

    Should be for Wii :'(

    August 19, 2011 10:29 pm
    Reply to  Ed Tanguy EWE

    no, wii is dead, get over it, its prbably not even powerful enough to run the game, n the xbox will just red ring ur guitar. lol jk fannys, but the side scroll is how it should be(to all u guitarhero fannys whining) its more like tableture then gh's highway(to heaven)[get it lls] but u guys wouldnt know that seeing how u guys never acually play guitar. so just to remind u, this is a guitar playing gam, not a play toy

    Ed Tanguy EWE
    Ed Tanguy EWE
    August 20, 2011 1:24 pm
    Reply to  sosa

    HA! I play Guitar
    and the Wii isn't HUGELY powerful, but a lot of games simply don't push it to it's full potential… it could definitely play a game like this… and i'm hating your spelling >_< it's just making me angry

    March 19, 2011 6:04 am

    Looks like another powergig, more realistic though without the shity characters and no venues, just colorful backgrounds.

    March 18, 2011 5:08 am

    For all the people commenting on the side-scrolling highway, I will note that this is much more like traditional tablature, so transitioning from this to reading tabs online or out of a book may be easier.

    October 27, 2011 11:50 am
    Reply to  ricecake

    agreed. its the proper way to display the content if you actually want to learn.

    Leonardo Storti
    Leonardo Storti
    March 17, 2011 9:37 pm

    This is gonna end up like Power GIG which was, "Power FAIL"

    I don't like the side scrolling though, but looking at it in a positive light, it makes sense to make it that way, the highway is supposed to be the neck of the Guitar and it only makes sense that the higway is sideways since that is how you would actually hold your guitar….however the gameplay mechanichs look almost exactly the same as Power GIG's, it just doesn't work. RB and GH had it right, the highway is perfect and gives you enough time to react…it would have been better if they made the highway almost exactly like GH or the RB highway

    I don't know, I'm seeing Deja Vu all over again, this is just another Power GIG except that it is a side scroller, but then again, this is only one mans oppinion…RB has the floor with the real instruments I'm sorry Guitar Rising, but you will be…"Guitar FALLING or DROPPING."

    March 17, 2011 1:06 pm

    If it had bass guitar this would be an instant buy.

    Lime Blockade
    Lime Blockade
    March 17, 2011 2:06 pm
    Reply to  Bionic92

    I was wondering the same thing too. I'm not much of an electric guitar player, but this concept does look appealing and I hope it supports the bass.

    March 17, 2011 12:00 pm

    I don't know if this can truly contend with Rock Band 3 if it has a side-scrolling note track and only 45 songs on disc. I kind of feel it might fall into the same pit that Power Gig did.

    Ed Tanguy EWE
    Ed Tanguy EWE
    March 17, 2011 11:19 am

    Might just have to leave my Wii behind and get an Xbox!!

    March 17, 2011 11:13 am

    I swear, back in 2007, the Guitar Rising trailer showed the scroll moving left to right, and had Bullet For My Valentine and AFI. I guess a lot of things (like the engine) change in a span of 4 years.

    March 17, 2011 11:16 am
    Reply to  pancho

    Whoops, my bad. It's there on the video.
    Still, I kind of like how it looked back then instead of what it looks now.