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By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Not perfect, but a fun music game played with a real guitar.

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age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

Don't underestimate the educational value.

Highly educational ... This is what Rock Band and Guitar Hero should've done from the beginning ... rather than have kids invest in $100 plastic guitars that are only usable while sitting in front of the TV, this turns musical games on their head. It helps you learn to play so that you can break away from the game and noodle away on a real instrument.

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Educational value

Is It Any Good?

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Rocksmith is a good music game, for the most part. The ambitious game is ideal for rock fans who want a taste of playing the real instrument instead of pressing buttons on a fake guitar. By supporting existing guitars (or including one in a bundle), the game offers a bigger value proposition as you can apply what you've learned in the game to the real world and use this interactive entertainment experience to hone your skills. As a game, Rocksmith excels, too, with its impressive library of tracks, dynamic skill adjustment, and enjoyable guitar-based mini-games.

There are a few issues such as some lag -- a timing disparity from when you strum the guitar and when you hear the sound -- that might throw some gamers off, so take heed to the instructions in the box. Plus, visually the game isn't so great and there's no support for other instruments (like drums, bass, vocals, or synthesizer). But for guitar fans with a yen for rock n' roll -- be it beginners, professionals, or somewhere in between -- this music game is a sound investment.

Note: all three versions of the game are the same.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Mac, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: UbiSoft
  • Release date: October 18, 2011
  • Genre: Music & Dance
  • ESRB rating: T for Lyrics, Mild Cartoon Violence
  • Last updated: August 29, 2016

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