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Rocksmith DLC
Reviewed by
Edwin Millheim
on
Rocksmith DLC 360 Review. For more on Rocksmith and for the bare bones beginner suggestions on Rocksmith see our other article “Rocksmith for the beginner.” In it we talk more about choice of guitars, and a few hints and tips on playing.
Rating:
4.75

Gameplay 9.0
Graphics 10
Sound 10
Value 9.5
Distributor: Ubisoft
Review Date:
September 2012
Reviewer:
Edwin Millheim

9.5


Rocksmith DLC

So ok, we said we would do it and here it is. Rocksmith has never been one of those games/teaching tools for casual gamers.  As noted in our earlier reviews the player is the primary ingredient here. The player has to be willing to invest the time in the game.  Just like learning anything, if you do not put the time in, you just will not get the full benefits of what the title has to offer. Here we have a roundup of the DLC songs available to date.

If the gamer is an ingredient and the game is the next part of the ingredient, then game Downloadable content is part of the catalyst that keeps the interest in this chemical equation that is interest in the brain of the consumer to keep going with the game.

It’s no secret on what my thoughts are about the DLC thus far for Rocksmith. For the most part they have introduced some great stuff. The songs offered up as additional content have been diverse and surprisingly fun to play. Not everyone is going to like the choices of course and the Rocksmith boards are full of Band suggestions. Let’s face it, the lines between the music world and gaming world will never be the same again. IF Ubisoft continues to provide the well thought out support they have provided for the game thus far. Our hopes are that they open it up just a tad more with some focus.

It would be great to see song packs with more focus from time to time with 5 or 6 songs from a band. Some of my favorites due to guitar and Bass lines have been no secret and there are so many out there.

The releases for the Game have been great and with the recent release of the Bass support (See our review in the Xbox 360 section also) it feels like a complete endeavor now. Guitar and Bass Rocksmith.

The DLC content has been diverse to say the very least.  Content so far is across styles from funky Wah Wah guitars to the driving beats and thoughtful power guitar builds that are part of a musician’s arsenal.

With the game able to utilize things like note bends, sliding notes, palm mutes sustains, and hammer ons and offs the song lists got really interesting. As did some of the other offerings like The Heavy Metal Gear Pack and the Metal Tone Customization Pack, these two packs add more to Amp mode. This gives the already powerful mode even more effects and tones. This turns the game console into an effective musical effects chain. Stringing together in game cabinets, amps, and effects pedals to get those tones we love so much in different songs or customize your own. This is very cool.

As for the songs thus far as of September 6th 2012, there are a plenty of songs and the choices have been scatter shot when it comes to theme packs such as rock, soul, etc. The queen song pack seems to have had the most meat with a tasty five songs rather than the common three songs in other band theme packs.  It may be a matter of licensing at this point, but that’s just an unconfirmed thought. What comes our way has been easiest to license?

So far the DLC has been solid. Choices are a bit scattered as we said. They can be purchased as single songs or as part of their package.  Any songs that are part of a package are listed.

"Free Bird"

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Rock Hits 1

"Bodysnatchers"

Radiohead

Rock Hits 1

"Tighten Up"

The Black Keys

Rock Hits 1

"Smoke on the Water"

Deep Purple

Rock Hits 70s

"More than a Feeling"

Boston

Rock Hits 70s

"Jessica"

The Allman Brothers Band

Rock Hits 70s

"Cousins"

Vampire Weekend

Rock Hits 2

"20th Century Boy"

T. Rex

Rock Hits 2

"I Hate Everything About You"

Three Days Grace

Rock Hits 2

"Symphony of Destruction"

Megadeth

Megadeth Song Pack

"Hangar 18"

Megadeth

Megadeth Song Pack

"Public Enemy No. 1"

Megadeth

Megadeth Song Pack

"Carol of the Bells"

Seth Chapla

Holiday Song Pack

"God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen"

Brian Adam McCune

Holiday Song Pack

"We Three Kings"

Versus Them

Holiday Song Pack

"Just Got To Be"

The Black Keys

The Black Keys Song Pack

"Mind Eraser"

The Black Keys

The Black Keys Song Pack

"Gold On The Ceiling"

The Black Keys

The Black Keys Song Pack

"(Don't Fear) The Reaper"

Blue Öyster Cult

Rock Hits 60s-70s

"Space Oddity"

David Bowie

Rock Hits 60s-70s

"Barracuda"

Heart

Rock Hits 60s-70s

"Jeremy"

Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam Song Pack

"Black"

Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam Song Pack

"Dammit"

Blink-182

Blink-182 Song Pack

"All The Small Things"

Blink-182

Blink-182 Song Pack

"What's My Age Again?"

Blink-182

Blink-182 Song Pack

"Kryptonite"

3 Doors Down

3 Doors Down Song Pack

"Loser"

3 Doors Down

3 Doors Down Song Pack

"When I'm Gone"

3 Doors Down

3 Doors Down Song Pack

"The Thrill is Gone"

B.B. King

Blues Hits

"Born Under a Bad Sign"

Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan

Blues Hits

"Soul Man"

The Blues Brothers

Blues Hits

"Bring Me to Life"

Evanescence

Rock Hits 3

"Pumped Up Kicks"

Foster the People

Rock Hits 3

"This Love"

Maroon 5

Rock Hits 3

"Breaking the Law"

Judas Priest

Judas Priest Song Pack

"Living After Midnight"

Judas Priest

Judas Priest Song Pack

"Painkiller"

Judas Priest

Judas Priest Song Pack

"Roxanne"

The Police

The Police Song Pack

"Message in a Bottle"

The Police

The Police Song Pack

"Synchronicity II"

The Police

The Police Song Pack

"Gone Away"

The Offspring

The Offspring Song Pack

"Come Out and Play (Keep 'Em Separated)"

The Offspring

The Offspring Song Pack

"Self Esteem"

The Offspring

The Offspring Song Pack

"Planetary (GO!)"

My Chemical Romance

My Chemical Romance Song Pack

"Welcome To The Black Parade"

My Chemical Romance

My Chemical Romance Song Pack

"Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)"

My Chemical Romance

My Chemical Romance Song Pack

"Keep Yourself Alive"

Queen

Queen Song Pack

"Bohemian Rhapsody"

Queen

Queen Song Pack

"Fat Bottomed Girls"

Queen

Queen Song Pack

"Killer Queen"

Queen

Queen Song Pack

"Stone Cold Crazy"

Queen

Queen Song Pack

"Godzilla"

Blue Öyster Cult

Rock Hits 4

"My Sharona"

The Knack

Rock Hits 4

"Hit Me with Your Best Shot"

Pat Benatar

Rock Hits 4

"Redneck"

Lamb of God

Rock Hits 2000's

"I Believe in a Thing Called Love"

The Darkness

Rock Hits 2000's

"Paralyzer"

Finger Eleven

Rock Hits 2000's

"My Girl"

The Temptations

Soul Hits

"(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay"

Otis Redding

Soul Hits

"What's Going On"

Marvin Gaye

Soul Hits

"Born on the Bayou"

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Rock Hits 60’s

"In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida"

Iron Butterfly

Rock Hit’s 60’s

"Whipping Post"

The Allman Brothers Band

Rock Hit’s 60’s

“The Man Who sold The World”  David Bowie Rock Hit’s 70’s 2
“Drift Away”  Dobie Gray Rock Hit’s 70’s 2
“Mississippi Queen” Mountain Rock Hit’s 70’s 2

That is the list. We hope to see much more content, as well as more robust themed releases, IE, Focus on a band with more than three songs in the song pack.  The Rocksmith message boards are burning up on the official site and it’s Facebook page with a lot of good suggestions, including some of the ones we have suggested would be good candidates for Rocksmith, Styx, Hall & Oates…the list of potentials is mind boggling…..the real question is…does Ubisoft read the boards and take any of it into consideration? So far there have been hot DLC releases, and some less than inspiring. But on the whole the DLC quality has been keeping up in quality choices…. with some songs we never would have considered to even look at…actually turning out to be very fun to play.  Though again because of the hit and miss on choices of song releases and not many solid larger packs like the Queen Song pack, we had to lower the value down just a tad on our scores.

For more on Rocksmith and for the bare bones beginner suggestions on Rocksmith see our other article “Rocksmith for the beginner.” In it we talk more about choice of guitars, and a few hints and tips on playing.

Have fun, play games, rock on.

Edwin Millheim 






 
 



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