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
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
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
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
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.
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.