Ubisoft Rocksmith+ review

Is this reimagined Rocksmith an enjoyable guitar-based game or a potent learning platform? Let's find out

Rocksmith+ gameplay screen
(Image: © Ubisoft)

Guitar World Verdict

In the right hands, Rocksmith+ is a powerful learning tool for would-be guitarists. There is no doubt that the concept of combining engaging gameplay mechanics and traditional teaching methods can result in a fun learning experience for newbie players. However, with so many high-quality online options out there today, Rocksmith+ is left feeling somewhat outdated, with an exaggerated song library that can't hold a candle to its contemporaries.


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    Simple to set up

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    Once you get used to the note layout, it can be very fun


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    The song list needs work

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    The Real Tone Cable costs extra

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Given how popular the Guitar Hero and Rock Band games were in the early 2010s, it seemed inevitable that at some point, the plastic guitar-shaped controller would graduate to a real instrument. The original Rocksmith can take credit for making the jump, turning a fun party game into a serious learning tool, with the power to not only allow users to have a great time but also discover their musical ability. 

At a glance

Operating system: Windows 10 (64-bit versions) or Windows 11
Processor: AMD FX-8350 at 4.0 GHz, Intel Core i5-4690K at 3.5 GHz, or equivalent
Hard drive: 20 GB of storage
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Daryl Robertson
Senior Deals Writer

Daryl is a Senior Deals Writer at Guitar World, where he creates and maintains our 200+ buyer's guides, finds the best deals on guitar products, and tests the latest gear. His reviews have been featured in prominent publications like Total Guitar, Future Music magazine, and MusicRadar.com.

During his career, he has been lucky enough to talk to many of his musical heroes, having interviewed Slash and members of Sum 41, Foo Fighters, Feeder, Thrice, and more. In a past life, Daryl worked in music retail. For a little under a decade, he advised everyone from absolute beginners to seasoned pros on the right gear for their needs. 

Daryl is also a fully qualified sound engineer, holding a first-class Bachelor's degree in Creative Sound Production from the University of Abertay.