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3. Re: Rocksmith 2014 Smashing Pumpkins DLC Oct 30, 2013, 12:25 jacobvandy
Well obviously session mode will put out what you put in. It's basically a virtual studio where you can experiment with endless different tones and effects and back-up instruments to provide structure. A lot of people are saying that that's the main attraction of this new version. The rest of the game is all about honing techniques and building up proficiency by playing along with songs new and old. You play them note for note in their exact tuning (first game only had standard and drop-D, now they have like a dozen in total including E-flat, D-standard, or just slightly off standard), including bends and slides, vibrato, harmonics, and even tapping. There are no gimmicks here, it's an interactive UI for tabs that are as detailed and accurate as they could be.

I've been playing for a couple years, started with Rock Band 3 pro mode but that turned out to really be only a half-way point bridging music games and actual music. It was a real guitar that you could plug into an amp and play with, but the way they set up the technology with the game, you had to mute the strings and just send information on what you were fretting; it only listened for tone to see that you were actually plucking a string to go along with that. Rocksmith is completely different, and made it so much more fun and interesting. You actually play the instrument, and the game listens to make sure you're hitting the right notes at the right time. It requires your guitar be in tune, unlike RB3, and your playing is piped in with the song in real-time so that you can hear yourself as you go (I like to mix myself a little louder than the music), so you know more from the way it sounds that you messed up, than from actual UI feedback saying "MISS" or "LATE."

So yeah, it is best as a teaching tool, but how "seasoned" are you anyway? There are easy songs in the mix that are still enjoyable IMO, but unless you scoff at matching Pantera, Slayer, Iron Maiden, etc., there's something for you to do. They have DLCs from Megadeth, Judas Priest, Pearl Jam, Avenged Sevenfold, Skynyrd, and others that will surely test your skills. Lots of more intermediate songs in there that you might enjoy learning to play. Also the Guitarcade mini-games that are purely about practicing techniques.
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