Rocksmith (PS3 and Xbox 360) £39.99 at Sainsbury's Entertainment with code SETOK12
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Rocksmith (PS3 and Xbox 360) £39.99 at Sainsbury's Entertainment with code SETOK12

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Found 21st Sep 2012
Been looking around for a decent price on Rocksmith as the RRP seems very high, almost certainly because of the unique quarter-inch to USB cable that is included. This is no Guitar Hero as you're actually learning how to play an instrument, so this is really only for those who already have a guitar or bass kicking around already.

By my reckoning this is £10 cheaper than the next best price (£50 at Amazon) when code SETOK12 is used. HMV, Play and others all at least £5 more than that! You of course get free delivery as well!

If you need any convincing about the game, its one of those that you really need to see in person. I gave it a go at Gadget Show Live and was really impressed on how the game adapts in and between songs to your actual ability at playing the guitar/bass. If you've got a console and a guitar (that's probably gathering dust) this is the best way to put the two to use and actually learn how to play an instrument!
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bought! They cancelled my last order when they had a 20% voucher.
I'm actually going to buy this, but won't have any money till Wednesday. When is the expiry date on the deal?
Edited by: "prankster101" 21st Sep 2012
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I found this hidden away on a page about the code linked to at the bottom on the page:

"Voucher code SETOK12 entitles you to 20%off selected pre-order video games at sainsburys.co.uk/ent…ent. Voucher code SETOK12 is valid from 17/09/2012 until 23.59:59 on 23/09/2012. Orders must be placed by the stated end date toqualify. This voucher is valid for a single use per customer and cannot be used in conjunction with any other voucher code."

If I can work out how to set the valid from/to dates in this deal I will...
Good price, might give this a go, my guitar hasn't seen much use for a while and this might get me into practicing again
Great price.... I've been really looking forward to this and was gonna buy it day 1 anyway!
I've been playing guitar around 12 years. I'm really interested to see how this will work without being extremely complicated :\
Alexisonfire

I've been playing guitar around 12 years. I'm really interested to see … I've been playing guitar around 12 years. I'm really interested to see how this will work without being extremely complicated :\



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Shame... Not going to have the cash when the code expires...
i ordered this with the same code about a month and half ago and didn't think to post it on here. I've been playing guitar for over 5 years and struggle to find a reason to pick it up at times so really looking forward to playing it with this
Been looking for an offer on this, thanks just placed my order
Thankyou...been after this for ages for my son, nice stocking filler!
bostonbadgirl

Thankyou...been after this for ages for my son, nice stocking filler!


I remember when stockings were filled with fruit and penny sweets, and my main present was worth around £40. Times have sure changed.
Even after the videos I don't understand it. There's no way to sight read what's on screen effectively so you need to practise the song in advance by learning the chords or notes, at which point what is the point of the game?
You learn real chords and to change between them quickly. You memorise the songs you play, but you carry over the real chords and changes. Instead of memorising yellow button, red button, etc like guitar hero, you come away actually knowing real chords and how to play real songs. As a computer game, you'll be able to use that for real music playing separate from this game.

Yes you need to replay songs to memorise them a bit, but that's kind of how playing music works.

This is a video of a guy that never played guitar before rocksmith.
Edited by: "nascent" 22nd Sep 2012
From this review joystiq.com/201…ew/ 50% it seems that it has the following problems

*Heavy input/sound lag which is worse than in Guitar Hero, because in this your guitar actually makes a noise in real life, and through the speakers, and you're expected to be in time with the song.

*If you're an absolute beginner on the guitar, it doesn't actually teach you how to play or give you any foundational skills. So you definitely need external help to play or else you're going to get frustrated or pick up bad habits.

*If you're proficient at the guitar, it makes you play various incrementally less dumbed down versions of the song before it lets you play the proper version which gets really boring.

So, an interactive backing track with some really impressive but totally wasted technology behind it?
You seem to have found the only bad review of the game out there..... it's scored about 80% on Metacritic over the 2 versions with generally favourable reviews.

metacritic.com/gam…ith
Edited by: "Jimmyray" 22nd Sep 2012
Jimmyray

You seem to have found the only bad review of the game out there..... … You seem to have found the only bad review of the game out there..... it's scored about 80% on Metacritic over the 2 versions with generally favourable reviews.http://www.metacritic.com/game/playstation-3/rocksmith



I don't know, I've seen the heinous input lag problems echoed in the descriptions of people uploading videos on Youtube and also complaining about the dumbed down arrangements. Also, the 'real'/expert Rocksmith tab for Muse - Unnatural Selection is wrong and has really uneconomical patterns to it like going up a single string rather than moving across the strings. The Joystik review seems to be the only one I've read so far by a person that knows anything about playing the guitar.

I don't know, maybe it's great but even £40 is too much of a risk for something that looks so flawed and boring.
I imported this game upon release last year, have played it most days for the last 11 months so am in a good position to explain this game and the reasons for the sometimes negative reviews it got when first released.
First off about me, I'm in my 40s now and have owned a guitar since I was a teenager always intending to learn to play but never quite managing it. This game called out to me. Having played this game and using various other internet based learning resources I can now actually play guitar. I'm not advanced standard yet but I'm confident that I will get to that level one day!
Rocksmith is best thought of as a practise tool, it can teach you to a certain extent but you will only get so far with rocksmith on its own. That's one reason it had some negative reviews, either the games playing nivice quitarist reviewer reviewed it as a game and missed the point or they were an advanced player already and therefore the game had less to offer.
Another bone of contention is lag, some televisions have a built in delay between the signal coming out of the console and coming out of the TV speakers. HDMI is part of the problem and audio effects processing within the TV is another. The best way you can set this up is to use an Xbox component cable with the audio running directly to a separate set if speakers. If that's not possible some TVs have a game mode, or failing that turn off all the audio effects. I've tried this on various TVs and have not found one that I could not make the game playable on.
There was a major patch last month that also got rid of the bugs in the game, you should thank the Americans for beta testing the game for the last year as the game now is far better than the one released to them :-)
If you are interested in playing guitar get this game, if you are a lapsed guitarist that needs a reason to play again get this game, if you are a teenager who is struggling to pickup girls get this game!
So exactly the reservations I had about it then xD I'll wait until it's £10 in November or something.

arstechnica.com/gam…ar/
montblanc

So exactly the reservations I had about it then xD I'll wait until it's … So exactly the reservations I had about it then xD I'll wait until it's £10 in November or something.http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2011/10/the-three-reasons-rocksmith-fails-as-a-way-to-learn-guitar/



That's an awful review, those points are flawed.

The lag comes from the TV not the game, and most modern TVs have game mode to eliminate sound lag.

There are no different difficulties for music instruments, you can either play or not.

Complaining about not having unlocks? really? Earning the ability to play a song is an unlock.
@montblanc
Erm, pretty sure I don't have any reservations...
Also the link you just posted is a really good example of one of the very unfair and negative reviews the game received when it was released nearly a YEAR ago.
Lag, any digital interface is going to have lag, but it really doesn't matter if your ears and eyes can't detect it. Now the games code has been improved ( go check the patch notes) its even good on high latency TV's.
I am pretty sure that there is very little dumbing down in the game. It sounds like you are playing the real thing.
If you want more real opinions ho look st the ubisoft rocksmith forums
nascent

There are no different difficulties for music instruments, you can either … There are no different difficulties for music instruments, you can either play or not.



So it doesn't take away notes and make the arrangement easier if you start the song for the first time or are having difficulty with it then?
The dynamic difficulty is done very well. Of you had played it and formed a real opinion you would see that if you are good enough you only have to play through an arrangement usually twice to have the complete song. On some of the more difficult songs this is extremely hard unless you are a really advanced guitarist who happens to know that tune inside out from memory (in which case this game really isnt going to be as good for you). Another way of opening up the whole note track is to go into the riff repeater which gives you the song broken down into sections, then in the accelerator you can slow the section down to practice it. Also in the riff repeater you can set the mastery to 100% which gives you the whole note track too, if you are good enough and play it well it will then give you that section within the song.

@montblanc, you seem to have either come at this already decided that rocksmith is not for you or have had your opinion coloured badly by some of the very unfair reviews it received a year ago. I would say before you write it off completely find some way of giving it a try. Hopefully the PC version will spawn a demo version. Or maybe when its been out a while try a friends.

For a game that isnt really a game and has a somewhat limited target audience which was only released in the USA it has done remarkably well. Also the console music games market was in massive decline when this was released and still it did well. Its a slow burner, not a blockbuster.

One last note, due to this games success we are about to be blessed with a rival for Rocksmith! There is a game coming out later this year called BandFuse, google it.
Noticed this post just in time. Ordered.
This expires tonight so I'm really tempted. I just have two questions; Will this be fun for me/have any point as I've been playing guitar 12 years? I loved the guitar hero games and fc/d most songs on expert so will this bring the same fun? And, does it come with the cable to plug your guitar into your Xbox? Thanks
Alexisonfire

This expires tonight so I'm really tempted. I just have two questions; … This expires tonight so I'm really tempted. I just have two questions; Will this be fun for me/have any point as I've been playing guitar 12 years? I loved the guitar hero games and fc/d most songs on expert so will this bring the same fun? And, does it come with the cable to plug your guitar into your Xbox? Thanks



It expired last night unfortunately.
I pre-ordered from Sainsburys with a 20% voucher back on the 10th June when it was £39.99, and my order is sitting at £31.99 - Processing Order just now, so here's hoping it'll still be honoured...
Alexisonfire

This expires tonight so I'm really tempted. I just have two questions; … This expires tonight so I'm really tempted. I just have two questions; Will this be fun for me/have any point as I've been playing guitar 12 years? I loved the guitar hero games and fc/d most songs on expert so will this bring the same fun? And, does it come with the cable to plug your guitar into your Xbox? Thanks


Its hard to say really, I came at the game from a beginners point of view. Looking at the Rocksmith forums there are a lot of advanced guitarists that play this and have a blast but I have also seen some negative feedback from advanced players. The thing that really seems to get them riled is that they have to start at the bottom and work up, it used to be worse when the riff repeater was broken and unusable but now its a lot easier to unlock the whole song if you are good enough.
And yes, second question, it does come with a cable. Heard somewhere they were doing a PC version without the cable but I think that was just rumour.
Yay... is been despatched today
Original Poster
I just got an email to say another £2 has been knocked off my Rocksmith order! Even better deal at £37.99!
Original Poster
... plus it arrived in a rather large box. Those who weren't in can expect a red slip!
wednesdaytilidie

I just got an email to say another £2 has been knocked off my Rocksmith … I just got an email to say another £2 has been knocked off my Rocksmith order! Even better deal at £37.99!



I got the same e-mail, but its very confusing how we can get the money back as my bank has already taken out the full £39.99?
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