Long-running franchises like Madden and Call of Duty have remained critically and commercially successful for over a decade, with solid releases expected every single year, but that doesn’t mean fans don’t have their favorite versions. Madden NFL 2005 is often considered the best in the series, but would fans be willing to see a remastered version of such an iterative game?
Ubisoft is betting on that for its guitar-teaching Rocksmith franchise, as Rocksmith 2014 Edition will be greeting new consoles this October, and its name isn’t changing much.
Rocksmith 2014 Edition – Remastered comes with new features such as additional practice tools, “retooled menus,” a customizable learning curve, and stat tracking, which will also be included as a free update for those who own the original Rocksmith 2014 Edition.
The updated game will also include a few new songs like Elvis’ “Suspicious Minds” and Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds,” in addition to all the songs included in the original version. “Song 2” by Blur, “In Bloom” by Nirvana, and Franz Ferdinand’s “Take Me Out” are among those 50 tracks.
While the included songs tend to fall into just a few musical categories — mostly garage rock and classics like the Rolling Stones — DLC covers everything from Bad Religion to Killswitch Engage. However, we suggest you start with something a little simpler.
It’s exciting to see Rocksmith make its way to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Unlike more “gamey” music titles like Rock Band and Guitar Hero, Ubisoft’s series is essentially an electronic guitar instructor — you plug in a real electric guitar and play along with the notes you see on screen.
Ubisoft bills Rocksmith 2014 Edition — Remastered as “the fastest way to learn guitar.” You can find out for yourself when it hits Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, and Mac on October 4.