Ubisoft has officially launched Stonesmith+! This is the next iteration of software/game that aims to help people play guitar to their favorite songs. The team has changed things up with this one and turned it into a subscription service rather than a one-time purchase, but you do get access to all content that includes over 5,000 songs at launch. You can even check out the full list of songs online and I want to talk about that in a moment. The songs cover a wide variety of genres and artists touching just about everything. You also no longer need the Real Tone cable because the Stonesmith+ The Connect mobile app lets you use your phone as a microphone for free. In the past, rocksmith has been a great tool to practice and supposedly they really made things better with Stonesmith+However, we’ll have to check it out to be sure. You can subscribe to Stonesmith+ now (affiliate link) for $14.99 for 1 month, $39.99 for 3 months or $99.99 for 12 months.
Now let’s go back to the song list, because I think this warrants discussion. I understand that the Ubisoft team had to manage a lot of deals to get the licenses to play the more than 5,000 tracks in Stonesmith+. That’s no small feat, and I want to acknowledge that I understand that a lot of work has probably gone into getting this huge list behind the scenes. However, based on what I’ve seen of the track list, the library feels lacking to me. After the launch, I quickly checked to see if any of my favorite artists such as Foo Fighters, Alter Bridge, Rise Against, blink-182, Green Day, Avril Lavigne, etc. were included and the answer was a resounding “no!” This was frustrating as these are not small or unknown acts. In fact, each of these bands has had songs in previous iterations of rocksmith. This disappointed me. Eventually I found an artist I liked, Bowling For Soup, and quite a few of their songs were recorded. Unfortunately, there was only one I recognized, ‘Emily’. It feels like they couldn’t get a lot of the big rock bands to sign up for this one leaning more on the other genres to fill the library and when they got a more rock artist they couldn’t get the songs that people usually know or want to learn. Don’t get me wrong, I love having bands and songs that I don’t recognize rocksmith. I was introduced to some bands like Minus the Bear via rocksmith. But when it feels like none of the songs I want are in it, it really begs the question of whether it’s worth it. Imma try it out Stonesmith+ regardless to at least see what the new interface is like and the lessons and maybe even put it to music that I wouldn’t normally try. I just hope there are more recognizable rock bands and rock songs on their way to the game.