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Guitar Hero: Van Halen


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posted by hazefan08 (SLIDELL, LA) Jan 8, 2010

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Member since Aug 2008

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

I was so excited to get this game, but when I played it, it was just so boring. I love Van Halen as one of my favorite bands, and I love GH as one of my favorite video games. I guess Van Halen is one of those bands that really aren't meant to have a GH.

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What a disappointment.

posted by Another (MANHATTAN, KS) Dec 22, 2009

Member since Jul 2004

2 out of 6 gamers (33%) found this review helpful

I am a Van Halen fan.

Old VH, new VH, Dave, Sammy, even the stuff with Gary. I am just sick that when we finally get VH in the form of a video game that this is what we get. What a joy it should be to finally get to use their music in the form of a game. What a joy is should have been. It isn't.

1. This is the GH: Metallica engine. We've come a long way, and this game doesn't show it.

2. VH recorded some great music after 1984. None of it is in this game. 5150, OU812, For Unlawful..., Balance. These albums had great songs. If a game is supposed to represent VH it is missing half the story. I want to play Dreams, Finish What Ya Started, Love Walks In, Poundcake, Right Now, and so many other favorites.

3. VH has enough of a catalog that we didn't need, or ask for the additional tripe that was included. The other bands and songs on this game have NOTHING to do with Van Halen. These selections just don't make any sense, regardless of what is on Wolfie's iPod.

4. Don't make me ruin the songs for stars. While playing drums on certain songs, you have to beat the drums repeatedly where there is no drum part just to score points. While Eddie is ripping through "Eruption" you better be playing drum parts where none exist to get your fill points.

I want to add VH to my video game catalog more than anything, but this wasn't the way to do it. I wish this game wouldn't have been made. I wish tracks from the ENTIRE VH catalog would have been made available as Rock Band DLC, but I doubt that will ever happen because of this. I would have paid $300 for a VH version of The Beatles: Rock Band. As much as I hate band specific games, Rock Band showed how to do it and do it right.

This game isn't a tribute to one of America's best rock groups. It isn't a treat to Van Halen's fans. This game is just a disappointment, and the band and those of us that love their music deserved so much better.

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Really Bad

Reviews gone bad much?

posted by GodOfLyf (BLOOMINGTON, IN) Sep 3, 2012

Member since Nov 2010

The first reviewer (top 10 reviewer?) apparently never really played the game. He just wanted to toot his own horn. Either that or he was wanting to get his name seen so bad that he just through garbage out of his mouth just for the sake of being vain. Anyone who has truly played this game know that it is trash from start to finish. If this is the way Guitar Hero perceive VH then they can keep it. I was a fool who paid full price for it only to trade it back in the very next day. If your a VH fan please do yourself a favor. STAY AWAY from this mess as you will never get the image out of your mind...!!! I give it a 2/10
1) it's a game, and
2) it has music!

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