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posted by hazefan08 (SLIDELL, LA) Jan 8, 2010
Member since Aug 2008
1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
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
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.
Reviews gone bad much?
posted by GodOfLyf (BLOOMINGTON, IN) Sep 3, 2012
Member since Nov 2010
1) it's a game, and
2) it has music!
Tthe Game Feels Like a Rushed Cash-In
posted by CountDruckula (NEW FAIRFIELD, CT) Aug 5, 2012
Member since Feb 2011
A bad side to this game is that Van Hagar is not in this selection of forty five songs. Though I was never a big fan of the Sammy Hagar era, his time with Van Halen was abundant enough to assure some contemplation. (Hagar was in the band for a lot longer than David Lee Roth's six years). Whether his absence of inclusion was Eddie Van Halen's call or Activision's (or that fact that David Lee Roth is the current singer) is unknown, but regardless he deserved to have at least a few tracks from his time with the band featured here.
The extra bonus act tracks feel like they were rejects from former Guitar Hero games, and have little to nothing to do with Van Halen or what they meant to generation after generation of rockers and rock fans. Where as the bonus acts on Guitar Hero Metallica made sense, (Samhain, Social Distortion, Diamond Head) something just doesn't seem right about having Blink 182 featured as a bonus with Van Halen.
Guitar Hero: Van Halen feels like Guitar Hero: Metallica done on the cheap. It like if Activision realized this should have been a track pack and not a standalone game, but it was too into development so they just rushed it to get it out the door.
The fact that Van Halen got its own game in itself is reason for celebration and you should go and buy or rent this game. But, if Van Halen isn't your thing, just stay away.
posted by BobCheeks (DECATUR, IL) Jul 8, 2011
Member since Jul 2011
posted by bad3r77y (CARMICHAEL, CA) Mar 5, 2011
Member since Mar 2011
Average Game, Surprisingly No replay value
posted by seancon93 (WARWICK, RI) Mar 2, 2011
Member since Mar 2011
Decent Soundtrack (especially if you never really listened to VH)
Decent Graphis (If you enjoyed the GH: Metallica engine, this is no different)
I only found two Con that made me ship this game back a day later.
And the lack of replay value in the songs. It seemed like a drag to go back and beat them again.
The unplayability of Drums and Guitar on Expert+ and Expert respectivly with Rock Band controllers. Having owned Metallica, I know Rock Band eqipment can lead to sucess, having beaten that game on Epert(+).
Awful representation of a great band
posted by elbobbo (NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA) Feb 17, 2010
Member since Feb 2010
The graphics and charting seems to have gotten worse, and keep getting worse as the the Guitar Hero games progress. I felt as though I needed to fight through some great tracks (which I have played in Rock Band) just to be able to play a few of the old-school Van Halen tracks.
The only thing GH: Van Halen has going for it are the old tracks themselves, which almost get ruined by the charting again. One more reason why Harmonix seems to be walking all over Activision.
TERRIBLE, JUST TERRIBLE
posted by CrashBash (RIDGEWAY, VA) Jan 19, 2010
Member since Nov 2005
The other songs packaged with this game are lame too. Van Halen should be embarrassed by this product. But again, Alec and Eddie Van Halen have never really cared about their fans on the size of thier bank account.
Don't waste your time renting this one. Pick up the Rock Band: Beatles
posted by superbug (LONG BEACH, CA) Jan 6, 2010
Member since Dec 2009
Van Halen game? Say no more...
posted by MauiRocks (Lahaina, HI) Dec 23, 2009
Member since Mar 2004
Wow. Best band-titled Guitar Hero yet!
posted by gamer301 (CLAYTON, NY) Dec 22, 2009
Member since Mar 2008
Pros: Awesome track-list, great Van Halen presentation, it includes character creation, fun to watch, a real competition to the normal Guitar Hero legends.
Cons: Average graphics, weird non-Halen people.
Overall, this game rocks, and is defiantly worth at least a rent and a buy for Van Halen fans and if you haven't' heard of them, it s till worth a rent, its a fun!