almost all of the guitar hero games were awesome but this was a total let down. out of the 80+ songs in this game there was less than 10 that were any good and only 3 that were great. not even worth the money or time.
I noticed on GH: Metallica that the were no encores but rather a star system. I thought that since this was a "band-centered" game that it may be something specific to it. But now, I bought GH5 because I wanted the free GH: Van Halen. While I like many of the songs on the track list I am dissappointed that there seems to be no purpose in playing career. (I just got the game so forgive me if I have not discovered it yet!)
The thing I do not like is no encores. Moreover, instead of having the encore move you to a new venue, you have to manually move yourself from venue to venue to see what songs are available in each venue. Pretty Lame. I liked the sense of accomplishment that one got from completing the levels.
If you are a fan, you will probably like it. If you are not tired of the music on the other versions of GH you have at home, rent it or wait for a used copy.