We got this game with the Guitar hero 5 special offer, and have a nice long time with it before it was released for everyone, and it ROCKS! My Dad loves it, says it is his favorite Guitar hero next to the fifth installment and plays it a lot! The graphics are nice, average graphics for a band-titled GH. The song selection is superb, some wickedly awesome songs out there. The way Van Halen performs on stage is very cool and realistic and makes you feel like you're actually there.
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!
posted by CountDruckula (NEW FAIRFIELD, CT) Aug 5, 2012
Member since Feb 2011
If you like classic David Lee Roth era Van Halen you'll love this. Guitar Hero Van Halen features a decent enough helping of David Lee Roth era tracks to play, as well as some of Eddie Van Halen's most memorable guitar solo work and you will enjoy playing the hard guitar parts. The usage of a bunch of fun slide parts and hammer ons. Make a lot of harder guitar songs easier and more interesting.
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.