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Guitar Hero: Van Halen


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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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Tthe Game Feels Like a Rushed Cash-In

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.

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Really Bad


posted by BobCheeks (DECATUR, IL) Jul 8, 2011

Member since Jul 2011

To the average Van Halen fan. Their egos must have gotten in the way on this one. Pretty disappointed that there are NO Van Hagar songs, AND the game has Wolfie playing bass instead of Michael Anthony. How vane is that? With the exception of a couple, the non VH songs sucked as well. If you're a GH or Rock Band collector, you will probably want to try it anyway. Replay value is nil.

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