posted by Burnitopia (MOUNT VERNON, WA) Apr 15, 2010
Member since Apr 2010
This isn't necessarily a BAD game, it's just... It feels like a step backwards from GH5. I was never a fan of the band-licensed games, and this one held my attention for about 5 songs before I got bored with it. It's just more Guitar Hero, which isn't a bad thing. I don't even know what it was, but I just didn't find this game as satisfying.
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I’ve got a feeling that Guitar Hero wanted to get their hands on the Beatles, but when the ever popular group landed a deal with Rock Band, Guitar Hero had to go somewhere else for a headlining band.
So who do they come up with? Van Halen. Not as popular as the Beatles, but they were a smash hit back in the 1980’s.
But this game isn’t like Guitar Hero: Aerosmith where most of the songs came from the headlining band. Here, about half the 47 songs in the collection come from Van Halen.
The songs are fun, and fans will have a great time remembering hits such and “Panama”, “Jamie’s Crying” and “Jump”
But this collection does not have an interview with the band members (Guitar Hero: Aerosmith had that); it’s extras include lyrics and tidbits of facts about every song you beat and the option to play the song on any of the eight stages that are in the game.
Problem is, this game shows the Guitar Hero franchise is getting stale. There’s really no reason to shell out $50 for these songs if you can cherry pick the best ones for download. (You do save money with the collection vs. downloading every song separately, but you give up your choice of songs.)
This is going to be a problem for future Guitar Hero installments. Why bother giving us a set list of songs when we can just pick our favorites? The answer lies in the extras.
And here, giving us lyrics for the songs and bits of trivia just doesn’t cut it for me. Guitar Hero: Van Halen is a must buy for hard core fans of Van Halen and music of that era, but the rest of us can spend our $50 elsewhere. RENT IT.