posted by burntice61 (APPLE VALLEY, CA) Mar 31, 2011
Member since Apr 2010
Guitar Hero Van Halen is the 3rd band focused game, it features Van Halen songs from the Dave Lee Roth era which is arguably their more popular era and features guest bands like Judas Priest, Foo Fighters and Tenacious D. The games engine is pretty much the same as opposed to GH Metallica and its a great engine. Now, the reason why there are so many bad reviews is either they hate GH or they hate Van Halen, plain and simple. This game is challenging, looks great, and has Van Halen in it! Lets break it down:
The Great: -Song Selection(Eruption, Jump, Panama, Aint Talkin Bout Love) -Animations(Looks like them from the 70's and 80's.)
The Good: -The note hit system(Its very lenient but 5's is better) -The Instruments(Includes the Frankenstrat, Wolfgang guitars and Alex's drum kit) -Difficulty(The hardest songs are Im The One, ERUPTION and Spanish Fly but thats it really.) -Graphics(as good as Metallica but not as good as 5)
The Not So Good: -The Amount of songs(about 40, pretty light)
The Downright BAD: -Wolfgang Van Halen is bassist instead of the great Mike Anthony. -The Amount Of Tap notes(there are way too many, it makes the songs too easy, the only exceptions are Eruption and Spanish Fly or the here and there tap solos that Eddie does.)
My Final Thought: First off if you aren't a Van Halen fan, don't let that stop you from getting this game, same if you aren't a Metallica fan for the other game, try it out and you might just become a fan!
Another GH game, another set of good, challenging songs. I actually enjoyed this game more than Metallica and Aerosmith (and I love both bands). Here's why: although the achievements aren't as easy to get, there was a decent selection of songs from the different "Guest Acts" list as well as Van Halen songs. Not only that, but this game has 2 impossible songs, Spanish Fly and Eruption. I've played on Expert for many years, and I would have to rank Spanish Fly up there on difficulty compared to the solo from Buckethead's Jordan. Eruption is also equally challenging and thus far I've only 3 and 4 starred each, respectively. Trust me, very challenging, if that's your thing.
The other parts of the game are so so. The fact that Eddy is almost always smiling creepily is kind of a let down, showing that the band really didn't play as much a part in production as did the previous band-specific installments. If you like to play music games and you like Van Halen, this is definitively worth a look. Do note, though, most of the songs have a strong sexual tone if anyone out there is not familiar with the band's music. Just a heads up for any parents or easily offended people.