Guitar Hero: Van Halen - Xbox 360

Release Date:

December 22, 2009

Also on:

Xbox 360 PS3 Wii

Viewing USA:

Also on UK.


In Guitar Hero: Van Halen, experience the hot licks and scissor kicks that made Van Halen the legends they are today. 25 epic Van Halen tracks, three scorching Eddie Van Halen signature solos, and 19 guest acts give fans the most comprehensive arena rock set list to date. With over 80 million albums sold worldwide, Van Halen is one of the most influential rock bands of all time. Led by Eddie Van Halen's revolutionary guitar playing and David Lee Roth's unique brand of showmanship, the band has cemented their place in the Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame since they dropped their self-titled album in 1978. Van Halen is one of only five rock bands that have had two albums sell more than 10 million copies in the United States.

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Guitar Hero has had many versions released over the course of a few years. I mostly enjoyed the Guitar Hero series featuring Aerosmith and Metallica. Unfortunately, this new one, if you’re not a major fan of Van Halen, doesn’t look like it can make you leap for joy nor make you want to relish playing it. Unlike Metallica and Aerosmith whose music have evolved through the millennium years making them more relatable to the younger generations of today; Eddie Van Halen made his name during the 1980’s as a virtuoso guitar performer along with the on-stage antics of David Lee Roth but sadly, he didn’t make it beyond the 1980’s.

You may still be a major fan of Van Halen and would want to buy this game to relive the heyday of the band; one could understand that. You might be thinking that with the 45 songs featured in the game, you you’d be rocking it with a full Van Halen catalogue. That’s not really the case here, so brace yourself for a huge disappointment. Nearly half of the songs in the roster are not even from Van Halen. Would Blink 182, Fountains of Wayne, Lenny Kravitz, or Jimmy Eat World mean anything to a Van Halen fan? Talk about a big letdown; but the worse is yet to come.

Guitar Hero is about living the life of a rock star, so you would normally think you get to experience climbing your way to the top and performing on stage and at gigs. Unfortunately, you don’t get to play at classic Van Halen venues or perform at any gigs or follow their rise to stardom. You just work your way through a list of tunes that could earn you some stars. To make matters worse, in order to actually experience the real Van Halen in the game, you’d have to work your way to the end of the Career mode to meet him, which can be a bit tedious for avid fans. And even then, you’d only be met with more disappointments, with the band looking aged and downright depressing. The band doesn’t even perform stage antics, which was actually what made them famous. They just perform there looking so dry and uninterested.

Career mode is quite misleading in that there really is no career here. There are no song challenges or interesting gigs. There are no behind-the-scenes videos or interviews with the band unlike in Guitar Hero: Aerosmith and Metallica. There isn’t even a support for downloadable content other than the GH Studio Tunes, and sadly, not even party play mode.

To end in a positive note, the Van Halen songs featured in the roster can still provide fun. The last set of tunes may even be challenging to some, except perhaps for the pros. If for nothing else, the number of songs is enough to fill up the entire game. If you are truly a Van Halen fan and could care less about all the technicalities of the game, then by all means, buy this game for your gaming pleasure.

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