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5.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 10 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 4 out of 10
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  1. ConnorB.
    Jan 7, 2010
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    Horrible, horrible, horrible. An abysmal cash-in on the part of Activision. I suppose that sentence pretty much sums up the last few Guitar Hero games, but I digress. The engine itself is alright. Basic stuff, there's nothing wrong with it, but there's nothing that makes it particularly good. The graphics are okay, but the animations are terrible, stiff and robotic body Horrible, horrible, horrible. An abysmal cash-in on the part of Activision. I suppose that sentence pretty much sums up the last few Guitar Hero games, but I digress. The engine itself is alright. Basic stuff, there's nothing wrong with it, but there's nothing that makes it particularly good. The graphics are okay, but the animations are terrible, stiff and robotic body movements accompany horrific facial animations. Now, what could they do to make a good game with this little setup? Awesome songs, of course! Really make those Van Halen fans want to scream with joy! Of course, they did no such thing. Most of the more well-known songs in this sorry lineup are post-Hagar, and the ones with Hagar are bottom of the barrel, at best. Don't get me started on the "Guest" performances. They're so ill-fitting... There are a couple of gems, but I'm not going to even consider paying fifty bucks for only a couple. It doesn't help that the "Notes" are so poorly synced to the music. After The Beatles: Rock Band, Activision really needed to step up to the plate and give people something that they were going to remember, to keep Guitar Hero the name people remember as the rhythm game people play... Or at least enjoy in the slightest amount. Well, I'm going to remember this, but I can't say that it's necessarily a good thing that I will. I'd prefer not to, in fact. Expand
  2. mattf
    Jan 20, 2010
    1
    I wasn't allowed to vote on it. I bought Guitar Hero 5 for the Van Halen game alone, there were no instructions in the box on how to redeem it and you supposedly needed to submit this by 10/31/09 to get the game. I contacted Activision and they did not want to help me even though I could give them all the proof they needed that I purchased it. I will never be buying another I wasn't allowed to vote on it. I bought Guitar Hero 5 for the Van Halen game alone, there were no instructions in the box on how to redeem it and you supposedly needed to submit this by 10/31/09 to get the game. I contacted Activision and they did not want to help me even though I could give them all the proof they needed that I purchased it. I will never be buying another Activision again. Disgusted after all the money I've wasted on them. Expand
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59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 33
  2. Negative: 7 out of 33
  1. Guitar Hero Van Halen is fun, just not the best in the series. The song selection will keep you and your friends happy (just skip Third Eye Blind) and the options are acceptable. Still, with a little more effort, this could've been on the same level as GH Metallica. The band deserved better.
  2. The unfortunate thing about Guitar Hero: Van Halen is that it really had the potential to shine, but there just seemed to be too much working against it. The ongoing band feuds have eliminated not only a large section of the group's catalog, but a founding member as well, and laziness on the part of all parties involved means that there's nearly nothing added to the game to give it the extra content we saw in the Aerosmith and Metallica editions
  3. Its existence is puzzling, its release an admittance of surrender, and its song selection showcases one singer while snubbing another... yet because Guitar Hero remains fun, Guitar Hero: Van Halen comes away as a decent diversion.