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  • Summary: Guitar Hero returns with another band-focused title, Guitar Hero: Van Halen. The game features 25 classic Van Halen tracks, three signature Eddie Van Halen guitar solos, and 19 hand-picked guest acts. Play in eight original venues specifically designed for Guitar Hero: Van Halen. Rock around the globe, from a small club in Los Angeles to arenas around the world, including the iconic "S-stage" from the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s 2007 world tour. Play as one of the four members of Van Halen or create your own personalized superstar with Rock Star Creator and watch your superstar party on stage. Rock out with up to four players locally or battle other bands with up to 8 players. With tracks ranging from the high-energy "Jump" to the legendary guitar solo "Eruption," the easy to play, difficult to master game play that Guitar Hero fans have grown to love is back in Guitar Hero: Van Halen. [Activision] Expand
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 34
  2. Negative: 7 out of 34
  1. The steep cost of admissions is the only real downside to this entire package.
  2. If you got this as a freebie ,good for you, if you find it in the (heavily) discounted bin then try it out (it should be there by Friday).
  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.
  4. If you were lucky enough to snag a free copy from the Guitar Hero 5 mail-in promotion, you'll likely be pleased with this adequate iteration. But we can't imagine any non-hardcore Halen fans feeling good about dropping $60 on this half-hearted effort. [Jan 2010, p.76]
  5. One of the most underwhelming rhythm-action games in some time. [Issue#93, p.132]
  6. 50
    Pride, squabbling and calamitous design decisions have ultimately left the game a meagre shadow of its potential self. Its biggest problem, outside of its lacklustre design, is that you and the band have to ask yourselves, in the midst of a music game session, "shall we bother fumbling around the shelves looking for that copy of Guitar Hero: Van Halen?"
  7. In a world where The Beatles Rock Band exists, the paltry effort put into Guitar Hero: Van Halen is, quite simply, deplorable. If you're going to devote the time, money, and effort to developing a band-themed game in this franchise-then do it right. Don't embarrass yourselves by passing something like this off as a legitimate, full-featured game.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 3 out of 6
  1. Oct 9, 2013
    Well that ends my enjoyment for David Roth songs. It's like he doesn't care about his fans think he's better by not singing any Sammy Hagar songs. His way of doing that made Activision only Used 78-84 songs. This is the worst Guitar Hero game yet. So way to go David. If Guitar Hero ever comes back there should be a remake of that game where there songs from the all singers including Sammy Hagar and Gary Cherone. David Roth has no dreams about fans, he'll never be on top of the world, and right now, he is the messed up member of the band if maybe not Eddie Van Halen. Collapse

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