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Guitar Hero killed Van Halen.
Michael from United States
6 March 2010
I am a big fan of Van Halen, they are a great band that I really
admire, so when I heard that Guitar Hero would make a Guitar Hero game
for this band, I couldn't wait, especially since I am also a big fan of
Guitar Hero. Too bad I got my hopes up for nothing. I really wanted to
like this game, I mean I really did, but there was just too much
negative. Don't buy this. If you got this free with Guitar Hero 5, you
paid too much for the game. This game is such a step backwards in the
once-great name that is Guitar Hero that the company should give
everyone who buys this game 30 dollars to make up for it.
I'm going to start with one of the most important parts of Guitar Hero
games: the songs. The Van Halen songs are really good songs from their
career. This game has all of Van Halen's classics, from And the Cradle
Will Rock to Jump, from Panama to Eruption in all it's glory. The note
tracks for the songs are really well, especially on guitar, where
Guitar Hero veterans can really show their stuff. However, even at the
best part of the game I am dissatisfied. For one, there just aren't
enough Van Halen songs. This is a problem I have with all the GH games
based on specific bands. Another big problem with me is that this game
only had songs from the David Lee Roth era of Van Halen, and doesn't
even mention the 10 years that Sammy Hagar was in the band. Sure, I
like DLR's era better, but Hagar had some really nice songs with the
band as well, like Poundcake, Right Now, and Why Can't This Be Love.
Now we come to the other non-Van Halen songs, and they pretty much
suck. About 90% of the other bands here are either a) horrible bands b)
bands totally irrelevant to Van Halen c) both. In Guitar Hero
Aerosmith, the other bands were bands that influenced Aerosmith. In
Guitar Hero Metallica, the other bands are bands covered by Metallica.
In Van Halen the other bands include Weezer, Blink-182, and Offspring.
There are the occasional good songs (I Want It All by Queen or Master
Exploder by Tenacious D), but they are few and far between.
When I got this game, I couldn't wait to see how they did the story
mode and how they made a great representation of Van Halen's career.
Maybe they would do like in Beatles Rock Band, where the songs would be
in chronological order and follow the band's career. Maybe it would be
like in Guitar Hero Aerosmith, where the story mode follows the band's
chronological order, but puts the songs in order by difficulty. This
was GH: Van Halen's story mode: each set is a random stage with 6
random Van Halen songs. This isn't a story mode, it's an iPod on
shuffle. To make matters worse, it doesn't even have any cut scenes in
between sets to show you part of their career. Nope, it just dumps you
to the next stage. Therefore, this game follows the band's career in no
way. Like I mentioned, there was already the Hagar deal. Also, instead
of having their standard bassist, Mike Anthony in the game, we instead
have Eddie Van Halen's son, Wolfgang for no reason at all.
At this point, you're probably wondering if at least the people in the
game LOOK like the people in Van Halen, but again, no. The graphics in
this game also suck. The animation is very robotic and un life-like at
all. Eddie has the same stupid sneer glued to his face the whole game,
and the game does not have the feel of a real Van Halen concert.
The worst part of this game are the bonus features. Their problem? They
aren't in the game!!! Aerosmith had interviews with the members of the
band. Metallica had pictures of their tours, videos of their tours, and
videos of the band in their mo-cap suits, recording themselves for the
game. Van Halen has...nothing. The mo-cap was made by the Neversoft
Mo-cap Team according the credits, there are no other videos in the
game or even pictures! Even the loading screens have nothing
interesting to say!
I can say this, however. If you enjoyed Guitar Hero Metallica and
Aerosmith NOT because of the story mode, NOT because of how the people
on screen looked, NOT because of the bonus features, but just for
strumming a plastic guitar, then I have to admit I'd recommend this
game to you. It's pretty fun to play. However, I bought this game
expecting a cool insight of this band, and instead came out
empty-handed. This is why I grade this game so poorly.
I ran out of things to say, so I'm going to make fun of this game using
Van Halen songs. This game makes me want to have an Eruption. I Ain't
Talking About a good game. This game should be Running with the Devil.
After destroying this game with a sledgehammer, I Danced the Night
Away. I hope this game Jumps. Off a cliff. all copies of this game
should be shipped to Panama. Guitar Hero really got me. Jamie might not
be the only one crying. I turned the disc of this game into 5150
pieces. I think I made my point by now.
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