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Guitar Hero: Van Halen

22 December 2009
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If you know anything about Van Halen, you'll probably expect this, but GH: Van Halen completely excludes the Sammy Hagar era of the band. They also completely exclude Michael Anthony, replacing him with Eddie's son, Wolfgang. Just like real life, I suppose.
The Van Halen choices, if you accept the lack of Hagar, are about as good as they could be. It's absolutely ridiculous, however, that they included the entire first Van Halen album except On Fire. We've got filler tracks from later albums, but On Fire, which was a song I legitimately wanted in the game, got shafted. I thought I was setting the bar pretty low, but Activision's limbo skills are just too good.

Band-focused Guitar Hero games feature not just songs from the central artist, but also guest artists. In Aerosmith and Metallica's cases, these were selections from bands that influenced them, or bands they toured with.
In Van Halen's case, they didn't give a shit and just let Wolfgang choose all the songs. There are some great choices from a game standpoint there, but none except maybe Space Truckin' have anything to do with Van Halen.
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Deep Purple/"Space Truckin'"
Foreigner/"Double Vision"
Judas Priest/"Painkiller"
Queen/"I Want it All"
Tenacious D/"Master Exploder"
Yellowcard/"The Takedown"

"Feel Your Love Tonight"
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"I'm the One"
"Ice Cream Man"
"Loss of Control"
"Runnin' with the Devil"
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"You Really Got Me"
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An absolute waste of potential. Van Halen is highly regarded in the guitar world, but they are also fraught with band in-fighting. The catalogue from their two later singers may have been too much to ask for them to make an appearance, but it still feels like an insubstantial and lop-sided representation of their work, alongside a completely passionless guest setlist, where they handed the choices to their kid bassist and ended up with a million RB repeats and maybe two songs that could be considered overdue, none of which really evoke Van Halen's influence or legacy. Like, where is the other twin brother guitar/drums band, Pantera?

The engine is also, for whatever reason, just way sloppier this time around, somehow using WT assets when 5 and Band Hero were out by this point. Complete travesty besides a few obviously fun guitar picks.
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2023-12-26T18:57:05Z
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dillemmas Guitar Hero: Van Halen 2023-12-09T05:16:17Z
2023-12-09T05:16:17Z
3.5
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NyxVision42 Guitar Hero: Van Halen 2023-11-11T17:01:24Z
PS3 • XNA
2023-11-11T17:01:24Z
3.0
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freeziez Guitar Hero: Van Halen 2023-11-05T05:46:15Z
Xbox 360 • US
2023-11-05T05:46:15Z
3.0
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  • TheSleeper 2021-10-26 21:26:55.785556+00
    not as good as GHM but it pulls the based move of not including ANYTHING post 1984
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    Weirdest track choices in the entire series
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