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Guitar Hero: Van Halen review

Casual fans need not apply

For

  • Some great songs
  • Awesome guitar solos
  • Still rocks pretty hard

Against

  • Crappy cover songs
  • No bonus material
  • No career mode

There have been enough of these dedicated rhythym-action games to give devs an idea of what makes a good one. Here’s our checklist: first, take a group with plenty of memorable hits that are fun to play on multiple plastic instruments. Then add a selection of tunes by bands that have been influenced by said hits. Thirdly, stuff the remainder of the disk with audio/visual memorabilia that’ll delight fans.

Yes, Van Halen arguably tick the first box – Jump has a great, erm, keyboard riff, and the solos are some of the most spectacular-sounding ever tapped out on a guitar. But the bonus tracks? What the hell is Semi-Charmed Life by Third Eye Blind doing on there? And bonus materials? There’s none to be seen. The shoddy character models don’t even show off Guitar H’s trademark polish.

It gets worse – you don’t get to play out Van Halen’s rise to fame – instead just plod through the tracks unlocking stars. Fans will squeeze out some fun but this is the laziest GH yet.

Feb 11, 2010

More Info

GenreOther Games/Compilations
Description<p>You don&#8217;t get to play out Van Halen&#8217;s rise to fame &#8211; instead just plod through the tracks unlocking stars. Fans will squeeze out some fun but this is the laziest GH yet.</p>
Franchise nameGuitar Hero
UK franchise nameGuitar Hero
PlatformWii, PS2, Xbox 360, PS3
US censor ratingTeen, Teen, Teen, Teen
UK censor rating12+, 12+, 12+, 12+
Release date:22 December 2009 (US), 19 February 2010 (UK)
Available platforms:Xbox 360
Genre:Other Games/Compilations
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