Guitar Hero: Van Halen review

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

Release date: Dec 22 2009 - Wii, PS2, Xbox 360, PS3 (US)
Feb 19 2010 - Wii, PS2, Xbox 360, PS3 (UK)
Available Platforms: Wii, PS2, Xbox 360, PS3
Genre: Other Games/Compilations
Published by: Activision
Developed by: Neversoft, Budcat Creations
Franchise: Guitar Hero
ESRB Rating:
Teen: Mild Lyrics, Mild Suggestive Themes
PEGI Rating:


  • MrDuracraft - February 16, 2010 6:59 p.m.

    Unfortunately Wriggly is right. These games were the best in their original few. Now they are just one of those things where the name alone sells millions of copies. Recaptcha: Decision Canada. Winter Olympics connection :o
  • Wriggly - February 15, 2010 11:54 p.m.

    A year? Needs longer than that at this rate, they're starting to turn into the shovel-ware of the Wii.
  • TheIronMaiden - February 13, 2010 7:07 p.m.

    I'm sick of rock band and guitar hero....good god it was fun 5 years ago, both companies need to give it a rest for a year...I'm sick of seeing these stupid games pop up on my store shelves and just sit there. I mean theres what, 3 for the ds alone that almost never get touched?? Cmon had your run, but now its time to pass the torch.
  • The_Author - February 13, 2010 9:31 a.m.

    This is where Rock Band is far superior... The songs in the Beatles and Green Day games, are all songs by those respective bands, no covers by other bands, or other bands songs!
  • Hobojedi - February 13, 2010 5:49 a.m.

    I agree
  • WillisTron - February 11, 2010 9:10 p.m.

    Guitar Hero has lost it's flair

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