Guitar Hero: Van Halen (Xbox 360)

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Guitar Hero Van Halen brings to life the virtuosity and unadulterated fun that has made Van Halen one of the most successful and popular rock and roll acts of the past 30 years. Along with 19 other larger than life musical artists and over 25 of Van Halens greatest hits from Jump to Panama, the set list crafted for Guitar Hero Van Halen is the perfect combination of high-energy rock that will appeal to a wide range of fans. Virtual rock stars can jam together regardless of physical location in the online Quickplay mode, compete head-to-head in Face-Off, Pro Face-Off, Battle and eight-player Battle of the Bands game modes plus create, record, edit and share their own unique compositions in the Music Studio.

  • In the Spotlight with Rock Legends Guitar Hero Van Halen brings the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees to life, delivering players a unique way to experience the energy, attitude and music from one the most accomplished bands in the world. The game lets Guitar Hero fans join together to shred on the guitar controller, rip on the drum kit controller and wail on the mic as they rock the globe with Van Halen and a host of other artists playing the coolest venues and concerts while rocking out to the ultimate party music.
  • I Want it All and I Want it Now With rockin anthems from a host of globally renowned artists spanning various genres of music including Lenny Kravitz, Weezer, Foreigner, Queen and Blink-182 coupled with 25 of Van Halens greatest hits from Jump to Panama and three of Eddie Van Halens most epic guitar solos the set list crafted for Guitar Hero Van Halen is the perfect combination of fret rippin riffs, party pumpin jams and block rockin beats.
  • We Built This City on Rock and Roll With tracks ranging from the immensely fun Foo Fighters Best of You to music showcasing the technical expertise of Van Halens Eruption, the easy to play, yet difficult to master gameplay that living room legends have grown to love makes a triumphant encore in Guitar Hero Van Halen.
  • Enroll in Rock 101 Even the most advanced rock and roll aficionados will learn a thing or two at the school of hard rock in Guitar Hero Van Halen. While gamers wont have homework, they will be introduced to information from each song throughout the set list in Rock Facts which become available after completing a song in Career mode.
  • You Really Got Me Guitar Hero Van Halen brings the band back on stage allowing gamers to share in the social and expressive Guitar Hero experience. Virtual rock stars can jam together regardless of physical location in the online Quickplay mode, compete head-to-head in Face-Off, Pro Face-Off, Battle and eight-player Battle of the Bands game modes plus create, record, edit and share their own unique compositions in the Music Studio.
  • ESRB Rating: TEEN with Mild Lyrics and Mild Suggestive Themes


Genre: Music & Party
Model No.: 95799
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.3
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.0 x 0.5 x 7.5
Assembled in Country of Origin: USA or Imported
Origin of Components: USA or Imported

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Customer Reviews | 3 reviews | 3.7 out of 5

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Customer review by jeryt0000

5.0 stars by jeryt0000

If you grew up when I did and you like like Van Halen, then you will like this game, I just got mine free from buying Guitar Hero 5, I think Van Halen is the best one yet.

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For Van Halen Fans Only

Customer review by Angeldaemon333

3.0 stars by Angeldaemon333

i recently got this game for free in the mail through the promotion with buying guitar hero 5. as far as gameplay goes it's the same that guitar hero fans have come to love. as far as the game goes as a whole it feels very rushed and incomplete. i'm not sure if it's incomplete but it definitely feels that way because it doesnt have the same overall feel as guitar hero metallica did. it's more like the older aerosmith game. theres no story and mostly when you beat the game it doesnt feel like you've accomplished anything. in order to beat the game you must complete every song on the track listing, which there doesn't seem to be enough of either. there's somewhere around 25 tracks from van halen and a short list of mostly mediocre tracks from opening acts. by far the worst track listing yet for a guitar hero game. personally i think since they set the new standard so high with guitar hero 5 that they fell very short with van halen. they have taken a few steps back instead of following up with the graphics and gameplay features of 5. like i said b4 i dont know if this is basically a beta version they gave out for free and will polish it up b4 release this christmas but if not and this is the final product then i say save your money for another guitar hero title or perhaps one of the rock band games. the only way i can see spending 60$ ont his game is if you are a huge fan of van halen and just have to have it or to complete your collection of guitar hero games like myself (i'm a big fan of guitar hero and have all of them but smash hits). so i hope this ehlps all of you decide whether or not to buy it. personally i'd say borrow it from someone you know that has it already through the promotion or wait till it's rentable b4 purchase. overall i give it 3 1/2 stars out of 5. it's not a bad game it just falls short of the quality we have all come to expect from Guitar hero.

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A band biography with missing chapters

Customer review by 9999Hitpoints

3.0 stars by 9999Hitpoints

When I pop in a Band-Centric Guitar Hero game, I expect to be treated to a visual and musical time capsule full of all of the band’s definitive moments, a decent collection of their songs spanning their career, and a treasure chest of little known facts, rare memorabilia, and well, some evidence that the band itself was involved with the game. After bringing Guitar Hero: Van Halen to a close, I don’t see my criteria met. Instead, I ran through my third (fourth if I bought Smash Hits) Guitar Hero game of 2009, and after finishing it, I don’t feel like I’ve learned much about Van Halen itself. By now, anyone who hasn’t played a guitar hero game shouldn’t start with Van Halen. If you have this game, you either A) Followed up on the free voucher offer after purchasing Guitar hero 5, B) Are a Van Halen fan, estatic to see them in their own music game, or C) Proving it’s possible to play Guitar Hero all year round, since a new game is released by the time you finish the previous one. If this is your first foray into Guitar Hero, or any music game for that matter, I highly recommend picking up one from the main series in the series first. For the same price as GH: Van Halen, Guitar Hero 5 has 85 songs from a larger variety of artists, while Guitar Hero 4 (World Tour), just a year older, has 86. Since we’re dealing with a band-centric game, expect to hear a lot of Van Halen, and not much else. The same familiar formula of playing is present here, but without getting too technical, Van Halen’s game engine is the same as GH Metallica’s, making it “older” than Guitar Hero 5. This is all well and good, but it’s an odd choice on Activision’s part, because it was released after GH 5. In my opinion, this isn’t as much of a setback, because the controls feel a lot tighter under this engine compared to GH 5. The songs are note tracked pretty well. The difficulty curve steadily rises as you make your way through the set list, alternating with a venue for guest artist tracks, and a venue for Van Halen’s music. There isn’t a point where you’ll ace one song and the following song will be so far over your head you won’t know where to begin. The slider sections, characterized by transparent notes connected by a clear rope, are still pretty useless, because they are just thrown in randomly, or when you reach a very “difficult” section where the game expects you to use it, its just easier to flail on the keys. By now, most of us know what to expect with Guitar Hero, so the only factor that handicaps Van Halen is it’s presentation. I’m betting that Van Halen fans will be disappointed once they notice the game completely omits their bassist of 31 years, Michael Anthony, and their second vocalist who fronted the band for 13 years, Sammy Hagar. While Anthony’s absence can be overlooked (Metallica featured songs from all three of their Bassists, so it could have been done here too), the decision not to include any work from Hagar effectively cuts off the chance to feature any songs from their albums after their last album with original and current front man, David Lee Roth, 1984. All this cutting, trimming and removing results in a setlist that only features 25 of their songs, with 3 of Eddie’s solos. I believe the amount of material they’ve recorded from 1978 to 1998 should warrant more than 28 tracks. Tacked on are 19 songs from guest bands/artists, some who have a questionable affiliation with VH, coming to a grand total of 47 tracks. Don’t get me wrong, Van Halen’s music is decent, and fans of their legacy would quickly find a handful of their favorite tracks here. GH fan’s prayers have finally been answered with the long overdue addition of Eddie’s famed solo, Eruption. Hang ‘Em High, Panama and Jump are all easily recognizable classics, and are a blast to play. Guest tracks like Deep Purple’s Space Truckin’ and Queen’s I Want It All complement Van Halen perfectly, but oddballs like Stacy’s Mom by Fountains of Wayne seem well, out of place. Once you’ve played through all of the songs or just your favorites, that’s pretty much the end of the game. There’s really no further indication of the band’s involvement with this game, which is very surprising. There’s cheesy footage of the band in awkward mo-cap suits recording their movements on stage(a la Metallica), no rare pictures, band interviews(Aerosmith), or even a “hey, thanks for playing our game!” message from the band. Beyond playing the songs on our plastic instruments, the only way we know its Van Halen is when the four of them are on the stage. Guitar Hero: Van Halen is a decent game when not stacked up against it’s contemporaries. It continues to feature the great gameplay that Guitar Hero is known for. But since this game focuses on the legacy of a single band, their presentation is just as important as the game itself. Players who know nothing of Van Halen’s background will be treated to a history lesson that leaves out a handful of important events and people. In Van Halens case, its inexcusable to not even mention the time and effort Michael Anthony and Sammy Hagar put in.

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