The Van Halen Video Game That Ended Being Given Away For Free

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In the late 2000s, Guitar Hero and Rock Band dominated the gaming scene. However, when Guitar Hero Van Halen was announced in 2009, it faced challenges that hinted at its impending struggle.

Activision, the game’s publisher, had found success with band-centric releases like Guitar Hero Aerosmith. Yet, signs indicated that Guitar Hero Van Halen might not be a hit. The decision to represent only the current Van Halen lineup in the game sparked controversy, especially excluding the Sammy Hagar era.

Guitar Hero Van Halen’s Tracklist

Featuring 25 songs from the David Lee Roth era and 19 non-Van Halen tracks, the game left fans and critics puzzled. Wolfgang Van Halen revealed that he chose the additional tracks, expressing his fandom for those artists.

Amidst a lack of innovation in the Guitar Hero franchise and declining sales, Activision tried to boost interest by offering free copies of Guitar Hero Van Halen to those who pre-ordered Guitar Hero 5. However, the game’s reception was far from favorable.

Upon release, Guitar Hero Van Halen faced harsh criticism for its revisionist history, limited setlist, and lack of innovation. Sales were reported to be underwhelming, marking a disappointing chapter in the rhythm gaming era.

Guitar Hero Van Halen’s struggles showcased the challenges faced by once-thriving franchises in an evolving gaming landscape.

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