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Guitar Hero: Van Halen Shreds US Shelves On December 22

Activision will start the music-based video game insanity on September 1 with Guitar Hero 5, continue forward with DJ Hero, and now, it has been revealed they will cap off the holiday season with Guitar Hero: Van Halen.

As reported by GameSpot, Activision has revealed that the next Guitar Hero spin-off will hit North American store shelves on December 22; it will be available for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, and PS2. We've already seen entire GH titles dedicated to other legendary rock bands, like Metallica and Aerosmith, so it stands to reason that Van Halen should be next on the list. For the record, the competition will soon be coming with The Beatles: Rock Band, in case you can't get enough of those plastic guitars. Guitar Hero: Van Halen will feature 25 tracks (plus 3 playable solos by shredding God Eddie Van Halen), plus 19 other bands, including Queens of the Stone Age, Queen, Weezer, The Offspring, Billy Idol, Judas Priest, The Clash, and more. Check out the previous link for the full track list - it's pretty damn bad-ass - and see if you'll be able to resist the rock goodness. However, we've just learned from Eurogamer that Van Halen won't hit European stores until next year; the game has a "TBD 2010" launch date.

So anyway, are you prepared to go for both Guitar Hero 5 and Guitar Hero: Van Halen this Christmas season? Here's an idea: buy one; put the other on the holiday wish list.

Related Game(s): Guitar Hero: Van Halen

8/6/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (39 posts)

kevinater321
Thursday, August 06, 2009 @ 12:43:44 PM
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Great just what we needed lol

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Jawknee
Thursday, August 06, 2009 @ 12:47:43 PM

I know right? Haha

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chucknasty
Thursday, August 06, 2009 @ 12:53:19 PM
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Personally I am waiting for the Jonas Brothers edition.

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ThePearlJamer
Thursday, August 06, 2009 @ 1:02:30 PM

lmao...the special edition could come with purity rings...lol

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, August 06, 2009 @ 2:49:58 PM

please be kidding

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ThePearlJamer
Thursday, August 06, 2009 @ 3:21:25 PM

I was...we can only hope chucknasty was too...lol

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ThePearlJamer
Thursday, August 06, 2009 @ 1:12:11 PM
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A. I'm not getting this because it's getting ridiculous with all the countless installments each year and

B. For a full priced game, even if I was interested they scimp you on the songs. For $60, I minus well just buy like 5 or 6 Van Halen albums

C. With all the installments of GH and RB and the money people have invested over the years, if you don't already have one you're better off just buying a real guitar and actually learning the songs yourself...

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Jawknee
Thursday, August 06, 2009 @ 2:16:28 PM

A real guitar over guitar hero has always been my advice. For the price of GH you can get a decent newb Yamaha.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, August 06, 2009 @ 2:50:30 PM

wait.. you "minus well"?

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Reccaman18
Thursday, August 06, 2009 @ 5:58:55 PM

I hear ya on that one, Jawknee. But my guitar of choice would be one of Dave Mustaine's signature series Dean guitars. The "Angel of Death" is my fav, but it is $1300. Of course, I'd settle for the $300 one.

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Jawknee
Thursday, August 06, 2009 @ 7:53:08 PM

Ah yes! Thumbs down cause I prefer a REAL guitar over a fake plastic one. Awesome!

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Banky A
Thursday, August 06, 2009 @ 11:19:47 PM

Real guitar FTW!

Guitar Hero is too hard :(
And I play guitar, it's a weird thing that happens to me and my guitar buddies. We just can't play the game to save our asses.

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Swim_Irr
Thursday, August 06, 2009 @ 2:13:45 PM
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Milk that cow, activision....

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, August 06, 2009 @ 2:51:18 PM
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*Points at activision and laughs*

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Oxvial
Thursday, August 06, 2009 @ 4:16:55 PM
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I'm proud to say that I never liked and buyed anything of this franchise.

I love metal music(Judas,Maiden,Slayer,Pantera,Opeth,Amon Amarth,Enslaved..etc) but common this game is soooo repetitive.



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BeezleDrop
Thursday, August 06, 2009 @ 5:13:28 PM
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The only time GH was tolerable was when Dethkloks Thunder horse was on it. Why don't they make a GH where you can play any song you want, maybe songs you like. Either way GH is super lame. I'm with Jawknee, play a real instrument. Its not hard.

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TEG3SH
Thursday, August 06, 2009 @ 5:25:07 PM
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i love mcdonalds . weird comment i know :)
but where is that guy limited vertigo although we always headbutted but i miss him not being around .............................not
lol lol lol

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JMO_INDY
Thursday, August 06, 2009 @ 6:08:23 PM
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ok i just thought I should add this, from G4tv . c o m

Invader1 writes

These Xbox users are just mad because they can't play Killzone 2, LBP, Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time, Infamous, Final Fantasy XIII, Gran Turismo 5, Heavy Rain, MGS4, Resistance 2, and MAG.

Then plasma_cake responds

First of all FF XIII is on the 360, secound we will have Metal Gear Solid: Rising which will probably be better then MGS4. The only games I really want to play on that list is Killzone 2, LBP, MAG, Resistance 2 and Infamous and xbox 360 has just as good games, maybe even better.

then this guy TheCount24 replys

Are you crazy...First of all FF13 is coming to xbox and so is Metal Gear Solid. SEcond of all, Xbox is outselling PS3 at least 2 to 1. Third of all, We have Halo and Gears of War, which outsells any game on the PS3, plus is much better then any game on the PS3....Why do you think the PS3 is dying and will be dead within the next few years...That's why companies like Activision are threatening to stop making games for PS3 because it is not selling enough hardware or software. Get your facts straight. It will be Microsoft, Nintendo and maybe Apple might come into play in the next generations. SONY WILL THANK GOD BE DEAD.

This is an epic fail on plasma's and The Count's behalf, MGS:Rising be better then MGS 4, keep dreaming pal, MGS being on Xbox makes me sick, they dont deserve it. Weve got FF14, we have alot more quality games, Apple?, Really? PS3 not selling enough hardware, last time I checked, PS is outselling X-Box, these people fail in epic fashion. I just thought this stupid and idiotic fanboy nonsense should be brought to attention, so people could see why PSX is better and fanboy free since 1999.

Last edited by JMO_INDY on 8/6/2009 6:08:45 PM

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Oxvial
Thursday, August 06, 2009 @ 6:18:05 PM

even if MGS Rising is going to be better they are going to miss a big part of the history of the game just for be a microsoft fanboy.

btw that was really offtopic =p

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kevinater321
Thursday, August 06, 2009 @ 6:33:39 PM

no need to post these fan wars here. Let people bicker but please do not bring it into this sanctuary.

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Jawknee
Thursday, August 06, 2009 @ 6:43:55 PM

Eeeh, why post this here?

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JMO_INDY
Thursday, August 06, 2009 @ 6:51:43 PM

just reminding everyone how much more mature and calm this website is. Ut welcome, haha jk

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, August 06, 2009 @ 8:47:33 PM

Well, thanks, but we work hard to keep crap like that out...we don't need to SEE it to know it's crap. ;)

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Jawknee
Thursday, August 06, 2009 @ 11:46:28 PM

The funniest thing about nerdrage is they are what they dispise. Ha!

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Deleted User
Thursday, August 06, 2009 @ 6:44:01 PM
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whoever said "learn to play a real instrument, its not that hard" must be joking.

I have a real guitar. I still play Rock Band because anyone can pick up and play it, I epicly fail at playing my actual guitar.

and before you go and say "you just need to put time into it" I'd rather not, since the rest of my time is spent on my actual lifes work. I play games like Rock Band purely for fun.

but on to the topic at hand. I don't plan on picking up any Band specific game. It seems like a waste compaired to the main games, wich let you play a huge variety of songs via DLC.

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Jawknee
Thursday, August 06, 2009 @ 7:57:48 PM

Learning to play a real guitar is tough for sure. But it's more rewarding then pretending to play other peoples music on a platic guitar. But if you think guitar hero is fun then more power to you. :) I just never understood why this game was so fun. Being a musician it's tough appreciating stuff like guitar hero.

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Banky A
Thursday, August 06, 2009 @ 11:21:48 PM

If it helps, I find Guitar Hero harder lol..
You have one up on me.

So I bow down to you my Lord.

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Deleted User
Friday, August 07, 2009 @ 1:21:28 AM

easy, its about people who can't play music, dont have time to learn it, being able to interact with their favorite songs, play with their friends.

Its like telling an COD fan to actually join the army.

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Oxvial
Friday, August 07, 2009 @ 1:33:41 AM

''Its like telling an COD fan to actually join the army.''

Sir you deserve thumb down for that bad comparative .

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Deleted User
Friday, August 07, 2009 @ 4:52:20 AM

I'm compairing the reasons for playing the games, not compairing the real life counterparts.

that would be rediculous.

how about this then.
Tell all FPS players to go play paintball (there thats nicer I guess)
Tell all Music gamers to go play real instruments
Tell all Skateboard gamers to go buy a real skateboard.
Tell all Racing game fans to go race a real car.
Tell all Sports game fans to go play the real sport

all those are equally stupid statements. We play these games to enjoy them, experience something we love without any of the reprocussions, be it losing time, losing health, losing life.

with games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero its definately not as severe, but we'd still lose alot of valuable time learning real songs. And even then we won't ever get to play along with the sound we're accustomed to. Unless we actually become rockstars, wich most of us can't afford, we'll never be as good as those classic bands that we can just pick up and play with in these games.

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Oxvial
Friday, August 07, 2009 @ 9:39:05 AM

You dont lose time valuable time learning music if its something you like and you dont need to be talented to get fun with that.







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Deleted User
Friday, August 07, 2009 @ 12:15:04 PM

yea, no really? nice observation there. You're not getting what I'm saying, so I'm gonna stop

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Oxvial
Friday, August 07, 2009 @ 2:22:06 PM

I only get the GH fanboy that you are.

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Banky A
Friday, August 07, 2009 @ 4:26:46 PM

I've been playing Gran Turismo 4 and 5 non stop and I really wanna' try race driving once I get enough skills and cash (and license lol).

;)

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BeezleDrop
Thursday, August 06, 2009 @ 9:15:08 PM
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My point precisely, thx Jawknee.

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___________
Friday, August 07, 2009 @ 3:46:04 AM
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god this brings the count of GH games to how many this year. 5?
lets see.
GH metalica.
GH greatest hits.
GH 5.
GH van halen.
and i think theres another band rip off in the works.
add other music games like band hero dj hero and brutal ledgend.
well ill just say this theres no drought for music games, and with activision at the helm it wont be to long till were droning in them.

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___________
Friday, August 07, 2009 @ 3:53:48 AM
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i wish one of these "game journalists"
would go up to activision and ask them how it feels to be the most hated company in the industry.
i would love to hear there response.
not that i think they care, all there worried about is keeping there million dollar mansions and trophy model wife's.
im starting to think they feed off our hate, because the more pathetic they get the more we hate them so the worse they get.
i think everyones going to have to start loving them, to get them to change.
so whos first?

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maxpontiac
Friday, August 07, 2009 @ 12:28:45 PM
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Love Van Halen. All of it.

But to not include any of the Sammy songs is a joke, and an insult to this VH fan.

Would have actually bought this one, but now, no thanks Eddie.

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556pineapple
Friday, August 07, 2009 @ 2:17:59 PM
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Unnecessary.

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