I'm a sucker for music games, as you can probably tell by looking at my achievements. I got GH:VH for free as a promotion by buying GH5. Unfortunately, to paraphrase one reviewer, I can see why they gave this one out for free.
Let me make it clear right now... at this point, there are so many games that basically you're buying GH:VH for the songs it includes, since the same basic style is the same no matter which (newer) music game you're playing. You're paying for the soundtrack.
I don't hate this disc... I don't even dislike it. However, "strong disappointment" comes to mind. First of all, even though GH:VH was released after GH5, it still has more elements akin to GH:World Tour than the excellent GH5 (including party mode, amongst other things).
As another reviewer already said, GH:VH follows almost the exact same format as GH:Metallica: some songs by the band, some songs by... others. And that's where some of the problem lies. Metallica made a point of choosing heroes of theirs for some of the songs, songs that they'd actually covered (like "Tuesday's Gone" by Skynyrd, "Stone Cold Crazy" by Queen, etc.). Van Halen, on the other hand basically (as Eddie actually said) let Wolfgang Van Halen pick some songs to fill the game out. As a result, we get songs like "Stacy's Mom" and "Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)". These songs seem to fit in with Van Halen's style about as much as... well, they're all rock.
Also, the inclusion of only David Lee Roth songs is perplexing. As much animosity as there has been within the band, it seems that basically VH is spiting Sammy Hagar at the expense of those among us who really liked the Hagar era as well. (Don't get me wrong, but I think the songwriting got better with Hagar, and I *really* REALLY wanted to play "Poundcake".) What's even more strange is that since VH (I'm assuming) owns the rights to all the songs, it wouldn't have been an issue to include the songs, although they may have had to do without Hagar's image on stage. (So Roth sings Hagar... so what?)
The achievements aren't really any different than most other music games. There are some easy ones (do the tutorial, watch a song extra) and some more grind-y ones (play all VH songs on all 4 instruments, 5-star all songs on each instrument). Like I said, what sets this apart is the soundtrack, and that's where I'm disappointed. 47 songs, but only 25 are by VH, and the latest of those ("Panama", released in 1983) is the first song of the game.
Please, guys... I'll pay for DLC if you'll let us have the Hagar songs, too.
3 stars, because it isn't much different from every other music game out there, not as good technically as the far superior GH5 which came out before this did, and for the only okay soundtrack. (Yes, it's Van Halen, but it could have been SO MUCH MORE.) Wait for the price to come down.