'Guitar Hero 5' Offering Free 'Guitar Hero: Van Halen'

The Rhythm Game Wars continue their bloody march to the holiday season. The latest volley of "Guitar Hero" vs. "Rock Band"? The above deal, which you can check out here.

The long and the short of it is, if you pre-order "Guitar Hero 5," you can mail in and get a free copy of "Guitar Hero: Van Halen" when that drops later this year. It looks like normal copies of "GH5" are viable, and that you don't need to buy the whole instrument pack or anything.

Clearly Activision is not messing around when it comes to their prized music franchise. The only question remaining: Will deals like this and a week head start be enough to battle "The Beatles" juggernaut?