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Guitar Hero: Metallica

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 3
85
3.7
PlayStation 2
79
4.5
Xbox 360
81
3.6
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Description

Guitar Hero: Metallica is the second game in the Guitar Hero series to focus on specific band, following the release of Guitar Hero: Aerosmith.

This title largely borrows from the novelties introduced in Guitar Hero: World Tour, with band career modes for single or multiple players with a storyline drawn as a cartoon, competitive modes online, and the possibility to play with different instruments such as a regular guitar, a bass guitar, drums, and doing the vocals. The storyline describes how a band wants to follow in the footsteps of the Metallica and become a leading act on their tour. This edition adds an Expert+ difficulty mode where players need to drum using a second bass pedal to mimic the playing style of Lars Ulrich, the drummer of the band. The members also did motion capture sessions for the avatars in the game.

The music selection consists of 28 master recordings and 21 additional songs by others selected by the band. Bonus features include various videos and trivia about the songs. Progress is made by completing sets of songs, rather than a series of gigs as in Guitar Hero: World Tour, set in venues that were in important in the band's career. Performances are rated with stars and a certain amount is needed to progress and unlock a new set.

The game also includes the GHTunes from World Tour where new songs can be created and shared. A new Drum Mode offers the possibility to play the drums without an existing drum track to create new rhythms, and the Battle mode (from Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock), has been updated with Metallica influences for the power-ups, with names like Fade To Black, Under The Ice and Ride The Lightning.

Although released in Europe packaged with a guitar controller and Metallica faceplate, other regions were not so fortunate and only received a solus edition. Custom drumsticks and a second bass pedal were offered as pre-order bonuses in certain stores.

The Metallica tracklist includes:
  • All Nightmare Long
  • Battery
  • Broken, Beat & Scarred
  • Creeping Death
  • Cyanide
  • Disposable Heroes
  • Dyers Eve
  • Enter Sandman
  • Fade to Black
  • Fight Fire with Fire
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Frantic
  • Fuel
  • Hit the Lights
  • King Nothing
  • Master of Puppets
  • The Memory Remains
  • Mercyful Fate (Medley)
  • My Apocalypse
  • No Leaf Clover (Live)
  • Nothing Else Matters
  • One
  • Orion
  • Sad But True
  • Seek & Destroy
  • The Shortest Straw
  • The Thing That Should Not Be
  • The Unforgiven
  • Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
  • Wherever I May Roam
  • Whiplash
The guest tracklist includes:
  • Alice in Chains - No Excuses
  • Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band - Turn the Page (Live)
  • Corrosion of Conformity - Albatross
  • Diamond Head - Am I Evil?
  • Foo Fighters - Stacked Actors
  • Judas Priest - Hell Bent for Leather
  • Kyuss - Demon Cleaner
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd - Tuesday's Gone
  • Machine Head - Beautiful Mourning
  • Mastodon - Blood and Thunder
  • Mercyful Fate - Evil
  • Michael Schenker Group - Armed and Ready
  • Motörhead - Ace of Spades
  • Queen - Stone Cold Crazy
  • Samhain - Mother of Mercy
  • Slayer - War Ensemble
  • Social Distortion - Mommy's Little Monster (Live)
  • Suicidal Tendencies - War Inside My Head
  • System of a Down - Toxicity
  • The Sword - The Black River
  • Thin Lizzy - The Boys Are Back in Town
Metallica songs of the Death Magnetic album bought for previous versions are incorporated into the game.

Screenshots

Guitar Hero: Metallica Xbox 360 The "story" is once again advanced with cartoon-cutscenes.
Guitar Hero: Metallica Xbox 360 Close-up on my awesome rocking skills.
Guitar Hero: Metallica Xbox 360 Rached rank 3 - don't know what it's for but who am I to complain?
Guitar Hero: Metallica Xbox 360 Guess which song is currently playing. Come on, you can do it!

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The Press Says

The A.V. Club PlayStation 3 Apr 27, 2009 A 100
PSX Extreme PlayStation 3 Mar 31, 2009 9.4 out of 10 94
Eurogamer.es PlayStation 3 May 22, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Gameplanet PlayStation 3 May 28, 2009 9 out of 10 90
GameFocus PlayStation 3 Apr 13, 2009 8.7 out of 10 87
Good Game PlayStation 3 May 25, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85
Meristation Xbox 360 May 20, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85
3D Juegos PlayStation 2 May 25, 2009 7.7 out of 10 77
Video Game Talk PlayStation 3 Jun 12, 2009 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Game 2.0 Xbox 360 Jun 11, 2009 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Guitar Hero: Metallica appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

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