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The A.V. Club (Apr 27, 2009)
Guitar Hero has reached its apex. It may be downhill from here.
TotalPlayStation (Apr 12, 2009)
I've been a huge Harmonix fan since they created FreQuency and will openly admit that I never thought Neversoft could beat them at their own game. With Guitar Hero: Metallica they just did. And now the real battle can start.
Worth Playing (Apr 12, 2009)
The bottom line is if you're a Metallica fan, there's no reason for you not to be playing Guitar Hero: Metallica right now. In fact, if you haven't bought it yet, you should kick yourself all the way to the store as punishment for your sins. The title also holds up as an exceptional entry in even a generic sense as the music, gameplay, extras and visuals all hold up as the best we've seen in the genre thus far. GH: Metallica does everything almost perfectly, and if this level of perfection holds for the next full product refresh (Guitar Hero: Universal Tour perhaps?), then we'll be in for a real treat. Get this game right now, and then rock until your fingers bleed.
GameZone (Apr 15, 2009)
One of the best Guitar Hero’s to date. It has a great selection of songs, bands, and not to mention, rock legends. There is no way it could go wrong.
PSX Extreme (Mar 31, 2009)
Since I covered most of the game's offerings in sound earlier on, it's time for the conclusion, and it's a simple one. Guitar Hero: Metallica is the best damn Guitar Hero game ever. Not only does it boast a collection of Metallica tracks, but also a collection of other amazing bands. Unlike GH: Aerosmith, GH: Metallica is non-stop excitement at all times, powered by a menacing soundtrack that simply never quits. The addition of a double bass pedal, as well as modes carried over from World Tour, and even the Drum Over mode are all great touches, not to mention the extras such as all of the Metallifacts, the archived footage, and so forth. There is simply nothing left to say other than: this game is absolutely incredible.
In the end Guitar Hero Metallica is exactly what the name implies. If you are not a fan of either then there is nothing here to change your mind. However if you love either this is easily the best band-specific incarnation yet. Metallica songs just seem to lend themselves to this type of game. The note charts are a blast and the presentation is top-notch. Outside of not being able to import your World Tour DLC there is little to gripe about with this game. Fans of Metallica be warned, you may lose sleep trying to full combo Master of Puppets on Expert and love it.
GamePro (US) (Apr 06, 2009)
This challenging, yet super-satisfying addition is reflective of the faux rock god status you'll enjoy on most of the tracks -- including those of Metallica-hand-picked artists such as Foo Fighters and Queen -- as Metallica's varied catalog lends itself so well to the rhythm game genre. That said, this entry is more challenging than previous Guitar Hero efforts, so newcomers should hone their plastic guitar-playing skills on World Tour before braving this one. Once you've learned to shred with the big boys, though, feel free to stage-dive into one of Guitar Hero's best encores yet.
Extreme Gamer (Apr 24, 2009)
All together Guitar Hero: Metallica gives up 49 Rocking Tunes, 28 of which belong to the rock monsters Metallica. This makes Guitar Hero: Metallica the perfect add-on for Guitar Hero fans looking to turn up their stereo's and shred. Jumping into the fire, past the blues-rock of Aerosmith, Metallica gives a well-rounded, equally challenging experience for all the instruments in the band. I couldn’t think of another artist who would have done the Guitar Hero franchise more justice. This is a must have for all Metallica, and Guitar Hero fans. Give me fuel, give me fire, and give me Guitar Hero: Metallica.
GameDaily (Mar 30, 2009)
If you love music/rhythm games and looking for a new challenge or you just love Metallica, you need to buy this video game. More downloadable content would've made this the best Guitar Hero yet, but as it stands, it still rocks. Snag it and obey your master.
Guitar Hero: Metallica is nearly everything that a fan would want. An amazing track list compiling important songs from every album of the bands history, solid character animations of the band, accurate representations of the stages the band has played on that fans will recognize, a digital "diary" of the band, and even special attacks in the Battle mode. There's not much else you could ask for. Guitar Hero: Metallica sets the bar for upcoming band-specific titles. Let's hope they can keep up with the Metal Rock Gods.
GamesRadar (Apr 03, 2009)
The Metallica integration goes deeper than the music itself – the band members all appear in the game, although career mode finds you playing not as anyone IN Metallica, but as the band opening for them while on tour. You can use some Metallica samples in the music creation mode. Many venues important to the band’s career have been included. There’s also a ton of extra Metallica memorabilia: photos, obscure videos and trivia. The visual look is darker and more subdued as well, with black and gray tones often replacing the series’ usual Garish color palette. Which, like the rest of Guitar Hero: Metallica, is simply the most metal way to do it.
I wouldn't call myself more than a casual fan of Metallica, but I enjoyed playing the game and learning more about the band. Some of the tracks were new to me, but I enjoyed playing most of the music in the game and recommend it to both fans of the band and Guitar Hero players who are looking for some new challenges.
Gameplanet (May 28, 2009)
For everybody else - there's a huge amount of fun to be had, but if you're just starting out you might be better to pick up an earlier Guitar Hero game to learn the basics.
90 (May 30, 2009)
Overall anyone who loves Metallica will want to own this disc, and anyone who is a fan of the series so far cannot go without it. Guitar Hero: Metallica not only provides some of the most challenging songs yet but it also packs in loads more too, in fact it all goes so well that it really does feel like a marriage made in heaven.
90 (May 22, 2009)
En todo caso, las virtudes de Guitar Hero: Metallica superan con mucho a sus pocos defectos: Neversoft no sólo ha conseguido crear el videojuego perfecto para los fans de la banda de James Hetfield, sino también el espejo en el que deberán mirarse el resto de juegos musicales centrados en un único grupo a partir de ahora (y eso incluye a Harmonix y su Rock Band: The Beatles). Con una excelente ambientación, una lista de canciones envidiable y una pulida jugabilidad que ya conocemos a la perfección, es imposible no recomendarlo a los aficionados de los juegos musicales y las guitarras de plástico.
XGN (May 22, 2009)
Dit is gewoon een game die iedere fan van rock muziek en Guitar Hero in bezit moet hebben. Het is een absolute aanrader!
IGN (Mar 29, 2009)
Guitar Hero: Metallica is a great music game, one that has a track list that almost seems like it was written expressly for the purpose of this title. A lot of care was put into the production to ensure that it is both true to the band and its music, while also offering fans cool insight into the group's on-goings. It certainly doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it's been a while since I've had this much fun with a music game. The only thing keeping me from scoring it higher is the fact that it doesn't support most of the Guitar Hero DLC. Other than that, it's a great experience that Metallica fans should run out and get.
88 (May 22, 2009)
Huolimatta uramoodin ongelmista on selvää, että peli käyttää loistavasti hyväkseen Metallican kattavan uran kaikki osa-alueet. Näin ollen peli onnistuu nousemaan pelkän biisipaketin sijasta pakkohankinnaksi kaikille metallifaneille. Nähtäväksi jää, miten Harmonix vastaa bändipelien haasteeseen syksyllä ilmestyvällä Rock Band: Beatlesillaan.
The only misstep is the cheesy cartoon storyline, done in the style of the last few games. It seems out of character with Metallica’s image, and I would have preferred more documentary-style footage (I did appreciate the fan-shot videos and visual archive in the extras menu). Still, it’s a small quibble with a game that provides a whole lotta metal for your $60.
GameFocus (Apr 13, 2009)
Any fan of metal rock will find more than enough from both Metallica and the bands that inspired them. With great care taken to pick a stellar track list that best represent the band’s music this is a game that Metallica fans will not soon forget since it is most likely sitting on their game shelf now. If you’re a fan of metal music this is a must own.
Good Game (May 25, 2009)
As with all Guitar Heros, singing isn’t a strength of the game - the Singstar version of The Boys are Back in Town is much more fun. And I dunno about you, but I don’t have any friends that sound like Hetfield anyway. But the guitar, drums, and bass are all great on these tracks. 8.5/10 from me.
Vandal Online (May 28, 2009)
Metallica consiguieron redimirse en 2008 con el Death Magnetic. Neversoft ha conseguido lo mismo este año, con su mejor capítulo de la saga desde sus inicios con Guitar Hero III, y que prometen redirigir hacia un punto más neutro y profundo. Te guste o no el heavy metal, te guste o no la banda de James Hetfield, GH Metallica está concebido para disfrutar y sacar lo peor de nosotros: dos guitarras, un micrófono y la batería con doble bombo sacarán del armario todas nuestras chaquetas vaqueras y mallas negras. Vuelve el metal, back in black.
PlayStation Universe (Apr 11, 2009)
Ultimately, Guitar Hero Metallica doesn’t dazzle with loads of new features, but it has a refined style and enough quality Metallicontent to feel fresh. If you’re a Metallica fan, there’s no question to ponder: get this game. Even if you think Metallica is just alright, you should still check out Guitar Hero Metallica. To conclude, we respond to Guitar Hero’s classic success screen: “No, you rock!”
Game Chronicles (Apr 01, 2009)
I’m the first to admit I’m not the target audience for this game so my scores will not reflect my personal bias and distaste for the song selection. Instead, this score is for the Metallica fans who will be buying this game regardless of what I have to say, and hopefully the next Guitar Hero installment will continue to improve the technical side of things while offering some music more appealing to the masses and not just a niche group of hard rockers.
Pelit (Jun, 2009)
Minusta ei taida saada Metallican aktiivikuuntelijaa enää millään, mutta itse soittaessa vanhasta on helppo innostua vähäksi aikaa.
Pelaajalehti (Jun 03, 2009)
Guitar Hero: Metallica on kuitenkin suuri harppaus eteenpäin World Touriin ja etenkin Aerosmithiin verrattuna, ja peli asettaakin täysin uudet kriteerit yhteen bändiin keskittyville musiikkipeleille. Nähtäväksi jää, miten Harmonix vastaa haasteeseen Rock Band: Beatlesillaan.
Good Game (May 25, 2009)
Yeah, I think light Metallica fans will find themselves really interested in just 8 or so tracks. But those tracks are great to play and the main thing is it’s not another Rocks the 80’s. 8 from me.
D+PAD Magazine (Jun 06, 2009)
When all is said and done (or should that be rock ‘n’ rolled?), Guitar Hero: Metallica is what it is. As a showcase for the band’s music, it works wonderfully; as an exploration of the band itself it’s less successful. In either case, it will no doubt be lapped up by fans, and is most definitely a welcome addition to the Guitar Hero family. The biggest drawback is its price: £40 seems quite pricey for 49 songs (of which 28 are by Metallica), a number that pales in comparison somewhat to the 86 present on World Tour. Still, the fact remains that spending some time on stage with a virtual-Metallica can be a hugely invigorating experience, and fans of the band, or heavy metal in general, will quickly find their hands forming that most recognisable of gestures – the devil horns. And that’s clearly a sign of success.
80 (May 29, 2009)
Other than this grumble, there's little I can complain about with this release. If you're new to rock-rhythm games then you might be better off with either World Tour or Rock Band 2, since both titles offer more songs and a greater range of musical genres. On the other hand, if you're a big fan of Metallica and metal in general then this has everything you could want - just don't go expecting any massive innovation.
D+PAD Magazine (Jun 06, 2009)
When all is said and done (or should that be rock ‘n’ rolled?), Guitar Hero: Metallica is what it is. As a showcase for the band’s music, it works wonderfully; as an exploration of the band itself it’s less successful. In either case, it will no doubt be lapped up by fans, and is most definitely a welcome addition to the Guitar Hero family. The biggest drawback is its price: £40 seems quite pricey for 49 songs (of which 28 are by Metallica), a number that pales in comparison somewhat to the 86 present on World Tour. Still, the fact remains that spending some time on stage with a virtual-Metallica can be a hugely invigorating experience, and fans of the band, or heavy metal in general, will quickly find their hands forming that most recognisable of gestures – the devil horns. And that’s clearly a sign of success.
UOL Jogos (Apr 24, 2009)
Tecnicamente excelente, "Guitar Hero: Metallica" é um título para deixar eufórico qualquer fã do grupo que goste de videogame. A seleção musical traz algumas das melhores faixas da história do quarteto, com ênfase aos cinco primeiros discos. A escolha das canções das bandas convidadas também é coesa. Já para quem gosta simplesmente de jogos musicais, recomenda-se investir em títulos como "Guitar Hero: World Tour", que traz mais músicas pelo mesmo preço.
Gamer 2.0 (Apr 06, 2009)
As a stand-alone game Guitar Hero: Metallica is decent. The 49 songs in the game are all good, though it would be great to be able to export them to World Tour and have everything in one place. That said, all the extra Metallica related content on the disc does somewhat make up for this shortcoming. Though when you compare it to the 80+ songs on World Tour, it seems a little underwhelming. All in all, if you're a fan of Metal or Metallica, you are going to enjoy this game. If you're a fan of Rock, then this game probably isn't for you.
Jeux Vidéo Network (May 25, 2009)
Pas de doute, les amateurs de Metallica ne peuvent que se ruer sur ce nouveau Guitar Hero. Une cinquantaine de titres de qualité les attendent, faisant la part belle aux riffs saturés et à la double pédale. Ceci dit, le peu de nouveauté proposé d’un point de vue gameplay risque de décevoir ceux qui s’attendaient à autre chose qu’une grosse extension de Guitar Hero IV.
Game Revolution (Mar 28, 2009)
Perhaps in the limelight of Rock Band: Beatles, Guitar Hero: Metallica shouldn’t be left to the sidelines. If you hate how Metallica has “sold out”, then everyone already knows what you’ll do. But if you could care less about how others will point and laugh where others will kidnap and dump you off what others will think about having this in your game library, then it’s hard to envision a better game rock anthology for Metallica.
Video Game Talk (Jun 12, 2009)
It's not secret that I've been very critical of Neversoft ever since they've taken over the Guitar Hero franchise. For the first time, they finally hit almost all the right notes with Guitar Hero: Metallica. While I'm not a huge fan of their material after the Black Album, the game is set in such a way that you don't have to play a ton of songs you dislike in order to progress, and there are so many classics here that even the most hardcore Metallica fan will love it. The graphics are a major improvement over previous entries since III, and the sound is perfect. The only caveat is that the PS3 controllers seem to present a lag problem that hinders gameplay. But if you can live with that, Guitar Hero: Metallica comes Recommended.
70 (May 15, 2009)
S'il n'invente évidemment rien, Guitar Hero : Metallica est un opus de qualité capable de convenir aux fans du groupe américain comme à ceux qui aiment les playlists variées. Il pourra également séduire les batteurs fous qui réussissent l'exploit de s'ennuyer en Expert grâce à un mode encore plus relevé si l'on craque pour une seconde pédale à 20€. En résumé, ceux qui en ont les moyens pourront s'en donner à cœur joie en attendant que la série soit en mesure d'offrir quelque chose de réellement nouveau.
Game Shark (Apr 27, 2009)
Ultimately, if you like Metallica (a lot), and if you like the standard Guitar Hero gameplay formula, then this game is well worth the price of admission. If you don’t meet both those criteria, however, you really should move on. Even if you are a fan, however, it’s hard not to think that Activision and Neversoft are missing out on some opportunities with these band themed games to really play with this genre, experiment a little and truly revel in the notion of having a band exclusive game. Make no mistake, this is a high production value game and there’s a lot of attention to detail, but it’s also a very safe game and in a genre as well-established as this one has become that’s more than a little disappointing.