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8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 67 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 67
  2. Negative: 7 out of 67

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  1. Jul 31, 2011
    10
    Listen carefully,,,This is the best music game ever created,by a long shot.If your not into metallica like I am then you STILL should agree,that's how great the presentation,alone,is.The Beatles rock band is not.It's not a bad game at all but doesn't have the flair,the depth, the" give you goose bumps all over "type of feel this game gives you.And if your into Metallica from the 80's or 90's you'll probably never play rock band ever again! Expand
  2. Nov 13, 2011
    10
    Obviously anyone who is not a fan of Metallica need not apply... conversely fans of the band should add this to their collection now!

    Starting out with the band walking on stage to The Ecstasy of Gold then into song, this is pure fan service from the off. The song selection will keep fans of any period of Metallica's work happy, and the selection of non-Metallica songs (picked from the
    catalogues of their support acts through the years) gives a good cross-section of hard rock/metal through the last 20 years.

    Drumming is difficult, particularly on their early songs. If anything the drum patterns prove how watered down Metallica's music became as their matured. That's not meant to be a slight (from someone who rates the Black album as one of their best), but it does show. I never got to attempt the double bass pedal as I'm not a drummer beyond playing on medium in GH.

    The guitar parts work very well, with the player able to choose Hetfield or Hammett parts on many songs. It is basically as close as you'll get to playing along to Metallica without spending a few hours a day practicing the real thing.

    There's not a lot I can think of to add to this game to make it any better. Perhaps including previous band members, although I can't see Mustaine being associated with the project, or at least adjusting the guys' look throughout the ages. I'd pay for that DLC ;)
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  3. May 23, 2012
    10
    Great game not just for Metallica-fans but if you are you will love it just like me. The presentation and options you get in this game are awesome. The sound is very good, I thought some songs where better than the CD-versions. This is an epic ride through Trashmetal and NOTHING ELSE MATTERS! xD
  4. TomG
    Apr 3, 2009
    0
    This is what a music game should be. Almost. What I don't like about the game is that some of the earlier Metallica hits, like No Remorse, The Call of Ktulu, Harvester of Sorrow, To Live is to Die, Holier Than Thou, and so on, are not in here. I was also put off by the fact only 49 songs are in the game (59 if you include the Death Magnetic DLC) and the animations on the band are not synced up to the music. Watching Lars walk about the stage while the drums to Battery have started is really annoying. Apart from those compaints, the song list is amazing, spanning all 25 years of Metallica's career. The graphics are a nice step up from World Tour and Aerosmith's cartoony look, and what really amazes me is how accurate the 80's version of the band looks like, give or take Rob's goofy hat. A nice chunk of the problems from World Tour and 3 are fixed, such as the over-charted songs, the difficulty curve, the interface (somewhat), and all the nooks and crannies of what World Tour should have been. I myself am a hardcore Metallica fan so I decided to pay $60 for 49 songs. Consider the price before you buy the game. Collapse
Metascore
84

Generally favorable reviews - based on 62 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 62
  2. Negative: 0 out of 62
  1. 89
    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.
  2. With Guitar Hero: Metallica, it looks like Neversoft was able to balance the interests of fans of the band and fans of the franchise.
  3. What can you say? It’s Metallica. If you like Metallica, pick this up. If you don’t, you may want to skip it.