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8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 72 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 60 out of 72
  2. Negative: 8 out of 72

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  1. Apr 23, 2014
    7
    I will take this time to review Guitar Hero as a franchise but just know this was my favourite in the series mainly because i'm more of a metal/grunge head than a old rocker or cock rocker and I do enjoy the heavy stuff. Guitar Hero was a fantastic idea but I feel that when you play real guitar the plastic controller is far from cool but being able to play along to Metallica in a simple way is fun however I do have to raise a point that a friend noted, tracks can be ruined when you have heard them too many times with the click clacking of the plastic buttons. The franchise as a whole seemed to corner itself by saturating the market too quickly I can't help that think the technology would have been put to better use if teamed up with iTunes or Spotify so you could play along to your own rock music library. Activision seemed to make a lot of mistakes with this franchise and that's why it get's a relatively low score. Expand
  2. Apr 25, 2013
    8
    This game is pretty much Guitar Hero: World Tour with Metal songs, for the most part that is. Though you'll get tracks like For Whom The Bell Tolls, Chemical Warfare, Ace of Spades and Master Of Puppets, you'll eventually be plagued by some crappy Foo Fighters song or any other generic rock song that sounds like it should be played on your local news station, not a Metallica game! But I digress this game is still great since it's not like it forces you to play Foo Fighters' songs but tell me where is GH:Big 4? Expand
  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. 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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  5. 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! Collapse
  6. Jul 31, 2011
    0
    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! 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.