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  • Summary: Guitar Hero: Metallica takes music fans through the band’s fabled library of songs, plus the music and musicians who influence them. When the house lights go down, virtual rock stars across the globe will shred, drum and wail to an explosive set list featuring over 45 tracks from Metallica’s illustrious career and a wide variety of other legendary artists personally selected by the band, such as Queen, Foo Fighters, Bob Seger, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Slayer and Judas Priest. Featuring tracks from every Metallica studio album, the complete Guitar Hero Metallica on-disc set list includes their following hits: All Nightmare Long, Battery, Creeping Death, 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, Mercyful Fate, No Leaf Clover, Nothing Else Matters, One, Orion, Sad But True, Seek And Destroy, The Memory Remains, The Shortest Straw, The Thing That Should Not Be, The Unforgiven, Welcome Home (Sanitarium), Wherever I May Roam, and Whiplash. Complementing Metallica’s intensity are 21 rockin’ tracks personally chosen by the band, including "War Ensemble" by Slayer. [Activision] Expand
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  1. Positive: 58 out of 62
  2. Negative: 0 out of 62
  1. For fans of the Guitar Hero franchise, Guitar Hero: Metallica might be the best entry we've seen yet. I was somewhat lukewarm on my reception to the other band-themed title that Neversoft put out with GH: Aerosmith, but Metallica absolutely blows that game out of the water, not only with the track listing, but the overall time and attention put into the actual presentation, and how the band seems to be infused into every aspect of the game.
  2. With a track list that can rival anything on the market, this has captured the essence of Metallica perfectly. An incredible experience for fans. [Issue#45, p.78]
  3. 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.
  4. 85
    If you’re new to Metallica, this is a great introduction to classic metal, and a showcase title for Neversoft, who have really begun to ride the lightening.
  5. As good a band-based music game as we're likely to get. Until The Beatles arrive. [July 2009, p.83]
  6. Overall Guitar Hero Metallica is a fun game. If you are a fan of Metallica you should definitely pick it up as this game is total fan service.
  7. Metallica fans will be happy enough, but everyone else will lament the lack of evolution and poor value.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. May 23, 2012
    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 Expand
  2. Jul 31, 2011
    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
  3. Nov 13, 2011
    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 ;)
  4. Apr 25, 2013
    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
  5. Apr 23, 2014
    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

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