Guitar Hero Metallica
You immediately know that you are in for a
treat from the spectacular opening sequence of Guitar Hero Metallica
which features the band majestically walking into a stadium with music
taken directly from a Western film. Even the characters in the game look
like their real-world counterparts such as Kirk Hammett and
James Hetfield thanks to the Metallica agreeing to be motion
captured for the title. It's these little things that makes the game so
damn good and Guitar Hero Metallica is one of those games <cue
record scratch sound> ... provided you like Metallica!
With Aerosmith one of the first bands to
appear in their own Guitar Hero spinoff, it was inevitable that other
bands would follow and Metallica is the latest band to follow in their
steps. Of course Aerosmith had a mixed reaction to the gaming community
and fortunately both Activision and Neversoft have
ensured not to make the same mistake twice and have included a few new
tweaks and additions to this current game.
Although at its heart, Guitar Hero Metallica is almost a carbon copy of
previous titles in the series, however new tweaks such as the ability to
unlock new venues and songs through the collection of stars makes for a
much smoother and less frustrating experience. What these means to the
gamer is that as you play, the more stars that you earn for perfect
playing will assist in opening up new venues and tracks.
Also, by completing songs, gamers are
always awarded some great videos of Metallica and Metallifacts which
gives the player some in-depth and sometimes mundane information about
the band. Other unlockable items include band photos, original music
sheets and full lyric information for those true Metallica fans.
Definitely some great treats for fanboys and fangirls!
As with Guitar Hero World Tour, this
current installment of the game still allows gamers to play lead guitar,
bass, drums and vocals for that true Rockstar experience that is made
even heavier with the Metallica tracks.
Of course, by successfully matching the
notes to the music or the pitch level of the vocals from the onscreen
prompts, you are awarded points and stars to assist in your progression.
The Guitar, both lead and bass are perfect as are the drums for this
game, however Neversoft haven't yet mastered the vocal aspect of the
game which is still a little off when compared to Singstar. Even so, the
instruments are what make this game great so Rock on!
Featuring a variety of different difficulty
levels, Guitar Hero Metallica boasts a new level of difficulty
called Expert+ which truly transgresses the whole experience for
drummers through the inclusion of a new foot pedal. Interestingly
enough, it's only recommended for the hardcore gamers due to the
difficulty level but those who have mastered the previous versions may
want to investigate. Of course this pedal comes at an additional cost.
As with the other games in the franchise, the song list is either a make
or break feature of the title and if you're not a fan of Metallica then
I highly suggest you steer yourself away from this game, even though it
contains around 20 or so non-Metallica songs which are quite "rocky"
The coolest thing about the songs from
Metallica is the length of the tracks which sometimes seem to go on
forever and is like a rock opera. Depending on difficulty level chosen,
these do become extremely tricky with a variety of notes required to be
strung on the guitar or hit on the drums, definitely rewarding though.
Fortunately for those who have never played Guitar Hero World Tour
before can jump into the tutorial which teaches you the basics of
becoming a rockstar!
The track list for Guitar Hero Metallica
is as follows and although it contains 28 Metallica tracks, the rest of
the tracks included are either influenced or have toured with Metallica.
Although I'm really not sure about Queen's Stone Gold Crazy, however it
was still fun to play. Guitar Hero Queen? Maybe...
All Nightmare Long
Fade To Black
Fight Fire With Fire
For Whom The Bell Tolls
Hit The Lights
Master of Puppets
No Leaf Clover
Nothing Else Matters
Sad But True
Seek And Destroy
The Memory Remains
The Shortest Straw
The Thing That Should Not Be
Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
Wherever I May Roam
intensity are the following 21
rockin' tracks personally chosen
by the band:
Alice In Chains - "No
Bob Seger - "Turn The Page
Corrosion of Conformity -
Diamond Head - "Am I Evil?"
Foo Fighters - "Stacked
Judas Priest - "Hell Bent
Kyuss - "Demon Cleaner"
Lynyrd Skynyrd - "Tuesdays
Machine Head - "Beautiful
Mastodon - "Blood And
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 -
The Sword - "Black River"
Thin Lizzy - "The Boys Are
Back in Town"
The gameplay features a strong career mode
that has your band inspired by Metallica (hence the introduction) and as
you progress by completing songs with more stars, additional songs and
venues are open. The cool thing about the career mode is that there is
another rival band that you are playing against who attempts to sabotage
you along the way, a cute little side note to the game. You are also
awarded money which can be purchased for cosmetic accessories such as
new guitars or clothes.
Apart from career, there are a variety of
other gameplay modes, including Music Studio and you can play the title
online as per all good Guitar Hero titles. Unfortunately for now, the
downloadable content is a little limiting for Guitar Hero Metallica,
however we're sure that there will be more tracks to follow.
Graphically, the characters of Metallica
look great, even though they are quite cartoony and although the
graphics are pretty much the same on all systems, the star of this game
is the music itself.
In conclusion, Guitar Hero Metallica is a
decent improvement over Guitar Hero Aerosmith and hopefully this will
inspire other bands to join in the fun. If you're a fan of Metallica
then you're definitely in rockstar heaven, however if you're not... this
is definitely a big pass but fortunately we're fans and this is one