For years, we've heard them. They rocked us through the 80's and up until today. We dreamed of being the next Hetfield or Ulrich. People always questioned why they couldn't be in a game to where their music can be played. Well gamers, we finally got our prayers answered. Neversoft gave us Guitar Hero: Metallica.
Now this guitar hero spin-off is totally different from GH: Aerosmith. First off, ALL THE SONGS ROCK!!!! That's all that needs to be said. There are still plenty of differences between the two spinoffs, but this version rocks so damn much. While Aerosmith was running of the Guitar Hero 3 engine, Metallica takes the Guitar Hero: World Tour engine and cranks it up past 11 on the amps. And there's even a bit of a storyline to it.
The story starts off with Metallica looking for bands to play with them in their concerts, so you decide to put your band together. Many try out, including a very flamboyant Whitesnake reject and a vain Poison wannabe who can't seem to put down his mirror. The band is now complete, but unfortunately the rejects can't seem to handle not being chosen, so they make a call. Who do they call? LOU! (Guitar Hero 3's final boss and the devil himself) That's right, Lou's back at it again with his schemes. So he makes his band, and they go see Metallica so they can sign the contract. Now when Metallica comes to welcome all the bands that want to try out, they notice that only Lou's band, called The Poseurs, are there.
Of course this is all Lou's work, for he had a sign put up that said auditions were cancelled. Hetfield looks at Lars, but Lars shrugs his shoulders since no one else is there, so James signs the contract. While Lou is staring at his signed contract in awe, he doesn't see a van barreling towards him. He gets smacked into the street by the new band called Tallica Jr., your band. Rocking hard, they show the Poseurs how to do it right. James gives them the okay from there.
From here, the rocking begins. The first set of two songs opens up the game. You play as Metallica's lead guitarist Kirk Hammett (or Robert Trujillo for bass, Lars for drums, and James for vocals). As the game progresses, you play in Metallica's great stages of their career, like going through the St. Anger tour or even their old stomping grounds where they first started off. But your band hasn't been forgotten. Your band plays Metallica's top songs that they chose for this game. Remember, you're opening for Metallica! Some of the non-Metallica songs come from bands like Motorhead with Lemmy leading the way, Alice in Chains, The Sword, Queen, and more.
Graphics wise, this game DEMANDS a hi-def television. You can tell a lot of work was put into this game by how detailed and realistic the band looks. It's like seeing Metallica live! Each band member looks exactly like his real life counterpart. The venues that you play in are very interactive with the songs. At one point, the S & M orchestra (Metallica played their music with an orchestra a few times) appears on stage, and you can make out all the instruments that were used. Fireworks shoot out left and right at certain times during the songs, and the crowd looks so much better than any of the other Guitar Hero games.
As far as the tracks itself, Metallica picked their greatest hits from each album from the beginning up until today. So if you have wanted to play Master of Puppets for the longest time, now you can. And all the songs are original recordings, so you can play it exactly the way it was meant to be played. Do you honestly think Lars would want this game to have songs that were done by some cover band? Hells no! He demands the best for his band. He's worked hard to bring Metallica this far, and not your or some damn downloader is going to stop him!
Now there was talk about the new "Expert Mode" for the drums. What does this mean? Have you heard Lars play? Do you hear the sick bass pedals that are used in the songs? Well Neversoft has, so they had a little surprise for those who reserved their copy of GH: Metallica. It came with a bass pedal that's only compatible with the World Tour drums. Now that you have two bass pedals, you can drum your life out as Lars and catch every note that he plays. But of course, it takes practice, so they threw in a practice mode. Your ankles may start to bleed (not really) after long periods of time to get to be a true drumming expert.
Finally, the dreams of gamers/metalheads have been answered with this game. Naturally, you can't play ALL of Metallica's songs, you just can't. But to play choice songs from all of their albums is sweet. Being the shaman of solos, I order you to go get this game, especially if you already have world tour. Oh yea, for those that have the Rockband drum set, they will not work on this game. Metallica doesn't want those pansy weak drums on here. It makes sense too if you have the second kick pedal. So why are you still sitting here?! GO BUY THIS GAME!!!!!
- Harlem "The Black Guitar Hero"