|System: X360, PS3, Wii, PS2||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Neversoft||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Activision||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: March 29, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
If you liked how Guitar Hero: Aerosmith told the history of the band and gave little bits here and there to allow diehard fans to know more about them, GH: Metallica will surely please. There are even a few things that will surprise hardcore fans. The way the additional content is delivered is through behind the scenes, making of documentaries for how the game was made, notes from past shows, lyric sheets for aspiring singers, and photos.
There is another interesting addition for getting the info you need on GH: Metallica called Metallifacts. If you've ever seen Pop-Up Video on VH1, then you already know the concept. The game will take control from you and you just sit back and watch the stylized video of the songs you've chosen. Then, little facts about the band, the song, and various other informational goodies surrounding those particular songs pop up throughout the video. This is a perfect way to watch the game when you need to take a break. It allows you to see all the small things they paid attention to while character modeling, specifically the lip-synching. Capturing nearly all of Jame's mannerisms has set the bar high for the next time either Rock Band or Guitar Hero comes out with a new iteration. If all of these Metallica-centric options are not enough for you, be sure to check out the Battle mode to see the new attacks named after some of Metallica's hit songs to change the pacing of the battle. New attacks include Fade to Black, which blacks out everything on the player's screen and Trapped Under Ice, which literally freezes the whammy bar.
Of course, the controls won't surprise anyone, at least with the microphone and guitars; they feel the same as they always have. However, the drums received a new mode called Expert+. This mode is something all Rock Band and Guitar Hero fans should aspire to. This mode is so insane that you have to have a second kick pedal in order to fully immerse yourself into the song. Is it required? No, but if you are a completionist, you won't feel accomplished without at least being able to check that out. Because Expert+ demands the use of the second kick pedal, it is important to point out that even though the Rock Band and Rock Band 2 drum kits will work for Guitar Hero: Metallica, you can not use the second kick pedal with them.
Guitar Hero: Metallica is nearly everything that a fan would want. An amazing track list compiling important songs from every album of the bands history, solid character animations of the band, accurate representations of the stages the band has played on that fans will recognize, a digital "diary" of the band, and even special attacks in the Battle mode. There's not much else you could ask for. Guitar Hero: Metallica sets the bar for upcoming band-specific titles. Let's hope they can keep up with the Metal Rock Gods.
CCC Project Coordinator