Guitar Hero Metallica - PlayStation 2
- Follow Metallica on a tour through their career while playing their greatest hits
- Play 28 Metallica songs and 21 songs by artists that influenced their career
- Grab your friends and make up the entire band with guitars, drums, and vocals
- Expert Plus difficult lets you plug in a second bass pedal
- Enter the Music Studio to create your own music
- Platform: PlayStation2
- ESRB Rating: Teen
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
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Metallica and Guitar Hero fans rejoice: Guitar Hero: Metallica has landed for PlayStation 2. Like Guitar Hero: Aerosmith before it, Guitar Hero: Metallica will focus on the career and songs of Metallica. With 28 Metallica songs and 21 other songs that influenced the band, fans will love playing guitars, drums, and singing vocals alongside Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, and Robert Trujillo.
Guitar Hero: Metallica is similar to Guitar Hero World Tour in that you play a full suite of instruments. When the game starts, you're the new band on the block with aspirations of opening for Metallica. The game goes back and forth between performances by Metallica and performances of songs that influenced Metallica by your band. The band was motion captured so you'll recognize their unique motions on screen and style of playing.
As you progress in the game, you'll start to unlock bonus features such as videos of old Metallica performances, backstage photos, and "Metallifacts," which enables different trivia to show up while a song is playing, similar to VH1's Pop-Up Video.
Metallica Recordings from Original Masters and More Via Download
Guitar Hero: Metallica features 49 songs in total, 28 Metallica songs, and 21 songs that are favorites of the band and have influenced them. The Metallica songs are sourced from original masters so you'll have the best audio quality available.
Game Difficulty Goes from One All The Way Up to Eleven
Metallica exhibit technical prowess while performing, and this game goes from Beginner all the way to Expert Plus difficulty. Hardcore gamers will not be disappointed. You'll have to play guitars, drums, and sing, and in the "Expert Plus" difficulty, you'll have to plug in a second bass pedal for double bass pedal drum work.
As you go on tour, you'll be playing venues small and large, and you might recognize some that you've been to. Famous venues that played a part in Metallica's career such as The Stone and the Hammersmith Odeon are included in the game and have been duplicated with great detail.
Grab Your Friends and Play Together
Multiplayer is part of what made Guitar Hero such a hit and it is no different here. Gather your friends and family, and jam Metallica tunes together. The game also features Metallica-specific power ups for competitive multiplayer. For example, "Fade to Black" will black out your opponent's notes, and "Trapped Under Ice" will freeze their whammy bar.
Create Your Own Music
Those familiar with Guitar Hero World Tour will welcome back the Music Studio, where you can create your own music. The Music Studio in Guitar Hero: Metallica gives you Metallica specific tones such as Hetfields' ESP Truckster guitar, as well as Metallica drum sounds.
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Let's break things down:
Gameplay is pretty much unchanged from World Tour except you can now do double bass drumming and the Career mode progression has changed quite a bit. As in other Guitar Hero games, when you beat a song you get a rating of up to 5 stars depending upon your performance. Like Rock Band and unlike previous Guitar Hero games, it is possible to get less than 3 stars, but as in Rock Band it is unlikely. To progress from one tier to the next you simply have to get a total number of stars on previous songs. This system makes it very easy to "beat" the game since the star requirements are very low and the ratings from all previous tiers, not just the current one, count. So if you want to progress to tier 7 and are having trouble with tier 6 songs, you can just go back and finish whatever tier 2 or tier 3 songs you didn't finish. Since the star rating requirements are so low, I managed to "beat" the game only completing about 40% of the songs (though I went back to finish the others). Another thing that makes the game easy to beat is the fact that the only required songs are very easy. You have to beat the first two songs, "For Whom the Bell Tolls" and "The Unforgiven", and you have to beat the last song, "The Thing That Should Not Be". They're three of the easiest songs in the game, and since you only need to beat 40% or so of the songs to beat the game, you can just do the easiest 40%. So, beating the game is no real challenge, although beating every song is.
Also, there are no longer setlists, so for each tier, you can beat the songs in any order and even skip some of them.
Graphically, it's the best Guitar Hero game yet, although it's still inferior to the versions available on other systems. You'll see a lot fewer awkward animation moments than in previous Guitar Hero games. Remember the stiff drummer (a robot, maybe?) or the hideously ugly singer from GHIII? They're fortunately gone.
Some have complained about the storyline "cutscenes" being too cartoony, but I'd say it's less so than other Guitar Hero games. Still, the Ice Cave (the last venue) felt kind of out-of-place. The "storyline" definitely belongs in quotes as there is not much of a story, nothing worth mentioning at least.
The interface is similar to World Tour, but it's a little different. The songs are now listed like in Guitar Hero III, so it's easier to browse. Also, taking a cue from Rock Band, the game now lets you know during the song what star rating your current score will net you. It presents this as a small number that is hard to read instead of a sequence of stars like in Rock Band, so the system is flawed. However, it's still a fairly nice addition. Scores, however, are a bit problematic. In career mode, scores are no longer saved, only star ratings. This seemed kind of pointless to me, although at the end of a song, it does let you know if you set a new high score even if they won't tell you what your old scores are. Top scores are saved for Quickplay however, although you'll have to dig around through the menus to find them.
Character/guitar customization is just like in World Tour except there are some new bonus characters (Kind Diamond is the only one I recall, but I think there's more).
As stated in my World Tour review, character creation is kind of mediocre, but the guitar customization is nice.
Finally, they've found the sweet spot in terms of difficulty. It's easy to "beat" the game, but it's difficult to beat every song.
Guitar Difficulty: Basically, I like playing songs that I can beat but keep me on edge (stuff like tier 7 of Guitar Hero III). This game is packed with these kind of songs. Guitar Hero games usually go from very easy to very hard as you progress through the tiers. This game trims away the songs from both ends. That is, there are not very many easy songs, but there are no ridiculous ones either. Most of the early songs feel like tier 5 or so in Guitar Hero III and the later songs feel like tier 7 or the easier songs of tier 8. Slayer's "War Ensemble", the only song I have left to beat on Expert, is the hardest song on guitar. It's one of those songs that I've found hard to pass, but not so hard that I feel like I'll never pass it. Other songs like "Dyers Eve" and "Hit the Lights" are somewhere around "Cliffs of Dover" or "Cult of Personality" in terms of difficulty. I failed a few sightreads, but was able to beat everything except "War Ensemble" in just a few tries. So there's nothing as evil as "Jordan" or "Through the Fire and Flames", but there are quite a few "Hangar 18"'s and "Free Bird"'s in the game. One thing I did notice, however, is that there aren't as many 3-note chords as before (although I do recall one 4-note chord).
I'd say this is the hardest game yet for bass. Had trouble with "B.Y.O.B"? Well, just try and give "Dyers Eve" or "Fight Fire with Fire" a shot. The open notes are back and in full force. Overall, the bass difficulty is not unreasonable just like guitar, but it's still very challenging. I haven't finished every song yet, but I haven't had too much trouble so far, so expect a challenge but nothing too over-the-top.
I haven't tried Expert+ yet (drums are the instrument I'm worst on). Like Bass, I haven't quite finished the Drum career yet, but I think it's a lot more challenging than World Tour. Unlike guitar and bass, a few of the songs are simply ridiculous (Dyers Eve, I'm looking at you) and I've failed a good number of my sightreads (first tries). Fortunately, they do include some easier songs, so you can still find plenty to do even if you can't beat everything.
It's easier to get a 100% now, but the difficulty isn't too much different from World Tour. Maybe it's slightly easier on average, but there are a few songs which are simply painful (e.g. Queen's "Stone Cold Crazy", Mercyful Fate's "Evil").
I'm in love. This has to be the greatest Guitar Hero setlist yet. A few of the song choices from non-Metallica bands are a little iffy, but most are pretty good and the Metallica songs are killer. Even Metallica seems to know their early stuff is their best, so the biggest emphasis is on their 80's material (6 of 8 Puppets songs are included), although there are songs from every album including "S&M" and "Garage Inc." There are a few obvious omissions, e.g. "The Four Horsemen" and "The Call of Ktulu", but otherwise it's almost perfect.
Overall, the Black/Load songs and the non-Metallica songs are the easiest, the pre-Black songs are the hardest (with a few exceptions - "Seek & Destroy", "For Whom the Bell Tolls", and "The Thing That Should Not Be" are pretty easy), and the St. Anger/Death Magnetic songs are somewhere in between. Due to having to progress from easy to hard, one would expect to have to play their less exciting Black/Load songs before jumping into their good stuff. However, this is not fully true. For one, they seemed to have intentionally mixed up the eras a bit even if this means a few songs are slightly mistiered...although you are stuck playing quite a few non-Metallica songs in tiers 2 & 4 (on all instruments). Also, due to the low star rating requirements, you can play songs from the late tiers in just a short while. So don't worry. You'll be playing "Creeping Death" in no time.
Like Guitar Hero III and World Tour, saving still takes an eternity on the PS2 version.
I use the Rock Band drums. They work just fine.
Don't hesitate in the least. If you're a Guitar Hero fan or a Metallica fan, this is an absolute must-buy.
The only thing I do NOT like is waiting for-ev-er for the songs to load (similar to World Tour in this respect.) The tracks are epic in length (it's Metallica!) so this is to be expected. Thus far Metallica is the best GH game yet. I recommend you purchase and enjoy!
Let's just address the truth: The Guitar Hero series went to s*** after Guitar Hero 3. Guitar Hero 1 is a good (but flawed) game; Guitar hero 2 is a superb game (my favorite of the series to this day); Guitar Hero: Rocks the 80s was great; Guitar Hero 3 was very good; GH: Aerosmith was terrible, and marked the fall of a great series; Guitar Hero: Word Tour was a not only blatant copy of RockBand, but the song list was not great and the gameplay was not nearly as good as the previous games'. Guitar Hero 5, Warriors of Rock, and DJ hero aren't even worth mentioning.
While I prefer Guitar Hero 2's game mechanics and feel, I think the song list for this game is very solid. The game is well-optimized for the PS2 (with the exception of load times). The charting for the songs are good, but not great. In my opinion, the song charts were better and more challenging in GH2 and GH3. The career mode is relatively short, but there are a lot more songs to be played. Nevertheless, this seems to be the last good Guitar Hero game. I enjoyed it, and I think many old-school Guitar Hero fans will like it, too.