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Guitar Hero Metallica

You might not have known it, but every moment you’ve spent playing Guitar Hero, or indeed Rock Band, has led up to one moment. From those first uncertain chords of I Love Rock and Roll in the original Guitar Hero all the way through to smashing several shades of excrement out of your World Tour drum kit during Freak on a Leash – everything was just padding the way for four digitized men to stride purposefully toward a stage drowned in golden fireworks.

As The Good, the Bad and the Ugly theme Ecstasy of Gold plays, the camera sweeps over slow-motion recreations of James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Robert Trujillo and Kirk Hammett. As it ends the lights go down and the opening solemn knells of For Whom the Bell Tolls are heard, accompanied by those familiar Guitar Hero note tracks appearing on-screen. Finally, the legendary Metallica begin to make the noise that has sold them over a hundred million albums, and Guitar Hero comes of age with a game guaranteed to put metal up your ass.

Containing at least twenty five songs by Metallica to be sung or played with the mic, guitar, bass and drums provided by Guitar Hero World Tour and a further twenty by artists the band has found inspiration form or has directly inspired (including both Queen and Foo Fighters) it would be easy to dismiss Guitar Hero as a mere set of tracks to add to the already downloadable and Guitar Hero World Tour-friendly Death Magnetic album. This, however, would be folly – the game goes far, far beyond the template set by Guitar Hero Aerosmith by turning into an encyclopedia of Metallica.

The game drips with authenticity and the guiding hands of Hetfield and Ulrich can be felt everywhere – from the fascinating Metallifacts that pop up during playbacks to the almost terrifying level of detail that has gone into ensuring that the right diamond plate guitar is played on the right authentically created stage.

Neversoft have even asked James Hetfield to provide them with examples of his handwriting, using it to design the game’s menu font and ensuring that everything is doused in his musky scent. “There’s no more room on the disc! We just ran out!” explains the game’s Senior Producer Jody Coglianese, a petite rocker with a penchant for casually flicked devil horns, when pressed on the sheer amount of Metallica paraphernalia and archive material piped into its DVD lining.

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24 comments

  • TheKetchinator - March 2, 2009 2:07 a.m.

    no whiskey in the jar!?! that's not cool! still looks pretty epic though.
  • Craza - February 19, 2009 10:37 p.m.

    I don't know, I like how it looks more like GH3, because that's the format I fell in love with, but, this whole basing the career off of star power will probably be my downfall. The tilt sensor on my Les Paul broke, so I'm a little skeptic. In fact the only way I can play GH3 anymore is if I sit down and activate star power with the "Back" button, but most of the time I just skip Star Power, because the score is the last thing I worry about.
  • Fionn1 - January 29, 2009 12:37 p.m.

    Bye bye drums, so long guitar..adios bass guitar...you will all die horribly in the worst thrashing of your life when this comes out....still at least people might get into singing as all they will have left is a happily working mic lol
  • Dude42493 - January 28, 2009 10:03 p.m.

    I didn't even bother with World Tour,but this I have to buy especially since I'm like a die hard metallica fan (I practically know every single one of their songs on guitar)
  • Spike_the_Dogg - January 28, 2009 6:56 p.m.

    This game is gonna be swEEEt! I'm a huge Metallica fan and this is gonna blow everything out of the water. Im just hoping for Welcome Home (Sanitarium) to be on it.
  • hetfieldhammet51 - January 28, 2009 6:42 p.m.

    The whole setlist for the game can be found here http://www.metallica.com/index.asp?item=601837. This game is gunna be awsome
  • Dangeruss04 - January 28, 2009 4:22 p.m.

    the setlist is epic win and i feel sorry for the drums on expert plus with dyer's eve
  • Corsair89 - January 28, 2009 12:48 p.m.

    I'm a huge Metallica fan and I'm so glad that this is supposed to be really awesome. The reason GH Aerosmith failed is because Aerosmith isn't popular. Metallica is enormously popular.
  • TheSuburbiaRuins - January 28, 2009 12:04 p.m.

    Star power thing is kinda dumb :/
  • AyJay - January 28, 2009 2:55 a.m.

    i hope they put motorbreath in
  • ugthecaveman - January 28, 2009 1:46 a.m.

    i just think thats it stupid that they are basing moving on in a career based on how much star power you get
  • izayuh - January 28, 2009 1:22 a.m.

    already know its better than aerosmith and i hope that have battery (S&M)
  • Ramen_Soup - January 28, 2009 1:20 a.m.

    Im not a huge Metallica fan but there old stuff is awesome. I wanna get but then what will be the point of getting when I have World tour?
  • tre3 - January 28, 2009 12:54 a.m.

    This game could have been crap i would have gotten it for Metallica but, since it is suppose to be great now i really can't wait for it
  • zaneschuster08 - March 22, 2009 11:47 p.m.

    expert+ ?!!!! fuk yea !!!
  • BLACKICE - February 19, 2009 12:09 a.m.

    yo THIS GAME IS GOING TO KICK butt I CANT WAIT ROCK ON
  • gamer49 - January 31, 2009 8:01 a.m.

    tis game looks pretty good but is it better than guitar hero world tour.
  • Derwood - January 28, 2009 6:53 a.m.

    Hetfield isn't the lead guitarist, and metallica777, AyJay, and Sycomycole, you know they released the tracklist about 2 days ago? Anywho, I cannot wait for this game...there are some pretty sweet guest bands as well....and some pretty f***in lame ones too. Oh well, the guest bands arent the reason i'm gonna buy it. Good article.
  • Sycomycole - January 28, 2009 6:32 a.m.

    wtf? Fade to Blaack anyone?
  • metallica777 - January 28, 2009 2:34 a.m.

    cannot wait. it's gonna be so awesome. i just wish ...and justice is on it.

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