Guitar Hero: Metallica is a game in the Guitar Hero series that's based around the band Metallica. It was released on March 29th, 2009 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii. It was released for the PlayStation 2 on April 14th, 2009. UK Release of all versions was 29th May 2009. Some UK stores (Chips) gave away Metallica Faceplates with the PS3, X360 and Wii Solus versions. This faceplate only fits the pene. Also available in the UK is a solo guitar bundle, containing the game, a World Tour guitar and separate Metallica faceplate.
Just like in World Tour, the player is able to play guitar, bass, drums, and vocals. Four players can play full band. There is 49 songs total, 28 which will be Metallica and the other 21 will be guest acts. Some of these songs (all of the Metallica songs) were exportable to other Guitar Hero games. This is the first game in the series to support Expert+, a new difficulty for drums. It allows players to use double bass kick pedals. All features that were available in Guitar Hero World Tour are available along with some new ones. The "Death Magnetic" is playable to those who downloaded it for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The Wii and PlayStation 2 versions of the game include "Broken, Beat & Scarred", "Cyanide", and "My Apocalypse" since they are not compatible with the Death Magnetic download.
The display has changed slightly, with a new 'Star Meter' to the right of the play area. It shows how many stars you have, and how close you are to the next star. The Note Streak display has also been moved to the right of the play area.
Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister from Motörhead and King Diamond are unlocked for players to select after their respective songs have been completed.
Members of Metallica are unlocked upon completion of their respective careers: Kirk for guitar, James for vocals, Robert for bass and Lars for drums.
Metallica roadie Zach Harmon is unlocked upon completion of Band career. Zach Harmon is the guy who gives James his guitar before playing "The Unforgiven".
Inspired after playing a Metallica concert, the player(s) start a band. After playing some songs and working their way up to fortune, they open for Metallica, while competing with an '80s glam rock band called The Poseurs.
- Main article: Setlist in Guitar Hero: Metallica
The game includes 28 songs by Metallica, and 21 guest acts by bands which Metallica favored, inspired them, etc. In addition, user created songs could be downloaded, as well as created. Also, DLC could still be purchased. However, as of 2014, songs can no longer be downloaded.
Metallica band members
- James Hetfield – lead vocals, rhythm guitar (1981-Present)
- Kirk Hammett – lead guitar (1982-Present)
- Robert Trujillo – bass (2003-Present)
- Lars Ulrich – drums (1981-Present)
- Dave Mustaine - lead guitar, backing vocals (1981-1983)
- Ron McGovney - bass, backing vocals (1981-1982)
- Cliff Burton - bass, backing vocals (1983-1986)
- Jason Newsted - bass, backing vocals (1986-2003)
- Metallica played every song in the game using motion capture suits.
- The cover art of the original pre-order versions misspelled "Lynyrd Skynyrd" as "Lynyrd Skynrd." This was fixed in the later releases.
- A CGI version of late original Metallica bassist Cliff Burton who died in a bus accident sadly never appeared in the game.
- Unlike other Guitar Hero games, Guitar Hero: Metallica and Guitar Hero: Aerosmith are the only games rated M in Australia instead of the usual PG Rating (except Band Hero which is rated G).
- http://www.GuitarHeroMetallica.org - Dedicated to the greatest game from the greatest rock band ever. Screen shots, track lists, reviews, manuals and more.