Guitar Hero: Metallica tuning it up to eleven

The four horsemen of rock had to cancel a show in Sweden due to a bad case of Indian food masticated by Mr. Hetfield not long ago. Luckily, their virtual lookalikes aren’t feeling the effects and are shredding, banging and wobbling around like freakin’ cavemen just the way they should. The newly released vignette above shows off the virtuosoes’ playing Enter Sandman and Master of Puppets in their ordinary pompous fashion, but it also gives us a glimpse of Thin Lizzy and Judas Priest handing it to the crowd.

There’s not jolly much to say about the characteristics of the game, although we can pinpoint some features that seem to have improved and, of course, have gotten worse. First of all, the capture of the band’s maneuvers (and especially James’ lip-movement) have improved a whole lot, making the game much more pleasant to rest your eyes on. Sadly, the design of the fret board comes in and ruins the show faster than you can say “Whiplash”. It’s actually an accomplishment in itself just to make such a meaningless design.

Good for us the looks of the fret board is just that – kind of meaningless. We all know it’s the songs that matter in games like these. You can argue for two years about the best looking fret boards, best bonus system and coolest star power visualization, but in the end all that matters is whether or not you fall asleep before the song’s finished. And I haven’t heard anyone say “Hey, that couch looks comfortable. I’m gonna lie down for a bit and take a quick nap” when listening to Metallica. Except when they’ve suffered a heart attack.


Check out all 14 new screens in our Guitar Hero: Metallica gallery.