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Guitar Hero: Metallica (preview)

Guitar Hero: Metallica (preview)

Metallica are one of the biggest rock bands on the globe and are basically an institution in the USA. Their hordes of fans have been clamoring for a Metallica Guitar Hero for the last year. Their wish has come true because the title ships in a couple of months. We were asked along to Activision to sample the head banging delights with the newest edition to the Guitar Hero franchise.

With Guitar Hero: Aerosmith already a success there was no need to radically change the design of the Metallica version. This means the game is focused not only around Metallica’s music and style but other bands who influenced them as well as those influenced by them. Artists such as Queen, Slayer and Thin Lizzy grace the tracklist.

All in all there are 28 songs from Metallica which are a great cross section from throughout their career. Classic titles such as Battery, Master Of Puppets and Sad But True are sure to keep long term Metallica fans happy. If you are interested in a full track list then head to Metallica’s site

Many Guitar Hero aficionados will be happy to hear that previous purchases of the Death Magnetic DLC for Guitar Hero III and World Tour will be accessible in GH Metallica. If you didn’t buy the content then Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 gamers will find “All Nightmare Long” from the last album included on the game’s disc. Wii and Playstation 2 gamers additionally get “Cyanide”, “My Apocalypse” and “Broken Beat and Scarred” to make up for the platform’s lack of support for downloadable content.

Generally the gameplay mechanic is the same as Guitar Hero World Tour with the exception of a few very cool new additions. There is now an Expert+ drum option which enables the use of an additional kick pedal (which you can buy separately or get as part of a pre order package deal from various dealers) – this adds options to play double bass notes that would have been removed for single bass pedal mode. Lars Ulrich’s showcase piece "Dyer’s Eve" is a good indication of how difficult this can be, because when I played it I was struggling to even read the notes on screen nevermind play it successfully! You could of course say I suck, but this is going to be an option the real life drummers will enjoy or those who have utterly mastered the current configuration. For me personally, I will stick to the guitar as I have very little natural rhythm in the first place.

The extras don’t stop there, because there is a new mode added, called Drum Over which lets you play a track without any drum notes, meaning if you feel creative you can play whatever you want throughout the song without facing any penalties. The drums for each song are samples of the real instruments for that particular track meaning it will sound like the real thing, rather than some preprocessed synthesizer effect (urg). I had a lot of fun with this option, because I was able to throw a bit of Meg White style into the Lars Ulrich tracks … not sure Lars would approve mind you! I have a feeling the band would hang their heads in shame, but its a fun option for the less technically skilled drummers out there who get frustrated at the demanding nature of some of the tracks.

Graphically the band are well depicted on screen, with the obvious exaggerated style we all know and love from the previous games. What is particularly impressive is the way the bands movements and actions have been captured. There is the famous Hetfield stance, Hammett looks wild and out of control as he can in concert and Trujillo does the crabman walk he is renowned for.

The game progression has changed from World Tour in that it fits a little more with the older games in the series. Instead of playing gigs you now work through a grouped list of songs however you no longer need to complete every song to progress. Each venue has a star requirement and once you have earned the required number of stars that venue and its included songs are unlocked to play. Additionally if you want to just get into the game to play some tracks the Quickplay mode starts with every song unlocked for your enjoyment.

Every song in the game has a handful of bonuses attached to them with one of the most memorably being called Metallifacts. With this you can watch every song played in the game while various facts and snippets of information pop up on the screen. This is a very similar concept to the famous VH1 Pop Up Video platform and it works really well in the context of this title.

All the Metallica tracks also include a video aspect which varies from professional scenes to handycam recordings from various fans across the globe. These will be of particular interest to the die hard followers out there. There are also lyric sheets, posters, back stage passes and gig notes to fill out the bonus materials. There is a wealth of content available and I was extremely impressed with the time that has clearly gone into making this title. I was a little unimpressed with the Aerosmith addon, so it is good to see more effort being made this time around.

Metallica have been involved with the making of this game and it clearly shows, Neversoft have pulled out all the stops and we are excited for the final release in a couple of months. Needless to say, check out GamingHeaven for a review of the game nearer release date.

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Stuart Davidson

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