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The Fun Parts
Guitar Hero: Metallica will have Metal Heads who fondly remember getting their first cassette of Master of Puppets in the mail via BMG Record Club kissing the feet of Neversoft after hearing the Baroque, epic thrash of the classic period Metallica included with this title. The Spanish-tinged classical guitar beginning of "Battery" gives way to a pummeling main riff that's the stuff this game was made for.
The songs included are a true challenge even for veteran rockers, who for the first time in awhile may have to secretly start on medium difficulty and then progress to the insane expert + difficulty to take their show to the big time.
The improved visual presentation, wonderfully realistic animations and dramatic 360-degree camera views really improve an experience that has thrilled millions of fans around the world.
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The Frustrating Parts
The only real blemish on the polish that Guitar Hero: Metallica shows is lame and cheesy, cartoonish story line, still in the same form they used in the previous games this style seems out of place with the reputation, image and attitude of Metallica.
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The Graphical Picture
Guitar Hero: Metallic ramps up the visual presentation with impressive staging and dramatic use of nice camera angles to make this Guitar Hero the most visually exciting in the franchise, so far.
They used extensive motion capture sessions with the real bands to help them create an amazing variety of realistic looking animations that move smoothly, and the character models are much better and no longer have the look of hand puppets.
The visual details are easy to read and distinguish from their surroundings and the screens are visually organized well to make them user friendly and quick reading.
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Sounds in the Game
Metal Heads will think they passed between the pearly gates and are sitting at the feet of the Gods of Metal after hearing the array of music tracks included with Guitar Hero: Metallica. Too many Metallica is the ultimate band and after this the only true Guitar Hero band as they include many hits from the 90s and beyond that younger metal heads will certainly recognize.
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Tearing through "Orion" on expert bass mode is my dream come true, but the treasure trove of songs included, like "The Shortest Straw" and "Seek and Destroy" will have ole-school metal heads swimming in Nirvana as they rock out to memories of old. The inclusion of useful and satisfying difficulty levels means all levels of virtual rockers can enjoy playing Guitar Hero: Metallica, from the veteran to the first time metal head.
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The Final Word
Metal Heads unite! Guitar Hero: Metallica is the hard-hitting injection of entertainment you have been asking for and rolling around at night dreaming of, with the sound and graphical presentation that improves the non-stop, pounding thrash riffage you love to hear and play. All the Metallica songs you love are included for you to enjoy and play as your animated character rocks-smoothly on stage amid amazing pyrotechnical effects that create a wonderful atmosphere. Metallica is an amazing, can't miss experience for Metallica fans, Guitar Hero fans, and all gamers who enjoy well made video games.