Guitar Hero: Metallica demo thrashes onto Xbox Live

Metallica doesn't exactly have a good track record when it comes to digitally distributing its tracks for free, but that isn't stopping Activision from releasing a sampler pack for the band's upcoming tribute game, Guitar Hero: Metallica. The publisher said today that a four-pack from the upcoming...

Metallica doesn't exactly have a good track record when it comes to digitally distributing its tracks for free, but that isn't stopping Activision from releasing a sampler pack for the band's upcoming tribute game, Guitar Hero: Metallica. The publisher said today that a four-pack from the upcoming rhythm game is now available as a free download through Xbox Live.

The four-track demo includes two tunes from Metallica and two from the 21 other artists joining the thrash-metal kings in the game. From Metallica comes "Seek and Destroy" off the band's first studio album, Kill 'Em All, as well as "Sad But True" from 1990's The Black Album. Alice in Chains and Queen will provide the other two tracks in the Xbox Live demo with their respective "No Excuses" and "Stone Cold Crazy."

Guitar Hero: Metallica is expected to ship for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on March 29, with Wii and PlayStation 2 editions to follow in May. For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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51 comments
Tope92
Tope92

Where is the all PS3 demos of Guitar hero series?...

bengino
bengino

@sharp it has NOTHING to do with the fact that i don't want to get up to switch discs or not, it's simple fact that it would make much more sense to have all of your similar titles being able to carry on through all these games. It's a cash grab and they are just drying up the well and not making it very fun to have to constantly switch discs to play that one song and then switching to another disc for another... see my point?

BattleSword1
BattleSword1

The demo was great. I was hoping to God it wouldn't be too easy like GH: Aerosmith, and it seems my prayer was answered. Can't wait to play Master of Puppets.

sharp926
sharp926

@bengino - Okay, so spend an extra $40 because you dont wanna get up and put in a new disk?

Vlad_an_impaler
Vlad_an_impaler

Agrees with angelGP32... They should have made this game with the old songs with CLIFF BURTON. OR at least with Jason Newstead. CLIFF 'EM ALL! Would've been way more fun. Kinda funny how Clive Winston reminds me of Cliff Burton in the hero maker.

angelGP32
angelGP32

I tried the demo and for the most part liked it. There's a couple of strange things. The band graphics are recent, so it's weird to see current Metallica singing old songs when James's voice is so different now. I would have liked to see Old metallica playing old songs and so on. But oh well, the other thing that was weird is playing single guitar. Since they have 2 guitars in the band you end up playing notes from both and it can be strange at times.

bengino
bengino

@sharp I dont get some people... They say this game should have been a bunch of DLC like RB because they "dont want to pay $60." How much do you think you will pay if it were DLC? DLC songs are $2 a piece (and $1.83 each as a pack i believe) and theres 49 songs.... So lets go take up a bunch of space on our hard drives and spend $100 for something thats $60 on a disc? I just dont get some people.... ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ hooray for having to switch discs to play the same game.... @Raoul You have to pay 400 ms points to extract the songs from RB1 to RB2, entersandman is one of the only song that doesn't transfer...but you get to play 2 metallica songs for free by downloading this demo....goooooooooo figure ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Metallica was all done whoring themselves out with a full game dedicated to themselves, they didn't see a point in licensing a cover of a song for Rock Band.

topraman517
topraman517

"Kind of annoying that there is a link to the napster story when that was 8 years ago. I cant believe people cant get over that. Besides they weren't the only ones. I never heard about a backlash against Dr. Dre even though the NWA sold and traded tapes out the back of a car." Yeah, everyone forgot that Dr. Dre also sued Napster, probably because people think it's okay for rappers to be protective of their money and their work. Anyway, I don't understand why people are still ticked about Napster getting shut down, because it was almost immediately replaced with Morpheus, Kazaa, and Limewire. Back on topic, I think this game would be a lot better if: a) The character models and animations for the band were based on photos and footage from the 80s. While they're still a great(but not amazing) band, their current stage presence doesn't fit their old thrash tracks at all. Search for the 1985 Day on the Green performance of "For Whom the Bell Tolls". THAT is the band that changed metal. b) More Metallica tracks, even if it means taking out tracks from other bands. That being said, the track selection is pretty darn good. I stopped playing Guitar hero after the first one, but I love Metallica.

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

I'm going to borrow my friend's drums so I can give it a shot. I just hope they have a lot of the good songs and nothing from 2000+.

BloodLoss
BloodLoss

Give me Guitar Hero: Iron Maiden instead!

rebweiser
rebweiser

I am a huge Metallica fan during their thrash metal days. From Kill em All to the Black Album.( After that, Metallica isn't Metallica anymore .) I am definitely gonna get this game. IMO this is much better than the regular GH series. I'm into metal and i don't even wanna listen to those pop , or some lame ass "new rock" music they squeeze into the other GH games. Let's face it, this is Guitar Hero, majority of the people who get this game wants to bang their heads while they play. So this is really a great deal.

burback2
burback2

Kind of annoying that there is a link to the napster story when that was 8 years ago. I cant believe people cant get over that. Besides they weren't the only ones. I never heard about a backlash against Dr. Dre even though the NWA sold and traded tapes out the back of a car. Not to different from how metallica got started. Anywho I'm super excited for this game I'm just not to sure why they picked two of the easiest metallica songs on the drums for the demo.

IIFoxmanII
IIFoxmanII

@shadowsscampi haha. donkey konga was fun.

fabio_21
fabio_21

XeonForce, I prefer DEMO to DLC, since I can play the DEMO without buying the game. Dumb of you to compare such distinct things.

ShadowScampi
ShadowScampi

Donkey Konga > all rhythm games....jk i liked GH3 best...i only play guitar and imo rock band guitar is too easy.GHM will definitely blow me away...played the demo a few times...i love these solos

Triton
Triton

It cost them to much...but we can watch Blew-it Ray movies.

NinjaMii
NinjaMii

That is awesome but what about PS3?!!

Jim1845
Jim1845

The demo would've been better with The Four Horse or One so I could try the double bass part on Expert+

gamerfreak1991
gamerfreak1991

Overall a great demo. Quite possible one of the best rhythm games I've played since Rock Band came out.

XeonForce
XeonForce

Raoul1978- "You have to pay 400 ms points to extract the songs from RB1 to RB2, entersandman is one of the only song that doesn't transfer...but you get to play 2 metallica songs for free by downloading this demo....goooooooooo figure" First of all, Enter Sandman would have been relicensed for RB2, but it was Metallica's call, and we all know how fickle they are (if you don't, click the first link in the article). Secondly, there's a handful of songs you can download and play for free on the full version of RB1/RB2. By comparing content in a demo to what is essentially add-on content--all the while making a witty sarcastic remark--we get our ignorant comment of the day. I'm just trying to encourage some common sense here... -_-'

jordis5
jordis5

im serious they should stop making guitar hero games and focus on one guitar hero a year the game will sell more

AZisBack
AZisBack

Just FYI. There are no calibration options on the 360 demo. I just checked on my PS3 and no demo up yet.

kingtwiggy
kingtwiggy

And again...where is all the DLC from Activision? Seriously, I think HMX has one week (Christmas the year it was released) that they didn't release at least 3 songs for DLC. Maybe they weren't always great, but at least we have consistent updates from them. Activision releases a few songs a month & expects customers to be happy. If they don't shape up, Activision is going to go down HARD in this particular war.

kingtwiggy
kingtwiggy

@sharp926... The reason we'd rather have it as DLC is that there are probably a lot of songs we DON'T want on the disc. Personally, the only Metallica songs I want are the ones from pre Black album. Maybe one or two from the Black album, but everything else from them sucks! I'd MUCH rather pick & choose the songs I want to play than change out discs to play Metallica rather than what I'm currently playing on RB or GH!

Bloodbath_87
Bloodbath_87

Five starred every song (on expert) on the first try except the Queen song, strangely. I five starred it the second time. Why did they put these songs on the demo? I'm sure there are much better ones they could have picked, because these aren't fun at all.

jshaas
jshaas

No love for PS3 on the free DLC... what's up with that? I'll buy the game anyway, but I'd like to get some practice in first!

Frankasti
Frankasti

Metallica is great, but Megadeth would have been sicker... Guess we'll have to rely on Rock Band (since they already released Peace Sells)

sharp926
sharp926

I dont get some people... They say this game should have been a bunch of DLC like RB because they "dont want to pay $60." How much do you think you will pay if it were DLC? DLC songs are $2 a piece (and $1.83 each as a pack i believe) and theres 49 songs.... So lets go take up a bunch of space on our hard drives and spend $100 for something thats $60 on a disc? I just dont get some people....

Bloodbath_87
Bloodbath_87

Cool. I didn't see it earlier today when I came on but i'm downloading it now.

Raoul1978
Raoul1978

You have to pay 400 ms points to extract the songs from RB1 to RB2, entersandman is one of the only song that doesn't transfer...but you get to play 2 metallica songs for free by downloading this demo....goooooooooo figure :|

otanikun
otanikun

Interesting, I'm just getting the game to complete my GH collection, but I do hope it'll be halfway decent.

XeonForce
XeonForce

I'm buying it solely for double-bass pedal charts, an idea I had hoped Harmonix would have created first... ah well, beggars can't be choosers, especially when they have one of both Mastodon's and Queen's best songs. =(

valgear
valgear

The demo was glitchy as hell. I was playing Seek & Destroy and the sound was off by at least 5 seconds.

kiramasaki
kiramasaki

well i will be getting that as well as the game, i heard no leaf clover is already announced; although i have to admit i honestly did not know there was a wii version

Gorilla97
Gorilla97

i've downloaded the demo, but haven't played it yet. either way, i'm sure i won't buy this game. kinda hard to support Activision when they see Guitar Hero as nothing more than a fad ~ a rep of theirs admitted to this not that long ago. hence we're going to be seeing a TON of Guitar Hero titles released over the course of the year as they try to cash in while it's hot, ultimately over-doing it, while Rock Band releases one game a year (the exception being AC/DC), but continuously supports that one game with downloadable content. in my opinion, Activision should have released Metallica as DLC for World Tour. my question is, how much downloadable content can be expected for Metallica? my guess... NONE. you'll get what you get for $60 and that's it.

DontEatCream
DontEatCream

Did we really need a demo for this game? You can tell whether you want to buy it or not just by breaking down the title: it's "Guitar Hero" and "Metallica". Come on.

AzureLivesOn
AzureLivesOn

Definitely what I was expecting. Alot of the ones who don't understand why it's a full priced game don't realize that, unlike Aerosmith and AC/DC, this is a full fledged Guitar Hero game with an extensive track list and actual features from World Tour. Similar to how the Rock Band: Beatles will be a full game vs. some tacked on expansion to RB2 (although I'm sure there'll be people complaining about that being $60 too).

Slaughtahouse
Slaughtahouse

Its not bad, i tried it this mourning. I didn't really like 3 and world tour but this i like.

Moppyp
Moppyp

They should've released a Metallica track pack or sumthing i will definitely not spend $60 on this

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

I'll play the demo but that's all I wont buy it..... maybe I'll rent, though I'm sure one of my friends will get it.