Guitar Hero: Metallica rides lightning March 29

Activision's PS3 and Xbox 360 rhythm game gets North American date; Wii, PS2, and international releases set for early May.

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More than five years ago, Vivendi Universal Games signed Metallica to appear in a vehicular combat game. That project never saw the light of day, but the heavy-metal band's second full-fledged excursion into games has a better chance of making it into fans' hands. For one thing, it actually has a release date.

Expert+ difficulty, for true masochists.

Metallica's official Web site was updated today with news that Guitar Hero: Metallica will arrive in North American stores for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on March 29. International releases for the game--as well as editions for the Wii and PlayStation 2--should follow around early May, according to the site.

The news post also reveals a handful of details about the game, including some of the non-Metallica bands and new gameplay features. When it launches, Guitar Hero: Metallica will feature 28 songs from the band, as well as tracks from contemporaries and influences such as Alice in Chains, Slayer, the Foo Fighters, Machine Head, and Queen. As if shredding through the band's catalog of speed-metal hits wouldn't be difficult enough already, Guitar Hero: Metallica also includes an "Expert+" difficulty level that will include two kick pedals for drum parts.

Discussion

190 comments
dempseym
dempseym

How come Wii owners ALWAYS get shafted...we have to wait to frickin May!? Aside from that this is going to be awesome!

TheWarrior_94
TheWarrior_94

Songs I hope for: Welcome home (saneterium) Master of Puppets For whom the bell tolls Many more!!

TheWarrior_94
TheWarrior_94

It's not fair because I only have the rock band drums I won't be able to get a double kick pedal!

TheWarrior_94
TheWarrior_94

Early May Grrrrr!!! Can't wait for this game! It's gunna be awesome!

shelivade
shelivade

Mastrania - Your logic is extremely flawed. Just because an instrument is outdated, doesn't mean it is any less desirable or less innovative than modern instruments, unless if you are a trend ***** and your judgment is deceived by popular opinion. And most contemporary Metal/Hard Rock is the epitome of **** including the artists that you mentioned. Simulated violence is for Guitar ******, Metallica hasn't released anything recommendable since "....And Justice For All", and Guitar ****** and Command & Conquer 3 sucks a greasy lax stick.

StSk8ter29
StSk8ter29

After 5 different versions of the same game (GH1, GH2, GH3, RB1, RB2) I'm personally tired of these games. There became a point where i realized I was simply playing the same game over and over. Kind of like how I would feel if I bought Madden NFL every year. Slight changes in the fact that it's different songs, but really I'm just doing the same thing over and over with a different coat of paint. 500 different songs later, I'm done.

mastriania
mastriania

enix165: It's just a habit now. I don't think many people are pulling new sounds out of the guitar other than Johnny Greenwood and Thom Yorke (I could add Buckethead, but his music is annoying). A minor chord still sounds nice to me, but there's just no where to go with it. How's that for an answer? Lets let this one go and get back to talking about video games (or should we discuss lemurs now?).

strat12
strat12

Sweet i get to see how hard Master Of Puppets is compared to on my Epiphone Les Paul

enix165
enix165

Hate ot join a flamewar, but Mastriania...WHY THE HECK DO YOU PLAY GUITAR IF YOU HATE IT?! XD

gobbo00
gobbo00

Metallica rides the gravy train springs to mind.

mastriania
mastriania

Oops, almost forgot, sean ph (I think that was the name of the one with the cleft palette infant avatar): get a psychiatric evaluation. Let's get back to talking about games (or complaining how everyone's musical tastes are different). Either or.

mastriania
mastriania

I love how this has become a music argument! Mission complete.

buffdaddy69
buffdaddy69

" mastriania Posted Jan 22, 2009 5:07 pm GMT To: Princess Rectum (?) and sean ph: I have a 1967 Fender Mustang (original) and have played guitar daily for over 15 years. I still hate the guitar as an instrument. It's outdated. Simulated violence is better than real violence. Metallica has sucked since cassettes were the primary medium. If you want to hear decent metal, try Sleep., Bongzilla, anything from Norway (just ignore the creepy lyrics). A good primer for metal music that wasn't designed by a marketing team would be the Gummo soundtrack. Hope this helps. Have fun playing your toy instruments (which in some cases, you could go to a pawn shop and buy the real thing for the same price, just add your own Aerosmith sticker" Bonzilla is a terrible stoner band, Grateful Dead ***** all over them and they do drugs better then them and they also promote it better as well. Good music is **** like Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, Slayer, The Doors, Hendrix, Old school Lamb of God, Black Sabbath, Old school Black Label Society, Pantera, ect, ect, ect. That bullcorn from Norway is just that. Bullcorn. Its music thats not even worth calling dookie, because it doesn't sell for **** in the US.

mailbox2112
mailbox2112

@ Princess Rectum: Dean guitars aren't crappy, Dimbag Darrel used them and Dave Mustaine uses them. Anyway, I wonder why they didnt put any Megadeth in this game, Dave Mustaine was in Metallica and wrote almost all the solos on Kill 'Em All and wrote some for Ride the Lightning. This sounds great but I hope it doesn't fail like GH Aerosmith did. I'll have to rent it first to make sure it isn't just Guitar Hero: World Tour... with Metallica songs and a new difficulty!

buffdaddy69
buffdaddy69

I hope there arent any St. Anger songs on this game. The very first St. Anger CD ever created should have been burned and pee'ed on harder then R Kelly peeing on something.

soyt_llusala
soyt_llusala

I'm buying this. I hope for Ride the lightning, Fade to black, , Master of Puppets, Battery, And Justice for all, Orion and Of wolf an man will be included in this game. Yeeeeeeeeessss for double bass pedals hehehe

alishape_
alishape_

Metallica did start sucking when they got those haircuts.

nappan
nappan

I can think of something more amusing and appropriate for Metallica to "ride". :)

sean_ph
sean_ph

mastriania: wow...just because you can google some old guitar does not necessarily mean its so. hell, i could tell you i have jimmy page's lost guitar and you would have no way to disprove/prove it. what you have/own is irrelevant and pointless for this discussion. its a music game which utilizes plastic guitars as controllers for crissakes! gotta love people who toot their own horns knowing fully well no one can say it isnt the truth...sigh...

mastriania
mastriania

To: Princess Rectum (?) and sean ph: I have a 1967 Fender Mustang (original) and have played guitar daily for over 15 years. I still hate the guitar as an instrument. It's outdated. Simulated violence is better than real violence. Metallica has sucked since cassettes were the primary medium. If you want to hear decent metal, try Sleep., Bongzilla, anything from Norway (just ignore the creepy lyrics). A good primer for metal music that wasn't designed by a marketing team would be the Gummo soundtrack. Hope this helps. Have fun playing your toy instruments (which in some cases, you could go to a pawn shop and buy the real thing for the same price, just add your own Aerosmith sticker).

Princess_Rectum
Princess_Rectum

The "learn to play real guitar instead of playing this game" is kind of a hypocritical point. You could also say "learn to fire a real gun instead of playing Counter-strike" or "Learn how to eat mushrooms and jump in real life instead of playing Mario" The point is usually made by rejects who own crappy Dean guitars and are too busy wanking to Avenged Sevenfold or Dragonforce to really be able to play guitar, anyways. lool.

sean_ph
sean_ph

mastriania: and yet another one of those "learn to play real guitar instead of playing a fake plastic one" posts... *slaps forehead*

mastriania
mastriania

This just makes me sad. There music has sucked for a couple of decades now. If you really want to have the feeling of simulated rocking out, listen to the Strokes and play a broomstick to the beat. Air broomstick. I promise it will be a much more dynamic experience than transferring even more money into Metallica's self-proclaimed "company" (yeah, company, not band, please see Some Kind Of Monster). Oh wait, or just learn to play a real guitar instead of a plastic toy. They're grandpa's who have definitely lost their touch with cutting edge music. They even got hair cuts during the grunge period. Lame-sauce!

necronaux
necronaux

OK... so WHEN are getting the OZZY GH? With Sabbath, and the host of guitarists he's worked with throughout his solo career, there's tons of great stuff.

ZABUZA16
ZABUZA16

I bet u that Lars is happy.... if u knw what im talking abt lol

Burningstar2110
Burningstar2110

@ combatsoldier: Metallica formed in 81 and they released their first album in 83. Which was "Kill 'Em All". Although being a huge Metallica fan I totally appreciate your enthusiasm by saying they are 'The greatest rock band ever to be formed' because well..your pretty much right :lol: @Guitar Hero Metallica : Wow this game looks awesome. The idea for Expert+ is pretty cool but its gonna suck if someone who just buys the game and wants to use the double bass pedals but can't until expert+ mode. I hope thats not the case. Anyhow..I'll be buying this game on release I guarantee that. By the looks of things the have ESP guitars judging by James' EX body shape there and the headstock.

Chris_555_TK
Chris_555_TK

Cool that Metallica is doing this but DAMN that's one ugly game

doctorwang12
doctorwang12

holy crap i cannot wait...but seriously tho 28 metallica songs? u can put more than that seriously..but watever im getting it even if theres 5 metallica songs...METALLICA RULES!!

funnysplay
funnysplay

I dont play drums on expert yet, but i hope thay have expert+ for guitar to, cause i like my skills to be tested to their limits.

combatsoldier
combatsoldier

YA BABY. METALLICA ALL THE WAY. GREATEST ROCK BAND EVER TO BE FORMED. ORIGINALLY MADE IN 1982 AND RELEASED THERE FIRST ALBUM IN 1987. I LOVE YOU METALLICA.

senorbusyman
senorbusyman

METALLICA RULES...AND JAMES'S BROMANCE WITH LARS WILL MAKE THIS THE BEST GUITAR HERO GAME EVER!

MSG-Deathscythe
MSG-Deathscythe

all you metallica haters can take a hike. this is obviously for metallica fans. you can all go back to your miley cyrus web sites and we won't give a damn.

djdna514
djdna514

i think u get a second kick drum pre-ordering it at gamestop....

Sonicplys
Sonicplys

I have to wait around May for the PS2 version!?!?! Screw Activision!! PS2/Wii >>>>>>>>Load/Reload>>>> PS3/360

cannibal87
cannibal87

They need to bring out a metal one with cannibal corpse, cof, and more coz im sick of seen crap on guitar hero so bring out more metal i say

JamieThinker
JamieThinker

Yeah! Been waiting for this one since I first hard about Guitar Hero. Never bothered buying the game yet, but seeing this changes everything. WooHoo!

Penalty_of_Hero
Penalty_of_Hero

Finally got a reason to buy Guitar Hero though I'm look more forward to the Beatles edition, I think.

FM_punk
FM_punk

i have gh3 and would rather play that then get a new gh its just holding buttons and new songs these guys are milking it

ckorneluk
ckorneluk

nice, I can't wait to use it with the Death Magnetic DLC for almost 40 songs. This is the reason music games were made!

reedschaaf
reedschaaf

Can't Wait!! I love Metallica and i play expert drums. Metallica Rocks!

fester420
fester420

definitely rentable, my fingers are gonna be sore after this one

ckat609
ckat609

Forking out $60+ every time they decide to add new stuff is ridiculous. They should just add DLC to the store and make new games when REALLY HUGE updates to the game have been made. If they wanna make a new game, fine... If people wanna buy the new game, fine... BUT, they should also make the songs available at the store for the other games. I mean, i like Metallica but I'm not a huge fan and it seems unfair that if I wanna play, say 5 songs, I have to get the new game instead of just buying the 5 songs from the store. I really don't give a crap about the playable characters, venues, clothing, etc... I just wanna play the damn songs!!! And that goes for Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, Guitar Hero: Jimi (huge fan), Guitar Hero: Adam Sandler or whatever other stuff they have planned for the future. Make the game for mega die hard fans who want it... but, for the rest of us, GIVE US A CHOICE!!!

GoblinsAreKool
GoblinsAreKool

Not a big metallica fan and I can barely play the drums on hard as is so I really dont need an expert+

marioforever07
marioforever07

they better have wherever i may roam, master of puppets nd enter sandman!

wiifighter1
wiifighter1

i usally dont like guitar hero, but i totally have to get this. Metallica rules!

ClassicPlayer
ClassicPlayer

Why would you wanna fork out an extra £65 odd for just Expert+ for drums? Seriously! 28 songs only for Metallica seems a bit weak, it BETTER have I Disappear!

enix165
enix165

Woo, sweet! But it better have Cliff playable. IT BETTER.

yinyang3
yinyang3

Makes me sad that Queen isn't in Rock Band... We do get the Yeah Yeah Yeahs though.... -_-

superman_34_99
superman_34_99

Sounds great, I can't wait for some more information like the song list. I'm a big Queen and Foo Fighters fan so that pleases me.