Shippin' Out Mar. 29-Apr. 4: Guitar Hero: Metallica, Don King Boxing

The Mighty Met takes the stage on the Xbox 360, PS3 this week, as the most splendiferous boxing promoter pops Wii and DS, Braid entangles PC, Major Minor's Majestic March steps off.

Guitar Hero: Aerosmith proved to be an unmitigated success for Activision, selling in excess of 2 million units in the US across multiple platforms through February 2009, according to the NPD Group. The publisher is undoubtedly hoping to encore that success with Guitar Hero: Metallica, the second installment in the billion-dollar franchise to be devoted to a single band.

The bell's about to toll for many.

Guitar Hero: Metallica for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 features the titular thrash-metal kings, as well as 21 other acts that acted as influences or were influenced by the band. In all, the game includes more than 45 playable tracks, which make use of the microphone and drum-kit peripherals introduced with Guitar Hero World Tour, in addition to the standard guitar and bass fare. GH: Metallica also brings a handful of new features to the franchise, including the Expert+ difficulty setting.

Those looking for a bit more sousaphone in their rhythm-game escapades can alternatively pick up Majesco's Major Minor's Majestic March for the Wii. Majesco will be bringing to market Gardening Mama for the DS, as well. 2K Sports will also be adding a title to both of Nintendo's platforms this week, with Don King Boxing rumbling onto the Wii and DS.

Those who missed Jonathan Blow's award-winning puzzle-platformer Braid on the Xbox 360 last year will be pleased to know that the PC edition will arrive at retail and a variety of downloadable storefronts this week. Xbox 360 and PC gamers will also be able to pick up Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust, courtesy of Codemasters. Lastly, while Duke Nukem Forever remains a work in progress, Apogee Software will bring the Duke Nukem Trilogy to retail shelves this week on the PSP and DS.

Check back later in the week for GameSpot's reviews of the week's debuts. For a full rundown of every new game, check out the New Releases page.

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klugenbeel
klugenbeel

I can't beleive GameSpot gave GH Metallica a 7.5. So far in their little tracker, they have given GH Metallica the lowerest score. This game is way better than a 7.5. In fact the only complaint I have about GH Metallica is the DLC issue. You make another full band game and only allow the Metallica DLC to xfer over, lame, let all of the DLC xfer over, that would have made sense. Otherwise the sound track is great, the presentation is great, the game looks great and honeslty this is a GIANT step from GH Aerosmith, which now looking back on GH Aerosmith, this Metallica one makes it look like crap. Aerosmith was fun at the time, but so far for the GH games that been on the 360, Aerosmith was the worst won, yet still a good game.

wwonka666
wwonka666

I had a lot of fun with GH: Metallica, not a big fan, but the songs are fun to play and the addtional bands they chose are a big plus. I cannot believe they included Mommy's Little Monster from Social Distortion. Overall a very solid entry in the GH Franchise.

alishape_
alishape_

I betcha it'll sell five million copies.

Jbreynolds
Jbreynolds

Metallica is my all time favorite band and will gladly pick this up after work today. That being said, I tend to agree with other posts here that it's time to stop the GH: band specific releases. How about GH: Metal which could include Slayer, Megadeth, Iron Maiden, etc. Or GH: Glam Poison, Def Leppard, etc.

vtruss_basic
vtruss_basic

I agree! Step it up GS! I just renewed my Plus membership. Be more accurate and just give us the straight fact instead of all that nonsense above. On the subject though, never been a fan of Metallica. Might pick this up for the other bands on the disc. A few Met songs I can stand like "No Leaf Clover" and FWTBT, and maybe Enter Sandman... And yes, Braid PC was delayed, come on GS...

CapitaoNinja
CapitaoNinja

Can't wait to play Master of puppets and Seek and Destroy. Hail to Metallica!!

thetravman
thetravman

@LordInvernus Too bad they won't release a game on your opinion alone. Obviously they released Metallica because of its mass audience (or a way to shut Lars up about Metallica DLC). I'd also like to see a Guitar Hero: Rush,meh, GH doesn't like Rush (I bought Rock Band 2 just for the Rush songs). And lol about the Duke Nukem Trilogy. They could've made it sound more realistic. And is the "Wii coming later this year" a joke too?

ThWorldGreatest
ThWorldGreatest

Duke Nukem's trilogy is defiantly an april's fool joke, if it isn't then i might have to pick it up.

immortality20
immortality20

I think if people stop their complaining and actually play GH: Metallica, they'd be blown away. This is the best one since 2, the charts are unbelievable in the game, and there is no song where you go "ugh, let's get this over with". I'm very happy with the purchase and I think more should give it a chance.

LordInvernus
LordInvernus

@tyrant2004 Amen to you man...where is GH: Iron Maiden then. I would much rather have that than Metallica. I've been a Maiden fan a lot longer..I have have their music on these plastic large round things called...records (vinyl)...hahaha. Actually, I think I'd rather even have GH: Megadeth than Metallica. Maybe it's cause their new tool of a bass player just bothers me to no end.. eh..oh well :)

wooooode
wooooode

I have always enjoyed their music but they whole new Guitar Hero every 5 months is going to destroy the genre. It already has for me, I stopped buying them a while ago.

TheBatFreak777
TheBatFreak777

ah, just a FEW more of these and my all time favorite will be coming: Guitar Hero: Barry Manilow! lol

Sig12047
Sig12047

All of you haters have to stop living in the past. I'm glad to see my favorite band get a game that they deserve. Hopefully their music reaches millions more because of it.

insanitycheck3
insanitycheck3

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Azwethinkweiz89
Azwethinkweiz89

Lars Ulrich has admitted that he was a giant d0uche about the music downloads. Maybe some Metallica haters and RB fanboys should drop it as he has.

insanitycheck3
insanitycheck3

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ahpuck
ahpuck

hum. . if i remember correctly, metallica was one of the first bands who fought against musical downloads and just about anything digital or computer related. . well, look at them now, whoring themselves cause they finally figured out how to make money of it.. god knows they need a new brand spanking mansion.

tyrant2004
tyrant2004

Influenced, huh? What the hell about iron maiden? Can't believe these guys don't get the credit they deserve. I love metallica (the old metallica, anyway) but they wouldn't exist without Maiden.

chazzx21
chazzx21

I feel like with the arrival of GH:M, we will see a big decline in music games. Besides the Beatles there's really not many songs they haven't done that have such a mass appeal. Although I agree with everyone, GH:M makes world tour look really weak.

paullywog
paullywog

once it became apparent that these companies have a generator where they plug in a mp3 file and out comes a guitar hero song, i lost all interest in music games. imo they kill the music featured within - for example, i'm not buying rock band beatles 1.because i've vowed to stop buying music games but 2. i feel it would ruin what the beatles' music means to me to play it in a video game. of course, i'm sure other people have exactly the opposite views from me, which is why these games continue to sell.

Yoda_ownzorz
Yoda_ownzorz

I bought Metallica, and I have to say it is one of my favorite GH games. GH3>GHM>GH2>GHWT (Never had GH1 or GHA) Anyone else have GH3 as their favorite?

buffdaddy69
buffdaddy69

I refuse to give any of my hard earned money to Lars Ulrich.

cool_beans1
cool_beans1

Time to crank it to 11 with Metalica :P

BattleSword1
BattleSword1

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godzillavskong
godzillavskong

The Guitar Hero franchise is a money making monster. I won't be getting this one @ launch, but shortly after. Hopefully.

Zerosumgame
Zerosumgame

People are too lazy to learn the real thing and try to be cool playing it at the same time, greedy son of a b....

re4leonkennedy
re4leonkennedy

Majesco's Major Minor's Majestic March(try saying that 5 times fast).

wiifan001
wiifan001

Hey wait a minute: According to GS, the wii version of GH:M came out came out last night. This article is stating "A Wii and PlayStation 2 edition of the game are expected later this year." And checking to see the date of the article, it says March 29, 2009. WTF Gamespot which is it? In Zelda 2: Adventure of Link I knew a guy named Error. Do I know a guy in GS named Error?

Obamamaniac
Obamamaniac

I really wish Activision would just slow down. People will wait for a game if it's good, and this is just a cash-in. If Activision would spend a lot of time choosing songs, upgrading everything, getting some new ideas, AND IMPROVING INSTRUMENT QUAILITY, I would get their next GH game. For now, I'll stick with what I have.

MichaeltheCM
MichaeltheCM

sick! if i can somehow find a way to afford this i'll definitely get it

robx360
robx360

As much as I enjoy old school Metallica. I just don't intend on picking this up. I didn't get into guitar hero until the first 360 release of guitar hero 2. There has been 4 GH games released preceeding this one on 360. I prefer Rock Band. They know everyone can't go drop $60 every few months. There DLC s great because you can pick what you like. From what I see many of my favorite Metallica songs are left off the disc. Looks like a great rental for me. However I see nothing that warrants a purchase.

Waldkrieger
Waldkrieger

these type of games are a waste of money and time. i will never understand the fandom of this nonsense. get a real band, a real guitar, and a real drum set. end of line

Waldkrieger
Waldkrieger

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Xeno_Morfeus
Xeno_Morfeus

I just got back from Best Buy, and they had a copy of GH:M for the Wii...lots of them actually. Gamespot...you guys are shooting your credibility in the foot more and more these days. Shape up!

taylormadederek
taylormadederek

First of all IGN does not suck. Check out their news section it is more comprehensive than this. However they cover more media so some things are lost. Reviews nothing beats Gamespot and IGN but they need to fix this release thing. Guitar Hero is now crap. They have ruined it. I agree with Big_K-lashy all it is, is an overplayed song. I will buy them for $10 on Boxing Day and nothing more.

SevenSamuraiX
SevenSamuraiX

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Big_K-lashy
Big_K-lashy

... As much as guitar hero sounds and looks good, I hate it. There is just too many, it makes it look cheap and over-done. Its like an over-played song, its just annoying... and the whole of market place is took over my song uploads.

SoNin360
SoNin360

If it wasn't Guitar Hero I would probably get it... i hate their drums.

gnbfd
gnbfd

I'm pretty sure the Wii version of GH:M is out this week too... but whatever. If it was Rock Band:Metallica I'd be more interested.

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

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taylormadederek
taylormadederek

Put the list of games. Not just a mess of words. IGN has become increasingly better than you at things you used to be better than them at.

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

It's nice to see Gamespot posting this before the week is half over like they used to do but then they got back to lazy by not putting in the week's release in the article. Ahh Gamespot, can you do anything right?

markoni93
markoni93

is it coming for pc???????????????????

azizrulez
azizrulez

didnt Braid get delayed for 10 more days?

-Inertia
-Inertia

Not a great game stick to GH:3 / World Tour or better Rockband