Guitar Hero: Metallica

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Heavy metal music with edgy lyrics comes to rhythm sim.
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Parents say

age 8+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 10 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages
Violence

Some minor lyrics that refer to fighting and shooting, such as Metallica's "Whiplash" ("We're gathered here to maim and kill").

Sex

Some female musicians have revealing outfits, such as showing a bare torso. Tatoos show women is sexy ways. Some lyrics have sexual themes such as Social Distortion's "Mommy's Little Monster" ("Mommy's little monster had sex at 15").

Language

A few swear words can be heard in the game's lyrics including "bitch," "ass," "bastard" and "damn." Other songs have lyrics that may not be appropriate for younger kids including Metallica's "Am I Evil?" ("Sweet and timely whore, take me home"), Social Distortion's "Mommy's Little Monster" ("Mommy's little monster had sex at 15"), and Michael Schenker Group's "Armed and Ready" ("I got a gunsight trained on you").

Consumerism

Gamers will see branded instruments (with familiar manufacturers) and of course, licensed music track from many bands including Metallica.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The odd drug-related lyrics include the line ""Mommy's little monster shoots methadrine" from Social Distortion's Mommy's Little Monster.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a sequel to the very popular Guitar Hero game. While some of the lyrics might raise an eyebrow here and there -- with references to sex, drugs, and violence -- it's certainly tame compared to other T-rated games.

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Parent Written byphantomstranger October 1, 2009

Metallica Fans Rejoice

What can I say some of the best songs by the metal gods known as Metallica, the game has some good features and extras, a must havefor any Metallica fan. All of... Continue reading
Parent of a 4, 4, and 5 year old Written bycthomasgirl July 9, 2009

Iffy for tweens but inappropriate for younger kids

While I understand the "educational" value of "music appreciation" I feel that this game is borderline inappropriate for early teens and dow... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old August 8, 2009

You know what...

The parent reviewer, cthomasgirl, needs to shut up. I don't care what she says, this is thrash metal, if you can handle that, then leave. Kids need to fina... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bybran91095 April 10, 2009

All filler, no thriller.

Its an EXPANSION PACK, not a real game. Only buy if you are a DIE-HARD FAN. Otherwise, its just plain not worth your money. Its just like Guitar Hero : Aerosmi... Continue reading

What's it about?

Plug in and rock out with Activision Publishing's latest in the multimillion-unit-selling Guitar Hero series. Just as we strummed along with an Aerosmith-centric Guitar Hero game last year , now it's time to crank the volume and let your hair down for Metallica and its celebrated catalog of heavy metal tunes ranging from their early work ("Seek & Destroy" from the band's debut disc) to the commercial ditties of their self-titled "Metallica" album ("Enter Sandman," "Nothing Else Matters") to newer tracks including "Frantic" and "My Apocalypse." More than 45 tracks from the group's 28-year history are here, most of which need to be unlocked, as gamers jam as the L.A.-based fab four, led by vocalist James Hetfield. GUITAR HERO: METALLICA also features more than 20 tracks from other artists personally selected by the band, including Foo Fighters, Judas Priest, Queen, Motörhead, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Thin Lizzy.

In case you've never picked up (or observed) a Guitar Hero game, these music-based challenges let players jam along to some of rock's greatest hits over the past 40 years, using guitar/bass and drum-shaped peripherals, as well as a mic to sing, karaoke-style. Whether you're playing solo or with friends (in front of the same TV or via the Internet) your goal is to rack up points by hitting the right note (or drum) at the correct time. Play well and the virtual crowd goes nuts and you can unlock additional venues and tracks, but make too many mistakes and you're booed offstage faster than you can say "Lars Ulrich."

Is it any good?

Yes, Guitar Hero: Metallica is good, but you most definitely need to be a fan of the band and this type of music to enjoy it. Therefore it doesn't have the same mass appeal as a game like Guitar Hero: World Tour, with its wide range of musical styles and artists, plus this game lacks the same breadth and depth when it comes to modes, online options, and replayability. That said, it's a decent game for those looking to rock out to the music of Metallica.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether they're experiencing Guitar Hero overkill. With many, many games in the franchise these days, not to mention new song downloads each week, when is it time to call it a day? And is this music genre evolving at the pace it should? Or do gamers want the same thing each time but with new music?

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