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Guitar Hero: Metallica

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Heavy metal music with edgy lyrics comes to rhythm sim.
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Positive messages
Not applicable
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.

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.

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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2
Price:$39.99-59.99
Available online?Available online
Developer:Activision
Release date:March 31, 2009
Genre:Music and Dance
ESRB rating:T for Lyrics, Mild Suggestive Themes

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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 my kids and me like and play the game, I can't say anything about the other songs on the game as all we play are the Metallica songs.
What other families should know
Educational value
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 downright NOT appropriate for younger children. Although the lyrics may be a bit difficult to understand on the game, it still exposes children to more violence, vulgarity, and sexual innuendo than they are old enough to deal with. (Even if they are older doesn't mean they SHOULD be exposed)
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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of a 11 year old Written byzac3 October 17, 2009
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