Metallica:The Guitar Hero Game
When it comes out 29 March, Guitar Hero: Metallica will feature elements personally concocted by the band members themselves.
The story line, for example, is the brainchild of frontman James Hetfield. In the game, players will progress from being Metallica’s opening act to eventually becoming Metallica - if they don’t blow their ‘Load’ that is.
The menu animations too will have a personal Metallica touch, as they were designed by longtime band friend and collaborator Pushead.
No ‘Cliffin’ ‘Em All’
Although the band members all appear as their modern-day, mid-40s selves, there are unlockable skins that allow gamers to go back in time and play as ‘early Metallica.’ A cool feature, to be sure, but an even better feature would be one that allows bassists to time-travel and become the late Cliff Burton.
(Apparently, this idea was nixed, as the band feared it would be a slight to their current bass player Robert Trujillo. We disagree: In fact, it would be the ultimate tribute to Burton and hardly a diss on Trujillo.)
That said, the game has features up the butt and a track list that, while still a secret, has been described to us by a representative from ActiVision as “completely awesome.”
Check out the video below for a teaser of the game.
And then, if you want an idea how you might look playing it, check out these Neversoft staffers demonstrating the game at the recent CES Show. (This is what guys wind up doing at conventions!)
The 28 songs by Metallica will be included, classics and new tracks. In addition, 21 cuts by Metallica-approved acts will also be featured. Here’s the list:
All Nightmare Long
Fade To Black
Fight Fire With Fire
For Whom The Bell Tolls
Hit The Lights
Master Of Puppets
Mercyful Fate (Medley)
No Leaf Clover
Nothing Else Matters
Sad But True
Seek And Destroy
The Memory Remains
The Shortest Straw
The Thing That Should Not Be
Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
Wherever I May Roam
Alice In Chains - No Excuses
Bob Seger - Turn The Page
Corrosion Of Conformity - Albatross
Diamond Head - Am I Evil?
Foo Fighters - Stacked Actors
Judas Priest - Hell Bent For Leather
Kyuss - Demon Cleaner
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Tuesday’s Gone
Machine Head - Beautiful Mourning
Mastodon - Blood And Thunder
Mercyful Fate - Evil
Michael Schenker Group - Armed And Ready
Motorhead - Ace Of Spades
Queen - Stone Cold Crazy
Samhain - Mother Of Mercy
Slayer - War Ensemble
Social Distortion - Mommy’s Little Monster
Suicidal Tendencies - War Inside My Head
System Of A Down - Toxicity
The Sword - Black River
Thin Lizzy - The Boys Are Back In Town
OK, no hype - that looks like quite a cool batch of songs. Think you can rock out on all of them, or even some of them? You’ll have your chance on 29 March.