Metallica ‘Guitar Hero’ Details Revealed


January 26, 2009

In addition to 28 Metallica tunes, game features tracks by Foo Fighters, Alice in Chains, System of a Down, more.

Metallica are so excited about their upcoming “Guitar Hero” video game that they couldn’t wait to tell their fans what songs were in it.

The band’s official Web site recently revealed the full set list of songs that will appear in “Guitar Hero: Metallica,” due March 29, which includes 28 tracks spanning Metallica’s entire career, as well as tunes from 21 other artists, such as Foo Fighters, Slayer, Queen, Alice in Chains, Lynyrd Skynyrd System of a Down.

“Metallica gave us input on guest artists they’d like to see in their game, bands that they felt were really important to them,” the game’s lead designer, Alan Flores, told MTV News during a demo in New York earlier this month. “Guitar Hero: Metallica” is similar to November’s full-band music game, “Guitar Hero: World Tour,” but players will get to jam to songs strictly by Metallica and the musicians that inspire them.

The game’s plot line is based on a true story of European fans who attended every Metallica show until they were finally invited by the band to open for them onstage. Players will take on the role of musicians trying to follow in Metallica’s footsteps, but they’ll also be able to play as singer James Hetfield, drummer Lars Ulrich, guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo.

“The very first thing you do is you play as Metallica,” Flores explained. “We wanted to hit you hard, and we didn’t want to put that off.”

Flores, a longtime Metallica fan himself who’s worked on past “Guitar Hero” games, said that when his company, Activision Blizzard, showed the band their work on June’s “Guitar Hero: Aerosmith,” it was a no-brainer. “They were really impressed by it, and they basically wanted a similar treatment,” he said. “So we took that as a blueprint and crammed a lot of new bonus stuff in there.”

The bonus material includes virtual re-creations of the venues Metallica’s played in, pop-up trivia about the band’s history and lyrics, unlockable videos of live performances and exclusive, behind-the-scenes footage from their motion-capture sessions.

The biggest addition is the “expert-plus” difficulty to all the gameplay modes, which adds a second bass pedal so that “Guitar Hero” drummers can play double bass drum tracks with both feet, just like Ulrich does. The second bass pedal, compatible with the existing “Guitar Hero: World Tour” drum peripheral, will be sold in stores separately when “Guitar Hero: Metallica” is released.

“It’s a game that can be really hard if you’re up for that challenge,” Flores said. “But if you want to get in there and just play some songs, it’s there for you. Even if you don’t like Metallica but you like ‘Guitar Hero,’ the songs are just so fun to play.”

The track list for “Guitar Hero: Metallica,” according to Metallica’s Web site:

Metallica Tracks:
“All Nightmare Long”
“Creeping Death”
“Disposable Heroes”
“Dyers Eve”
“Enter Sandman”
“Fade to Black”
“Fight Fire With Fire”
“For Whom the Bell Tolls”
“Hit the Lights”
“King Nothing”
“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”
“The Unforgiven”
“Welcome Home (Sanitarium)”
“Wherever I May Roam”

Other Artists:
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 – “The Black River”
Thin Lizzy – “The Boys Are Back in Town”

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