February 15, 2009

Guitar Hero: Metallica Song List

The first details on Guitar Hero: Metallica were released in December. Now, we have the full 49 song track list! That’s 28 Metallica songs, and 21 songs from other artists.


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
Tracks by 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 – Tuesdays 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

(click through to see YouTube videos of any song, if you’re not familiar with it.)

I’m not sure this iteration of the game will bring a whole lot to the table over Guitar Hero: World Tour, other than — lots of Metallica, obviously! One confirmed new feature is an Expert+ drum difficulty mode which enables use of a second kick pedal:

Thankfully, an uncharacteristically useful pre-order bonus from GameStop will give the game’s quick-to-act reservers an extra bass drum pedal and input splitter.


This will allow the player to use both pedals to tackle the game’s more heel-punishing tracks. It’s certainly a better option than splitting your foot down the middle, and training yourself to control both halves independently, which, now that we think about it, would be pretty rock-and-roll.

It’s nice that the dual bass drum pedal is now officially supported; there have been hacks to deliver dual bass pedals on Rock Band for a while, but nothing official.

There are some new previews as well:

A short video interview with the lead designer, Alan Flores:

Sounds like they’re fleshing out the extras in the game so it’s a better fan experience, unlike Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, which didn’t feel like much more than a set of skins on top of Guitar Hero III. Good news for Metallica fans. They’re also including Lemmy from Motorhead as a playable character, as well as a few other notable and yet unannounced Metallica-related characters, too.

My bigger concern, however, is about the difficulty level of this game. The previous Metallica songs in Guitar Hero and Rock Band were all extremely difficult, on all instruments! How do you build a game of all Hard and Expert level songs that won’t cause people to give up their fake plastic instruments entirely?

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