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Old 03-06-2008, 06:39   #1
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[Multi] Guitar Hero: Metallica

Again, Activision continue to squeeze as much life out of the franchise by announcing Guitar Hero: Metallica. This is one GH I will definitely NOT be buying as I like Metallica's music but playing along to it is just a massive chore.

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Earlier this year, Activision unveiled Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, the first installment in its billion-dollar rhythm series based entirely on a band. No sooner had the publisher announced the deal than speculation began to spread about what the second band-based Guitar Hero game would be. Along with Van Halen, the most mentioned group was Metallica, the legendary San Francisco Bay Area heavy-metal quartet.

Time to ride the royalty lightning!

Now, talk of Guitar Hero: Metallica is no longer a case of wishful thinking or idle speculation--it's fact. When sifting through a SEC filing of Activision's over the weekend, Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst Edward Woo--associate of the highly visible Michael Pachter--uncovered a gem when the Santa Monica, California-based publisher discussed its upcoming game slate.

"In fiscal 2009, we plan to publish Guitar Hero: On Tour for the NDS; Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, Guitar Hero: Metallica, and Guitar Hero IV across multiple platforms," the company said in its report. Activision's fiscal year ends on March 31, 2009, which means that the game will likely follow the holiday release of Guitar Hero: World Tour (nee Guitar Hero 4).

Guitar Hero: Metallica will be the first time a game based on the multiplatinum-selling band--which has become only slightly less famous for its antipiracy efforts as its musical achievements--has made it to retail. However, it is the second such game to be announced. In 2003, Vivendi Games--which will soon merge with Activision--struck a deal to create a vehicular combat game inspired by Metallica's music. Unconfirmed reports stated that the project had been quietly canceled in 2005.
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Old 03-06-2008, 07:59   #2
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I definitely won't be getting this, even when it hits the bargain bins. Not a fan of their music & have not enjoyed the tracks I've played so far.
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Old 03-06-2008, 09:00   #3
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Provided they steer clear of Metallica's output post 1991, I'm sold. (Although lets face it, thats unlikely and I bet it will be full of crap from the ReLoad and St Anger albums).

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Old 03-06-2008, 09:05   #4
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why don't the just start to release some decent DLC ffs. not a chance of my buying this.
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Old 03-06-2008, 09:17   #5
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Old 03-06-2008, 09:38   #6
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... I'm holding out for Keyboard Hero: Jean Michel Jarre.
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Old 03-06-2008, 09:38   #7
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I don't see anything wrong with these band-branded Guitar Hero games really, only that they expect them to retail at the price of a normal game as opposed to the price of an expansion. I definitely won't be getting this as I don't like their music and I like playing it even less. I'm tempted by Aerosmith but I'm not paying Ł40 for it.

Although with now three Guitar Hero games in production, I can't help but think they're going to feel a little bit rushed when finished.
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Old 03-06-2008, 09:44   #8
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...that comes with a special guitar with only two buttons?

I think even I will be able to 100% their songs on Expert.
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Haven't they heard of variety! Surely dedicating a game mostly to one band is bad marketing! Example being I hate Aerosmith ergo won't be buying that version.
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Old 03-06-2008, 10:17   #12
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Which does confirm that Aerosmith was simply a litmus test on whether we'd by a game based on a band.

Let's be clear, this is a move in the wrong direction for the franchise as far as I'm concerned, I won't be buying, and I'm seriously reconsidering my pre-order for Aerosmith if true.

As well as the rumour of Nirvana tracks being in GH4, being the reason why it's been delayed in Rock Band.

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Haven't they heard of variety! Surely dedicating a game mostly to one band is bad marketing! Example being I hate Aerosmith ergo won't be buying that version.
I think that's what Guitar Hero World Tour is for, in terms of variety.

Personally, rather than just deciding that it's crap now, I'll reserve judgement until I see the setlist. If Activision take the same approach as with GH: Aerosmith (i.e. it's not entirely all Aerosmith songs), then I could well be interested.

I'm still a bit disappointed that no-one thought to follow through with the "Rocks The..." series idea. Rocks The 70's and Rocks The 90's could have been awesome.
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I'm still a bit disappointed that no-one thought to follow through with the "Rocks The..." series idea. Rocks The 70's and Rocks The 90's could have been awesome.
Indeed, but I think the premise of the Rocks game was to take more obscure tracks that you wouldn't normally find in the GH series. I think it was more a collection of personal favourites of Harmonix, reallly.

As regards the setlist and Metallica, we can take the RB experience;; Metallica more than Aerosmith is a real low common denominator sellout, as 'the kids' are always going to buy Metallica tracks. The question is will they chuck the existing RB tracks in there, and chart them even more insanely than they are at the moment, and what about the notorious crap 'Reload' period - will we get any tracks from that.

You can bet Activision is trying to get the new material in there, and that'll be the reason why it'll sell.

Is this the point where the whole genre jumps the shark?
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Load and Reload aren't crap. They just aren't as good as some of their earlier albums. St Anger is crap though!
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I'll bet they go retro for the next release and diss the kidz:



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...that comes with a special guitar with only two buttons?
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if they convert every song on kill 'em all, ride the lightning, master of puppets and leave out the rest of the crap then I will buy it. the chance of that happening is virtually null.
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Load and Reload aren't crap. They just aren't as good as some of their earlier albums. St Anger is crap though!
I like St Anger, you philistine.

Ah, it was Garage, Inc, I was thinking of... Still carp, though...
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Old 03-06-2008, 16:47   #20
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It makes sense if it works out cheaper than buying it all from XBLive/PS3 store.

Personally I like picking and choosing from the DLC now.
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