Metallica (Premium/LE) (Stern, 2013)

Metallica (Premium/LE)

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This game received 529 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.581 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 1st in the game group "Metallica". The group itself ranks #6 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.552

Artwork: 8.618

Sounds/Music: 8.47

Other Aspects: 8.614

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Note! There are multiple versions of this game!
This is "Metallica (Premium/LE)". The other version is: Metallica (Pro) (regular version)

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13 days ago
I´m an Williams/Bally guy ,but wow the Metallica rocks!!!!
Perfect addition to a small collection.
15 days ago
Metallica is a modern classic. It's a fan layout, but with great rules, interesting gimmicks. It's fast and fun, but also with surprising complexity. A great game, actually made me like Metallica's music (sort of)
17 days ago
I have had this game in my collection for about a year, and it's not going anywhere anytime soon.
17 days ago
Although Metallica isn't my favourite music, I have to admit this is in my top 2 games that I enjoy playing. It's fun layout keeps my coming back to play it more and more, and callouts are the best on any my opinion. Absolutely think the coding is awesome and even the whole family enjoy it. Allows you to tone down the adult language content ....or crank it up if you can. A classic in my eyes and a machine that Stern nailed. If you love a fast flowing game with great callouts that fun you'll enjoy it!
21 days ago
MET has proven itself by now to be an all-time great pin. It really is one of the best pinball machines ever made, bar none.
23 days ago
I'm not a fan of the band, but I really like the game. I'm not a new Stern booster, but I'll put this game at the top of my list, with Iron Man, as one of the best games Stern has produced since their transition from Sega Pinball. The fan layout works well for the "metal" theme, and keeping things streamlined and the ball moving. I like these sorts of Borg games better than the "packed" ones like Tron or X-men. When I first played the revised code, I was blown away...such a difference from its previous form in the years since it was first released. The game can be thanked for leading the "art revolution" on modern games, without this Dirty Donny art package, we'd still be swimming in Photoshop purgatory.
47 days ago
Currently, my favorite pin.
49 days ago
This game had great flow and lots of cool shots to hit. Neat toys. I was hoping for more modes/missions and found that I couldn't really figure out the rules while I was playing. I would own this one!
56 days ago
When I first heard of Metallica pinball, I was excited....big time. Being a huge Metallica fan for 25 years and a pinball fan for even longer, the expectations were big.

When I first got the opportunity to play the game, over 2 years ago, I wasn't immediately hooked. Early code and a snake spitting SDTM were big issues.

Fast forward 2+ years and things have changed. After experiencing the code changes, and playing on a few different Premiums and Pros, this is my all time favorite. If you play on a dialed in Premium/LE , no doubt it's better than the PRO, and the light show is a huge difference why.

The Borg/Lyman combo is something special, TWD is very high up in my rankings as well, you gotta love a game where there's a steep learning curve, but that learning experience pays off incrementally the more you play.

Long story short, TZ was going to be my first pin purchase without a doubt, but Metallica stole it!! Happy new owner for a month, Cheers
57 days ago
Fast play. Superb call outs. FOUR cool toys. Mix of easy/challenging multi-ball modes. Truly one of the great games to play over and over.
64 days ago
I don't even like Metallica, the pin is so damn good it doesn't matter. Fun, interactive, and I love the sound of the ball riding those steel ramps, super satisfying. Prob Stern's best music pin, and definitely one of Stern's best pins ever. Every time I see one in the wild, I've gotta play it.
81 days ago
This is by far one of the best pinball games I have ever played! So much fun! Love the music, the flashing lights, the challenges and oh yeah different MULTIBALLS!! Grave! Sparky! Coffin! Snake! Crank It Up rocks too!.
I first played this game at a friends house and fell in love with it. I was blown away by it. It was so much fun I saved up the money for 6 months and now own one myself.
When people come over they love playing it as well, everyone has a great time on this pin. A really fun game for everyone!
3 months ago
This game is a blast to play. Gets your adrenaline going.
3 months ago
This game hits on all cylinders and really gets the blood pumping. I thought about the pro but glad I got the premium. I think all the differences between the two are minor except for the lighting which alone makes the prem worth it.
3 months ago
Very lucky that my local arcade has this pin on location played it loads and love it more and more each time. Cool how the hammer bangs the pinball into the coffin under the playfield love beating up on sparky, the only drawback for me is i'm not a metallica fan but who cares it's still a top machine.
3 months ago
I'm not a huge fan of the band, but their music is growing on me after playing this game. This machine has a lot going for it: fun layout, beautiful hand drawn art by Dirty Donnie, rocking music, and deep gameplay.

This may be John Borg's best design. The hammer ball lock is super cool. I always prefer physical ball locks to virtual ball locks since the balls exit the scoop as opposed to the shooter lane. Some people say the hammer partially blocks their view of the upper playfield, but I haven't found that to be the case. The in-line drop targets are reminiscent of something that might be found on an EM game, which is a good thing. It's a nice blend of old and new. A big part of pinball is the tradition, and celebrating that is always appreciated. Sparky has to be one of the coolest toys in pinball. I like games with magnets and this game has 3!

Lyman Sheets did a masterful job with the code. He apparently has a deep affection for this game and it shows with his work on it. Lots of different multiballs available: Cross, Sparky, Coffin, Snake. Crank It Up modes are very rewarding.

It's easy to see why this game is so highly rated.
4 months ago
Very fun game to play. Many rewarding shots that tie in very well to the music and theme.
Very cool ramps and Lots of toys; Magnet Hammer, Electric Chair Sparky, Snake grab and shoot back..
4 months ago
This is a great pinball machine with a nice ruleset, and if you like Metallica, its awesome. If you like old school Metallica but you think that they have sold out and Lars is a little bitch, it's still pretty damn good, and even a few tunes from before Jason Newstead took over bass.
4 months ago
My favorite game as I type this, always changes but Metallica is special.
4 months ago
I have played many different Pro versions, but I got a chance to play a premium version and now this is the version I want to own. I enjoy the hammer and underplayfield coffin ball lock. It adds alot to the playability of a already great pin. Can't wait to add it to my collection.
6 months ago
See my MET pro comments. I like this one a bit better because of the added hammer gimmick ball lock. I would play this game every time on location. It may get old after a few months as a home pin, but I still like this one a lot ... especially if you find one with all the good mods installed. Mods definitely add some more fun and excitement to this pin.
6 months ago
There are things I really like about this pin and things I find totally annoying about it.
Seems a little overdone and too gimmicky.
Fun to play, but would never own it.
6 months ago
Another sweet Lyman coded Stern game. One of the classics.
7 months ago
Just an excellent game, I play it every time I see it. Everything screams Metallica and comes from their entire career from the crosses of Master of Puppets to the Fuel callouts, it is a fans dream come true.
7 months ago
You have to love a machine that lets you play it however you want to try to get to wizard modes, then turns the tables on you, and makes you play it the way IT wants you too. This is Metallica.

Multiballs galore: Sparky, Gravemarker, Snake and Coffin. Great toys (must like bash toys though), and a fast but fair table with great rules.

It can take a while to get to Crank It Up modes, but when you're there the feeling of completing them, trying to get the play field doubler active and then cashing in? There's maybe no better rush in pinball.
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