Metallica (Premium/LE) (Stern, 2013)

Metallica (Premium/LE)

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This game received 545 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.567 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 1st in the game group "Metallica". The group itself ranks #9 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.536

Artwork: 8.61

Sounds/Music: 8.388

Other Aspects: 8.611

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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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2 days ago
I really, REALLY wanted to love this game. I LOVE Metallica and LOVED playing pinball with their music in the background. The theme was fine but the playfield and toys didn't really excite me... I may be missing something, I've only played a few dozen games...
9 days ago
Awesome Game. Lots of toys and lots of fun !
29 days ago
One the best pinball machines ever made hands down. Deep rule and tough shots very challenging!
82 days ago
Played this at a friends house several times and could not get enough. Sought out my personal favorite, the "road case" version and have been playing it like crazy ever since. It totally has the "I need to play again" feel!
85 days ago
Stern comes with nice pins with great lightning/sound, I enjoy this game but miss a third flipper.
85 days ago
Been a Metallica fan since the mid-eighties when I very first heard them, so dig the theme. I would like to see the ability to change songs or at least have been sent with different songs. I think some of these songs are little slow and dark, and even somewhat depressing, rather than upbeat, fast and aggressive. There are many other songs in their catalog which are much better suited for pinball. I think the premium speaker grill area art and cabinet art is pretty tacky. I LOVE the pf art, and the back glass art is really cool. The Dirty Donny art style on this one reminds me of some of those posters I used to flip thru when dragged to the grocery store w/ mom all those yrs ago in the 70's. The game flow and the speed is great, tops. Fun Factor the same. Ditto the Sparky toy and love the light(ning) show that it brings. The graveyard crosses are lot of fun to try and hit. Hammer and coffin add a little something different to keep it all the more interesting as well. Great ramps! Super fun to try and go lr to rrams as much as you can at times bcs/ it makes for asuch as fast ride and a real woo-hoo! moment! I thourougly enjoy the "fuel" housing above the left flipper and the noise it makes when the ball goes in there (it gets me kinda pumped, as its a pretty loud engine rev sound). I think the "crank it up" mode is really cool. I wish I lasted longer and got there more often. But it makes it more special when I do. The code is very good, feels finished and just an overall excellent and polished and modern feeling game. I am going to set it on all easy modes (a nice option being able to tweak a few things here and there to alter difficulty) for a while to try to get as close to the end as I can. The game flat-out rocks man.
86 days ago
This is a fun game especially when sparky is getting some treatment. Cool coffin ball lock feature. The only thing that lets this pin down is that the music is not linked to the gameplay enough in that Song selection does not make a difference to game play. There is only the Crank it up mode where it does a little. Worth 'Seek'ing this out 'and Destroy'ing more than a few games on it.
3 months ago
This is close to the perfect game for me. First of all, I like Metallica as a band I've been a casual fan of them since the early 90's. The music in this machine is great and I love being able to pick a tune before I plunge my first ball. The call outs, which are done by band members, certainly add to the fun and provide a good amount of humor

The artwork package on this machine is some of the best in pinball. The dot animations are fantastic (ColorDMD is a must!) and there a few DMD machines that can compete with quality of animations in this game. The playfield is perfectly laid out with smooth ramp shots and a personal favorite of mine, in line drop targets. The toys are all great, but locking a ball by having the hammer pound it into the playfield is always entertaining to watch. The software is highly polished and feels complete. The "Crank It Up" mini Wizard modes are fun and very achievable for a medium level player. All in all, this is one of the best games out there and certainly a long term keeper for me.
3 months ago
For a fan of the band, this game is a dream. The game is chock-full of references to the band's lore, from the artwork to the toys to the animations - the game screams Metallica. My personal favorite is the black balls bouncing about the screen during Seek & Destroy, a reference to the giant black inflatable balls that bounce among the crowd during that same song in concert. The shots are thrash-fast and can be brutal - this is a game that tries to play like the background music sounds, and, on most machines, it succeeds. The standard music selection spans from Kill 'Em All to Reload, with the band's then most-recent album making one well-placed wizard mode appearance. This game is energetic and fun, and even when it's kicking you down, you more often than not want to push start again and leap right back in to the mosh pit.
4 months ago
Extremely Fun.
5 months ago
It's fun. It plays fast. Like Metallica, but the theme leaves me cold. It lacks the feeling of a little world under glass that the really great machines have. Always happy to play it though.
5 months ago
I'm not a fan of the band. Nevertheless, this game is addictive and very fun to play. You don't have to like Metallica to like the game, although you do have to be willing to hear their songs throughout the game. Visually, the art, colors, and lighting are fantastic. (With this game and Aerosmith, Stern has done two of the most visually exciting games in a long time.) The call-outs from the band, plus Jacky, are fun and entertaining. Lots of smooth, satisfying shots -- especially the ramps and doing combos with them. As well as shots that make you want to keep hitting them, like the grave-marker targets, the snake, and Sparky. The hammer that knocks the balls through the playfield into the coffin is an excellent feature, as is the snake. Sparky is too, at first, but the whole electrocution with eyeballs popping out can get old quicker than you'd guess. One shortcoming of the game is the rule set; the goal of merely collecting coffin shots, snake shots, etc. to get a certain number of them is a bit unimaginative. Nevertheless, the game is still loads of fun to play, to listen to, and to watch. I've been giving a lot of thought to getting one, maybe.
5 months ago
I thought my ACDC BIBLE was a great pin. Loved it but sold it to a friend last year. Just played Metallica MOPLE for the first time this week. This game rocks! Dirty Donny, Lyman, Borg, Stern, knocked it out of the park with this pin. It is now in my top 5 and I have a large collection. I guess this is a keeper. It will take crazy money to pry it away from me.
5 months ago
If you like Metallica you'll love this is great, and the game is a blast
6 months ago
I love this machine. It doesn't get old, despite not being terribly complex for new players. It has a lot of great shots, callouts, and animations. The Sparky toy and the graves are awesome. The Snake is cool, but sort of weird.

For criticisms. Why the hell does the right ramp have an "M" etched in it. It should have the stylized "A", because Metallica is spelled with the cool M and A. Strange, because it saved no money. WTF with the hammer. It has cool art, and a really obvious screw in the front. That screw could have been anywhere else, why pop it there.

The art is awesome. The music is great. The game plays quickly. There is plenty of light. I love it. I sort of don't get the snake as a green snake.

Essential mods are: Snake sticker and extended snake plastic. Cliffy for the Mystery hole. Britemods buttons on it for sure.

I popped black chrome car wrap vinyl instead of Mirror blades, and it looks pretty cool.
6 months ago
My personal favorite pin period. The only thing I do not like is when in special modes still hard to figure out what I am supposed to aim for.
7 months ago
I´m an Williams/Bally guy ,but wow the Metallica rocks!!!!
Perfect addition to a small collection.
8 months 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)
8 months ago
I have had this game in my collection for about a year, and it's not going anywhere anytime soon.
8 months 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!
8 months 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.
8 months 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.
9 months ago
Currently, my favorite pin.
9 months 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!
9 months 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
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