Metallica (Premium/LE) (Stern, 2013)

Metallica (Premium/LE)

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This game received 534 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.582 /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: 8.548

Artwork: 8.643

Sounds/Music: 8.437

Other Aspects: 8.62

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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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49 days 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.
56 days 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.
59 days ago
It really is a lot of fun to play
60 days 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.
60 days ago
If you like Metallica you'll love this is great, and the game is a blast
82 days 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.
85 days 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.
4 months ago
I´m an Williams/Bally guy ,but wow the Metallica rocks!!!!
Perfect addition to a small collection.
4 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)
4 months ago
I have had this game in my collection for about a year, and it's not going anywhere anytime soon.
4 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!
4 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.
4 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.
5 months ago
Currently, my favorite pin.
5 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!
5 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
5 months 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.
5 months 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.
6 months 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!
7 months ago
This game is a blast to play. Gets your adrenaline going.
7 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.
7 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.
7 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.
8 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..
8 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.
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