Metallica (Pro) (Stern, 2013)

Metallica (Pro)

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This game received 559 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.560 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 2nd in the game group "Metallica". The group itself ranks #7 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.533

Artwork: 8.533

Sounds/Music: 8.34

Other Aspects: 8.563

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

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29 days ago
Excellent pin, was our favorite at the arcade of 30 pins. Very cool theme, music and play. Has it all
35 days ago
Love the theme, but there could be more song choices. I like the gimmicks and toys, but was disappointed in the coffin on the pro. It seems a bit thin. Picked up the Lermods coffin mod, and it improved drastically. We've definitely played this one a ton, and it is going to stick around a while. If you like the band, this is a good machine. I'd have a hard time believing non-fans would enjoy it.
65 days ago
I am a fan of the band, which is probably why I find this marginally more tolerable than its nearly identical Stern brethren. That said, on location it's hella hard to hear the songs so, meh, what's the point?

Stern formula:

(1) license a band prominent in the 70's, or the 80's if you're really modern, or a super hero move
(2) clone the fan-out playfield
(3) put a cheap toy in the middle
(4) add seemingly layered rules that come down to basically bash the hell out of the toy until you get to multiball, which lasts forever with add-a-ball

Family Guy (and its clone, Shrek), Ripley's, Simpsons, and to some extent Star Trek '13 are the main exceptions; even Ripley's (Lawlor) and ST (Ritchie) are throwback designs similar to their designers' milestone pins from the 80's and 90's.
69 days ago
I'm not a fan of Metallica music. I only know their most radio-played songs and probably only 4 or 5 of them. Unforgiven was the only one I really liked. So for years I ignored this pin, never played it, and had no interest. I assumed the high ranking was because only Metallica fans bought one or played it, so the score wasn't a true representation of the game. I was wrong. I played the game about 2 weeks ago for the first time, and it wasn't set up right. It was too hard and orbit shots went SDTM for some reason. I wanted to like it, but I just couldn't play it long enough. But, I had a feeling it was set up wrong. Last week I found another that was set up better. Wow. I played 3 games on 2 quarters. I earned a replay on my first game, then matched on my second. I was hooked. I kept playing game after game until I decided I had to get one. The flow is amazing. The game is wide open, but not barren. Plenty of shots, 2 great ramps, and excellent code and rules. Pretty easy to understand, though I admit I don't know everything yet. It looks great (Dirty Donny art is a 10 on this and Aerosmith). The lights, the music, the attitude. It oozes that 80's hard rock theme and has cool toys and mods too. This game deserves it's spot in the top 10. I can take or leave most hard rock music, but this pin is staying in my collection. So glad I gave this one a chance.
72 days ago
I love this pin. I am a fan of the band, so full disclosure, I was probably going to like it no matter what but this is the perfect example of a music pin done right. They only used Metallica's best songs and the songs make sense. For example, the crank it up mini wizard modes are played during a song and when the song is over (time limit) the mode is over. The one reason I didn't buy this pin years ago was that I wasn't a fan of the artwork but I must say that it has grown on me and is not a positive feature not a negative. Shots are perfect, light show is amazing, and definitely my favorite overall pin right now.
76 days ago
I tried playing this game on more than one occasion (5). Sorry but I just didn't like it at all. One place I play it was set on free play, after game three I had enough. Don't know why it's in the top 10. I'll look for it to get pushed down in ranking. 30ish before years end. (2018)
88 days ago
I don't understand the appeal of this machine other than the music and novelty of band-themed tables. Gameplay is meh at best.
3 months ago
Very disappointing game. Too much open space with nothing in the middle of the play field . Art work does not appeal to me. Bored with it after playing it twice.
3 months ago
I am not a metallica fan but I am a fan of this pin. Shots, artwork, sounds, music. Great package.
3 months ago
This is a really fun game. I played it in a crowded arcade and so couldn't enjoy the music as much as I would have liked. The layout and rules are similar to the top machines of all time. No doubt it is a winning combination.
3 months ago
Great great game.
I regret selling my first Pro and bought an other one. Metallica have a great layout, fast and flowy, great rules, great sounds, great animations. It's a winner on all points.
Callouts are great, especially James and Robert who did a great job. Lars callouts are a bit annoying but hey... It's Lars.
A better cab speaker is a must have, because i find the stock sound too high/sharp, that's the only negative.
Definitely a keeper next to my TWD and IM.
Borg + Lyman best combo ever
4 months ago
Might be safe to say that I prefer this game to ANY wms/bly out there, or it is at least equal to their best. Except maybe for build quality of course but I've come to accept that for what it is.
MET now holds the honor of being the first game I've owned twice, & I've been through quite a few. I think i prematurely sold my first MET thinking I might prefer games with themes I liked more, since I'm really not a bit fan of the band. Grass isn't always greener. There are tons of great games out there that are good for different reasons, but in terms of speed, flow, crazy visuals & just getting the adrenaline pumping... nothing quite does it like this game.

Money wasn't too much of an object for my getting MET, & I could have gotten a premium. I made the choice to get a pro, but just to get one pimped out. I too am not a big fan of the hammer on the premium, & I'm fine with how the snake is on the Pro. All the other pemium stuff is cool but through mods you can add all of the premium features & then some, minus the hammer & snake.

Upon release I was & still am thrilled that the art would be all hand drawn & colorful, because at the time there wasn't much of that from Stern. There is a little more today. So that gives the game more of an old school feel to me, as do the inline drop targets! I really can't say much about the game that hasn't been said already. It is a proven winner. I'd never talk anybody out of buying this game.
& even if a part with it (AGAIN!), its nice to know I'll be able to get it again. Stern is still doing runs on these suckers in 2018.
4 months ago
Great game...needs to be updated to include songs from Hardwired
4 months ago
This is not the pinball machine you bring home to mother. It cusses, hisses, spits, vomits and even electrocutes a poor little SOB. While some pins are designed to say “Come and Play” this pin is designed to say “Go Away!” First impressions were of industrial metal ramps, gnarly Dirty Donny artwork with flames and crucifixes. I thought, “WTF is this thing? What is all the fuss about?” Then I hit the start button and Metallica’s “Blackened” started chugging through the speakers. I plunged the ball and the little freaky dude in the electric chair said “Let’s GO!’ I said, “Hell yeah!’ Then a member of Metallica said, “Hell yeah!”….and we were off! Ripping lightning, revving engines, church bells, arcing electricity, strobing lights!! Bash, ramp, loop!! Inline drop targets? Hello! Nice to see you again! The rules are deep, the modes are killer and there is plenty to do here! DMD animations are probably the best around. A great John Borg machine with insane artwork by Dirty Donny. Rock N Roll and Pinball go together like peanut butter and jelly. It’s no wonder why Stern continues to fuse this combination. Loved the pin so much that I bought one for my home.
4 months ago
Best music pin out there! Very fast and fun table. You can't go wrong with this purchase. The only complaint is the cabinet and backglass art. The cabinet looks like someone wrote Metallica on their and just started throwing paint all over it. The backglass sucks with the stupid cartoon characters. Metallica is a cool band and it looks like they mailed it in on this one. Just look at some of their band t-shirts from the past. You really had a cool theme to work with and this is what we get? They should have incorporated some of the album covers from the past in the artwork ( Lady Justice, electric chair, grave yard with puppet strings etc ) . Nope, just throw splatter paint all over it and put some dumb caricatures on it!
4 months ago
This game is awesomely outrageous! The shots are fun, it’s challenging, the artwork and music are the best. I could play this game forever
5 months ago
This is probably my favorite music-themed pinball. I really enjoy the layout of this pin. Great shots and plays fast, which is always a plus for me. Artwork is decent. Theme is cool - it really captures the imagery of the band. Not much into their music like I was when I was a teen, yet I still find some of their music to really add to the experience of playing this pin. I almost always select 'Ride the Lightning'. Perfect song to play along with. My only gripe is some of the callouts can be a little annoying. Otherwise, great all around pinball machine.
5 months ago
From all the music themed pinball machines, this one is the best by far....
5 months ago
This is one of my favorite "just one more" game. The combination of shots and layout are very good and punishing, so if you want to become a better player this is one of the games for you.
5 months ago
For a home environment this pin has it all. Attach a sub to it and u are done... great music , challenging pin with great artwork .... the rules are simple enough to understand and challenging enough to keep u coming for more... love it
5 months ago
I owned a Metallica for about a year, and already with it going out the door for a trade, I know I will be getting one again. I love the band and all their music, but even if you don't, it's hard not to love this game. Great shots, badass original artwork from top to bottom that references tons of their songs and albums, amazing software including lots of hard to attain goals...the list goes on and on. Outside of LOTR and maybe one or two others, this is Stern's crowning achievement to date in my eyes. I have yet to find someone who really has anything bad to say about the game, Metallica fan or not. You won't be sorry getting one.
5 months ago
Too much focus on the snake but still a quality game. Some days I like it better than AFM, some days not. Bottom line is that it’s somewhat an AFM clone and it fits Stern’s general theme. Happy to have it but that’s because I don’t have a lot of similar titles with the same layout/goals. Will always give the nod to the original (AFM) in terms of scoring, but Metallica is a great machine to play. Not a big fan of the translate art. They definitely could have done a better job with that.
6 months ago
Metallica is an awesome game it has great rules, awesome toys, and great music.
6 months ago
I don't know why people like this pin, it's so boring. Other than the dude in the electric chair, nothing interesting about it.
6 months ago
Update! i just bought the PRO and i don't know where ive been without it. after buying five pins this year, i decided to sell a couple pins to save for a newer stern. after playing all the new sterns at pinball madness in banning, i decided metallica would be my upgrade pin. i was fortunate to find a killer deal on an almost new met pro. i am thrilled! this game is absolutely off the charts awesome. i still don't LOVE metallica music because there are a lot of heavy metal bands who are much better, but being a metal fan, this is the perfect music themed pin and the real only good music pin available, so ROCK ON!

this pin is super fun to play, especially for more experienced players who can hit shots regularly. very fast game with incredible lighting. all indicators are on point, and the game allows several different ways to accomplish multiball modes. always a fresh game with a lot of variance on modes to achieve. the sounds are amazing and the way the lighting reacts to shots is absolutely perfect. this game is my favorite as for the games interaction with the shots being placed. programming is absolutely spot on.

the game is gorgeous, challenging, and lastable. having a very clean LED model makes a difference. the ramps are stunning and well placed and the ball really flows on this machine. for a thrilling overall experience this pinball is a pure adrenaline rush!!! go get one NOW
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