It is an exciting time in pinball. JJP and Stern both coming out with exciting games simultaneously, and interestingly (IMO) the callouts glaringly seem weak on both games.
RareHero might have the mightiest qualifications in Pinside to know why callouts are so hard to do right. But what does everybody think?
With the initial announcement I thought Metallica would likely have epic callouts, what with the Metalpocalypse talent and the man screaming on this soundboard yelling "TRIPLE SUPER JACKPOT-UH!" : http://jameshetfieldsoundboard.com/
I think you can insert most of these random phrases and get better callouts than the band did on this game, from what I have heard so far (who knows, maybe they magically picked all the weakest callouts to undersell their product early on... or maybe not).
And WoZ's callouts IMO actually undermine the game, and it is too bad. The game screams WoZ movie, and high quality. The voice actors seem pretty low rent. Why not just use direct quotes from the movie, or at least get better talent, and/or a narrator to avoid the badness. I would honestly rather have a "flying monkey screeches at you the whole game" setting than hear most of the WoZ quotes again and again.
Does that mean these games are assy and I think you should light yours on fire and you are a bad human being for liking them? No, unless we are talking about Avengers (obligatory dig at the current punching bag du jour... sorry ).
But compare Spiderman's custom callouts, hell even buget Stern's Avatar callouts, to these games and it is night and day.
I'm off to play with the Jame Hetfield soundboard some more and imagine callouts that could have been...