So I've been toying with the idea of getting one of these NIB but just can't decide which one. I didn't find any recent threads on this topic. Since both of these games have been out for a bit, I'd like to see what peoples opinions are. Here's what I got so far...
Round 1 - Theme:
Both execute their themes very well. But for me I prefer that Star Trek theme. I'm a fan of Sci-Fi. It's a theme that would also be more well liked outside of the pinball world as well. I'd say if you polled everyone in America, Star Trek would be more liked than Metallica. I still like the Metallica theme though. I'm into rock and metal and tattoos and all that business, so Metallica is also a good theme.
--->Star Trek wins this round for me.
Round 3: Toys:
Sparky is cool. It's satisfying to hit it. It's cool when he shakes at multiball. With the latest code update, I think the magnet has improved. Star Trek has that ship though...It looks good. But the magnet is just not that satisfying. All it seems to do it hold the ball....kind of lame. The kicker is cool though. I've always been a fan of kickers. Plus the ship kicks when you hit it which is pretty awesome.
--->Star Trek wins this one...barely....
Round 5: Ramps:
Yes I know everyone likes metal ramps and wireforms....but I actually like the clear plastic ones. It makes me feel like the ball glides on them and floats...I don't know. I like the Star Trek ramps. Plus, it has 3. And 3 has to beat 2.
--->Star Trek wins
Round 6: Gameplay:
I like games when you need to complete missions to get to a wizard mode (ie Addams, TZ, JP, and so on). I don't even understand how to play Metallica after 50 or so plays. What the hell is fuel for? Is it just multiball multiball multiball??? Star trek shows you exactly what to do...and does it with LEDs. I like all the different missions. Also, the animations on the DMD are cool with the different missions.
---->Star Trek wins all day
Round 7: Cabinet shape
Seems dumb I know. But I hate the new cabinet head design. It's not flush with the sides sticking out. I have OCD and that drives me fricking nuts!!!
---->Metallica wins. Why did you do this Stern? Looks like crap.
Round 8: Price and resale
I'm a guy that has a wife that won't allow me to have $20k invested in pins. So i move through them a lot. I've got to think about what I'll end up getting out of it when it's time to sell. Best price I've found on a NIB Metallica is $4450 to my door. Best price on NIB Star Trek I've found is $4650 to my door. $200 isn't really a big deal in the grand scheme of things though...
I'd rather pick up a HUO or routed machine and avoid the NIB price hit, but you don't see a lot of them out for sale just yet. I'm guessing when people sell them, HUO machines will go for about $300-$400 less than a NIB. So Metallica around $4100 and Star Trek around $4300. A routed machine I would expect Metallica around $3900 and Star Trek around $4100. Who knows yet though, this is just an educated guess.
--->No winner this round. Too soon to tell.
So it looks like in my opinion Star Trek won 5-2. I didn't go through a whole lot of categories, just ones that I find important. So what do you guys think? Anybody have both of them and think one is better than the other?