Quoted from yuriijos:
Could any of the above posts explain why you think it is a superior game? Besides code, MET has better flow, deeper rules, better ramps, etc? Thanks!
Star Trek doesn't have a whole lot going on. It's a mode based game. You start a mode, hit the flashing ramps/shots until the 30 second timer runs out....then you move to the next mode. You can also attack the ship and start a mutiball. Another thing to do is to lock the balls to start Klingon multiball. That's really all there is to the game. Not a whole lot of strategy. You can just shut your brain off and hit flashing shots. It gets boring very quickly.
Metallica on the other hand has a ton of things going on all at once and a lot of strategy is involved. It's not as much of a mode game although it does have "modes" (crank it up). There are 4 different multiballs to work towards. You can work at hitting the picks to get to blackened. You can shoot all the shots and light the inserts, then lock in the shot, to work towards seek and destroy and Crank it up/end of the line.
I won't go into depth about everything in this game, but here's a cool thing: Whenever you start any multiball, you can hit the flashing "pick" targets to lock them all in. Then once all are locked in, you can hit the snake to add-a-ball and start double scoring for 20 seconds. It's things like this in Metallica that make it such a great game. A lot of thought went into the code on this game and it really shows. When I explained the rules of Star Trek to my wife, it took about 60 seconds. When I explained the rules of Metallica to her....I think it took around 8-10 minutes to go over everything.
Star Trek is very linear, while Metallica is not. Star Trek feels likes playing the original super Mario brothers video game. You start at level 1-1 and once you finish that, you go to level 1-2 and so on. Metallica feels like playing a current generation open world game like Grand Theft Auto. You aren't confined to any "level". You can go where you want and do want you want at any given time.
Based on what I've owned/played, if I could only have 2 pinball machines and couldn't sell or trade them, I'd pick Lord of the Rings and Metallica.
I'm not saying Star Trek is a terrible game. It's decent and at the right price I would pick another one up. But at the same price point, I'd pick Metallica any day of the week.