Metallica (Pro) (Stern, 2013)

Metallica (Pro)

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This game received 573 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.584 /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: 8.562

Artwork: 8.548

Sounds/Music: 8.402

Other Aspects: 8.584

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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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22 days ago
In my mind by far the coolest of the "rockband-games"! The only real downer with this game is the backbox- and cabinet illustrations which seems out of a lousy comic book!
22 days ago
When I was buying my first pin, I wanted something that would stand the test of time and have a deep ruleset, but also something very approachable and fun for anyone who came over to my house without previous interest or experience in playing pinball. Metallica has shown itself to be a perfect choice. Bashing Sparky, feeding the snake, hitting the grave markers, and flying around the ramps - more than one person has come away from playing it saying they want a pinball machine now. As someone who is still very much a beginner, the game can be extremely challenging, but not unfair, and it always leaves me wanting more. Almost every night I will find myself turning it off, leaving the room, and then coming back just for one more game...or three.
33 days ago
My review for the LE covered most of my thoughts on this game. To keep it simple, it's a great pinball machine with phenomenal art and a great ruleset...the lack of more moving toys hurts the pro but not it's flow. Not the theme for me as I don't know Metallica's music, but a players machine for sure and I love those ramps and sparky!
39 days ago
I'm a lifelong fan of the band. So I'm going to try and keep this review unbiased. But man, if there was a "desert island" pinball, for me, this would be it.

I put half a dozen games or so on a machine at Pintastic. The snake, the drops, the electric chair all integrated super well with the insanely good playfield art. The DMD animations made it tough for me to keep my eye on the field. The volume was set reasonably low (understandably so given the environment), but what I could hear of the call-outs and music only made me wish I could crank a copy of it at home.

Ball times seemed to me (slightly above novice player) to be perfect. If you were paying attention, and not taking too many risky shots, you could turn it into a marathon. If not, you were suitably punished.

Now, to find a place locally that will take my credit card for a used/well-loved example of this game...
42 days ago
I bought the game with lots of custom mods and pinstadium lighting, shaker, 12 inch sub woofer and upgraded speaker system. Fantastic fun playing every day by wife and myself and friends.
62 days ago
Challenging and punishing at times, but keeps you coming back for more. A modern day classic with a solid playfield layout. Addictive
73 days ago
This game never gets old. Such a great looking pin with amazing artwork all over. I like Metallica enough but changed out some of the songs cause some of the ballads were just too slow for me. I don't have an AC/DC so I put some of that into here and it's awesome, Thunderstruck when you light up Sparky is a rush lol. Stacking multiballs is a blast. Nice speed and flow and super fun to play. The music and artwork along with gameplay make this one a keeper for me.
3 months ago
Excellent pin, was our favorite at the arcade of 30 pins. Very cool theme, music and play. Has it all
3 months 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.
4 months 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.
5 months 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.
5 months 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.
5 months 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)
5 months 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.
5 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.
6 months ago
I am not a metallica fan but I am a fan of this pin. Shots, artwork, sounds, music. Great package.
6 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.
6 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
6 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.
7 months ago
Great game...needs to be updated to include songs from Hardwired
7 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.
7 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!
7 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
7 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.
8 months ago
From all the music themed pinball machines, this one is the best by far....
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