Metallica (Pro)

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This game received 631 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.607 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 2nd in the game group "Metallica". The group itself ranks #9 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.604

Artwork: 8.522

Sounds/Music: 8.453

Other Aspects: 8.618

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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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4 days ago
I have owned my Met Pro for almost two years. My first NIB purchase. The pro plays much differently than the Prem/LE versions. I feel that it's much faster. This isn't my favorite game in the house, but it is the one I play the most. As soon as you get mad, you want to try again for payback. The new code 1.8 does a nice job at balancing the scoring and gives options in the menu to make it easier or harder to play for extra balls and CIU modes. The game looks great with tasteful mods (to each their own) and the animations are pretty damn good overall. This is by far the most popular game in the basement for most guests and some family. It's super fast play can make a novice cringe with delight or frustration depending on their taste. Crank it up and play it loud for the best experience.
6 days ago
One of the best Sterns in the last decade. This is another pro that I simply always wish I were playing the LE when I play it. It's a great game, and I don't want to take anything away from it, but it pales in comparison to the premium version.
13 days ago
I keep trying to like the music more..... I like the play, I think the theme will eventually get old unless you’re a diehard Metallica fan IMO of course. Therefore passing on a buy.
3 months ago
All around fun game and solid performer. I'm always happy to play one on location but the theme isn't one I need in my home. I'd like to see how it would fair in a rockin' cage match with ACDC, KISS, GNR, and Aerosmith.
3 months ago
A very fast playing game. I'd love to play a premium or LE and see if it improves the game play at all.
3 months ago
Metallica is one of the many music pins. Choose a song and flip your way to rock 'n roll hall of fame. Playfield is great. Backglass not specifically with the cartoony band mates. I like the choices of song when you start(I'm a fan of the band by the way). Skill shot is fairly easy. Super skill shot is ok. It's my best music pin, hands down.
4 months ago
Casual Metallica fan, but not a fan of them as a theme.

That being said, this is a fun machine with some great toys. I enjoy the flow and love Sparky.

They did a nice job with the theme..
6 months ago
I knew the game was highly rated, but not being a Metallica fan I didn't give it much thought. But, once I got one, wow! It is a fast and brutal game, lightning fast - but super fun. Thought it may be a pin I would just rotate out after a year, but seems it may be a keeper. The songs grow on you, and match the game well. Great pin.
7 months ago
One of Stern's greatest! The software package along with John Borg's design makes this one special. This was one of John's first fan layout design I believe. It has been so successful that he has used it in many other games (GOTG for example). The Crank It Up mode is so fun. I don't understand why Stern hasn't used this on other new games. To me this sets Metallica apart from all other Pinball machines. I game within a game. The flow is amazing and I love the music. I highly recommend this game. I've owned it twice and only sold it because I want the premium.
7 months ago
I love the theme. You either like or hate the band. This game just never clicked with me. I know how many people love this game. The second time that I have gotten a game only to be disappointed. I really wanted a MET and I got a near-perfect HUO machine. There was almost no honeymoon period for me. I heard others talk about a game feeling like chopping wood and never understood until I had this in the house. It just never felt fun. It was always a chore. One of the quickest games to leave and I don't miss it. For some reason, I still want to like it. I feel like the guy who just doesn't "get it" with this title.
8 months ago
What can I say about Metallica that hasn't been said? Not much. Great pin, loads of fun. Pro might be better than the premium in my opinion, especially with the bell problems the premium is supposed to have. Love the band (some great songs are absent though), love the pin.... Fun for anyone at any skill level, I want this for home one day.

Electrocuting Sparky is such a great way to start a multi ball!

Artwork is meh not my thing, the only drawback. Wish there was a version that was a little dialed down.... Its just so busy everywhere.

Edit:. I bought a premium of this one and it's so epic. I'm not a huge Metallica fan even
9 months ago
Maybe a little biased as this is my first pinball machine owned and that I have put a considerable amount of time on compared to any other machine.

Toys - A+ (Sparky)
Music - A+
Shots - A
Rules - B (Feel like I keep doing the same thing over and over, but it still is fun)
Art - B
Theme - A (one of my favorite bands)
9 months ago
Facelift version of the game (With factory led and new SAM backbox) looks very good. Old whitestar version looks really cheap.
Big respect for the band members for the effort of doing the custom callouts and comments.

Art and music is a matter of taste, but I think they did very well. One of the best playfield layouts there is.

"Only" one toy (sparky), but man is it well made.
9 months ago
Another Lyman game with great, deep rules. Fun for people walking up to it for the first time and the season pro. Such a good machine.
9 months ago
Probably one of the greatest games ever. I’m a little biased because I like the band but the shots are fun and the lastability is great. Definitely a good machine to have in someone’s collection.
10 months ago
I've played this pinball at a lot of different locations and I truly have tried to get into it. I've focused on the rules, the gimmicks, the artwork, and just simply can't find the fun factor. All the top 10 games on pinside that I've had the opportunity to play have all lived up to their expectations for me except for this one.

I love Metallica and I love the theme, but the actual gameplay just doesn't get me hooked. I really don't understand why this is ranked so high. I'm not saying it's a terrible pin, but there's so many others that deserve the spot in the top 10 that this one takes.
10 months ago
My all time favorite game ever.
10 months ago
I finally was able to play a Metallica pro. It's a very good machine, but I did miss the hammer ball-lock feature that the premium has. Metallica premium remains one of my favorite pins, and while the pro is very similar, it doesn't hold up enough for me to feel compelled to continue to play it like the premium does. That said, it's still very fun, it just doesn't have the 'lastability' of the premium (I still have yet to play a LE).
10 months ago
Electric Chair is a cool idea to bring to a game...definately needed to add the wire to bring it to life though. Also, had to mod out the snake to make that look more realistic. With that...the Pro model seems to be a fun lasting game. Long time fan of the band (maybe not so much anything after the black album) which made the purchase questionable..but so far we love the game.
11 months ago
This is one of the best pinball machines Stern ever made, so good that makes any 90s games seem toys. There are 4 multiballs, electric chair, snake, grave marker and coffin. When you hit 15 times each of these, you will get Crank it Up, a mini Wizard mode (to get to the real wizard mode you must get it 5 times). Metallica has EVERYTHING that makes it fun, flow, deep rules, lastability and is also very simple to repair.
11 months ago
Good Rock Pin
11 months ago
Very fun game to play. The artwork is really poor. Porr enough I don't want to play the machine, even though the playability is excellent. Love the music!
1 year ago
Obviously great music, but for me the gameplay could be much better. Iron Maiden is a better design and more fun.
1 year ago
One of my keepers!!
1 year ago
To give this short review a little extra depth: I’m not a fan of Metallicas style of heavy metal and I also find that the extreme cartoonlike pop-art that covers the cabinet art and backglass rather ugly.

With these things in mind I’m still very much impressed with this game. This playfield design is challenging, fast and offers lots of different rewarding shots. From the bash toy to those awesome inline-drops and some really neat ramps to name the best spots on this playfield. Real entertaining video modes here as well.

Talking strictly gameplay, leaving annoying music and cosmetics aside, this table in my opinion is more interesting and engaging than many other Stern titles close to that production period; Tron, Iron Man, Star Trek, Kiss and Avatar.

I would not consider it a homepin contender for me because of the music and style of this game (also leaving the high price tag outside the equation). But for someone who doesnt mind heavy metal in general as a pinball theme- this would be a great choice for a small home collection.

To be honest- already if youre able to overlook the music/art to some degree, this would be a top title .

A real fun and demanding game !
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