Metallica (Pro)

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This game received 714 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.589 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 2nd in the game group "Metallica". The group itself ranks #11 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 8.594

Artwork: 8.465

Sounds/Music: 8.45

Other Aspects: 8.582

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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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6 years ago
Have the Pro LED model with the plug in subwoofer. This rating is after having it in my home for a couple of weeks and I realize I'm in the honeymoon phase. But WOW. My first modern Stern pin. Love the Music (I am not really a Metallica fan, but I certainly don't dislike there music) Multiball. And of course.....SPARKY!
This is my first modern Stern. If all modern Sterns are this good, its obvious I've been missing out.
6 years ago
I've tried to wait as long as possible to rate this game. I know many people put quite a lot of stock in these ratings. For me personally, I think this might be as close to perfection as you will find in a pinball machine. I like this machine just slightly better than MM.

From the top, the art and music package is incredible. The game play is fast and scoring is very balanced. The multiball is the best I've ever seen, with the ability to add a ball and stack as well.

I've never rated a game a 10 until today.

This game keeps me coming back for more and more and has kept me up past my bed time nearly every night :)

Simply amazing.

EDIT: After owning Metallica for a very long time, I decided to sell and try other pins. It’s a phenomenal pin, especially if you like the band. Wouldn’t be surprised at all to own it again sometime down the road.
6 years ago
First of all, Sparky is great. Know that coming out the door.

I love that this game relies so heavily on your aim. This is a very deliberate pin. Make a plan and then attack. In a sense, it is similar to Monster Bash but without as many toys. Each location on the board has a purpose. Execute against that purpose to score.
6 years ago
Wow what a fast game play BUT it gets bored after a short while...
Music is top and gameplay fast but quite boring shots.
6 years ago
Love the theme, love the band, love the game. Played it on site extensively, and can't wait to bring one home. Will be my first NIB.
6 years ago
This game doesn't count because it's a pro, therefore it's not the full game. It's 1/2 a game, stripped of extra options, since they made 1/2 effort for full price, they're getting 1/2 my appreciation on this one and all other pros.
6 years ago
What a great game. I always want to play one more game. I love the Sparky toy and the flow of the game. A great job from Stern.
6 years ago
Great pin. I've probably put 30 games on it on route at various locations so far. I absolutely love the playfield artwork. The gameplay is lots of fun.

This is definitely a pin I hope to own it one day.

Update about a year later: I now own a premium. MET is a great game.
6 years ago
Metallica is one of the biggest bands in the world. Their music has reached millions of people and from Kill'em All to Justice, has some strongly lyrical taboos. It only made sense that sooner or later, a pinball machine would be made on a mass scale (not to undermine the one-off made from an Earthshaker prior to Stern's release). Let's get right to it: the good and the bad.

First, the goods:

1. Absolutely gorgeous artwork design. Stern made a very wise decision abandoning phototshop artwork and going with an all natural hand-drawn setup. Just beautiful, and a huge breath of fresh air.

2. Light shows are outstanding, especially when the electric chair goes off. LE light shows take it to a whole new level incorporating the light shows with the rulesets, but the Pro does an admirable job here as well.

3. Metal ramps. That is all. Metal ramps.

4. Sparky is a well integrated toy. It may be just a solenoid going back and forth, but the gimmick is strong and looks great when electric chair multiball is started.

5. Song package is just superb. They picked a strong and solid set of songs from Metallica's album collection.

6. Great number of multiball modes, and boy is it exciting to stack them!!!

7. Love the mini-wizard modes. This game has a LOT of depth. Not as much as LOTR, but that's a high bar set.

8. Lots of mods out there for this game, and most of them are done very well. Snake tongue decal and teeth are a must right out of the gate.

Now the bads:

1. Sound package. Yes, the songs are great, but the speakers - yeesh. Do yourself a favor, at the minimum get yourself an external subwoofer - holy cow - the bass will be 10x better.

2. Bash, bash, bash. This is not strictly on Metallica, but a lot of games lately just seem like bash fests. What happened to interactive toys like the JM hand, or things that inspired like TZ's gumball machine or BSD's mist ball. I miss things like that. Metallica just doesn't have anything that makes you go "ooo....ah!" when it comes to toys.

Overall, what a package deal here. This is easily one of Stern's best in the last 10 years when it was released. The fun factor is definitely up there, and while it may not be super friendly to non-pinheads, show them how to at least start electric chair multiball, and you have a game that can get addicting quickly. Metallica is definitely a case of justice for all!
6 years ago
This game is awesome! The theme is great. The layout is great. The toys are great. The music is great. The art is great. The rules (now) are great. The only knock is the lighting. Really needs LEDs to pop.
6 years ago
Fast action, lots of fun. I played it the first time at the Chicago Expo and I knew that I had to get one so I just purchased the Pro LED -- great pinball machine in my opinion. One of Stern's best.
6 years ago
I have owned a nib pro led version for a few weeks now, and never thought I would say this, but I may like it even more than my ac/dc premium which is my all-time favorite pinball game. I've never seen a better looking machine as far as the art and toys. It's very vibrant with colors, and after adding some of the best mods pinball has to offer for a game, it just sucks you in to keep playing. It's easy enough to play as a novice, but challenging enough for the pro's. Metallica music has been growing on me since researching this game for several months prior to purchase, and now I love the band as well. Compared to the premium versions, the pro really holds up well. The lighting is good, and with the creeping death light rails, it really pops. Other than the hammer missing and light show, the pro has it all. I'm very happy with this purchase, and all the mods keep it really fun to change up too. Great job Stern!

Edit...I play this game more than anything else in my collection even all these years later. I now fully understand the aspects of the game better, and it's just a pure rush. By far
usually my guests favorite as well. Such an adrenaline rush.
6 years ago
Have been holding off writing until i had played for a while. I love this pin. The music speaks for itself, the artwork is fun, the layout is great, and Sparky is a fun toy. This pin has some really good flow and i love the special modes. Overall a great pin
6 years ago
This pin is amazing! Played it and immediately wanted it! Finally got it and can't stop playing.
6 years ago
One of my favorite pinball machines of all time.
Metal ramps for Metallica. Check.
That would have been so wrong if Stern would have put plastic ramps on Metallica Pro to cut costs. Glad they put metal ramps.
Love most of the sounds on this pin.
6 years ago
Metallica is one of the games that just pulled me in and kept me coming back. I actually prefer the pro model over the premium and LE because the playfield feels less cluttered without that hammer blocking the main focal point of the game; Sparky! Mine has been upgraded with LEDs and it plays/flows very fast when cleaned and waxed. Stacking multiballs on this are very satisfying and makes for some fun tournaments. The music and sounds are probably the coolest part of the game, this machine is usually cranked louder than my other pins. The artwork is also top notch! I hope Stern keeps coming out with more music updates, because I think this one is staying in my collection for a while.
6 years ago
I think the color scheme on the playfield jewels for the Pro version is much nicer than the multi-color GI of the Master of Puppets version. Very mod friendly, which is a plus! Also love the Pro shot of hitting the coffin and the snake in one shot! My Pro has the fangs still, and I disabled the orbit post, much more fun this way!
6 years ago
This is not quite as much fun as the Master of Puppets edition. But it retains some of the best features. Still a fun game, but not nearly as much fun as MoP.
6 years ago
Great game, and much better value in the Pro over the add $$ for premium and LE versions. Especially now that the current run pro line is all LED.
6 years ago
This might be my favorite pin. I can keep playing this one like the energizer bunny. So much fun and I love the music.


I'm adding more content to my high rating reviews. I just really like how this game is laid out and the shots. The theme is very well integrated with great art work. I'm also a fan of the music.
6 years ago
I rate my Pro at the same level as a Premium because I added the Total Lightshow, Rising Gravemarker, Creeping Death light strips, and spinners. I just disliked the premiums hammer.
6 years ago
“Wow terrible pinball !!! the best to date. truly exceptional. my favorite. to try with a big sound changed and this is the slap. many shoot, varied and full of fashion challenge,fuel, seek and destroy, blackened, and justice for all and the 4 specials mode Crank it up. more general illumination on premium LE is a die for.

Thank you John Borg and Lyman Sheet, you've create the perfect pinball !!!
6 years ago
IMO it's a game that you have to own to fully appreciate. I've hated everyone I played on route, bought a nib, and it was the best thing I ever did. When you open this thing up and have one of those magical games, it's like no other.
6 years ago
One of the best games to come out of Stern. Finally bought one and was surprised it's lasting the test of time even though I can play it almost anywhere I go. A true result of a well made game from top to bottom.
6 years ago
Metallica is a pinball masterpiece. Great for in the home. Challenging but not frustrating.
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