Metallica (Pro)

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This game received 637 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.609 /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: 8.612

Artwork: 8.517

Sounds/Music: 8.446

Other Aspects: 8.619

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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
nice game
6 years ago
Metallica Sux - the pro version even more so... This needed an software update urgently, now it's got one - eventually. I'll re-rate once I've played a game with updated software, unfortunately the arcade operators here in the UK don't update software...
Updated my rating now I have played a game with updated software, liking it a bit better now...
6 years ago
Have played LE and PRO a lot, in fact I even bought a PRO after all the test plays . I think this pin is a lot of fun, excellent artwork on the playfield and back box. It has the indescribable again-again feeling after a game is finished. Just push the start button and have fun without a lot of strategy planning is my mindset. The firmware updates made it awesome. Is now at rel 1.64 and can only get better.

I am not a Metallica fan at all but the rock music really pumps you up for fun. Enjoy !
6 years ago
I like this pin. I played the "pro" model about a dozen times so take this review as "a dude walks up to a pin and plays a few times" reaction. Don't hold me to this as a stand alone pin in a collection. I found the lighting and artwork very "early Ramones" - like they used in the old "sniffin glue" magazines in the early 80's. This game is hard. You have to take great shots and "fuel" is darn near impossible off the right flipper. You risk SDTM shots constantly so be prepared to give this game some convincing bumps. NOT as good as ac/dc only in terms of flow but I like speedy games.
6 years ago
Rules are not complete yet and the flow suffers from it. Sparky toy is ok but not exceptional. I get blinded by the flashers when he goes off and it's kinda annoying. Could have picked way better songs. ACDC flows so much better but this game is definitely worth playing.
UPDATE: since latest code release this pin has become really deep and more fun! Add a ball feature, stacking multiballs, crank it up single ball modes have really improved the play. Can't wait to get the LED pro in my collection and I'll change some songs and change some of the insert lighting colors but plan to have in my collection for a long time.
6 years ago
Metallica is a lot of fun, and obviously one of Stern's best efforts. Maybe I'm a bit biased, because I really enjoy the band's music, but, who cares, it's still a great design!
6 years ago
This is an excelent choice if the premium is not an option. Nothing really negative about this except the code could use an update to make it excellent. Lighting is ok, but the lighting on the premium/LE really draws you in a lot more. Could also use a few more kick-ass call-outs.
6 years ago
Man, I like their music but Hetfield's voice is so annoying. Ruins the game for me. Flow would be real good except for the rear orbit post which stops the ball. Ramp entrances look tight but I had no issues getting good combos going. Probably an illusion because they are made of metal. Same lame two lane non-skill shot as in Iron Man. Light show was decent, and dots were cool. Rules still need polish as I feel with the current code it is too much of a hit this same shot over and over to start MB. At least that is what it felt like to me.
6 years ago
It grew on me
6 years ago
Game has a lot of good things going for it. Nice open playfield with smooth ramp shots. Like the inline targets. Snake still has his fangs and was fun to shoot. I also like the placement of the mystery shot further off to the side (felt better than where Xmen / IJ4 / others are). Sparky is great when you fry him. Fast flowing game. Solid dots and callouts were good.

What I did not like was the pop up diverter on the loop shots and how it worked. Killed the flow. Rules still need a fair bit of work on the one I played. Pro has great features and did not feel overly stripped down. Except for the hammer lock. Without the hammer, the coffin shot seems really lame. Otherwise I would not miss the snake jaw and the up and down cross.
6 years ago
It's Metallica. Anyone rating it better give the music a six.
6 years ago
Very average game. I would love to play an LE and see/feel the differences. I like the ability to choose the song to begin the game. Sparkey and the tombstones are a nice touch. Nice open long shots to be made if you like that type of playfield. The artwork and Hetfield shout outs didn't do much for me.
I could still spend hours playing it. Just wouldn't drop the $$ for it to be in my collection.
6 years ago
I dint mind the pro, but found it just to be a bit of a basher.........waiting to try the premium or Le models with the extra playfield add ons
6 years ago
I know it's a pro model but one magnet and a few inline drops and that is it. Seriously?
6 years ago
Awesome... just awesome!
6 years ago
Oustanding game. With a LED conversion and a shaker motor, this machine is truly exceptional.
6 years ago
Find the lighting lacking and the callouts sound forced not naturally spoken but it is a absolute blast to play,sparky is the coolest toy on a pin that I have ever seen.
6 years ago
Ill adjust my rating after I get in my home for a while..
6 years ago
played this machine a ton at San Diego Comic Con. It was a blast
6 years ago
I got the pro version of this table, as it didnt seem that the premium / LE added too much extra to the machine.
The pro is outstanding. I love it. Sparky is the best toy in a pinball since the ship in Pirates. The music is loud and the art is incredible. I have no regrets at all about sticking down the money for this machine.
6 years ago
Stern has played it safe with Metallica. Fan layout has long shots to keep gameplay smooth. The mouth to the awesome metal-etched ramps are very tight, similar to Borg's own Tron Legacy. Overall clean design with little clutter. Very fast orbits, combo-able ramps, along with Snake/Mystery kickers firing back pinballs like missiles; makes for a very fast playing pin. Code since release has had several improvements, with game being primarily a multiball fest. Game rules ask for a requisite amount of specific shots to qualify for "Crank it Up". In "Crank it Up" the game rules will ask for certain fun things, themed around four songs; completing them all will let you go for the wizard mode based around Death Magnetic's "End of the Line" song. Cool light show & amazing dot matrix animation! The art package is outstanding! Dirty Donny's entire package: from the cabinet, playfield, and version translites; to the actual design for Sparky (who you electrocute via repeated shots), is nothing short of incredible. The mentioned Sparky bobble-head toy is awesome, as is the drop-target covered Puppets grave marker. Hetfield and company provide some entertaining sound clips, while music volume is lowered when triggered (in order to not trip over songs). The Metallica Pro model must be commended, as similar to Tron Legacy Pro, gameplay remains relatively unchanged from the Premium/LE (the removal of the Hammer of Justice premium toy allows for better view of the playfield to boot). Metallica's biggest sin is the implementation of the music itself. While AC/DC chose to innovate music license pins by having song choices alter game rules (each song has its own high scores listings), Metallica uses all 12 hit songs as simple soundtrack fodder; which you can do already with your gameroom iPod/stereo/etc. The game has more in common with Guns n Roses than anything in some ways too, with certain songs starting up during modes (Master of Puppets for Grave Marker Multiball, Sad But True for Snake Multiball, or End of the Line for the wizard mode). Metallica code updates clearly went a long way to improving the experience and game now comes close to Borg's best title Tron Legacy. Overall, pin is now favored by general pinheads & metalheads (who already liked the game before). You'll have fun with Metallica. Highly recommended game especially if your into saving some money, by going with the Pro Model line from Stern on this one!
6 years ago
Very addicting game! Great flow and smooth shots.
6 years ago
Super nice game fun for all great sound and fast fast fast game play!!!!!!!
6 years ago
New code made this game a big winner. Very colorful artwork, sparky multiball is fun.
6 years ago
MET Pro is a great bang for the buck pin. It has a few less mods than the premium/le, but for the cost difference in the models, this is the way to go if you have a budget.

The hand-drawn artwork pretty much sold a large handful of these games before the game was even played....many would like Stern to go back to this type of art package moving forward. Dirty Donny, the artist, did a bang up job.

As a fan layout game, there are many shots to hit, my favorite, and maybe most deadly are the inline drop targets. I am so glad Stern dug this feature from the grave to use in the game, pun intended. With several toys in the game, there was no way this game wouldn't be a blast to play....

....and then the code featuring the CRANK IT UP modes came along and pushed the game to a new level. You aren't trying to rinse and repeat the same shot over and over again, like defeating castles in MM. I know it is still basically the same as now you are going for 4 different toys to progress, but with earning credit through orbits and other shots, it really makes you think about the risk and reward for hitting every shot the further you go along.

Having to hit the "Mystery" hole on the far right is no easy task when you have the added pressure of it being lit for CRANK IT UP. Mr. Sheets really out did himself when setting the rules for this machine.
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