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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3 years ago
John Borg nailed this one. Great pin, very challenging as it makes you make all the shots on the playfield. FAST, FAST, FAST
3 years ago
This has to Sterns Best to date !!
Fast Game Great music !
3 years ago
I bought this game without playing it, but watched a ton of videos. I'm a Metallica fan and again, I own it, so this review may have slight bias. I own a TZ and Cyclone machines. Both are fun, the TZ is incredible, but this is a whole different game. Speed and adrenaline are what it's about. You also have to be very aware of your shots and how to slow it down when necessary. Obviously I love the theme. The music and the call outs are great, but if you don't like music pins, or Metallica I'm sure this will be a problem (I couldn't stand a country music themed pin). I hope Stern (and the other pin companies out there) keep using original art for their pins. The real photos of some of the newer pins ruin the beauty of the machine, and distract from the game play IMO. The only pin out there that comes close to this art work (both cab and playfield) is ghostbusters. Game play for the occasional player is a blast (although drains can be ruthless), but for the avid player it's incredible! Stern has revised the code to 1.70...this many code updates is virtually unheard of and they have done a great job dialing in a game with a very deep rule set that makes sense and is a blast to play. I looked at the pro, premium, and ghostbusters premium. Ghostbusters is too new...although I hear the code is good, I didn't want to have an early machine that I felt I was beta testing (although in a couple years this may be my next pin). I went with the Pinball Refinery edition, it blows a stock pro out of the water. I can't say enough how worth it it was to have a custom pin, and the additions make playing it that much more enjoyable. I will probably never buy a stock pin again. There are a few companies out there that do this, but the quality of build, and the ease of communication made this a great decision. I will never sell this game. I don't see getting bored with it with the deep rule set, and the custom mods put this over the short, this is MY game, how I specified it. The Metallica run is almost done. If you miss this, many will regret it, but there's always used. I can't stress enough how I think original, drawn artwork is the way to go for future pins. AC/DC is suppose to be an incredible pin (I admit, I haven't played it), but there is no way I could own it with the artwork (although the Luci cab is good, but the playfield art is annoying IMO).
3 years ago
This machine is the real deal. It just gets everything right and it all comes together perfectly. Rules are terrific but easily followed and understood. Metal ramps and habitrails feel and sound great. Art is second to none, sound is amazing, and dots are up there with the best. Modders paradise. Easily Stern's best Pro Model if not best title ego date (TWD Premium/LE and LOTR are up there too).
3 years ago
A really good pin that's fun to play. My ratings are based on a "stock" pinball machine as it would come loaded (at the Pro level) from Stern. The mono-color DMD is boring and not to clear to see what some of the images are for the first few times you see them. This game REALLY needs a color DMD upgrade to enjoy it better. The shot targets are pretty cool. The game code/rules do not seem to be very deep and is ok if you want a game that is not too complex. My wife & I like the game and make sure to play it in our rotation when we go to a arcade or pin expo. Played it many, many times. The more mods the better as they spruce things up and add to some of the entertainment. The premium is a little more fun with the extra "hammer" and such, but haven't played that one enough to really be a good judge of how much better it is (to us at least). I'll review the premium at a later date.
3 years ago
Metallica is a really good players pinball. Lot of shots and many effects. fast and lound - this pin rocks

+ excellent code
+ great artwork
+ cool toys (sparky, snake, cross)
+ callouts
+ funny dmd animations
+ plays extremly fast

- need to add leds
- need to add shaker
3 years ago
This is the only game I can say with certainty that I will never sell. I love the band to begin with. The artwork is awesome and well complemented by the rules and layout. This is my desert island pin.
3 years ago
Great layout, not sure how they crammed so many great shots into a non widebody! One of the few machines I doubt will ever leave my collection.
3 years ago
Nice game to play, but I would have picked a different soundtrack from Metallica discography, a number of songs I do not really like and I would expect other ones in the list. But that is really more of personal opinion, and others may love the musics picked for this game. Despite of that, it is an awesome game to play, the electric chair is really cool!
3 years ago
What can you say about it? Imo one of the best Sterns build so far. Its fun, the artwork is epic, the sound rocks and there is a lot to do. I think this is one of the Pro models out there. Premium is nice, but you are missing nothing with the pro. Maybe ghostbusters pro is on the same level. The gameplay is challenging and rewarding.
For me, it's a keeper and I never got sad I sold my AFM for Metallica.
3 years ago
This is a great pinball machine! It's got everything I like. Fun ramps to hit, metal ramps not plastic. It has inline drop targets, I wish more games had them. I don't really care for the sparky bash toy all that much, but I don't hate it. The music pumps you up, gets the adrenaline going. I strongly urge Stern to quit stripping out the spinners out of the Pro models, how much can those really cost?
3 years ago
Love the game overall even if the band is not one of my favorites. Top notch art, layout, toys, dots and fun. The only trouble with the game is that Sparky all day is the only logical strategy and that makes all games feel a bit repetitive. If only grave or snake or coffin or RAMPS would have been made more valuable to at least tempt players to go for them.
3 years ago
So much fun to play. So many shots and the music is great.
3 years ago
clearly not my favorite...
3 years ago
Sparky is a great toy. Nice flowing shots. Too easy to get multiballs causing long game times. Will own one of these one day
3 years ago
Cool pin but I don't get how it is in the top 10
3 years ago
Good game. Not a huge fan of the theme, but they make it work. If I could change one thing, it would be to have some more stuff lower on the playfield-- everything seems to be at the top.
3 years ago
A perfect pin in my opinion, very fun and difficult in same time.
3 years ago
The original artwork, audio, and shot layout make this game amazing. Metallica can certainly be a challenging game, but stacking playfield multipliers and hitting pics for add-a-ball feels so rewarding it always brings me back for another game.
3 years ago
I like the band but I love the pin. Rewarding shots ramps and ramp-combos rapped in action packed modes make for fun and fast gameplay. Sparky is a great toy and I like how people customize him. This game is a mod-whore with plenty out there to make it your own. The art, the music, the call outs - a nice flow capability and rewarding but challenging scoring makes this game one of my favorites.

Metal ramps and wireforms make the build quality feels like a premium in a pro package.

I enjoy the premium, too - the hammer I think is fun but I know the hammer versus capture ball is a point of divergence in gameplay taste for some.

This might be Stern's best game.
4 years ago
Metallica fans and fanatics could not ask for a better themed pin. It has the band's imagery and dark-comic flare. The rat-fink-like street style artwork is very unique and great to behold. For a rock-pin it has a pretty deep ruleset that is for the most part easy to understand. The game is brutal if you keep missing your shots, and the steep angled ramps can make for a challenge.

Sparky is a cool toy, but a "one trick pony". Watching him get electrocuted time and time again would definitely get old over time. With that said though, whenever I'm in an arcade that has a Metallica pin I have to play it. Great game for a large collection (unless you just absolutely love Metallica). Lots of songs to pick from with the latest code. When it comes to gameplay I believe that the PRO plays better (the hammer just screams add-on and warps the gameplay). The PRO still puts on a great lightshow, and all the white lighting works when the artwork is so colorful. It's a pin that does not take itself too seriously and is just really fun to play again and again.
4 years ago
Holy crap, this is a good game... Definitely the best Stern of all time (sorry LOTR) and worthy of being top 10 all time. Comparible to the very best 90's Bally/Williams DMD's, but with the tech advancements of today (animation, SFX, speed) And I'm taking the LED Pro version! Go get it.
4 years ago
Very fun challenging nice looking game , all aorund great package.
4 years ago
Too many death shots on this one. A weak shot at the electric chair, tombstones or left ramp tends to send the ball straight down the middle.
4 years ago
What can I say about this game that others have not already covered? Not much, actually! I bought the game almost two months ago from Classic Game Rooms on EBAY (not trying to plug them, but I had the game within a week and the process went smoothly). My collection had been up until then a ’72 Bally Fireball and a ’76 Williams Space Mission. I love the old machines and keeping them in working order is a nice side hobby, but felt it was time for a solid state/new table.

I’m not a Metallica fan per se. I have respect for the band, but I never listened to them growing up. What caught my eyes were the awesome art and the fast game play. I could not find a Metallica table in my area to try so I watched as many YouTube video as I could find, and read a lot of reviews. I felt it was a game that would not get boring.

Out of the box the setup is a cinch. One thing, the delivery company tried to truck it on the side that clearly was marked as fragile (the back box was on that side). Make sure your delivery person understands this. There are multiple YouTube videos on setting up the game out of the box but it's easy. I had to play around with the menu for the first few days to figure out how to get free games configured, and played around with some of the other menu settings. But, otherwise, I have not had to fiddle with anything. From the first game, the table has been great with no issues mechanically or with the software.

The game rules are still a challenge only because there are so many different CIU’s. I have not hit all of them yet and sometimes I find myself perusing Pinside and other sites to get clarification on both features and rules. I would have liked a more detailed owner’s manual.

Most of the shots are not complicated and the only SDTM’s I have are occasionally on direct and hard hits to Sparky and weak shots up the ramps when the ball does not have the juice to make it all the way up, and then comes down and into the drain. Nudging the table is often effective. I do not find the play repetitive or even remotely boring. I’ve logged lots of games and each night look forward to playing more. The multi-ball is fast and if you can get another going, then you can have four in play at the same time. The “tombstones” are a bitch because even when you get all three down, you then have to hit the cross multiple times to start the multi-ball. If you lose the ball then the “tombstones” reset. If you do succeed, then you get a single multi-ball. Sparky gives you three and he’s a lot less work. It is also easy to light up the extra ball feature by hitting the trapped balls above the “coffin.”

The game does a good job of telling you where you need to send the ball for the most points, but I frequently shoot for the ramps to light up “Metallica” and of course Sparky for the multi-ball. Zapping Sparky never gets old.

I did consider the new STERN KISS pin because I thought the lighting was beautiful and I liked the concert theme. And unlike Metallica, I did listen to KISS as an adolescent in the 1970’s. In the end I just felt the Metallica theme was more rocking and the game play somewhat more entertaining and challenging. All in all I'm really happy with this pin.
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