Metal+Games = Guitar Hero: Metallica, Brutal Legend

It seems that Guitar Hero: Metallica is coming together and should be ready for release in Q1 2009.

According to Internet rumours and Game Informer magazine, the expansion pack is nearing completion. GI‘s preview stated that GH:M will feature 45 songs, including 28 by the headline band. Assuming this expansion follows the model set by Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, players can expect the remaining tracks to be from bands inspired by or who have played with Metallica.

The Metallica songs confirmed so far include:

Enter Sandman
For Whom The Bell Tolls
Fuel
Hit The Lights
King Nothing
Master of Puppets
No Leaf Clover
Nothing Else Matters
Sad But True
The Unforgiven
Wherever I May Roam

There are also reports that GH:M will include a new, Expert+ mode!

Other bands expected to feature on the disc include Lynyrd Skynyrd, Foo Fighters, Queen, Judas Priest, Mastodon and Slayer. So far the Metallica song list doesn’t look too bad, and there’s still room left for  songs from Ride the Lightning, …And Justice For All and Kill ‘Em All. Fingers crossed!

In related gaming news, we have word that  Tim Schafer’s heavy metal-inspired action adventure Brutal Legend has found a new publisher. The game was originally slated to be released by Sierra in 2008, but was dropped during the Activison-Blizzard merger. Now it seems that EA has picked up the title, and are expecting to release it on Xbox 360 and PS3 in Fall 2009. You can find more details on the search for a new publisher here.

Brutal Legend tells the tale of Eddie Riggs, a heavy metal roadie dragged into a fantasy world based on rock culture. Armed with his lifelong knowledge of the subject, Eddie calls forth an army of “axe-wielding rock-strocities” to restore the world to its former glory. The game features Jack Black as the voice of Eddie, as well as voice talent from Judas Priest’s Rob Halford, Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister and Ronnie James Dio of Dio and Black Sabbath.

Schafer says that the game world is “a combination of every single thing I’ve ever thought was cool in the world altogether in one place.” Here’s a neat interview with Tim. And here is a more recent trailer. Rock on!

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4 Responses

  1. The inclusion of “Wherever I May Roam” will no doubt please Tripp. As IW has pointed out, however, there is still a lot of room for expansion here.

    Metallica are already exposing us to a lot of the “new” stuff by making “Death Magnetic” DLC, and including stuff like Bob Seger’s “Turn the Page” in the game itself. What I want is some OLD SHIT. Not just one token song from K’eA.

    I wanna play “Sanitarium” and “Fight Fire With Fire.” If we have to go with stuff from the 90s, I’m glad it’s “Fuel…” I guess “The Memory Remains” would be okay too. Maybe the 4 minute version of “St. Anger.” That’s as far as I go.

    I do have a specific beef, though: “No Leaf Clover?” Only the band itself would bother including a song like that. No fan ever would… ’cause it sucks. It’s barely a demo quality track. 10,000 songs like that don’t add up to a solitary “Motorbreath” or “The Four Horsemen.”

    or “…And Justice For All”

    or motherf*cking “DAMAGE INC.”

    Hmmm. I seem to have strong feelings on this. I may just be bitter that Metallica know that I’m going to line up to buy this shit, no matter what songs they put on it. I know I will.

    …don’t bother asking… I…uh… I walked into a door. *sniff.

  2. It’s funny because I was going through the list thinking, “yeah ok, this isn’t so bad,” and then I saw NLC and I was like, “wait – what?” Given how huge and awesome their back-catalog of material is, the inclusion of that track is a mystery. Maybe ‘tallica just really like it and are determined to make everyone like it, too?

    Won’t work on me, though – I’ll just play more Master of Puppets.

  3. Full metallica list here. It’s pretty damn good, actually.

    Total songs from St. Anger: 1

    From Master of Puppets: 6

    Sounds good to me. Come march 29th, I will HIT THE LIGHTS!

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