PGNx: "With Guitar Hero: Metallica, it looks like Neversoft was able to balance the interests of fans of the band and fans of the franchise. There is a ton of fan service-videos, images, realistic models and animation, and trivia-in the game for fans of Metallica. There are also some appreciated structural changes (like the fully song-unlocked quickplay and career progression). The core gameplay has also been improved thanks to a gentler difficulty curve, more accurate note charting, and UI improvements. As I mentioned above, Guitar Hero: Metallica is the best Guitar Hero yet if you're a fan of the band and arguably the best playing game in the franchise even if you're not a fan of the band."