#66: Guitar Hero: Metallica
Q1 2009: PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PS2 Guitar Hero fans have surely heard of or played the recent Aerosmith band expansion pack for GHIII, but no amount of shredding can prepare you for a Metallica add-on. Guitar Hero: Metallica was first referenced in an Activision security filing alongside GH: Aerosmith, On Tour, and World Tour; then was later confirmed on Metallica's official website. "An all Metallica Guitar Hero game . . . fact or fiction?" read the news update. "Idle Internet gossip, wishful thinking, or the real deal? Let's just say that perhaps, just maybe, if you've already mastered "One" on GHIII there might be a pile of 'Tallica songs in your future." Another post was made on the website a couple weeks later apologizing for the lateness of some audio and video postings, stating that "The audio guys are a little tied up prepping for that not-so-top secret GH thing."
Considering that GH: Metallica won't be hitting your living room until early 2009, after the release of World Tour, it's highly probable the game will incorporate the new drum set and microphone that will ship with World Tour. And if the Metallica expansion is anything like the Aerosmith release, it's safe to assume you will be playing through the band's entire career. We're excited, and you should be too. Here is senior editor Sid Shuman's GH: Metallica track wish list for a start:
• Enter Sandman
• Eye of Beholder
• Fade to Black
• For Whom the Bell Tolls
• Harvester of Sorrow
• Master of Puppets
• Ride the Lightning
• Sad but True
#65: Golden Axe: Beast Rider
September: PS3, Xbox 360 Golden Axe: Beast Rider reworks an arcade classic, adding a free-roaming play style, a variety of beasts of burden, and plenty of gore. As the female warrior Tyris Flare, players will have access to a host of weapons (including the fabled Golden Axe) and magic, as well as rideable creatures such as the gorilla-like Miragars who, in a furious state, can rip and tear nearby foes into bloody shreds. There will also be the opportunity to ride a huge raptor that must constantly be fed or else it will buck Tyris off and attempt to eat her. It's essentially more God of War-stye hack-and-slay play, but the shimmering production values give us hope.
#64: Ghostbusters: The Video Game
September: PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, DS, PC There were seven Police Academy films and only two Ghostbusters movies. On any planet, including Bizarro World, this would be considered a crime against humanity. Now, however, there is a cause for jubilation: the third Ghostbusters film won't be made, but rather played. Original writers Dan Ackroyd and Harold Ramis have returned to helm the game. Players will control rookie Ghostbusters and hunt down spooks, specters, and poltergeists in delightfully comic fashion. The PS3 and Xbox 360 visuals look stunning, and the gameplay style forces players to zap ghosts before sucking them into the 'busters' signature ectoplastmic traps. Expect appearances by Slimer (as a weapon, no less0, the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man, and Gozer the Gozerian. Joy has returned.