-Estimated achievement difficulty: 9/10 (5/10 for 700)
-Offline: 42 (920)
-Online: 8 (80)
-Approximate amount of time to 1000: 8-50 hours
-Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 5
-Number of missable achievements: None
-Glitched achievements: Seek & Destroy
-Do cheat codes disable achievements: Yes
-Does difficulty affect achievements: Yes
This game mostly involves achievements attainable on any difficulty, and therefore makes obtaining 700 only mildly strenuous to the average gamer. However, obtaining the full 1000 requires near perfection.
Guitar Hero: Metallica is the ultimate music-rhythm game for hardcore Metallica fans and for casual gamers alike. This game has 50 achievements totaling 1000. It will require at least five playthroughs in the game’s career mode to obtain every achievement; one playthrough for every instrument (guitar, bass, drums, and vocals), and one playthrough involving two through four people (band). Aside from playing through the campaign, you will need to play a few online matches and achieve certain scores or accomplish certain tasks within many songs of the game’s setlist to achieve all 1000. Guitar Hero: Metallica will require players going for the full 1000 to maximize the use of the game’s plastic drums, microphone, and especially guitar. Several achievements require you to play songs on expert difficulty almost perfectly, scoring 97%-99% on the song. However, many achievements can be obtained by a newcomer to music-rhythm games, making the task of obtaining 700 much easier than netting the full 1000.
The only known glitched achievement is Seek & Destroy. This achievement requires you to play 20 online matches, winning or losing them. For most people, this achievement unlocks when it is supposed to. Some people, however, have reported playing through over 50 matches, and not getting the achievement. It appears that the best method to avoiding this achievement glitch is to play battle mode, failing repeatedly until you get the achievement.
To input a cheat, go to the main menu. Select “Options,” then “Cheats,” then “Enter New Cheat.” The only cheats that disable achievements are the “Always Slide” cheat and the “Auto Kick” cheat. All other cheats are either for personal preferences or for entertainment purposes. For a list of cheats, view this website HERE.
Step 1: Tutorials (1 for 5)
This roadmap assumes that you have no experience playing music-rhythm games. If this is the case, the best way to start would definitely be to play the tutorials. If you do not have instruments yet, those need to be purchased as soon as possible. For Guitar Hero: Metallica, any plastic guitar will work; any guitar from a previous Guitar Hero game or even any Rock Band guitar works. Because of this, I would recommend the Guitar Hero III Les Paul guitar (considered one of the best guitars), and one other guitar of your choice. For a microphone, you can use a Rock Band microphone or a Guitar Hero microphone. Even a standard Xbox Live headset will work. For drums, note that you will receive the best experience with a Guitar Hero: World Tour drum set. You can, however, use a Rock Band or Rock Band 2 drum set. If you are going for all achievements, then the World Tour drum set is a must, as you can not achieve The More I See unless you have those drums. Once you have all instruments, play through every tutorial and familiarize yourself with the game. Make sure you do not form any bad habits; always do exactly as the tutorial says. Playing every tutorial will net you The More I See.
Step 2: Career Playthroughs (23 for 565)
Play through every instrument career on a difficulty of your choice. For the band career, you only need two players, however, you can have as many as four. If you can earn five stars on every song, you will only be required to play 15 songs per career. This will net you James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, Robert Trujillo, Holier Than Thou, Nothing Else Matters, Wherever I May Roam, The Memory Remains, Trapped Under Ice, Invisible Kid, Some Kind of Monster, The House Jack Built, Stone Dead Forever, Damage Inc., and Motorbreath. You should have The Ecstacy of Gold by now, but if you don’t, keep playing songs until you acquire $15,000. For one of your instrument careers, play enough songs to earn 100 stars. This will give you …And Justice For All. To earn Metallica, you will need to beat at least one career on expert. To beat a career on expert, you can play every song on any difficulty, until you reach the last song, which must be played on expert. If you are having trouble, I would recommend drums, as you can have a friend hit the bass pedal while you drum the pads. Beating The Thing That Should Not Be on expert will also give you One if you do not have it already. After you are done with every career, you will have at least $15,000. You can now customize your character. Firstly, create a character to unlock Disposable Heroes. You can then create a custom instrument and tattoo for your character to unlock Fixxxer, and Blackened. Lastly, go create a band logo to unlock Eye of the Beholder. A very simple 20 with these last four achievements.
Step 3: Band Play (7 for 120)
All of these achievements can be done online or locally. Ride the Lightning, 2 X 4, The Struggle Within, and The Four Horsemen can all be achieved pretty easily if everyone in your band can play expert. If you are having trouble finding an expert vocalist, choose the song Orion. It has no words. Metal Militia may take some time, but shouldn’t be too hard because the difficulty does not matter. While going for these achievements, you may pick up Master of Puppets. If you don’t, it can be easily boosted by putting the other three band members on beginner, and you on medium or higher (assuming you can play well on medium). The last achievement, Battery, is probably best achieved online with people on the Achievement Trading Thread. You will most likely need a band that plays every instrument on expert for this achievement.
Step 4: Online Play (7 for 85)
All of these achievements can only be obtained online. Every achievement can be boosted with people from the Achievement Trading Thread. If you don’t want to boost, Better Than You, The Unforgiven, The Unforgiven II, The Unforgiven III can usually be obtained by playing only a few matches. When the opponent quits, achievements will still unlock, making these fairly easy. Black will take a little bit of work, but is still fairly achievable. Due to the lack of people online, Blitzkrieg, will almost certainly have to be boosted. At the end of this, if you still do not have Seek & Destroy, play a few more matches until you get it, but remember to be wary of the achievement glitch (see Introduction).
Step 5: Song-Specific Achievements (5 for 150)
These achievements are definitely the hardest in the game. Dyer’s Eve, and Stone Cold Crazy can be achieved on hard difficulty. Enter Sandman also can be achieved on hard by scoring 100% on the song and having a perfect star power path. For more information on star power paths, check out Scorehero.com found HERE. Fight Fire With Fire requires 98% or higher on expert only, and Creeping Death requires 99% or higher on expert only. Practice mode will become your best friend when going for these achievements. For the complicated guitar solos/drum beats, practice on a slower speed until you can 100% it. Then increase your speed and repeat. Eventually, you should be able to score 100% on normal speed. Good luck.
Step 6: Achievement Mop Up (7 for 75)
Now that you’re done with the majority of the achievements, it’s time to mop up those last seven. Green Hell, and Astronomy are best done on easy difficulty, however you can do them on any difficulty except beginner. Go play as Lemmy and King Diamond to unlock Lemmy, and King Diamond respectively. Go for Cure while working for the last two. After that, hop onto GHTunes and download a song to unlock Reload. The last achievement, Hero of the Day, is the only one of these seven that might take some work. If you only have one bass pedal, your best bet is probably Wherever I May Roam.
If you managed to get all 1000, you are exceptionally talented. If you managed to get all 1000 without breaking anything (instruments, TV, body parts), then you are a God. If you are still missing achievements, they are most likely from Step 5. At this point, I would just leave them, move onto new games, and be content with the 700
[x360a would like to thank tmcmullen08 for this Roadmap]