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Quick Look at Metal: Hellsinger

Quick Look at Metal: Hellsinger

Metal Hellsinger

Metal: Hellsinger is a unique blend of a first-person shooter and a rhythm game set in the depths of Hell. Released on September 15th, 2022, by the developers at The Outsiders studios, the game is right on time to add to your Fall and Halloween favorites.

The game reminds me of a mashup of Crypt of the NecroDancer and Doom, where your murderous rampage through hell must be done to the beat of heavy metal music.

Enter Hell.

The Main Character

The game’s story is told through a motion comic. We meet the protagonist, named Unknown, and learn about her plight to get her voice back from the Devil. The demonic art of the motion graphics is paired nicely with our narrator’s cowboy drawl.

How It Works

With an assortment of weaponry and perks, you do your best to blast your way through the levels of hell, never missing a beat. Listening closely to the drums and watching for pulsing lights and fire will keep you on rhythm. Miss a beat? Your score modifier drops. If you miss a few more the soundtrack loses vocals and instruments. Missing the beat has gameplay mechanics as well. Bad rhythm will mean you’ll miss finisher moves that can restore health, or your weapons will reload slower (leaving you open for an attack). Paying attention to the music while also trying to stay alive makes for a pulse-pounding and intense shooter. Death, however, is not the end for our heroine. Depending on the level of difficulty you can resurrect at the point you failed and keep going.

The Soundtrack

I have to be honest, heavy metal music is not my genre of choice. The songs are real licensed songs, including the works of System of a Down. This means you won’t have to travel through hell listening to royalty-free jams. The music fits well, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Once you finish the level, the first thing you’ll see are the leaderboards. I could see this becoming a fun competition between my friends and me, as we see who can score the most points while blasting demons in the face.

Where To Find It

Overall, the game is relatively short and the eight levels could be finished within one action-packed day of metal mayhem. Metal: Hellsinger is currently on PS5, PC and on Xbox Game Pass. Go! Grab a copy of the game, crank your speakers to 11, and go deal some double-barrelled rhythmic judgment in Hell already.

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