Metal music and video games go hand in hand. What? You don’t believe me? I’ve got some amazing games to talk briefly about, all of which have some massive metal soundtrack. You may not like metal, or you may absolutely love the genre, but I’m hopeful everyone will come away from this thinking “okay, that was a good soundtrack”. As a rule of thumb, I will not be including any Rhythm games, simply because it’s kind of implied that music will be a major point and we all know that metal music likes to be nice and tricky to play on a guitar or otherwise. Right then, let’s put up them devil horns and mosh away.
Let’s start with a really fun one. If you’ve not played it, Brutal Legend is an excellent Action Adventure game where you play as Eddie Riggs. Eddie is a roadie, who wants nothing more than to show off his own metal powers. So, by the power of Ormagöden, Eddie Riggs is transported to another world. A world filled with metalheads and a war between metal and… Glam metal? Anyway, Brutal Legend is a bit of a cheat of an entry, as the entire game is themed around the idea of metal music and metal culture.
I mean for crying out loud, Eddie is voiced by Jack Black.
Killing Floor (1 + 2)
Love zombies? Love to blow zombies up? Great, then Killing Floor is the game for you. Set in England, Killing Floor may be one of the most British ways to kill zombies you’ve ever seen in your life. These zombies, known as Specimen, are out to shred you to pieces – And the soundtrack jumps in to help you out with that. The music is always a heavy guitar, high distortion, pitch squeals and everything you could ever love about the mood and the anger of the metal genre. If you’re a fan of Left 4 Dead, then Killing Floor is basically that but with a much more gritty attitude about it – which is impressive, considering the atmosphere of Left 4 Dead.
Maybe I’m cheating again, as actually the above trailer is for the remake, Brutal Doom… However I’m going to stick to my guns on this one (get it?) Doom is arguably the most important game in First Person Shooter history, as it really helped to set the scene for how serious video games could be. Basically, without Doom, we’d probably not have a lot of modern day conventions (along with Quake amongst others… Daikatana? No? Okay…) Anyway, Doom always featured a metal soundtrack, right back to the original. With remakes and advances in technology, we have come all the way to the amazing soundtrack above.
Tony Hawks Pro Skater
Metal was such a big part of skateboarder culture that when the Tony Hawks Pro Skater series came about, you had to know there’d be some killer tracks. What set these games apart was how fluid it was to do full combos, which would be downright impossible in the real world – But in a video game environment, it seemed so natural. Yes, whilst you’re wracking up millions of points in one massive combo, you can headbang along to bands like Disturbed and Powerman 5,000.
Hopefully today’s article gave you a bit of appreciation for metal music in video games, but perhaps I just left you wanting more? Should we ever do a Top 10 Metal Soundtracks in Video Games list? Or perhaps smaller articles like this one are more to your tastes? Whatever your favourite genre of music, be sure to keep headbanging, or dancing or… Flossing? Whatever you youngens do these days. Anyway, as ever, share your thoughts about today’s article in the comments below, or over on Facebook and Twitter. Remember folks, video games have come a long way in a relatively short space of time; I’m waiting to get more full concerts in video games!