Metal: Hellsinger – A Rhythmic Inferno for FPS and Metal Fans

As a speedrunner with a critical eye for game mechanics and efficiency, I’ve always approached rhythm games with a certain level of skepticism. The genre often comes across as too gimmicky, relying heavily on the musical component to mask shallow gameplay mechanics. However, Metal: Hellsinger piqued my interest with its promise of a fusion between rhythm and first-person shooter (FPS) elements. So, I strapped in for a headbanging ride through Hell to see if it could harmonize these two vastly different genres.

Unique Rhythm-FPS Gameplay

At its core, Metal: Hellsinger is a rhythm FPS where your ability to sync with the beat not only enhances your performance but also intensifies the in-game music. The more accurately you shoot to the rhythm, the more destructive your attacks become. This unique mechanic adds an additional layer of challenge and excitement, especially for a speedrunner like myself.

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Intuitive Controls and Progression

The control interface is intuitive, borrowing familiar elements from traditional FPS games but demanding a higher level of precision. The progression system involves fighting through increasingly challenging waves of demons, making brutal decisions about weapon upgrades, and ultimately transforming into a formidable killing machine. The Leviathan game mode particularly shines here, providing endless waves of demonic foes in ever-changing arenas.

Killer Soundtrack

One of the game’s standout features is its killer soundtrack. Each track has been specifically composed by Two Feathers, featuring vocals from metal icons like Serj Tankian (System of a Down) and Randy Blythe (Lamb of God). The music not only complements the game’s high-octane action but is intricately tied to the gameplay itself, creating an immersive and rhythmic combat experience.

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Engaging Storyline and Visuals

The storyline, narrated by the talented Troy Baker, is engaging enough to keep you invested, though it’s the gameplay that will keep you coming back for more. The various hellish domains you fight through—ranging from the icy world of Voke to the maddening world of Stygia—are visually stunning and offer unique challenges that keep the gameplay fresh.

Drawbacks

Despite its innovative approach, Metal: Hellsinger does have its drawbacks. The rhythm mechanic, while unique, can sometimes feel more like a chore than an enjoyable aspect of the gameplay. Missing a beat can be particularly unforgiving, breaking the flow and making it difficult to get back on track. This can be especially frustrating in the heat of combat, where one misplaced shot can ruin an otherwise perfect run.

Additionally, the game’s reliance on its musical component means that if you’re not a fan of metal or rhythm games, you might find it hard to fully enjoy. The FPS mechanics are solid but not groundbreaking; they rely heavily on the rhythm aspect to elevate the overall experience. For those who prefer more freeform, speed-oriented gameplay, this could be a turn-off.

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Conclusion

Metal: Hellsinger is an ambitious attempt to blend two very different genres into a cohesive and exciting package. For the most part, it succeeds, thanks to its outstanding soundtrack, engaging gameplay mechanics, and visually impressive hellscapes. However, the rhythm element can be a double-edged sword, potentially alienating those who aren’t fans of the genre or the music.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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If you’re a fan of both rhythm games and FPS titles, Metal: Hellsinger offers a unique and exhilarating experience that’s well worth your time. But if you’re more into traditional speedrunning or prefer other musical styles, you might find it less compelling.

Useful Gaming Tip for Beginners

Tip: Focus on mastering the rhythm early. Syncing your shots to the beat increases damage and boosts the soundtrack, enhancing both your gameplay and immersion.

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Want to check it out yourself? Click here to see it on Steam.