Metal: Hellsinger does his voice, and known release date: Seasoned Gaming
During Summer Game Fest, developer The Outsiders showed off gameplay for their newest title, Metal: Hellsinger, and then they delivered an explosive reveal that a demo was immediately ready to download and play. Naturally, I hastened to do so. After happily completing it, I was looking forward to delivering some quick impressions ahead of the game’s release date on September 13 this year.
Combining the action of Doom with rhythm games like Guitar Hero probably wasn’t an idea many had on their radar. Other than Cloudhead Games’ Pistol Whip, a VR rhythm-based shooter on rails, I can’t think of another game that managed to marry the two concepts quite like this. Along with spectacular action tracks straight out of Doom, Metal: Hellsinger blends in a powerful mix of hard-hitting metal music from artists such as Randy Blythe of Lamb of God, Alissa White-Gluz of Arch Enemy and Serj Tankian of System of a Down, among many others.
Their music is not just background noise; it is essential to the gameplay itself. While you need to be pretty precise with your weaponry, it’s far more important that your actions flow to the beat of the music. As you keep up your pace, you build up a score counter which, upon reaching a certain level, unlocks the vocals of the track brilliantly, really putting you in the zone of killing your many enemies. Enemies also lose more health when sent to pace, which is key as the game seems to be quite a challenge!
The demo, unfortunately, only includes a tutorial area, and an area after that. There’s a boss, though, and she’s a nice threat. Another nice touch is that there’s a functional leaderboard for the demo, so you can stack your score among your fellow demon slayers.
Look for more on Metal: Hellsinger here at Seasoned Gaming as we look forward to the September launch!