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Metal: Hellsinger hands-on preview | Laptop Mag


Gaming and music is an age-old partnership that rarely fails to deliver. Who can forget the iconic tune of Super Mario Bros. or Sephiroth’s intimidating “One-Winged Angel” theme in Final Fantasy 7? It’s a beautiful combination that gives gamers plenty of memorable moments. Now, with Rock Band, Brütal Legend, and Doom delivering the awe-inspiring soundscape of rock in games, fans can headbang with controller in hand. 

If there was a way to mix the rhythm combinations of Guitar Hero while blowing a demon’s head off with a shotgun, even better, right? Enter, Metal: Hellsinger. Developer The Outsiders have created a union between the fast-paced first-person shooter mechanics of Doom Eternal and thrown in the ability to “slay to the beat.” This isn’t the first of its kind, but when there are the iconic voices of Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Randy Blythe (Lamb of God), Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), along with the excellent voice talent of Troy Baker, blasting in your ears, you can already tell this isn’t your average FPS based in hell. 

I’m a big fan of blaring metallic beats while pumping lead into monsters, so I was thrilled Laptop Mag got the chance to play a hands-on demo of the thumping tunes and adrenaline-pumping action waiting to be unleashed in Metal: Hellsinger. The rhythm-based FPS will be available on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X and Series S later this year. It’s important to note that the game is still a work in progress and is subject to change. But for a closer look at our initial thoughts so far, read on. 

Metal: Hellsinger — Dancing with the devil

Following similar beats (metaphorically and literally) as rhythm-based hell shooter BPM: Bullets Per Minute, Hellsinger brings a symphony of intense guitar riffs and thrashing drums with each satisfying pull of our protagonist: The Unknown’s demonic triggers. There’s even an audio and visual calibration to get set up for wireless headphones and displays with high latency, making sure users get that satisfying shot on the beat. It’s the little things like this that show the developers want to make this a thrilling and fair experience. 

(Image credit: The Outsiders)

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