Recently, I was struggling through my weeklies for Destiny 2, particularly with going up against cheaters in Iron Banner and slogging through Crucible when all I wanted to do was literally anything else. I love the game, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes a break is needed. But I was so close to Legend and just needed a few more rounds, so I decided to blast Slayer’s Reign in Blood album from 1986 and go ham. Immediately, my attitude changed and I just started slaughtering other Guardians. It was pretty epic, not going to lie, but it got me thinking: What are some good games to play for heavy metal fans?
There are the obvious choices that literally incorporate heavy metal into the experience, but there are others that just pair well when needing that additional boost of motivation when looking to pwn. Some of the games don’t have actual metal in the title itself, so I’ve supplied a few band recommendations for those in particular. So, without further ado, here are my 10 games to play for heavy metal fans!
Top 10 games to play for heavy metal fans
Plus, could you imagine Doomguy in the pit with all of his armor? Talk about bringing the heat.
Plus, coffee. That’s just paradise.
Killing Floor 2
The combat in Killing Floor 2 makes the first game almost a distant memory. Much like Doom, this game is incredibly fast-paced and the combat relies heavily on building up a chaotic momentum. It’s also incredibly gory, so if I could recommend a band to check out whilst murderin’ some Zeds, might I suggest you check out 3 Inches of Blood?
Iron Maiden: Ed Hunter
If you’re an Iron Maiden fan, this is a must, especially with the level 8 finale with The Evil That Men Do. Despite being metal, it’s also surprisingly enough a solid game to fall asleep to. It’s short, straight to the point, and has phenomenal music. The perfect calm before the storm that is the next day. Just… don’t expect it to be Game of the Year material.
This game, because of its pacing, arguably feels like a video game version of a mosh pit. One warning though! This game has some serious epileptic triggers, so if you’re like me and have photosensitive epilepsy, it might be best to sit this one out. If you feel like braving it, please check out my Epileptic’s Guide to Gaming tips here to do so safely.
I’ve been playing Halo since it first came out in 2001 and my favorite way to dive right in, to this day, is playing some of my favorite bands while teabagging my friends after ruining their Spartan lives. Some of my favorite band picks to listen to while taking to the world of Halo include Arch Enemy, Kitty, Pantera, Gorgoroth, Cradle of Filth, Fear Factory, and Mastodon.
It doesn’t just have a stellar tracklist either. The game’s story is incredible and the gameplay expertly blends action-adventure and real-time strategy. If you pick up only one game from this list, please let it be Brutal Legend. You won’t regret it.
He can also regrow his limbs back if they are severed, so that’s something nifty. Collecting the blood of his enemies, Rick powers up and rolls out to cause mayhem, destruction, and an impressive killstreak that would make the devil himself jealous.
Splatterhouse is a pretty straightforward single-player experience that holds a deeper plot than one might think. Driven by the desire to save his kidnapped girlfriend, Splatterhouse is honestly made even better by jamming out to your favorite band.
Band recommendations for this treasure include Judas Priest, Motorhead (RIP Lemmy), Anthrax, Fear Factory, and Children of Bodom.
Quake / Quake Champions
Bethesda tried to bring back the Quake name in its entirety with Quake Champions back in 2017, and while it has seen numerous updates since its release, it seems to have fallen into the abyss. There is a very devoted community, however, that appreciates Quake Champions for what it has to offer, and for good reason. This is an incredibly intuitive FPS experience with how it redefines the Deathmatch with its expert-level design, power-ups, and varying arenas. Quake Champions takes what made Quake so good and modernizes it without destroying the original experience’s integrity. Honestly? That game deserved better.
White Zombie, Absu, Deathspell Omega, Borknagar, and Sodom are all epic picks for headbanging your way to victory. This addition to the list is even better with the recent Twisted Metal TV series announcement.
As mentioned, playing Destiny 2: Iron Banner and Crucible is what inspired this list because metal helped boost me up when I needed it the most, so I want to include a few little honorable mentions:
- Call of Duty: Warzone
- Apex Legends
- Destiny 2: PvP
- Rock Band 4
- Guitar Hero: Metallica
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons (No, seriously, do it. You’ll thank me)
What did you think about our list of games for heavy metal fans? Any others you’d like to add? Sound off with your thoughts in the comment section below! In the meantime, see you in the pit!