Metal: Hellsinger is a brutal new FPS that has you slaying demons to the beat of an adrenaline-pumping, metal soundtrack. Every action — whether it's reloading, shooting, or dashing towards an enemy — becomes more powerful when performed to the rhythm of the current track, allowing you to earn additional points towards a high score or deal more damage to the monsters in front of your crosshairs.
This interesting hybrid of FPS and rhythm game is winning over legions of fans. Critics seem just as pleased, as Metal: Hellsinger sits with a comfortable 79 Metascore. Not only do players love the brutal, over-the-top action, but the game's soundtrack is arguably one of the best of 2022. Metal fans, in particular, will fall in love with its heart-thumping tunes (largely pieced together by Two Feathers, with accompanying vocals by such big names as Matt Heafy, Serj Tankian, and Alissa White-Gluz), but everyone else will find that the music only serves to further immerse the player in Metal: Hellsinger's demonic world.
Music might be the driving force of Metal: Hellsinger, but gunplay is just as tight as anything else in the genre. Each weapon packs a suitable punch, and you'll need to master them all if you want to find your way on to the high score board. And since the game doesn't take very long to beat (and its story is simply there to push you along from mission to mission), chasing after a new high score is how you'll spend most of your time. But if you're ready to put down Hellsinger and move on to another frantic FPS or music-driven experience, there are plenty of options to choose from.
Here are 10 games like Metal: Hellsinger to play next, listed by Metascore.
Neon White is a frantic FPS that has you racing towards the end of each level as fast as possible. You'll make use of Soul Cards to help you achieve that goal. These items are scattered throughout each level, and picking one up with give you both a weapon and a movement ability. For example, one Soul Card might give you a pistol, while discarding it will let you double jump. Understanding when to use or discard these Soul Cards is the key to blazing through a map and reaching the high score board. You'll also be treated to some upbeat music, slick graphics, and a quirky JRPG-inspired narrative.
"Intensely satisfying gameplay combines with a well-executed story, engaging characters and a crisp art style." — Finger Guns
Best for: Fans of visceral FPS action
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Doom Eternal comes close to capturing the same vibe as Metal: Hellsinger. Combat doesn't have to follow the beat of the music, but it's still remarkably chaotic and moves at an unrelenting pace. When you're not tearing through hordes of demons with your trusty shotgun, you'll get to solve a variety of puzzles, engage in some surprisingly fun platforming, and scour your surroundings for a litany of collectible items. There's also a fun online multiplayer mode if you ever get bored of playing solo.
"A ceaseless, panicked nightmare that pushes you to point and click with more skill and style than ever before." — PC Gamer
Pistol Whip takes you to a colorful VR universe filled with deadly enemies and an energetic soundtrack. You'll rush through arcade-inspired levels as you sprint towards the end of each stage and try to survive the onslaught of bullets heading your way. The VR rhythm game offers tons of variety, with cinematic campaigns, daily contracts, and a local party mode giving you plenty of ways to keep things interesting. The soundtrack leans more towards electronic and techno music, but if you're open to more than heavy metal, Pistol Whip has a lot to offer.
"Pistol Whip turns our weapon into a musical instrument so we can enjoy an incredible techno OST while shooting and dodging bullets in John Wick style." — Hobby Consolas
Best for: Fans looking to learn guitar
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If Metal: Hellsinger's incredible soundtrack has you interested in picking up a musical instrument, Rocksmith 2014 Edition is here to help. Unlike some other music-based video games, Rocksmith can actually teach you how to play a real guitar. After connecting your guitar to your system, you'll be able to dive into a bunch of virtual lessons that teach you everything you need to know to become an expert guitarist. Whether you want to play minigames that help you master your chord changes or try your hand at playing along with a song, Rocksmith 2014 Edition is a great way to live out your musical dreams.
"A highly personalized, customizable and responsive guitar tutoring tool that improves upon the original in almost every regard." — Official Xbox Magazine UK
Best for: Fans of powerful narratives
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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus takes place in an alternative version of 1961 that sees the United States controlled by Nazis. You'll play as BJ Blazkowicz as he helps the resistance fight off the invasion and restore order to America. Wolfenstein II deals with dozens of mature topics, and its horrifying narrative is reason alone to pick up this violent shooter. The other reason is its vicious gameplay, which has you performing bloody stealth takedowns to even the odds before engaging in frenzied shootouts. If you want to get the most out of Wolfenstein II, consider playing through Wolfenstein: The New Order beforehand.
"A great FPS that offers a fantastic, deep, and really well told story. If you love the genre, you should not miss it." — Atomix
Beat Saber is one of the popular VR games of all time. It has you wielding two light sabers, staring down a tunnel, and slicing blocks as they come flying your way to the beat of the music. Early levels won't work up too much of a sweat, but jump to the highest difficulty settings and Beat Saber turns into a serious workout. Gameplay is simple but engaging, and with a soundtrack that has grown to encompass such big names as Green Day and Billie Eilish, it's easy to find something that fits your taste.
"The mechanics, music, and VR environment tap into something deep in your psyche that creates an irresistibly fun and empowering experience." — Gameplanet
Best for: Fans of music
Where to buy: Steam
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Audiosurf is a rhythm game that makes use of your existing library of music. You'll race down a track as blocks of various colors come flying your way, and it's your job to collect them, place them in color-coordinated groups, and do your best to rack up the best score possible. Multiple characters are available that will change your playstyle (such as letting you push blocks to other columns or shuffling blocks) and the ability to surf on tracks designed around your personal music library only makes things more exciting.
"Obviously a work of passion, Audiosurf is a game that must not be missed by anyone, especially with an above average interest in music." — GamerNode
Best for: Fans of The Legend of Zelda
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Although it might look like an old-school Zelda adventure, Cadence of Hyrule brings a unique twist to the formula: You'll need to move and attack to the beat of the music. This turns each map into a genuine puzzle, as you attempt to figure out what skills to use, when to use them, and how to best avoid incoming attacks. Along the way, you'll unlock the usual assortment of gadgets (such as bombs, the hookshot, and a boomerang) that can help you better explore your surroundings and eliminate the competition. Cadence of Hyrule is essentially an updated and reskinned version of Crypt of the Necrodancer, so be sure to give it a download if you're looking for more rhythm-based action.
"Stylish and excellent fun, this tribute captures the excitement and sense of discovery that makes Zelda what it is: a real adventure." — Guardian
Best for: Fans of fast-paced FPS games
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Ghostrunner might be the most fast-paced game on this list. It takes you to a post-apocalyptic world as you try to climb the Dharma Tower and exact revenge on the oppressive Keymaster. In order to get there, however, you'll need to run across walls, leap across chasms, and slice through any opposition that gets in your way. It doesn't take much to get knocked out, however, so you'll need to be incredibly precise with your button presses. Practice, patience, and good reflexes are the keys to success in Ghostrunner, but its lightning-fast gameplay is a great fit for Metal: Hellsinger fans.
"In Ghostrunner, a single slash divides life and death. It's fast, frenetic, and, even in the face of its weaker moments, endlessly satisfying." — GameSkinny
BPM: Bullets Per Minute is about as close to Metal: Hellsinger as you can get. Not only do the two share an awkward colon in the middle of their names, but they're built around the same premise. In BPM, you'll be shooting and dodging to the beat of the music, and if that sounds familiar, you're not wrong. The dark, demonic graphics even look a bit like Hellsinger, and you'll be treated to a pounding soundtrack that urges you to continuously push onward. It's not quite as refined as the latest rhythm-shooter, but BPM still manages to pack heaps of fun into its chaotic levels.
"The gameplay is fun, fast, and frantic, it looks good and sounds great, with a perfect heavy-metal soundtrack." — Wccftech