Heavy metal and video games have always had a special affinity dating right back to the heady days of the 1980s. Today, the world of gaming has changed beyond all recognition, but those links still remain.
Let’s take a look at some of the best video games from across the years and their heavy metal connections.
When it first came out in 2005 on the PS2, Guitar Hero was a game changer. OK, so it was arguably a triumph of style over substance, and you can only imagine how many of those tennis racquet-style wands ended up getting the Pete Townsend treatment. Guitar Hero has since gone through numerous revisions and sequels, getting better with each one. Guitar Hero Metallica is one that needs to be on every metalhead’s playlist.
Guns n Roses Slots
Guns n Roses turned 30 in 2005, and the band made a landmark decision to stop bickering for five minutes and to team up with developers to create a GnR-based game. The online casino sector is one of the biggest in gaming and while there are lots of slots games out there that are much of a muchness, with just different symbols or soundtracks, this one is a little different. It’s been developed by Netent, probably the biggest developer in the sector, and contains great attention to detail, as well as two different bonus features.
KISS Psycho Circus: The Nightmare Child
KISS has received plenty of publicity over recent months thanks to the bands final tour – this being the most recent final tour, as opposed to the final tour in the early 00s. Like Guns n Roses, KISS has its own slots game that was released a few years ago, but that wasn’t their first foray into the world of gaming. KISS Psycho Circus: The Nightmare Child is a shooter game involving a bizarre backstory that surrounds a rogue tribute band imbued with demonic powers. It originally came out on Dreamcast, but there’s also a Windows version that’s free to download from various sources.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater
Metal, gaming and skateboarding is just too good a combination to turn down, so this 1999 PS2 offering has to make the list. These days, a great soundtrack is part and parcel of a great game, but 20 years ago, we were left slack jawed in disbelief. Anthrax, Motorhead, Rage Against the Machine, Suicidal Tendencies, even the Dead Kennedys. The list just went on and on.
Iron Maiden: Ed Hunter
Iron Maiden have been accompanied by the iconic Eddie for more than 35 years. He has a permanent place in the heavy metal Hall of Fame, but did you know he was also immortalised in a 1999 video game that was released at the same time as the Ed Hunter album? The object of the game is to hunt Eddie through labyrinthine landscapes inspired by Iron Maiden’s countless album covers from across the years. Originally released as a CD-ROM, it’s now freely available from numerous abandonware sites.