10 Video Games with the Best Metal Soundtracks

If you are into Metal music and also high-quality video games, this list of the best Metal games might be of interest to you. Check out the masterpieces you can enjoy for the pleasure of eyes and ears alike! 

Brutal Legend 

In creating Brutal Legend, Tim Schafer aimed to capture the essence of ’80s Metal album covers in every landscape. He succeeded brilliantly; few games boast such electric guitar stone sculptures. Yet, the Brutal Legend soundtrack deserves equal acclaim. 

Featuring legends like Lemmy, Ozzy, and Lita Ford, composer Peter McConnell added immense depth, perfectly complementing the extensive licensed catalog of 107 songs.

God of War 

The God of War video game series boasts one of the largest collections of Heavy Metal and rock music among all games. The third installment’s soundtrack was particularly praised, leading to the release of a digital EP for fans to enjoy music from six major artists signed with RoadRunner Records.

Original music inspired by the game featured tracks from renowned bands such as The Turtlenecks and Trivium. 

The game’s soundtracks received nominations for Best Original Score at the Spike Video Game Awards in 2005, 2007, and 2010, and eventually had an impressive impact on the development of gaming music.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

In 2013, Metal Gear Rising made a big impact on gamers. It wasn’t just another game – it brought something special. 

The soundtrack wasn’t just background noise; it added to the experience with its Metal and rock fusion. Heavy drums and a strong bass gave it an energetic feel that kept players engaged.

Jamie Christopherson and Konami crafted the soundtrack to match the game’s intense combat perfectly. 

Even though the game focused on action, players appreciated how the sophisticated cutting system and stealth missions blended seamlessly with the music. 

Devil May Cry 

Devil May Cry is a game that literally redefined action-adventure gaming in the 2000s. Its gothic atmosphere and innovative gameplay immediately captivated the players. 

Accompanied by an industrial Metal soundtrack reminiscent of Fear Factory, the game’s most outstanding aspect was perhaps its protagonist, Dante. It was unquestionably one of the most hardcore elements imaginable in gaming. 

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 

A game that defined a decade and continues to be a favorite among players worldwide, creating a whole universe of fans, fan art, offline RPG, and so on. 

Skyrim has sold over 30 million copies and has been re-released seven times in the past ten years. 

The game’s landscapes have inspired numerous Metal bands, leading to the emergence of an ‘Elder Scrolls Metal’ genre on Bandcamp. Characters like the Dragon Cult, with their imposing masks and cloaks, resemble headliners at Bloodstock. 

DOOM 

In the 2016 reboot of Doom, Mick Gordon’s soundtrack fully embraced the intense and brutal essence that defined the original FPS games. Since its debut in 1993 on basic MS-DOS setups, Doom distilled its aggressive guitar riffs to their simplest forms. 

However, Gordon elevated the experience with no holds barred. He incorporated dark synth tones, powerful earthquake-like chords, and glitchy, tech-infused atmospheres that immerse players in a feeling of being in hell. 

Halo 2 

In the world of Esports, Halo 2 stands out with its Heavy Metal soundtrack. Featuring bands such as Breaking Benjamin, Hoobastank, and Incubus, alongside orchestral compositions by Martin O’Donnell and Michael Salvatori, it leaves a lasting impression.

Grammy award-winner Steve Vai contributed to the game with a choral introduction theme and additional guitar arrangements. The soundtrack blends electric guitars, baroque strings, and haunting choirs. The music is dynamic enough to keep the player on their toes. 

With such exceptional talent involved, it’s no wonder this soundtrack is regarded as one of the finest in video game history. The game itself continues to fuel the passion for esports, driving players to make bets on esports and virtual sports at CasinosHunter to put their money where their mouth is. 

Splatterhouse 

Splatterhouse hails from the early days of the video game industry, featuring a cartoonish masked slasher and art by Todd McFarlane that sparked controversy. 

The game, often referenced by NRA president Wayne LaPierre as a sign of cultural decline, received criticism.

In its 2010 remake, Splatterhouse fully embraced its controversial image with a licensed soundtrack that perfectly captured the Metal scene of the late 2000s. Featuring bands like High on Fire, Mastodon, and Municipal Waste, the soundtrack mirrors a lineup one might expect at a prominent Ozzfest concert.

Twisted Metal 

Twisted Metal is a video game where a sinister clown equips his ice cream truck with machine guns and rockets to battle a man trapped between two monster truck wheels. It’s a concept that could inspire a hit rock song, and as such, the series consistently delivers intense, aggressive Metal music.

A standout in the series is Twisted Metal Black from 2001, which fully embraced the powerful industrial sound that was popular in rock music at the time. 

The soundtrack’s relentless energy perfectly complements the game’s chaotic and brutal gameplay.

Killing Floor 2 

Tripwire Interactive took a straightforward approach with this multiplayer first-person shooter sequel focused on slaughtering zombies. 

In Killing Floor 2, the studio perfected a formula that delivers pure adrenaline without unnecessary complexity. Players progress through 10 levels, each culminating in intense battles against grotesque bosses.

The game’s soundtrack is particularly noteworthy, blending industrial Metal and Metalcore tracks from bands like Demon Hunter, Impending Doom, and Living Sacrifice. This aggressive music enhances the chaotic atmosphere of the gameplay. 

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