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Band Photo: Lacuna Coil Heavy metal and video games are such an obvious combination that its baffling the collision doesn't happen more often.
Despite four decades of games to work through, the number of titles that specifically revolve around metal themes or use heavy metal soundtracks is just abysmally low.
Today we're going to take another look at the limited options available, covering some old and some new entries that should be sitting on your shelf or taking up space in your Steam library.
For those who missed our previous three articles discussing various games with heavy metal soundtracks, be sure to go back and check 'em out and let us know if you end up playing or re-playing any of these gems!
Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines A triumph of roleplaying of the early 2000's from the ill-fated Troika, Bloodlines offered a much truer Vampire: The Masquerade experience than its action RPG predecessor.
It's a shame we don't get too many games in this video game heavy metal anymore, as there are plenty of tabletop games other than Vampire that would do well in this format.
Very heavy on the gothic side, obviously, bands like Tiamat and Lacuna Coil isle of capri casino grand bahama island present on the soundtrack, as those groups were big with the goth crowd in the late '90s and early '00s back when White Wolf and Vampire: The Masquerade had more of a cult following.
There were some interesting diversions from that genre though, like Al Jourgensen's Ministry composing and video game heavy metal the title track "Bloodlines.
The game's music was strong enough that the soundtrack was even released as a separate CD in an era well source digital platforms like GOG were routinely offering soundtracks with the game.
Metal Tales: Fury Of The Guitar Gods A very new offering, this nifty little indie gem just dropped in November of 2016 via Steam and is notable for the inclusion of an all-underground metal soundtrack.
While saving the souls of metal heads at a local club, a festival campground, and even the depths of hell itself you'll hear tunes from Diego Teksuo, Despite, Persefone, A Breach of Silence, Striker, Hyperion, Hyde Abbey, Legacy of Brutality, and Nameless Day Ritual.
Seeing that track listing for the first video game heavy metal when the game was announced was a particularly proud moment for us here at Metalunderground, considering we've been covering quite a few of those bands for years.
For a fun top-down diversion with a pulse-pounding backing soundtrack, you can't really go wrong here.
Check out our full review of the PC game.
Death Goat The amazingly titled Death Goat which is probably also a band name, or if it isn't yet, it should be is another one with a killer soundtrack that will strongly appeal to our readers in particular.
This simple indie entry launched in the summer of 2016 and splashes just absolutely bucket after bucket of blood with twin-stick shooter gameplay.
Be warned if you give it a try though - this one's punishingly hard in a very old school way and has some serious grind if you want to get all the achievements.
The Metronomicon An amusing blend of RPG and rhythm music game think DDR, but minus the dancing and while battling enemiesmuch of the Metronomicon's music is more on the video game heavy metal club side, but there are reasons for metal fans to check it out beyond cross-genre interest.
Fallout Brotherhood of Steel Diverging from the typical Fallout experience of more recent games that stick with '40s and '50s music to evoke an old timey feel, the console spin-off Brotherhood Of Steel was notable for including tracks from Skinlab, Meshuggah, Slipknot, Chimaira, and Killswitch Engage.
It may not have gone over well with series fans in the review department, but the musical score was on point.
Although not particularly metal, the ambient soundtrack to the lesser known Fallout Tactics will also be of interest to metal fans, with some truly video game heavy metal combat and exploration music.
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