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Metal: Hellsinger – Zero Punctuation


This week in Zero Punctuation, Yahtzee reviews Metal: Hellsinger.

For more major games Yahtz has reviewed lately, check out Soul Hackers 2, The Mortuary Assistant, Saints Row, Fashion Police Squad, Stray, No Man’s Sky (in 2022), and Elden Ring.

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You might look at those speedrun and gimmick run streamers all competing to beat Dark Souls or Ocarina of Time the fastest or without using weapons or with a Guitar Hero controller or with both arms tied to the back legs of a nervous horse and think such people are fucking freaks. And be entirely right. But when you think about it, hasn’t finding more elaborate ways to do the same old shit, been the essence of gameplay innovation over the years? What’s an FPS if not just playing Space Invaders with blinkers on? What’s Wii Sports if not just playing Pong while trying to give yourself carpal tunnel syndrome? And then we have games like Metal Hellsinger, which asks, can you beat Doom Eternal while also playing the drums and while a vocalist constantly bellows into your ears like Cookie Monster stubbing his toe on a doorframe? Metal Hellsinger isn’t quite a dry heave scenario, but it does feel like Hellsinger by itself would have worked perfectly well as a name. Maybe they’re planning to do a few more of these. Opera Hellsinger. Whiny Indie Rock Hellsinger. Disney Princess songs Hellsinger, emphasis on the Hell.

About the author

Yahtzee Croshaw
Yahtzee is the Escapist’s longest standing talent, having been writing and producing its award winning flagship series, Zero Punctuation, since 2007. Before that he had a smattering of writing credits on various sites and print magazines, and has almost two decades of experience in game journalism as well as a lifelong interest in video games as an artistic medium, especially narrative-focused. He also has a foot in solo game development - he was a big figure in the indie adventure game scene in the early 2000s - and writes novels. He has six novels published at time of writing with a seventh on the way, all in the genres of comedic sci-fi and urban fantasy. He was born in the UK, emigrated to Australia in 2003, and emigrated again to California in 2016, where he lives with his wife and daughters. His hobbies include walking the dog and emigrating to places.