Remember the DOOM meme “a music album with a free game”? Well, the Metal DLC: Hellsinger is not far from that.
I recently had the opportunity to play The Dream of the Beast, which is what the new Metal DLC: Hellsinger is called. In case that doesn’t sound like much to you, the game I’m talking about is basically DOOM, only with Alissa White-Gluz in the background and shooting to the beat to do more damage. It was released in the fall of last year, and at the time of writing these lines it accumulates an average of 97% positive ratings in Steam reviews; The mere thought of it not winning Best Soundtrack at the 2022 Game Awards afflicts and disturbs me.
To make amends for that healing debt a bit, I’ll tell you that the game itself not only sounds amazing, but it’s also really fun: it makes you give 100% of yourself during the game and make your palms sweat, but all that it becomes super rewarding the moment you see your results on the leaderboards. And if you are one of those who enjoy competing, then you will surely like to know that there is also a strategic component Pretty cool when it comes to managing score multipliers during the game. That’s fine, let’s go.
Going back to hell on the occasion of the DLC, the panorama that I have found is a somewhat better one —it is not that it has changed radically or anything— than it was when I finished it in its day: with The Dream of the Beast we do not have new playable levels , which is quite understandable in a content of just four euros of value; but yes a new weapon, two debut songs and three skins for our protagonist (the Unknown) each with an exclusive attribute. In parallel, there is a free update with additional functions.
That last one, as I told you, brings with it a song selector for each mission and some improvements to the compatibility with mods of the game, in such a way that it is now possible -among other things- to change the exact sound of each beat. Is this a before and after for the health of the game? No, especially considering that in Nexus Mods there is not much community material published at the moment, and of what there is, the most interesting thing is to bring “*text muted* Trigger” and “The only thing they fear is you” to the musical repertoire of each level; but it’s still great news.
That being said, the new Metal: Hellsinger songs are signed by Two Feathers (as always) and the honorary singer-collaborators Will Ramos by Lorna Shora on the track “Leviathan”, and Cristina Scabbia from Lacuna Coil in “Dream of the Beast”, lending its name to the complete downloadable. Both tracks can be assigned to any of the eight existing hells, from Voke to Sheol (saving only the tutorial) using the new selector mentioned above. Neither of the two novelties is available for bosses, yes.
The new clues are great, but they are only worth as a main theme for any hell: they are excluded from the tutorial, the bosses and the torments
A couple of limitations a bit “meh”, but the truth is that they are great topics and that, like the others, come perfectly spun with the dynamic mix that accompanies the action. It’s almost poetic that at this point there is still a relatively large game where the reward for playing well is listening to the vocalists, don’t you think? On the other hand, I also find it interesting to mention that the skills associated with the new skins only give alternative uses to the x16 boosters that are scattered around, so it is not a pay-to-win.
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