It's no surprise that video games and heavy music can make for a perfect pairing. They both tick a lot of the same boxes, after all - heart-pounding adrenaline, demonic themes and a decent helping of violence have been the basis for many games and bands over the years.
These days, the video game industry is reportedly bigger than both the global film and music industries combined, which will undoubtedly continue to grow as technology advances and game developers can realise their visions with much more ease.
With Sony's Playstation 5, Microsoft's new Xbox Series X and a wave of exciting PC graphics cards right around the corner, what better time than to take a look back at some of the most metal video games of all time!
Twisted Metal 2 (1996)
The concept of demolition derby in a game is already an exciting prospect, but throw in power-ups, ballistic weapons and a soundtrack full of metal riffs, and you've got yourself a winning combo!
Twisted Metal 2 is arguably the best entry to the long-running franchise, and although it's now almost 25 years old, it's still an absolute blast to jump in and mess everyone up with napalm, missiles and other tools of mindless destruction to be the last car standing.
If you're finding the graphics too ancient to deal with, you can pick up a re-mastered Twisted Metal: Black on Playstation 4.
Brtal Legend (2009)
Let's be honest - Brtal Legend might be the most metal game of all time. Jack Black plays the main character Eddie Riggs, a roadie transported to a fantasy world inspired by metal album cover artwork, who uses battleaxes, flying-V guitars and more as a weapons to cast spells and fight off hordes of beasts.
Throw in awesome gameplay, voice acting work and characters based on some of metal's biggest icons including Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead), Rob Halford (Judas Priest) and Ozzy Osbourne, plus a soundtrack of over 100 licensed songs across countless metal subgenres, and you've got yourself a winner.
Doom (All Versions, 1993-2020)
When it comes to demon-slaying, portals to hell and gratuitous violence, Doom is absolutely iconic. Doom paved the way for the first-person-shooters genre in the early 1990's alongside Wolfenstein 3D, with games like Quake and Duke Nukem 3D following suit a few years later.
The original Doom basically harnessed the musical energy from bands like Cannibal Corpse and Slayer, who had already gained some serious attention by the time of its release.
While some Doom titles failed to reach the same benchmark over the years, the recent re-boots DOOM (2016) and DOOM Eternal (2020) set the bar higher with some of the most fast-paced, violent and fun demon-slaying ever seen. Aussie composer Mick Gordon's heart-stopping mix of djent and EDM serves as the perfect backing music to rip the face off a weak little grunt (check out the heavy metal choir he put together for DOOM Eternal!).
Guitar Hero II/III (2006, 2007)
Guitar Hero was a revolution that took the video game by storm throughout the later half of the 2000's, thrusting a guitar into the hands of budding rockstars and allowing people of all ages to play along with an endless list of heavy bangers from bands like Killswitch Engage, All That Remains, Slipknot and literally hundreds more.
New franchises like Rock Band built upon the winning formula by adding the ability to play drums, sing and play bass with friends, but Guitar Hero 2 and 3 had some of the best songs on its soundtrack at the time (Guitar Hero 3 was also the highest-grossing game of its generation).
While the skills required to master Guitar Hero didn't exactly translate over to a real guitar, the franchise served as a gateway to heavy music for millions of people around the world, and we love it for that.
Killing Floor 2 (2016)
Killing Floor 2 is another first-person shooter, but this one sees up to six people join forces to survive waves of zombies while scrambling to upgrade your character, fortify your defenses and run away from huge, stalking bosses.
Like Doom, there's something inherently metal about maiming grotesque creatures, and the excellent gunplay here makes you feel like a complete badass - even if you need to play a bit more clever. A killer soundtrack consisting of bands like Fit For A King, Demon Hunter and Living Sacrifice make this one an absolute blast, especially if you can round up a group of friends to play with you.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1/2 (1999, 2000 + 2020 Remake)
Like Guitar Hero, the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series is one of the most iconic and best-selling in all of video game history, simultaneously introducing massive audiences to some great punk, hardcore and metal music.
The first two games had legendary soundtracks including the likes of Powerman 5000, Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies and Papa Roach along with tons of other classic skate punk bands like Millencolin, Bad Religion and Lagwagon.
And yep, the two games have literally just been released as a ground-up remake on PS4 and Xbox One with most of the original soundtrack intact, along with a myriad of new additions. The days of ordering pizza, cracking a beer and playing THPS are upon us once again, friends!
Devil May Cry (2001-2020)
Devil May Cry has always been one of the most over-the-top video game franchises around, primarily hacking and slashing your way through hordes of demons as the demon hunter Dante.
The series established its edgy and gothic tone with the first entry in 2001, and has developed some serious attitude since with huge weapons, grotesque enemies, countless smug one-liners and some great metal backing music.
2019's Devil May Cry 5 - the latest DMC title - is an absolute masterclass in stylish hack-and-slash action, but it's not for those looking for an easy experience. A heavy, gritty and experimental soundtrack gets the pulse racing as you string flashy combos together like an unstoppable badass.