Games Meet Metal: November 2009

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Rob Halford: Metal God, Gamer

It's become public knowledge that most metal touring bands turn into gaming nerds when they're in their tour bus. When you're tour takes you through the gazillion corn fields of the midwest, you just need something to pass the time.

Still you'd think that the older set of metal guys wouldn't touch the stuff. I can't for the life of me imagine Bruce Dickinson playing Sonic, or Tony Iommi going a few rounds in Final Fantasy. Just doesn't look right, does it?

Well, the Metal God himself, Rob Halford, says different.

The man himself states (via Kotaku), that not only himself, but the whole band likes to warm up before a show with some Wii Sports.

"In Judas Priest, we actually play the games in the dressing room, Generally before a show. Just to get in the mood for the excitement and the energy for what we're gonna do.However, at our stately metal god time of life, we tend to do the Nintendo bowling. And the golfing. If there's any energy left after the show, we get into the boxing mode."

While Wii Sports doesn't give Priest hard core gamer cred, it is a start. In the meantime, can someone please introduce these guys to Halo or Street Fighter? Punching and shooting people in the face sounds like a better pre-show warm-up  than whacking a ball with an imaginary putter.

An Open Letter to the Makers or Guitar/DJ/Band Hero

Dear Red Octane/Neversoft/Activision,


No seriously, knock it off. It's getting ridiculous. You really feel the need to sell three huge boxsets this holiday season, in addition to each release as a stand-alone title? Five games. Really? You're basically killing your own market share with that many titles. It doesn't make any sense! I mean, I love Guitar Hero as much as any other metalhead out there (While I'm here let me take this brief moment to thank you for making Guitar Hero: Metallica) but enough is enough already.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Review of 3 SNES oldies

Super Mario All Stars- Released in 1993, SMAS is a collection featuring all of the NES Mario games in a new colorful, 16 bit coat of paint. Also included is the Japanese version Super Mario Bros 2, which up until that point had never been released in America. For those not in the know, Nintendo of America originally declined to release the Japanese SMB 2 in the States because of its jaw-dropping difficulty and nearly identical gameplay, levels, and story to the previous Super Mario Bros. Instead they took the unrelated Doki Doki Panic, a platformer that played nothing like the Mario Bros series, and injected it into a familiar Super Mario backdrop.

I know it's late, but cut a brother some slack.. by Amebix720

I've been a busy boy as of late working on stuff for school. It just so happened that Modern Warfare 2 dropped during a week where I also had a 17 page essay due for one of my classes. Guess which one took up more of my free time? If you said Modern Warfare 2, you would be correct! If you tell my teacher, I'll kill you.

Modern Warfare 2 has been out for almost two weeks now, and having finished the campaign mode, I must say it is the best that the series has to offer. I just liked the fact that your character was fighting on American soil. It had this creepy 24 feel to it, without the Fox News undertones. You start off by playing a private in the U.S. Army who, due to his talents in the field, is able to join up with the C.I.A. and infiltrate this Russian ultra nationalist's camp. Well, you've all seen or played the airport level by now (unless you chose to skip it) and you know where it goes from there.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Devin Townsend's Addicted!: Another Disturbying Review

Addicted! (exclamation mark included) is the second release in the mysterious Devin Townsend Project, which is the brainchild of Strapping Young Lad's founder/frontman.... Devin Townsend. The reason why it is so mysterious is that each record attempts to flesh out a piece of Mr. Devy's identity. After taking a year off from writing, Devin Townsend sat down with a guitar and came up with 60 songs that fit into four distinct music styles. Devin decided to seek out a specific set of musicians to help him bring each style to life on four different albums and release them under the name, Devin Townsend Project. With Ki (the first release of the DTP) Devin succeeded in stepping away from his extreme metal shadow and revealing a side of him that is calm, melodic and peaceful. The record explores a number of different themes from Devin's past addictions to his new found self-control. However, Devin turns a complete 180 with Addicted!, at least in a musical sense.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

It's like Devil May Cry, but on crack and with boobies

 I was the lucky recipient of an early access code to the demo of Sega's AAA action title, Bayonetta. Actually, I was considering my level of luck here. After seeing a few game screens, I was really skeptical, almost to the point of being cynical. Every screen I saw, the same thought kept creeping up: "Yow, this thing is just too damn stylish fo me. I just don't think I would ever play it."

Well hey, guess what? I'm a cynical douchebag. I'm also completely wrong.

You want a quick opinion of the demo? How about "complete eye-gasm?".

Want a God of War III demo key? How about an ODST theme?

Good fortune smiles upon you today, as us here at GMM Central have aquired two pass keys, one for the E3 God of War III demo for the Playstation 3, and the other for a Halo ODST premium theme for the Xbox 360! The best part is that these can be yours for free! Yep, it's our first official giveaway so we'll keep the rules simple. Just shoot an email over to and put the name of the prize you want to win in the email's title. Only one entry per person, all others get thrown in a dumpster. On Monday, November 23rd, we'll let some random hobo pick a winner and we'll email them the pass key they asked for.

Good luck to everyone who enters!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Megadeth and Slayer make nice-nice, decide to make money off each other.

Okay, last bit about Slayer for awhile. Honest. Pinky swear, okay?

News of Slayer and Megadeth touring the world together may be old news now, but nothing has been said about an American version..... until yesterday. The two titans will be doing the U.S. proud when they start decimating cities early next year on the American Carnage. As a little icing on the cake, they'll be bringing their old buddies Testament on the road with them. Ladies and Germs, that's about the closest we'll come to a modern day Clash of the Titans tour. Plus, there's gonna be a limited amount of $10 tickets going on sale, so snag those bad boys up quick!

Now this is one of the positives of capitolism. If you ever put both these bands in the same room, there's a pretty good chance that there's gonna ba an honest-to-goodness fistfight between Dave Mustaine and Kerry King. Or the universe will implode due to the proximity of their egos. One or the other. However, with the economy the way it is, and the very real money making possibility of the tour itself, both bands will keep their distance from one another while in the arenas and entertain the fan's craziest wet metal dreams.

Here's the real question: how long will it take Metallica to realize what a money coup it would be to take all these guys on tour and even add in Anthrax for fun?

Answer: who knows? Ain't like it's ever gonna happen...... maybe.

Is the God of War series the Slayer of the gaming world?

A recent trip to the local Gamestop netted me a code to download the God of War III demo, thanks to a reservation for the super sweet deluxe edition .After gettong about half way through, a realization hit me: I could really go for a sandwich. One trip to the kitchen later, another realization smacked me in the face: forgot the OJ. Then, as I sit back in my recliner, continuing to commit mass genocide via Kratos's blades, a third realization gave me a swift kick in the schmeckie, and it went something like this:

"Wow, GOW III is pretty much like the other GOW games, and I dont mind one damn bit." Taking a big honking bite of my pastrami on rye with mayo and swigging back some sweet citrus nectar, I though about how familiar that sounded. That's when Slayer's Raining Blood popped in my noggin, and it all made sense.

Monday, November 16, 2009

8-bit Metal Mondays-Pulling a switcheroo

Nerdy metal fans aren't just doing bleepy 8-bit Youtube tributes to their fave bands. They're also froming full-on bands and banging out covers of their fave video game themes! One of the most popular is Metroid Metal, and they play exactly what you think they play. Here's a metal rendition of Ridley's theme.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

NyxQuest: The Unofficial Kid Icarus 3

Thank Satan for WiiWare/PSN/XBLA. These 3 built in downloadable services (for Wii, PS3, and 360 respectively) allow upstart developers to release unique, smaller budget games that probably wouldn't see the light of day otherwise. NyxQuest is a product of this new movement, and is also one of the very best Wii titles of the year.

Formerly known as Icarian: Kindred Spirits, NyxQuest is seemingly an homage to Nintendo's classic Kid Icarus series. The last KI game came out on Game Boy in the early 90's, and has been largely ignored ever since. You could almost (emphasis on almost, of course) consider this the 3rd Kid Icarus game Nintendo should have released since the last one came out over 15 years ago.

Friday, November 13, 2009

For the Prog lover in you....

This band is really fucking awesome. If you get a chance to pick up any of their work, it is highly suggested.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Excitebike World Rally: Another Disturbying Review

Background: 1985 is a pretty big year for pop culture. In movies you had Back to the Future, The Goonies, Rocky IV, and The Breakfast Club. In music you had the enormous Live Aid benefit concert, Megadeth's Killing Is My Business... and Business is Good!, Exodus' Bonded in Blood, Anthrax's Spreading the Disease and a bunch of Hair Metal from the likes of Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, Twisted Sister, W.A.S.P. and White Lion. And in video games you had the release of the Nintendo Entertainment System in North America and Excitebike was a launch title. Here we are 24 years later and we are treated to a brand new update of the classic side-scrolling, motocross game that we all know and love that you can download through Nintendo's WiiWare service.

Monday, November 9, 2009

8-bit Metal Monday: Because I Don't Have Much of a Better Idea at the Moment

Seriously, I've been drawing blanks all day on everything. Math, breathing, standing up straight, all gone to the wind. So we're just gonna keep it simple. Enjoy the bleepy Metallica.

Double Brutal: Another Disturbyng Review

First, I should give everyone a brief history of the band in case you are unfamiliar with this epic act. This is the second release for Austrian Death Machine, following last year's Total Brutal. It is the result of Tim Lambesis' boredom/downtime from As I Lay Dying (Tim is founding member/lead singer). He rented a bunch of Arnold Schwarzenegger flicks, wrote down his favourite quotes and then wrote some songs about them. He even went so far as to get a friend of his to do an Arnold impression and contribute to each song. On the first record you can hear songs like Come With Me If You Want to Live, I Am a Cybernetic Organism, Living Tissue Over (Metal) Endoskeleton, and the single Get to tha Choppa. The tagline for Total Brutal was "A Guitar Solo in every song!" and they did not disappoint. Also, between songs the listener is subjected to fairly humorous conversations between Tim and Ahhhnold. Thankfully, the formula has not changed in Double Brutal.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Why, it's lootastic!!

Man oh man, I love me some loot. I approached Borderlands with a great deal of skepticism having played last year's Fallout 3 literally, until I don't ever want to play it again. Was I ready for another post apocalyptic FPS with a side of story? Well as it turns out, yes I was.

Borderlands really has no story to it. It involves a prophecy about a vault and how it holds many treasures. The game tasks you with finding said vault and well, that's about it. There are a myriad of side quests that do little more than either get you an item which is somewhat unique or nabs you experience points. The NPC's you meet along the way do very little to open up the background story of Pandora (which is the planet you are on) but once again, I would argue that this doesn't really matter because this game is all about killing things and grabbing loot.

Slayer World Painted Blood Deluxe Edition Review

Ladies and germs, here is your mandated public service announcement:


Instead, this is an examination of the deluxe edition goodies and if they're worth the extra moolah they're asking.

Special editions are the norm now. Every big band or game developer does a more expensive special edition of their big releases to give the hardcore fans a little extra for a bit (or sometimes, a lot) extra cash. It also gives the company another reason to get the consumer to buy a physical copy of a game or cd. Someone buying it will be less likely to pirate it, you see. Even though the special edition has become the norm, hardly anyone has given them a good skeptical overview. Most reviewers just kind of brush them off as simple extras. But if you're contemplating getting that prestige edition of Modern Warfare 2 for $150, you'd kind of like to know if those night vision goggles work properly, right?

Friday, November 6, 2009

Now Loading.......

Having been a huge Tekken fan since the game first appeared in the arcade, it would be reasonable to say that I have been anticipating Tekken 6 since it was first announced forever and a day ago. So when I finally got my hands on it, I can now say Fuck you Namco Bandai. What the hell did you do to my beloved fighting game series?

When I put the game in my PS3 I was greeted with a mandatory system update which thankfully was included on the disk itself. Ok, I'm kind of used to system updates having had my Playstation shortly after launch. Once the game loaded, I was greeted with one of the many "Now Loading" screens that Tekken 6 has to offer. I figured that installing the game (which is optional) would cut down on the amount of loading screens. Boy, was I ever wrong.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Faith/Void (first review)

This one is slightly rushed, as I'm currently juggling between this and a research paper for school. Work with me here, fellas.

The Faith/Void split, released in the early 80's, compiles two DC hardcore bands that have only achieved regional adoration during their short tenure. Yep, this means I'm reviewing two bands. The Faith occupies the lion's share of the disc (tracks 1-12 and 25-31); while Void have 12 short bursts sandwiched in between. I will start with the Faith.

8-bit Metal Monday: Cough! Hack! Wheeze!

Ugh, working a 14-hour shift at a pizza place on Halloween is not good for the body. Then contracting something during the shift just makes it even worse. Blarg. Needless to say, my ability to move is at a big low right now. Oh well, gives me more time to dick around on my 360 and PS3. Maybe I'll get super lucky and the new Slayer will pop up in my mailbox today. Eh whatever, time to get medicated.

Speaking of medication, here's some bleeps and bloops covering Mudvayne's "Dig" from their LD 50 album.