Games Meet Metal: February 2013

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Monday, February 25, 2013

8-Bit Metal Mondays: Orion Is A Go

Metallica announced all the details for their Orion Music and More festival today, and it's a landslide of info. The fest, happening on June 8th and 9th in my own back yard of Belle Isle, Michigan, is a mix of metal and non-metal acts spanning across five stages. It's gonna also have a ton of side show attractions, like a Metallica museum, a film fest with flicks picked by Lars himself, a car and bike show, and plenty of other exhibits as well.

At it's heart, Orion is about music, and the line-up here is pretty strong. First are the headliners, with Metallica closing the show on the second night and the Red Hot Chili Peppers taking the first night. Then it's a mix of bands like the Deftones, Gogol Bordello, All Shall Perish, Dropkick Murphys, Battlecross, and a wide assortment of other bands. It's a collection for everyone.

Tickets are a bit pricey at $150 for a two day pass and $750 VIP passes for those who feel they have money to burn. However, for Metallica to play a festival in one's own neighborhood, I think I can pass up a few games to see this event.

You can find out more about tix and all the acts at As for right now, enjoy some bleepy Metallica goodness.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

8-Bit Metal Mondays: Slice That Bitch Up!

After having two stinkers for games in a row, I'm starting to get very pessimistic. It takes a lot to get me upset, or even angry. And yet, here it is, happening twice in as many weeks. Now tomorrow, I'm supposed to pick up the new Metal Gear game, Rising: Revengeance. Now, I've played several demos of the game already, and I like what I've played. Of course, I also played demos of Dead Space 3 and Aliens: Colonial Marines and they all seemed okay. Then I bought them, and played them to completion. Now I'm mad all over again.

Still, Metal Gear is a series that hasn't disappointed me yet. Even with the switch to a heavy action stance compared to the sneaking of old, I have high hopes. After all, the guys who made the new Metal Gear also made Vanquish, and that game was tits! Of course, they also made Bayonetta, and that was a little too much about the tits.

And now the old drill, with Metal Gear gone all metal bleepy.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Two Bad Games, One Winner

These past couple weeks, I've had the misfortune of buying two high profile video games that turned out to be total clunkers: Dead Space 3 and Aliens: Colonial Marines. Both were high profile, both got tons of advertising, and both ended up tanking. DS3 was considered bland compared to it's horror-specific previous entries, while A: CO was flat out considered to be released too early in development. In fact, Alien's press has been so bad (stories of developer woes and knowledge that the game was gonna bomb before release have been all over the web), that it's actually taken the heat off of Dead Space for the time being.

Now, let's pose the question: which pile of excrement would you actually play if they were your only choices? Let's break these games down into several categories and let's see who wins the shit-covered crown.

Note: I'll only be comparing the single-player mode for these comparisons. While Aliens does have a decent online multiplayer mode and main mission co-op, Dead Space 3 just opted for the co-op. I did try to play DS co-op, but every jerk I teamed up with bailed on me in search of loot. So please, blame them.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

8-bit Metal Mondays: A Wii U We Will Have

Aw fuckbuckets. Been having a week of stressful job hunting, and I  forgot my usual Monday duties. I personally blame the economy. Hell, I blame EVERYTHING on the economy. Of course, it can't fight back, and thus I feel superior. Speaking of which, I need a crown. Superiority requires shiny headgear!

As the title would suggest, I am now the the owner of Nintendo's console du jour, the Wii U. Thank you to my tax refund for the purchase. As I sat down after hooking the whole shibang together, I came away with these thoughts:

1. The Wii U Gamepad is still a joy to hold. I remember clasping an early build of it at E3 2011 back when it had two analog sliders. Now those sliders have become actual clickable thumbsticks and feel so much better. Too bad I don't have any games for it. Well, not really, which leads me to...\

2. I picked up the deluxe edition because I wanted some decent hard drive space, the rechargeable dock for the Gamepad, and BLACK IS EVIL!!!!!! It also came with Nintendoland, the Wii Sports of our generation. At all the convention spots I went to and tried to enjoy these obvious demos, I just couldn't. Even on the privacy of my own home, it's obvious that these damn party games just aren't my style. Anyways, when I have friends over, I usually break out Street Fighter, not a bunch of Wiimotes.

Still, even though I can only play my older Wii games and Virtual Console titles for now, it's the promise of the future games incoming that made me pursue my purchase.

Now, as far as I know, there aren't any Wii U bleepy metal tunes. That is, unless, I'm either blind or deaf. Instead, enjoy these metalized Mario and Zelda tunes.

Monday, February 4, 2013

8-Bit Metal Mondays: Cannibal Corpse Admit They're Old, Decide To Keep Being Awesome Anyways


See that up there? Beautiful, isn't it. Just makes you want to plant tulips, and use the blood of the forsaken for fertilizer.

Cannibal Corpse is putting put this glorious career-spanning box set next month on March 19th to celebrate their 25th anniversary. Fuck man, one of the founding death metal bands is a quarter of a century old. Not only does that make them old, it makes me feel like a grandfather. However, even though the years are piling on them, CC aren't about to stop anytime soon, First, the box set itself contains every album the band has produced, a live cd with the vinyl equivalent, graphic prints of all the album covers, and a calendar. A very bloody calendar. Hang it in your kid's room. They'll thank you for the nightmares later.

Cannibal Corpse is also going on one hell of a package tour this spring with Napalm Death (!) and Immolation, dates which you can find right here.

Now comes the obvious bit of the column: bleepy remix tunes of Corpse's songs. Watch and listen away.