The Top 10 Most Metal Games of 2022

From surviving otherworldly Giger-like hellscapes to facing endless death in the Lands Between, these are the most heavy metal games of 2022.
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Few things go together as perfectly as heavy metal and video games.

Whether it’s a kick-ass soundtrack or a game that explores environments that look straight out of an album cover, there are a lot of ways heavy metal intersects with gaming. That in mind, we look back on the most metal video games of 2022, from hellish treks set to heavy metal soundtracks to open-world crawls straight out of a power metal lyric.

Contributions by John Hill and Michael Pementel 

Bayonetta 3

Bayonetta 3 is the latest in PlatinumGames’ ultra-violent and ultra-sexy series following the titular character hacking and slashing her way through hordes of enemies. With an insanely fluid combat system, you’ll feel godly helping Bayonetta and Viola strike down all that try to fight them. John Hill

Crisis Core – Final Fantasy VII – Reunion 

A remake of the insanely underrated PSP game, Crisis Core – Final Fantasy VII – Reunion is an excellent way to relive the FFVII prequel in newly high-def glory. The game follows SOLDIER member Zack Fair’s quest to find Angeal Hewley, along the way acquainting gamers with favorites like Cloud and Sephiroth in a highly kinetic action RPG achievement. JH

Elden Ring

Another entry in the Souls franchise, Elden Ring may be the most epic adventure that FromSoftware has developed thus far. This breathtaking fantasy world pulls inspiration from grimdark fantasy such as the manga Berserk, as well as from the mind of George R.R. Martin, and features a tremendous wealth of terrifying and captivating foes. The Lands In Between will push your skills beyond their limits. Michael Pementel 

Evil Dead The Game

A multiplayer experience that brings together all the love, charm, and creepiness of the Evil Dead franchise. This is a perfect horror experience where you and your friends strive to complete objectives while battling hordes of Deadites. Playing the Evil Dead game this year gets us extra excited for the new Evil Dead movie coming out. MP

God of War Ragnarok

Following the story of the 2018 game, God of War Ragnarök is a stellar action game building on the franchise’s foundation. We find Kratos and Atreus dealing with the latter’s newfound power growing out of control and the father-son duo bonding in a brutal new entry for the series. JH

Metal: Hellsinger 

It’s not often you see a first-person shooter merged with a rhythm game, but Metal: Hellsinger does it in stride, with one of the most kickass soundtracks backing it. Players fight swarms of hellish demons while shooting to the rhythm of each song on the game’s soundtrack, which features appearances by System of a Down’s Serj Tankian, Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe, Jinjer’s Tatiana Shmailyuk and more. JH

Neon White

In a year of excellent shooters, Neon White stands out from the pack thanks to its very specific attitude and aesthetic. It’s one of the fastest games of the year, merging Mirror’s Edge like parkour with ability-card-based shooting mechanics. For speed freaks only. JH


If you’ve ever wanted to explore an HR-Giger-inspired hellworld, you need to check out Scorn. With no real intro or background information, players are thrown into a biomechanical hellscape filled with puzzles and numerous questions. Be warned: the shooting mechanics aren’t the smoothest, but in a Silent Hill sort of way, it ties into the helplessness and fear you find yourself in. JH

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge

Having grown up playing the ‘90s TMNT arcade game, Shredder’s Revenge has made for a powerful experience of nostalgia (while also bringing welcoming modern touches). This is easily one of the best party games of the year. MP

Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands

A first-person shooter from the world of Borderlands that embraces a Dungeons & Dragons vibe? Hell yes. Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands delivers on its premise and playing in its fantasy sci-fi world has been nothing short of a blast. MP

Beyond video games, here are the card and TTRPGs that felt especially important this year:

Dungeons & Dragons

A classic that many folks possibly discovered for the first time this year thanks to the likes of Stranger Things. Dungeons & Dragons will always be the ultimate party game; an experience where you and your friends can be anyone you want, venture into magical places, and battle against a plethora of terrifying foes. Dungeons & Dragons is the ultimate fantasy game. MP

Flesh And Blood

If you are into fantasy trading card games and have yet to check out Flesh And Blood, we absolutely recommend you give it a try! Featuring a plethora of fascinating mechanics, you are able to build a deck around a particular hero and customize them with their own equipment and weapons. While we are big fans of Magic The Gathering, Flesh And Blood really won our hearts over this year. MP

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