Metal: Hellsinger, the high-speed headbanging FPS from Hell, features a "great soundtrack and well-integrated rhythmic combat," we said in our 78% review (opens in new tab). But what's a poor gamer to do if they want to rock out against the hordes of Hades but, well, they really just don't care for metal?
Enter the power of mods. Announced today by The Outsiders and Funcom, Metal: Hellsinger's free modding tool enables users to insert their own music into the game, and make it react appropriately to the player's performance. Want to be a K-Pop Killer? A Disco Death Machine? An EDM MDK? All things, at least insofar as musical massacres go, are possible.
To rock out with your mods out, you'll need Metal: Hellsinger on Steam (opens in new tab) or Ga (opens in new tab)m (opens in new tab)e Pass (opens in new tab)—either the full game or the free demo will do—and a copy of FMOD Studio (opens in new tab). With that in hand, head over to metalhellsinger.com/modding (opens in new tab) and snag the modding package itself: It's 383MB in size, so not too bulky. You'll also find a modding tutorial there, which explains the basics of the process.
A few points of note: You'll need to use the FMOD Studio template provided by The Outsiders (a blank FMOD Studio project won't work), all FMOD features should work but some "may have side effects" that could impact performance, and the music you use needs to have a fixed beats-per-minute because Metal: Hellsinger doesn't currently have runtime beat detection and so can't adjust to tempo changes on the fly. (Sorry, prog fans.)
Here's a crash course video:
The mod tools open the door to all kinds of new genres in Metal: Hellsinger, and despite the BPM limitation, which I hope will be addressed in a future update, the results as seen in the Jazz: Bebopswinger video at the top of the page speaks for itself. It's a little thematically jumbled, sure—basically the videogame equivalent of Charlie Parker covering Dream Evil, which, yeah, it's kinda weird—but it works! To me, that's pretty metal.
Update: Funcom initially indicated that Metal: Hellsinger mods could be shared through Steam Workshop, but that's not actually the case. For now, developers are looking into adding Steam Workshop support "at a later time."