Metal: Hellsinger is a rhythmic FPS, staying on the beat is an integral part of it. The more musically accurate you are with your shots and kills, the higher your score, the more damage you deal, and most importantly, the more music you enjoy.
If keeping up the pace is a problem for you, the rest of the game will quickly fall apart. We’ve rounded up four of our top tips for improving your rhythm kill ability so you can battle demons across all eight hells.
Be one with the beat
Metal: Hellsinger does a good job of introducing its shoot-to-the-beat mechanics, with the tutorial and opening levels relying on slower songs with more recognizable drumming and less overarching backing. Things pick up speed quickly though, and if you haven’t mastered the pace of fire in the second tier, don’t expect to have an easy time for the rest of the game.
One of the most important things to remember is to listen for the bass drum at the start of a level; most songs begin by highlighting its boom, boom, boom, boom. Focusing on this as you play will help you get through most every level, as many songs don’t deviate from a basic 4/4 time signature.
It’s also important to remember that the crosshairs vibrate to the rhythm of the bass drum, just like the red centers of the puppets found in all hells. Most stages start with puppets in visible range, so watch their midsections to learn the rhythm before letting the balls fly.
Another thing that can be helpful, if a little annoying, is saying the beats out loud (1, 2, 3, 4) while you play, which can help you focus on the middle beat in chaos or pick up the pace if you lose it.
Practice with Paz
The Paz Skull Weapon is the primary way to maintain your fury meter, but more importantly, it allows you to practice perfect shots without needing an enemy to fire. Since the underlying rhythm of a level’s music does not change as sounds become more complex, you can use Paz to get used to the tempo.
Take out Paz and try to string together the perfect hits when you first charge into a level. The music loops endlessly, so take all the time you need to get used to the speed of the music. Head to the first encounter area and test your skills once you feel comfortable. Remember that practicing and performing in the real world are separate things, so if getting into the action throws you off, don’t be discouraged. Persevere.
The first levels of Metal: Hellsinger are the easiest in the game, and the difficulty quickly increases beyond these. Although you won’t be practicing speed as you race through the early levels, you can hardwire the basic mechanics into your brain. As progression is all about deepening your mastery of the music and testing your reflexes, you may hit a wall that will take extra effort to break through, and mastering the early levels will lay the groundwork to do so.
Listen to music outside of a level
You have access to a level’s soundtrack once you’ve cleared it, so if you managed to pass a level but didn’t do as well as you would have liked, go in the Extras section of the Codex and listen to the music free of additional distractions.
Grab a pen or use your feet, hands, or fingers to tap whenever you hear the rhythm of the percussion (bass drum). Take that experience into the level to see how you did and compare your out-of-game experience with how you play. With this comparison in mind, try to determine where the disconnect is. You’ll probably find what you think is the percussion offbeat or something similar, so take more time to practice listening carefully to the music.
Check your audio and visual calibration
Precision controls are key to staying on the beat in Metal: Hellsinger, no matter how hard you play. The developers knew this and provided an audio and visual calibration system, so you know your control scheme is dialed in and precise. If you feel like you’re hitting the beat correctly, but the game isn’t giving you the perfect note, go to settings and run the calibrations again. Depending on how much delay you need, the game can adjust when it records your shots.
Gameplay and music are inseparable in Metal: Hellsinger, so your enjoyment of one is intrinsically linked to the other, as is your skill at playing. Check out our other guides to the game, including the best Sigils and how to maintain your Fury. Our game review is also here for your enjoyment.