Hey all, we’ve got an inside look at a new game that has currently hit Steam. It’s called Metal Tales: Fury of the Guitar Gods. In this “metal shoot-em’-up” you’ll be saving your metal bros from some mysterious ancient evil.  Published by Nubero Games, an indie game publisher with a few titles currently on Steam. This game was recommended by a great friend of SweatPants gaming and a great source for anything indie gaming – @ghettogamer you can find him on Twitter.

Just going to be honest here for a moment, when I heard it was based around metal music I wasn’t exactly hyped since I really haven’t listened to anything close to metal since high school. Metal doesn’t get much play time in the Sweatpants Den. Don’t get me wrong I don’t hate on metal and I certainly don’t hate on rock, but the heavier stuff is just not my scene. Nevertheless, after checking out a video, I thought the gameplay and graphics looked dope as hell and I was excited to check it out. They say it’s a game by metalheads for metalheads – well let’s see what a non-metal head thinks.

Graphics:

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They really remind me of Guitar Heroes graphics up close. It’s a totally different type of game, but the character models do like pretty similar in my opinion. They are nice looking 3D graphics which do pop on your screen. There are several well-designed characters to choose from. The NPCs within the game look great as well. There are a lot of bright reds, purples, and other colors that will jump out at you. Things on-screen can get chaotic, but I never lost track of what where we were or anything like that, so that is always nice. Some games it just gets too wild and you can’t make sense of what is going on, but I never had that feeling here.

Gameplay:

It’s a classic top-down shooter that most people will be familiar with. You’ll fight through procedurally generated levels, going from room to room shooting enemies and collecting any power-ups you may find along the way. The goal is to defeat the boss and then move on to the next stage. The controls are simple and easy to learn. Also, quick side note, even not being a metal fan, the original soundtrack definitely made an impression on me and I will also say it does its job of getting you hyped throughout the sometimes frantic gameplay. Kudos to the soundtrack.

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The actions are straightforward you shoot, shoot, shoot and then shoot some more. Don’t get me wrong there are plenty of intricacies, but even those are straightforward. You do have an ultimate move of sorts – you can summon your bandmates when you’re in some serious trouble.  It has full controller support which is always a nice option. It also offers local Co-op which sometimes seems like it’s a thing of the past, but I always like when games have the option because no one can deny it is more fun to play co-op in person. It brings back that feeling we all had as kids like, you know, actually having to hang out with one another to play a specific game together.

There a bunch of collectibles in the game which adds a little bonus throughout the game. All the rockers out there will love it, they’ll have you searching for guitars, picks, strings and other similar items. I won’t lie, I lost track of time a few times while playing Metal Tales which is usually a good sign.

Give it a look if you’re into Metal, and even if you’re not it’s a fun time-killer that can get you lost in the world of metal.

Check it out and rock out with your sweats on!