Metal: Hellsinger is a beautiful, action-packed, rhythm FPS that follows the story of the Unknown and her journey through the different rhythms of hell. Metal: Hellsinger is one of the best rhythm games released in recent years, and while the campaign is short, each level is jam-packed with a breathtaking atmosphere and a devilish soundtrack.
Whether you are a veteran, or a newcomer to rhythm games, our beginners guide to Metal: Hellsinger will start you off on the right beat when you step into the game.
Beginners Should Check their Audio and Video Calibration Before Diving into Metal: Hellsinger
Staying on the beat in Metal: Hellsinger is the primary mechanic that ties into your damage, high score, and overall success. If your audio and video are out of sync, you will have an underwhelming experience if you can’t stay on beat. After all, Metal: Hellsinger is a rhythm game, first and foremost before the gunplay.
Take a few minutes at the start of your playthrough to calibrate these settings – you’ll need to begin calibration and tap one button when the lights flash, and you hear a sound. It doesn’t take very long to calibrate fully, and it will significantly impact your experience. If you ever feel like your game is out of sync, you can always return to the options menu and recalibrate.
Don’t Focus on High Scores on First Playthroughs
Focusing on your high score or overall performance is natural when playing rhythm games. However, unlike most rhythm games, we recommend finishing Metal: Hellsingers campaign before worrying about high scores.
There are several reasons why it’s difficult to get high scores on your first playthrough, including learning each song, completing Torments, and mastering the basics of the FPS combat.
Jump & Dodge to the Beat for Even More Power
The Unknown can double-jump and dodge while blasting through dozens of demons. However, did you know if you time your movements to the beat, you travel further? It’s not only your bullets that need to stay on beat, but your movements as well. The Unknown also can perform a series of mid-air dashes that make it easy to cover a lot of ground in a matter of seconds.
Getting airborne and dodging also helps you evade enemy projectiles and stay out of reach of most melee units.
Time Your Reloads
Reloading is just as necessary as dodging and shooting in Metal: Hellsinger. Whenever your weapon gets low on ammunition, you will receive a small prompt next to your crosshair, warning you that you must reload soon.
With every reload, one of the marks on the rhythm indicator will turn gold, and by pressing the reload button on the highlighted marker, you will perform a quick reload.
Failing this reload has no downsides other than waiting through a longer reload animation. That is why we recommend in our Metal: Hellsinger beginners guide to always try for these quick reloads.
Use Paz to Maintain Your Combo
The second weapon you obtain in Metal: Hellsinger is the talking skull, Paz. Paz isn’t the strongest weapon in the Unknown’s arsenal, but they are extremely helpful for maintaining your combo.
Metal: Hellsinger has short preserves between combat sections, and since this is a rhythm game, you need to hit an enemy to maintain your combo meter.
However, Paz is unique because using their primary fire allows you to maintain and build your combo meter in and out of combat. Some levels also have small walking sections before you get into your first engagement, but with Paz, you can start your combo meter before seeing your first demon.
New players reading our Metal: Hellsinger Beginners guide may not be trying to maximize every combo potential. However, as you improve in the game and are looking for more great Metal: Hellsinger tips, you should build skills and use tricks to maximize your combos.
Save Your Power-Ups
Several power-ups and health pick-ups are scattered between the big fighting arenas in Metal: Hellsinger. These power-ups can boost your combo meter to the max, give you health, and have plenty of other useful benefits.
Power-ups are scattered around the different arenas within every level, but their spawns are always the same. Once beginners start to notice their location, it’s easy to remember them in their next playthrough of Metal: Hellsinger.
Much like learning your favorite Halo, or boomer shooter map like Quake, you want to memorize these power-ups and health pick-ups for future runs. However, for your first run, save them or, at the very least, note where they are in case you get hit or need a boost during combat.
The Unknown has taken after the Doom Slayer from DOOM Eternal. Low-health enemies will flash red and white whenever they enter their slaughter state. The slaughter state is Metal: Hellsinger’s version of Glory Kills. Performing an Execute move will dash you to the target, giving you temporary invulnerability frames, health pick-ups, and tons of points.
The Unknown can chain Executions together, rewarding you with lots of invulnerability frames, points, and health. Lastly, you can perform mid-air Executions, which reward more points and have different animations, so if you have the chance to perform a mid-air Execution over a regular one, try getting some air time.
Ultimates Guide for Beginners to Metal: Hellsinger
Each weapon in the Unknown’s arsenal has an Ultimate ability. These slowly build up by slaying enemies and can change the tide of a fight. These Ultimates can take a long time to build, depending on the length of the level and your skill.
Some Ultimates can be combined with one another, like the Vulcan and Persephone, while others persist even when switching weapons like The Hounds Ultimate.
You will find ways to utilize your weapon’s Ultimates better once you have more experience with every combat encounter, so don’t be afraid to use your Ultimates on your first playthrough.
New Players Should Pick Their Battles in Metal: Hellsinger
Some enemies are more deadly than others, and avid fans of old-school FPS games or Boomer Shooters will agree that certain enemies should take higher priority over others. This is also the case in Metal: Hellsinger, not only for what they bring in a combat scenario but in case you need to restore your combo meter easily.
Behemoths and other large enemies should be prioritized first. The lesser cannon fodder enemies can be eliminated last due to their low movement speed and lack of health, which makes them excellent emergency health packs. If you have experience playing DOOM Eternal on higher difficulties, you will quickly pick up the combat flow.
Torments are Fun Post-Game Challenges for Extra Rewards
Lastly, one of the primary reasons we initially said not to worry about your high score on your first playthrough is the Torment challenges. Torments are bonus sections that offer extra challenges for game-changing passives and other augments.
For example, the Streak Guardian Sigil allows you to take 1-3 hits before you lose your combo meter. These upgrades acquired from Torments get even more powerful from later levels, and we encourage players who plan to climb the leaderboards to complete all the Torment challenges first.
Conclusion on our Beginners Guide for Metal: Hellsinger
That’s our beginner’s guide for Metal: Hellsinger. This brutal rhythm FPS is hands down one of our favorite rhythm games, and the soundtrack is beyond worth the price. Sadly, Metal: Hellsinger ended so quickly, but we hope for more DLC and more amazing songs.
If you enjoyed our guide and want to learn some more tips to beat the rhythms of hell, check out our tips and tricks list for Metal: Hellsinger.
For Now, Happy Slaying!