Metal Embraces Gaming Once Again With BPM: Bullets Per Minute

It is always great to hear new tracks in the world of alternative rock and metal, but it is also equally cool when elements of the scene are reflected in other areas like fashion and gaming.

Recently, the latter has turned to the music world for inspiration once again, as it was confirmed that an exciting new game with a strong metal theme has made its way onto Steam.

Battle to the beat

Sites including Alt Char have confirmed the launch of BPM: Bullets Per Minute, an action-packed game created by AWE Interactive for PC.

Described as a rhythm game, BPM sees players tackle a range of monsters in randomly generated dungeons. However, there is more to think about than simply the creatures that you come up against, as you need to use your weapons, jump and dodge attacks in time with the title’s powerful metal soundtrack.

Players can choose from five different characters, with a host of abilities being on offer. Alt Char adds that there are around 40 different items that can be acquired to boost your character too. It is also anticipated that a console version of the game will launch in the future.

Continued connection

The game’s concept is certainly an interesting one and it is also a title that highlights the continued connection between the rock and metal world and the domain of video gaming.
A huge number of different video games have been inspired or influenced by the music in the past, with the Guitar Hero series being a particularly popular example of the two areas coming together effectively. Each entry in the franchise featured a host of tracks from alt-rock and metal stars, with the likes of Van Halen even having an entire game devoted to their famous tunes. Metal and hard rock have also found a place in the world of online slots as well, with NetBet UK featuring slots based on iconic acts including Motorhead and Guns N’ Roses. Both games feature imagery synonymous with the bands, while the Guns N’ Roses title also includes a five-track playlist which keeps you entertained as you play.

Music has had an impact in the world of mobile gaming too, with Die For Metal offering an old-school platformer feel which tasks players with battling through around 45 levels to a blistering soundtrack. Another rhythm FPS is also on the way next year, with Metal: Hellsinger featuring music from stars including Matt Heafy from Trivium.

An enduring relationship

All in all, it is clear that the hard rock world and the video gaming industry have had a long and enduring relationship over the years.

BPM: Bullets Per Minute is an intriguing new chapter in that story and it will be interesting to see just how popular the title proves to be with both hardcore gamers and metal fans. It will also be fascinating to see just what comes next as the links between metal and gaming continue to evolve.