Remembering some of the best rock and roll games ever created

Whether you’re into alternative rock, heavy metal or even some classic rock and roll from the past, playing a game featuring the genre music is an unbeatable experience. When it comes to action classics or RPG games, rock and roll music and the games it has helped inspire are always memorable.

Over the years, fans of the genre have been treated to a variety of games. Some video games wouldn’t be the same without a sprinkling of rock, with the biggest artists in history featured on a number of hit creations over the years. Some games are specifically designed to jam along to, while others use the music to elevate a particular level or character. Music certainly plays a vital role in any gaming experience.

In terms of rock and roll games, the options are comprehensive. A number of classics have been released over the years. Even sites where you can experience Ireland’s latest scratch cards from have added a rock and roll theme to some of the games on offer. The options are certainly comprehensive, although it’s the classic rock and roll games on adored consoles we’re focussing on in this particular piece.

So, without further ado, here is a look back at some of the best rock and roll games ever released.

Guitar Hero

Created in 2005 by RedOctane and Harmonix before Activision took it over, Guitar Hero is a truly iconic rock and roll release. Holding a controller which was shaped exactly like a guitar, players would push buttons when prompted and rock out to some classic tunes from the genre in the process. A vast array of musical games were born off the back of Guitar Hero’s success. That much is obvious.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater

The Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series of games weren’t designed with rock music in mind, but they certainly offer a truly memorable selection of tracks as you skate around. Featuring some awesome punk and alternative rock music over the years, the game helped bring a lot of smaller bands to a mainstream audience. The likes of Paparoach, Goldfinger, Rage Against The Machine, and Bad Religion are bands that immediately spring to mind, contributing hugely to the overall feel of what are a truly iconic selection of games.

Call Of Duty: Black Ops II

Featuring bands like Avenged Sevenfold, the gaming experience on Call Of Duty: Black Ops II was elevated further thanks to a dash of heavy guitars. Even the band’s animated music video was a nod to the game they’re heavily featured on, with Call Of Duty: Black Ops II going down as one of the best ever games of its type.


A truly iconic game in its own right, Quake doesn’t actually feature any established bands, but it does offer up a dark, gritty soundtrack suitable for the game itself. The creator of it, Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails, went on to win an Academy Award award for his sound design in the hit movie, The Social Network. He is clearly a fan of all things rock and roll, judging by Quake’s killer opening.

Rock Band

It’s in the title alone, but Rock Band capitalised on the success of Guitar Hero by making players feel more like they were actually in a band. One minute you could be part of Guns N’Roses, then the next you could be drumming along to Aerosmith. Rock Band simply wouldn’t be the same without its music.

Other memorable games featuring rock and roll music are Omikron: The Nomad Soul, Brutal Legend, God of War, and Doom.