Why yes, there was almost a Metallica video game once

By: shane.mehling Posted in: uncategorized On: Wednesday, April 4th, 2012


Back before Metallica wrung out the last of their fans accumulated goodwill with the release of KSP’s boyfriend, St. Anger, there was an idea to do something that would have either mitigated the backlash or increased it ten fold. An unnamed racing/battle game was to be released, inspired by the band, their music and, well, they already sell bibs so why not this.

There are scant details, but a bunch of concept art (including Lars driving around a postapocalyptic golf cart) seems to have just surfaced and… well some of it is kind of cool. Or at least it looks like it would have been cool for a video game. And while I usually cherish every bad idea that Metallica chooses not to do, I feel wistful that this didn’t end up on the market, packed with an exclusive song, unresponsive controls and James Hetfield being forced to quote endlessly from “Fuel.”

While I wanted to list off some similar games that actually came to fruition, Chris Dick led me to an incredibly thorough article that points out many of the metal band video games, including a trailer for this Metallica title:

(Though I’d like to point out that there is no mention of the CD-shooting, Aerosmith-starring Revolution X.)

Surprisingly, a decent video game based on a metal band has yet to be released. And I think it is really a damn shame. I mean, if developers were able to create Rapjam, inspired by artists such as Coolio and Queen Latifah, you think there’d be a Deicide side-scroller by now.

  • Hockeyabe

    While not based on any specific band, Brutal Legend was as close as it gets to a decent metal game.

    And Metallica did have the Guitar Hero game as well, but I don’t play it as you can’t play as Lou Reed.

  • http://twitter.com/RRiddell3 Roger Riddell

    Technically, the Beavis and Butthead game for Super NES and Sega Genesis centered around GWAR…  Let’s not give anyone any ideas, though, or we might end up with “Slipknot: The Arcade Game.” *shudders*

  • Blimamon

    Yes.  I am all for a Deicide side-scroller.  I’d play the shit out of it