Metal: Hellsinger is a chaotic first-person shooter that wants you to kill to the beat of the music. It’s a little hard to get the hang of at first, but once things fall into place, you’ll be shredding demons like it’s second nature. It doesn’t take long to beat the game, but with Sigils, Torments, several unique weapons, and plenty of in-game abilities to master, there’s a surprising amount of depth to this popular new shooter.
If you need help fighting your way through hell and moving up the leaderboards, here are some tips and tricks for you. Metal: Hellsinger.
As Metal: Hellsinger is a rhythm game, keeping up is critical to success. And if your audio and video aren’t in sync, you’ll have a rough time. Take a few minutes at the start of your ride to calibrate these settings; you simply need to touch a button when the lights flash and hear a specific sound. Calibration doesn’t take long and will have a significant impact on your experience. If you ever think things are out of sync, you can always dive back into the Options menu and recalibrate.
The action moves fast in Hell, and the best way to stay safe is to know the position of all your enemies. Increasing your field of view (FOV) will help with this task, so dive right in. Options menu and raise it as high as you can. If you’re not used to playing with a high FOV, it might take a minute to get used to the new perspective, but you’ll be grateful for the added peripheral vision.
Various power-ups (such as health crystals and combo boosters) are scattered throughout each battlefield in Metal: Hellsinger. Locating them all should be one of your top priorities when entering a new location, but don’t activate them until you have to. For example, only trigger a combo boost when you’re about to go down to a lower combo level and there are plenty of enemies to help you rack up big points. Health crystals are best used during the latter stages of combat, as the final wave of enemies is usually the most challenging.
You have decimated everything in your immediate area and are running to your next location. Unfortunately, your combo gauge will start to decrease until you start killing demons again. However, there is a loophole that fixes this problem, and its name is Paz. Paz is the adorable skull that you acquire at the beginning of Metal: Hellsinger. It won’t deal much damage in combat, but firing at the rate will keep your current combo. That means as soon as you finish a battle and walk through an enemy-free zone, you’ll want to equip Peace and start shooting to the beat. Get it right and you can carry a combo through an entire level.
Keeping up with the pace and killing demons makes it hard to focus on anything else, but don’t forget that your main character is pretty nimble. Not only can they do a double jump, but they can also perform a series of mid-air dashes that make it easy to cover ground in a matter of seconds. Flying and dodging also helps you avoid some of the pesky projectiles. And if you find yourself about to be overwhelmed by a horde of enemies, jumping and dodging is an easy way to reposition yourself and find safety.
When it’s time to reload your weapon, pay attention to the rhythm of the music. You’ll usually see a message on the screen letting you know that “Reload is imminent,” and that’s your cue to watch the pace indicator and look for the gold pace marker. Press X (on Xbox Series X) when this reaches your crosshairs, it will perform a quick reload, allowing you to jump back into the action almost immediately.
Each weapon in your inventory can perform a deadly ultimate attack. These are stacked by slowly killing enemies, and these abilities are worth holding onto until needed. Filling up your Ultimate gauge can take a fair amount of time, and there’s nothing worse than wasting it on a few easy enemies. Instead, try to fill them all up and have them ready for the final boss or a big wave of enemies.
Health crystals are on easy way to restore your health, but performing executions on enemies is possibly the better way to restore your health. When an enemy is stunned and close to death, you can execute them by targeting them and pressing the execute button (R3 on consoles). Not only will you eliminate the demon, but you will also replenish a good portion of your health. As an added bonus, Metal: Hellsinger allows you to execute enemies that are dozens of meters away from you, making executions an easy way to cross the battlefield or get out of a jam.
Some enemies are more annoying than others. Some carry shields and will block your attacks, others fire projectiles that can wipe out your health bar. Your best bet for survival is to focus your attacks on the most powerful enemies first (like Behemoths or other high-damage enemies), and only focus on other targets if they wander into your personal space. Be mindful of ranged attackers as well, though careful positioning generally makes it easier to avoid them.
If you find the world of Metal: Hellsinger has become too challenging, don’t forget to go back to previous levels and try some torments. These are smaller quests that reward you with Sigils upon completion. Sigils, in turn, grant him a variety of powerful benefits, such as increasing the number of hits he can take before his streak resets or speeding up the rate at which he stacks Ultimates. And despite the name, Torments are a fun diversion from your main quest.