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You can now purchase a Master of Puppets emote in Fortnite, allowing you to swing like a true Hetfield with up to three other players.

Announced by the official Fortnite Twitter account (opens in a new tab), the emote will set you back 500 V-Bucks (around €3.50 / €2.80 / AU$5.10) and will transform you, you and your teammates. from band, into heavy metal legends as you go. Grab an instrument and blast your way through the success of Metallica.

You can pick up the latest addition to Fortnite's Icon series by going to the in-game Item Shop and scrolling down to find the Puppet Master Emote. Your three partymates don't need to have the emote in their libraries to participate, though, so only one of you needs to buy it if you want to put on your own little show.

Pull some strings with the Master of Puppets emote set to music by @Metallica 🤘 pic.twitter.com/DP7hCIgMDQ December 14, 2022

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While you won't be turning into a Lars Ulrich outfit for your moment in the spotlight, Fortnite's little nod to heavy metal heavyweights Metallica has earned a place in raucous history and exemplifies crossovers of metal and play.

The legacy of rock crossovers in gaming goes way back, but only 2022 has been great for metal gamers. Some of my favorite crossovers this year include Hi-Rez Studios Smite's unique third-person shooter Slipknot skins and how Metal: Hellsinger combined elements of first-person melee action games with Guitar Hero-style gameplay mechanics to a truly unique experience. When it comes to metal: Hellsinger, heavy metal titans Arch Enemy, Trivium and Lamb Of God wrote and performed songs specifically for the Swedish-made indie gem, resulting in the perfect soundtrack for some demonic fun. .

Perhaps my favorite metal game of late is the original Ice Nine Kills song Hunting Season, which the band wrote for the cross-platform battle royale PUBG: Battlegrounds. Horror-obsessed metalheads have made a name for themselves as kings of crafting musical love letters for cult movies and literature, so it was great to see Ice Nine Kills incorporate elements of the original PUBG theme song (opens in a new tab) on an original track that longtime fans of the game will appreciate, metal fans or not.

Other games that really put their foot down include DoubleFine's action-adventure Brütal Legend, in which a roadie (played by Jack Black) explores a fantasy world inspired by iconic album covers, and Kiss: Psycho Circus: The Nightmare Child, a first-person shooter of (you guessed it) glam rockers KISS.

Fortnite may not be the first to incorporate heavy metal into a video game, but Epic Games certainly did so strategically. Master of Puppets has rocketed up the international music charts again, thanks to the fourth season of Netflix's sci-fi horror series Stranger Things, so who knows what other rock and roll legends might end up in the next series? Icon of the game?


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