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I Am Pretty Much All About This Rock Opera Game

I have no eyes so I must sing

You might remember that I reported on the Indiegogo for a rock opera videogame called Karmaflow a while back. Dumb name I know, but rock operas are kind of inherently dumb in the most spectacular, wonderful fashions possible. The crowdfunding campaign didn’t quite get full funding, but it yielded enough for the team to really get into the multi-part harmony with string accompaniment that is game development. It’s looking like exactly my kind of thing, too: think Journey with power metal sing-a-longs. I KNOW. I know. New trailer below.

For the uninitiated, this one features singers from Dragonforce, Cradle of Filth, Epica, Sonata Arctica, and Arch Enemy, among others. The symphonic bits, meanwhile, come from the Dutch Metropole Orchestra. Even if the game only turns out so-so, its soundtrack will likely cause listeners to sprout poofy metal manes and knee slide to work every morning.

The game itself is a puzzle-platformer, easily the least intriguing thing about it, but hopefully the concept and (so far) very interesting-looking world provide a solid foundation for hoppity boppity antics.

I’ll be honest: I dig the hell out of this. My musical tastes range from dumb to overblown bombast to idiot, and – as you may have suspected – I kinda sorta like videogames a little. This is chocolate meets peanut butter for me. Chocolate meets peanut butter meets metal. I am ever skeptical since I’ve yet to play any of it, but here’s hoping, like, a lot.

Karmaflow will be out in January 2015. Are you ready to rock and/or opera?

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