If you’re not into the nu metal scene, you’re probably wondering who Static-X are and why we are talking about them. Static-X is a nu metal band which released their first album, Wisconsin Death Trip, way back in 1999. After their lead singer, Wayne Wells – better known as Wayne Static – passed away in 2014, the remaining three members of the band reunited in 2019 for a tour with a new, masked lead singer whose identity has yet to be divulged. That same year, the band announced they would be working on a new Static-X album using Wells’ final vocal recordings.
The new Static-X album, Project Regeneration, officially dropped on July 10. Many Static-X fans have called it a fitting tribute to the former lead singer. We love good music, and as a tribute of our own we’re highlighting 5 games that featured awesome Static-X songs in their soundtracks. You may have heard these songs and wondered “That voice, where have I heard that voice?” Well, now you know. Rock out as we take a trip down memory lane to recognize the musical talent – and lethal hair – of Wayne Wells.
This game was released in 1999 during the final days of the PS1 era. Omega Boost was a mecha shoot ‘em up developed by Polyphony Digital, a development team better known during that time for their work on the Gran Turismo series. It featured a plot that shamelessly mixes giant mecha anime with Terminator tropes, and Static-X was part of the soundtrack for the American release of the game. More specifically, their song Otsegolation can be heard in both the main menu and during the final boss battle of the game.
A little trivia about Omega Boost: each regional version of the game had different featured songs. The Japanese version featured the band Feeder, while the European version featured the band Cast. Omega Boost used the same engine as the Gran Turismo games for PS1. I guess if you gotta go fast, it doesn’t matter if you’re driving a car or a huge mecha.
Duke Nukem: Land of the Babes
Who here remembers this game? Yeah, not us either. This particular Duke Nukem title is still relevant for our purposes, though. The opening cinematic for this PS1 game uses the Static-X song Push It as the backdrop for titular character Duke Nukem doing his thing. That opening was probably better than the rest of the game. The game didn’t quite make a splash, and the Metacritic reviews were far from favorable. The game is a direct sequel to Duke Nukem: Time to Kill which was received a lot better.
Why Land of the Babes turned out to be worse than its predecessor is beyond us, but it just goes to show having a killer soundtrack can only do so much for your game. This franchise died for a reason.
Need for Speed: Underground
This is the point where we actually get into some decent games featuring Static-X songs. Underground, EA’s attempt to capitalize on the Fast and Furious craze of the time, actually had a diverse soundtrack. It ranged from aggressive hip-hop from the likes of Petey Pablo, to – you guessed it – Static-X. More specifically, the song The Only was used as part of the rock half of the soundtrack.
Underground was a favorite of many fans of the Need for Speed series because of its wide-ranging soundtrack, and the ability to choose to play only one half or the other. Personally, I had the rock soundtrack going during the races, and the hip-hop soundtrack during the menu screens.
Fun fact: Static-X were also featured in Underground sequel Most Wanted, with their song Skinnyman.
Project Gotham Racing 3
Do you see a pattern of Static-X songs being used in racing games? This is far from a bad thing, and the trend continued into the Xbox 360 era with the Project Gotham Racing series. More specifically, the third entry in this racing game series featured the Static-X song Start a War.
The song was certainly fast-paced enough to be used in a racing game. Like Underground, Project Gotham Racing 3 had a diverse soundtrack, but PGR3 went several steps further to include other genres in the game beyond hip-hop and alternative rock. Static-X were listed under the industrial section of the soundtrack.
This is undoubtedly the best game on our list to feature Static-X, as it is a well-developed, unique action game that was all about metal.
Designed by Tim Schafer, Brutal Legend took inspiration from heavy metal genre cliches to create a genuinely hilarious and exquisite gameplay experience. Static-X track Love Dump was included under the industrial metal section of the soundtrack.
If you want to play a game to commemorate Wayne Wells’ music, Brutal Legend is by far the best choice of this list. And if you just want to have some fun shredding and pulverizing things with your axe, may we recommend Brutal Legend again?