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Top 5 Dio games \m/

Top 5 Dio games \m/


The world of heavy metal lost a legend yesterday, as Ronnie James Dio sadly lost his final battle against stomach cancer. PLAY’s hearts go out to Dio’s friends and family – he is in our thoughts and in our stereos.
When it came to writing a blog this morning, there was only one thing I could think to do, and that’s my Top 5 Dio games. I thought it might have to be a Top 2, but then I got creative.

Guilty Gear
Where other games start each match with something along the lines of ‘READY… FIGHT!’, Guilty Gear has it’s own unique equivalent – ‘HEAVEN OR HELL? LET’S ROCK!’
Guilty Gear’s creator, Daisuke Ishiwatari, is a huge metal fan and squeezes references to metal into his games wherever he can. ‘Heaven or Hell’ is a reference to Heaven & Hell, the first Black Sabbath album to feature Ronnie James Dio and also the name of the band he formed with Black Sabbath members Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice.

Holy Diver
Holy Diver is the name of a Castlevania clone developed and published for the Nintendo Famicom (NES) in Japan only by the company behind R-Type, Irem. There’s no proven connection between the game and the Dio album of the same name, but we can’t imagine it’s a coincidence. The game is very metal in nature – all about holy warriors and Satan and 666 and stuff.
Holy Diver was the debut album from Dio’s solo band, released in 1983. The title track is Dio’s best known work, and widely regarded as a metal classic.

Brütal Legend
Dio was originally cast to play Doviculus, Emperor of the Tainted Coil but was eventually replaced by Tim Curry, as it was felt his voice-acting wasn’t quite up to the standards of his singing. Very few things are up to the standard of Ronnie James Dio’s singing.
Black Sabbath’s Mob Rules, featuring Dio on vocals, was used in the game’s debut trailer, but only Ozzy-era Sabbath tracks made it into the final game, so Dio wasn’t actually in Brütal Legend at all in the end. Except in spirit… his spirit clearly ran through the entire game.

Guitar Hero Encore: Rock the 80s
Rock the 80s might have been a hugely disappointing non-effort as a whole, but it did have a handful of stand-out tracks to play and that including Dio’s Holy Diver. A great song to listen to and a fun song to play using a plastic guitar, if ever there was one. Here’s hoping Dio will make some more appearances in Guitar Hero or Rock Band games in the future. Bagsy not being on vocals – I wouldn’t have a hope in Hell.

Grand Theft Auto IV
You know how there are some songs in GTA that, when they come on the radio, you just have to take a longer route to wherever you’re going, or maybe just park up and listen ‘til they’re finished? Well, in GTA IV Black Sabbath’s Heaven and Hell is ‘my song’ in that sense. It’s a great song, the best Sabbath did without Ozzy Osbourne and the best Dio did with anyone.

“The lover of life’s not a sinner
The ending is just a beginner”

Dio = God

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