Play Battlefield 3 with members of Metallica, Outkast, and Korn this weekend

Electronic Arts has taken it upon itself to resolve the argument of who would win in a fight out of hip-hop and metal. But because games with musical instruments don't sell so well nowadays, the company's decided to take the argument to where the people are at: the virtual arena of Battlefield 3's Karkand. And it's roped in four avatars of the genres in question to fight for their genre of choice.

Above: This is close as we'll come to addressing the elephant in the room, so drink it up

All weekend (Jan 7-8), players will be able to join noted partisans in the hip-hop/metal beef by signing onto Back to Karkand's Strike at Karkand map. There, hip-hop teams, led by Outkast's Big Boi and Battery Records' Mickey Factz, will combat metal fans led by Dave Mustaine and the upstanding gentlemen of Korn. Players are also invited to jump onto Battlelog and compose teams themed after their genre of choice, with stats tracked throughout the month of January to see whether hip-hoppers or metalheads have the faster trigger-fingers.

Above: Bazooka Joe here is THUG LIFE, whereas Pistol Pete back there still owns Metallica's first Garage Days EP

Besides boasting a game-friendly lineup (Factz featured on the soundtrack for Fight Night Round 4, and Mustaine contributed tracks to the Duke Nukem compilation Music to Score By), astute musicologists will note that Outkast are almost as metal-friendly as Korn are hip-hop-influenced. Or, for that matter, that Mustaine, ex of Metallica and longtime Megadeth lead, had that side-project with the rap-tinged Red Lamb. Which is to say it'll be a pretty friendly rivalry, which is just what online competitions should be, yes? Here's hoping for more such matchups.


  • TheVoid - January 8, 2012 3:59 p.m.

    I'm absolutely with the rest of the lot that takes great offense with the headline's "play BF3 with members of Metallica" claim in regards to Dave Mustaine. Doing so pretty much dismisses Megadeth altogether, which is a fucking insult to the metal fans that I assume this article is attempting to reach. Not to mention it would likely make Dave himself furious. While I am sure a lot of people out there (Tom Goulter included) probably think of Megadeth as some has-been band from the 90s (whereas Metallica remains far more relevant), the metal community at large strongly disagrees. Metallica sold themselves down the river a long time ago, appeasing to frat boys and jocks since the black album while giving the fans that got them off the ground the big middle finger. Meanwhile, Megadeth - while far from perfect - has maintained a significantly higher level of credibility among metal fans, thanks mainly to their (his, really) never veering too far from the formula that made them (him) famous. Dismissing Countdown to Extinction, of course, but I believe every band worth a damn is allowed one fumble in their carrer. Too bad Metallica had at least four. In a row. Death Magnetic may have recovered the ball for Metallica somewhat, but it's almost too little, too late, whereas Megadeth keeps putting smiles on fans' faces with each release. Basically it comes down to this: Dave Mustaine = Megadeth. It has been his life work. He has weathered many storms since forming Megadeth and continues to rise to the occassion. Metallica is certainly a part of his early history but not at all what he would want to be remembered for. That would be Megadeth. What you have done here would like infuriate Dave Mustaine as much as the whole of the thrash metal community. Shitty way to welcome him to the gaming community to be sure. Any chance you can edit the headline to something more accurate, ala "Play with members of Megadeth"? Hell, you don't even have to say "members of" since (again) Dave Mustaine = Megadeth.
  • matt-bailey-kelly - January 7, 2012 12:27 p.m.

    jumping on the old mw3 bandwagon of their fight nights me thinks sept we get to play with them instead but idead stealer all the same long live the metal\m/
  • HumorTumor - January 7, 2012 3:45 a.m.

    Why was a Bad Company 2 screen used?
  • Vulneratus - January 7, 2012 3:02 a.m.

    I'm not pointing out any discrepancies in this article... there will always be this every time Mustaine's name appears in print with Metallica (which in this instance isn't all that relevant, I'm sure gamers are well aware of Megadeth so why not use the band's name in the title) Im just going to say... HELLO ME...
  • xLiquidSwords - January 6, 2012 9:12 p.m.

    He mentioned Mustaine was in Megadeth in the End . Also he has a lot to do with metallica since he basically wrote most of kill them all and songs in ride the lighting. I have to agree that Outkast actually do like metal Andre 3000 was at a local show the other time
  • Slayer11496 - January 6, 2012 8:54 p.m.

    guys... Dave Mustaine is a member of Megadeth. Now go take a shower, your smell offends me
  • Gibsonsg527 - January 6, 2012 7:59 p.m.

    Disregard the Outcast I put in My post my mistake but my point still stands.
  • Gibsonsg527 - January 6, 2012 7:54 p.m.

    Metallica Outcast? Come on GR thats what you put in your title? That was like 30 years ago. He is the Lead singer of Megadeth. A
  • Redeater - January 6, 2012 7:30 p.m.

    Sorry wait, I can do one better then that. Dave was a member of Metallica the same way that Sony was a partner in the N64. (split off, formed rival) Ha! Try telling me that this isn't apt!
  • Redeater - January 6, 2012 7:27 p.m.

    Uh, ok so without getting into specifics Dave was a member of Metallica as much as Stuart Sutcliffe was a member of the Beatles. Seriously Tom, get your shit straight before posting headlines like that.
  • JeanLocke - January 6, 2012 6:49 p.m.

    As a metal fan, I'm utterly offended you wrote Dave Mustaine as a Metallica member in the article title. He got kicked out of the band before the recording of their first CD over 25 years ago, only to be cited in writing a few of their songs.
  • onetimebuster - January 6, 2012 5:46 p.m.

    Lol who wants to play with them.
  • tiben36 - January 6, 2012 5:53 p.m.

    exactly what i thought >implying i want to play with them herp derps, EA, get "real pop stars", not 80's washed off out of detox

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