Every month I try to tie all the games in Games for Budget Gamers together into an overall theme. The first article had a horror theme, then the next one was survival themed, now I figured I’d stray away from dark subject matter and focus on music for a change, something that makes people happy (shut up Pharell, no clapping). So below are five games that are either music based or have fantastic sound tracks. Lollipop Chainsaw (Xbox 360) – (multiplatform) Speaking of phenomenal sound tracks in gaming, starting this month off with arguably one of the best and most diverse soundtracks is Suda 51’s Lollipop Chainsaw. The game pretty much credited with sky rocketing Jessica Nigri’s cosplaying career; follows the ever bubbly cheerleader Juliet Starling on a quest to save the world from a rising army of zombies summoned by the resident emo kid. The game features a wide variety of music from the up beat, like Lollipop by The Chordettes, to Needled 24/7 by Children of Bodom. I’ll admit I feel something of a personal attachment to this game because it’s the first game I’ve ever heard my favorite band (Five Finger Death Punch) in. The moment I heard the lead singer Ivan Moody yell “ ZOLTAN… OPEN THE SKYY!!!” as the level opened I was hooked. I was already pleased with the characters and the wacky zombie story, but that moment is what made this game for me. You can go check out this bloody over-the-top thrill ride for around $18 , . Brutal Legend (PlayStation)- (multiplatform) The love child of Jack Black’s voice and Tim Schaffer‘s imagination, Brutal Legend is a heavy metal enthusiasts dream. Every aspect of the game has the music genre in mind. The plot focuses on a roadie (for quite possibly the worst band ever) named Eddie Riggs whom is transported to a new world after an onstage accident. This new world has various areas themed around different types of heavy metal (hair, glam, death, screamo, etc.) and Riggs is tasked with freeing it from the ruling deity. Along the way he meets several characters metal fans know and love (Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy Kilmister, Lita Ford, Rob Halford, and many more). The game features music from all the above artists as well as bands like Cradle of Filth, Motley Crue, and so many others making this the perfect blend of music and gaming. For as low as, $5 you can pick up this phenomenally underrated game for your collection. Metal’s Last Hope Mass Effect 3 (Wii U)- (multiplatform) Picking a game for Wii U was rather challenging this month. I tried to avoid the cop out of choosing a Just Dance game, but that left me with slim pickings. So, my research and ingenuity lead me to Mass Effect 3. Bioware has always had phenomenal music in their games and Mass Effect 3 is no exception. It’s been said that music can make or break a scene and for as low as $5 you can find out for yourself. I love this game, especially the ending. Elite Beat Agents (DS/3DS)- No where near as challenging as finding a game for the Wii U, this month on the DS, I recommend Elite Beat Agents. The game mixes rhythm with story telling as a group of agents sets out to solve various crimes. Like I stated before the game is rhythm based, heavily. Every scene of game play plays out like a game of Guitar Hero, except instead of buttons you tap the screen at the appropriate time and the story progresses appropriately. When it’s broken down like that it sort of diminishes the actual fun that is the game. The game is far more enjoyable then a simple explination can justify. That being said I implore you to pick this game up for around four dollars. Audio Surf (PC)- Perhaps one of the most addicting games ever Audio Surf allows players to generate level of the game based on their own music libraries. Whatever your taste Audio Surf will generate levels with your favorite music in mind. Don’t believe me? Go on YouTube and check out the Audio Surf for Five Finger Death Punch featuring (Hatebreed’s lead singer) Jeremy Jasta singing Dot Your Eyes it‘s an absolutely fantastic song and completely entertaining to watch as you pilot the little ship across the notes. The game is also supposed to come with the Orange Box soundtrack to get you started on your gaming. You can pick up the game on Steam for ten bucks. There you have it! Five games for various consoles that boast fantastic music. If you check these games or any artist I mentioned above out and like them please let us know in the comments below. And as always if you have any suggestions of your own speak them to us down in the comments below.