Brutal Legend Review
- Posted October 13th, 2009 at 20:06 EDT by Adam Dolge
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Brutal Legend offers everything you could ever want in a game: incredible battles, hilarious dialogue, a compelling story, and awe-inspiring locations.
- The epic world you are tasked with saving
- The humor and driving storyline
- The easy-to-play RTS battle sequences, coupled with racing, RPG, first-person shooter, and action elements
- Not being able to jump and as a result getting stuck in the scenery
- The occasional command difficulties during large-scale battles
Back in the early 1970s, music meant something. The musicians were gods among screaming devout fans, flailing around on stage in quintessential glam-rock fashion. The world of metal was full of thick spike belts and armbands, devils, fire, horned beasts, and gothic figures. Behind the scenes of these epic metal concerts, the rock-gods were assisted by black-clothes-wearing roadies. The roadies had one important job – to make the metal musicians appear as gods for their adoring fans. They did this with the stealth of a ninja, cloaked by the shadows. A roadie could fix just about anything: a guitar, a drumhead, a fireworks display, a tour van, right down to the elaborate sets. However, as the years wore on, the music changed, metal changed, and the roadies were left pondering as to what happened to their once glorious demonic world.
Enter Brutal Legend, the brainchild of celebrated developer, Tim Schafer. Simply put, the world Schafer conceived for this mammoth music-inspired epic is so entrenched in metal lore that you are instantly engrossed in its land of titans, horned death-bringers, screeching guitars, and pulsing (almost psychedelic) scenery. With all the buzz surrounding the game, from vast commercials, to appearances on late-night talk shows, we were left to wonder if the hype was as phoney as the spandex worn by metal’s most famous glam rockers. After playing through Brutal Legend, however, we were well and truly won over by Schafer’s vision and can’t wait to see what he’ll come up with next.
Brutal Legend is everything a good game should be. It’s filled with nearly every style of gameplay, it’s hilarious, it’s engaging, and most of all it is set in a world so abstract and well constructed that we believe roadies are worth their weight in gold, and metal is truly the music of the gods. In Brutal Legend you’ll command armies of headbangers in real-time strategy battles, drive a decked-out hot rod, shoot missiles in first-person view, and upgrade your heroine with RPG elements. Brutal Legend has just about every style of game crammed into a tight package.
Jack Black lends his voice as the main character Eddie Riggs, a roadie who’s earned himself the prestigious honour of being the best in the business. If you are a fan of Black’s humor then you will, without a doubt, laugh a lot while playing Brutal Legend. In fact, you are going to laugh regardless of your stance on Black– the game is just that funny. From the opening sequence, where Eddie saves a new-age metal musician from falling to his death, but ultimately gets crushed by an elaborate set, the dialogue and subtle raised eyebrows had us on the floor in hysterics. As the game progresses and you are transported into a very different world (the setting of the game), the comedy starts to fade as the story develops. While the comedy starts to fade as the narrative unfolds, it still plays its part in the saga as Riggs finds himself transported in to a bizarre, metal-influenced reality.
Brutal Legend is all about the music – from a stellar soundtrack, cameos by real metal musicians, and hilarious spoofs on the fickle shenanigans of mainstream music, the game rests its laurels in the music world. If you aren’t a fan of metal, you’ll inevitably grow tired of the game’s roaring soundtrack. Beyond the music, the world is obscure and extremely dangerous. The story has you join a band of rebels, fighting an evil lord who has turned the men and women of this crazy world into slaves – the men are workers, and women are apparently part of some ‘adult’ themed bondage ring. Once you free the people they join your forces and during the large-scale RTS battles, you can quickly recruit several different units.
The bulk of the game is played in these RTS battles, where you essentially build and execute an absolutely killer rock show. You’ll build a stage, erect merchandise booths to attract more fans, and recruit units to send off into battle. What’s great about Brutal Legend is that at any time you can jump into the battle, and suddenly the game turns from a straightforward RTS, into an action game – complete with ... (continued on next page)
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- 3:08pm EDT - October 13th, 2009
yay 1st comment and i donno if il buy this but sounds ok but for me not a buy more of a rent
- 3:09pm EDT - October 13th, 2009
lol dunno bout that 9.5 mayb 8.5 still decent game for its type
- 3:11pm EDT - October 13th, 2009
the game is horrible. and jack black is horrible. i rather have steve wonder shave my neck with a straight razor than purchase or play this garbage.
- 3:26pm EDT - October 13th, 2009
I would only buy this game for the dialog and the cutscene i reeally have no intention of playing it...even if i wouldn't have to choose between this and uncharted i still wouldn't buy it...
- 3:36pm EDT - October 13th, 2009
yeah why can't you jump? I mean, I jump around in real life all the time. When I walk through a store, I jump on people cause it's just faster and more convenient for me. I routinely jump 5 feet in the air - even double jump to reach 8 feet sometimes. It's my prefered method of move around in real life
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- 3:49pm EDT - October 13th, 2009
ziyad1mad wow its not even released, still with the holy power of metal it deserved 9.5
- 3:59pm EDT - October 13th, 2009
Wow! Didn't expect all these negative comments about this game... I've been looking forward to this one for a while now. Probably because the Heavy Metal movie came out the year I was born and was totally kick-azz. Hoping this game is just as kick-azz
- 4:08pm EDT - October 13th, 2009
This game just seems to be good fun. If you have problem with a light hearted, funny and simple game you won't like it.
This game looks like it will rock. No way does it deserve a 7.3 rating. (I bumped it from 6.5 with a 10, because it so much better than that.)
- 4:30pm EDT - October 13th, 2009
Really it's a novel idea, but I think it's terrible that Tim Schafer has put his talent into a Metal game. Not because Metal in general is not worth it, that's not what I'm triyng to say (Flame-prevention!), but rather because this means that a LOT of people won't even as much as touch this.
I love the humor he brings to games and I'd have loved to play another one of his titles, but while I do enjoy the occasional metal track I can't bring myself around to play a game that makes me listen to it for hours. So I hope that he gets back on track and puts out some great funny game sometime soon, maybe not about Metal. (Do one about HipHop, just to balance stuff out maybe? :D )
- 4:39pm EDT - October 13th, 2009
this game gonna be the #1 over-rated game of 2009 ... in mean nothing in this game is new ... why 9.5?!!?
- 4:53pm EDT - October 13th, 2009
9.5? Seriously talk about over-rating. The game is good but the technical hiccups and slow, boring gameplay make it a 7.5 - 8 in my book. In the end the game may have a decent setting but gameplay is the more important element and its pretty terrible in Brutal Legend.
And yes i own the full game.
- 4:58pm EDT - October 13th, 2009
I wasn't sure if this would turn out good, but looking at various reviews, it seems like it turned out great!
- 4:59pm EDT - October 13th, 2009
surprised to see so many good reviews for this. Not that I have it yet to make my own decision. I bought U2 instead and I'm loving it.
- 5:01pm EDT - October 13th, 2009
forgotten about amist uncharted 2 for me...whats brutal legend lol
- 5:03pm EDT - October 13th, 2009
I didn't realise this had RTS game play. You don't get that impression from the demo. I really don't like RTS so I wont be getting this now.
- 5:09pm EDT - October 13th, 2009
I'm seeing a lot of great reviews for this game. For all you people who are skeptical, I'd try it out before trashing it.
- 5:15pm EDT - October 13th, 2009
"but it feels so great to chop the head off of an emo kid" - SOLD!
- 5:24pm EDT - October 13th, 2009
i agree with what # 3 posted, the demo was a waste my next door neighbour bought the game and i tried and it's the same just rubbish.
- 5:26pm EDT - October 13th, 2009
Actually at the beginning i thought the game was plain stupid. After playing the demo, from what ive seen it turn up to be quite good. I am not going to buy but i am sure going to rent it.
- 5:56pm EDT - October 13th, 2009
9.5?! Wow. Obviously I'm too old to play video games as I completely don't understand you kids.
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