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Format: Xbox 360
Mfg Part#: 19368
UPC 14: 00014633193688
Fight Your Way from Roadie to Rock God in This Epic Heavy Metal Fantasy Adventure.
"A masterpiece... Brian Peterson, GamingAge.com
"There's never been anything like it and there may never be again. Brutal Legend is truly a gift to metal and game fans alike and my new, best 3D game ever. Dave Halverson, Play Magazine
"Lots of humour, heavy metal and a gameplay you'll fall in love with. Daniel Escandell, Vandal Online
Brutal Legend - Video Game Review
By: Pete Haas
Cinema Blend Game Reviews
Published on: 10/13/2009 1:10 PM
| What do Full Throttle, Psychonauts, and Grim Fandango have in common? They were all designed by Tim Schafer, critics liked them, and you didn't play them. Schafer's first next-gen game, Brutal Legend, will likely rack up as many accolades as his previous games but I'm still not convinced you're going to play it. To Brutal's credit, it has one thing that none of Schafer's other creations had: star power. Film actor and Tenacious D singer/guitarist Jack Black voices the lead character, Eddie Riggs. Eddie is a roadie who longs for the days when heavy metal was king. ...read the full review
IGN.com 10 of 10
Developer Tim Schafer has been delivering funny games for the past two decades, but none of them have enjoyed the marketing push of Brutal Legend. Gaming's best kept secret has been given the limelight. Has Schafer and his studio Double Fine created something worthy of all this attention?...Oh, hell yeah. This is one of the best games I've played all year and it provides something we don't find often enough in this industry: a unique experience. I'm pretty sure you've never played a game quite like this before. True, a game needs to be more than "different" to work -- it has to be fun. And Brutal Legend is a lot of fun...It all kicks off with a hilarious intro poking fun at the softer, more mainstream direction heavy metal has taken in the past couple decades. Brutal Legend is front heavy with the humor stuff, though. While the first half hour will have you shooting milk through your nose, the laughs eventually taper off leaving you with a story that is rich and bizarre but lacking in the bite of the opening scenes. Brutal Legend is a celebration of classic heavy metal and takes every cheap shot it can at hair metal, nu metal, and other diluted variations on the genre. While the ultimate evil and its minions are truly terrible monsters, the lesser bad guys are made up to resemble glam rockers or emo kids. It will appeal most to those that spent at least some of their formative years as angsty headbangers although it isn't exclusionary...Brutal Legend is a tour de force that wraps up humor, music, and clever gameplay into one highly polished package. You haven't played a game quite like this before and won't want to miss it. Tim Schafer is one of the funniest guys in games and Jack Black is one of the funniest guys in movies -- together they'll keep you ROFLing (although the laughs do taper off as you work your way through the game). Brutal Legend isn't quite perfect and there is room for improvement (it's a little short, side quests are repetitive...), but when the credits roll you'll find yourself hoping for a sophomore release. Double Fine created a rich heavy metal universe and backstory full of great characters and creatures, with potential for an out-of-this-world sequel. Here's hoping Schafer and company get a chance to take us there.
- Daemon Hatfield
The Onion A.V. Club 9 of 10
A certain game starring John, Paul, George, and Ringo was supposed to be this year's greatest triumph of music in gaming, but Brutal Legend does more for heavy metal than The Beatles: Rock Band does for the boys from Liverpool. While The Beatles: Rock Band was a coronation, Brutal Legend is a rebirth, an origin story for a new era of metal. Director Tim Schafer rejuvenates his beloved hard-rock traditions, using hero Eddie Riggs (voiced by Jack Black) as an accessible, even loveable ambassador for a genre that's lost some of its cultural currency...Metal's low ebb is the backdrop for the Brutal Legend epic, which begins with Riggs, the ultimate roadie, wishing he had been born in an earlier time. "Like the '70s?" a buddy asks. "Earlier," Riggs answers. "Like, early '70s." Soon after, when he rescues one of his texting, preening, Generation-Y "rockers" from an onstage mishap, Riggs is crushed by his own set and transported to a realm where glam rock has enslaved humanity...Brutal Legend is even more captivating than previous Schafer games, which include Psychonauts and Grim Fandango, because there's more passion on display. An abiding love of heavy metal comes through in details like the grandiose language -- when you complete a mission with a Brutal Victory, the Gods Of Metal raise their lighters to you in Tributes Of Fire. The moment is unironically cool. The character designs are also inspired, especially a hilarious rendering of Ozzy Osbourne as overseer of the underworld. Celebrity cameos like this could have allowed the game to slip into fan service. Yet Schafer seems to be aware of this trap, so he never preaches to the converted; anyone can attend this party...Brutal Legend is more than an entertaining game. It inspires such excitement for its muse, heavy metal, that it also serves as a point of entry to an entire subculture. Just as important, it stands as proof that music in gaming is no longer the exclusive domain of "music games."
- John Teti