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Brutal Legends

on 1/18/2013

I had been looking forward to this game since I read about it in game informer in about 2006. When I finally got the game about a long time after it's eventual release i was not disappointed. As someone who is more into role playing games, than running around with an RPG (haha get it) killing Germans or whatever you people do in war games, I love a game where I can really get into the story and the character I'm playing.

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on 4/24/2013

The game itself is actually a realization of Action games, Exploration or Free Roam games, and Real-Time Strategy. Fans of one or two should have no problem with this game (though some people who dislike RTS will find this game least agreeable as most major plot points revolve around RTS battles.) You drive around the landscape in your upgrade-able car, doing open-world missions and races.

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Manufacturer Electronic Arts
Mfg Part# 19368
SKU 210754537
UPC 014633193688
UPC 14 00014633193688
Format Xbox 360
Review 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.
Reviewer Daemon Hatfield
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource The Onion A.V. Club
Review 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."
Reviewer John Teti
ReviewRating 9
Action Combat! Brutal Legend's core gameplay is classic action slasher, but with a twist - ranged combat comes from your demon-slaying, electricity-creating guitar. Add that 1-2 punch to a guitar solo mechanic that can summon objects, buff your teammates, or cripple your opponents, and you have a deep, gratifying core gameplay combat loop that is fun for the hardcore and accessible for the casual.
Heavy Metal Will Never Die! Brutal Legend is full of cameos from Gods of Metal like Lemmy Kilmister, Rob Halford, Lita Ford, and many, many others. It has a MASSIVE metal soundtrack from every era of metal music - 1970's classic metal to 1980's hair metal to the scarier cousins of 1990's metal. And of course, Jack Black pays the ultimate homage to metal as Eddie the Roadie, continuing the theme from the work of his band, Tenacious D and his previous films like School of Rock and High Fidelity.
Kill 'Em All! 4v4 "skirmish" multiplayer marries action combat with a strategic unit-control mechanic. As the leader of one of the factions in the game, the player will direct his armies in a Battle of the Bands where the trophy is survival. Brutal Legend's multiplayer is online-enabled, so you can conquer your friends online via Xbox Live or PlayStation Network.
Streaming Open World! Brutal Legend gives you the freedom to walk, drive, or fly anywhere in a fully-streaming open world whose art style is inspired by some of the most iconic and hilariously rad metal album covers ever created. Every vista in the beautiful universe of Brutal Legend looks like it was pulled from a Frank Frazetta painting.
Brian Peterson, A masterpiece...
Dave Halverson, Play Magazine 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.
Daniel Escandell, Vandal Online Lots of humour, heavy metal and a gameplay you'll fall in love with.

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