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- Online-enabled multiplayer so players can conquer friends online via PlayStation Network
- Comedic action combat set in a rock n' roll fantasy world, staring the talents of Jack Black in the role of a demon fighting super roadie
- A soundtrack made up of 108 of the most rocking tracks from 75 different bands representing every sub-genre of metal
- A streaming, open world that gives players the freedom to walk, drive, or fly anywhere as they unleash the power of rock n' roll on enemies
- In-game cameos from gods of Metal like Lemmy Kilmister, Rob Halford, Lita Ford, and many, many others
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From the mind of Tim Schafer (Psychonauts, Grim Fandango) comes Brutal Legend, the ultimate heavy metal action game starring Jack Black (School of Rock, Tenacious D). You are heavy metal roadie Eddie Riggs, hurled back in time to the mythical Age of Metal when the world was formed and ruled by the power of Rock! Armed with a broadaxe, a guitar, and a big block V8 you set off on an epic quest to assemble an army of headbangers, hotrods, barbarians, demonic dominatrix and the undead. With the wings of a demon and the power of a Rock God, you must lead humanity in an epic war against its barbaric overlords, and carve your name forever into the Brutal Legend.In Brutal Legend, you'll roam through a massive open-world born from the hell fires of heavy metal. In this world you can rev up any vehicle, rock its weapons, and crush the enemies of metal. You'll also learn to devastate with your guitar, playing face-melting solos that actually melt the faces of your enemies, command savage armies, bang skulls in hand-to-hand combat, and rise like a bat out of hell to command blood-drenched action from above. As if that wasn't enough, you can slay your friends and foes online, then play guitar licks on their graves! Of course, Brutal Legend is only complete with the most ultimate heavy metal soundtrack ever assembled in a game.Features:
- Slay your friends and foes online. Then play guitar licks on their graves.
- The most ultimate heavy metal soundtrack ever assembled in a game.
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The art in this game is fantastic - the world, the character design, the "legends" you uncover, even the user interface - are all a joy to encounter. I never got tired of finding a new viewpoint and watching the camera pan across some fantastic heavy metal landmark. And the various heavy metal demons they've thought up are brilliant.
The story is top notch. The plot of the main quest, and especially the "legend" back story are really well done.
The voice work is truly excellent. It really brings the characters to life.
The humor - maybe I have the mind of a 13 year old, but the game made me laugh out loud several times and kept me with a constant mental grin.
The music - even though I'm not a huge fan of the genre, it really fits the game world.
The world continues - once you beat the game you can keep exploring or finish side missions you haven't yet completed. And there seems to be a bridge to nowhere - maybe a possible DLC single player continuation? I sure hope so.
The single player campaign is short. I don't think you are really enjoying it if you finish it in 6 hours like some are claiming, but I had about 3 really in-depth sittings before I finished it.
The time you spend on the ground with your axe is even shorter. I enjoyed the first couple missions the most, where the game had you dungeon crawling a bit and defeating a boss enemy at the end. Gameplay shifts quickly to the troop directed stage battle mechanic, which I wasn't really expecting.
The side missions are repetitive, and actually not all that numerous. I finished them all shortly after beating the game. Make sure you seek out the uniquely named side missions though - some of them are real gems.
You will be doing a lot of driving around. Several of the missions involve racing your car or driving around and blasting things. I actually enjoyed this part of the game, but it does seem like you are constantly in the Deuce.
The world is kind of small - it's not as expansive as say Fallout 3 or Oblivion. But I think it suits the game pretty well.
You can shock just about any four legged creature and ride it - I don't think I really realized this until after I beat the game. I don't think it will particularly help you much during the game, but it's kinda fun =D
After completing the game and exploring what I thought was pretty thoroughly, I've only completed about 40% Of the game according to my trophy score. I only discovered a little more than half of the bound serpents, and I find myself lacking the motivation to "complete" the scavenger hunting and the rest of the single player trophies. (How in the world can there possibly be that many things still left to find??)
I'm not a huge fan of the RTS style stage battles (I know Tim Schafer claims it is NOT an RTS, but..) I haven't yet played a multiplayer stage battle and I'm not real enthusiastic about doing so, and that is a BIG part of the replay value. You'll probably enjoy the game a lot more if you like the stage battles, but I'm not sure what type of player they are aimed at. For hardcore RTS players I'm sure it's really simplistic, and for those of us who just prefer to hack and slash, it starts to become a chore. You may enjoy them, but it didn't float my boat.
Overall this is still one of the best games I've played all year.
That is why I loved it and the reason why I will recommend it to friends, not what is holding the game back. What really does, however, is the relatively short length and flawed gameplay. Maybe I have been spoiled by better action games but the regular fighting mechanics are not very tight or fun, just serviceable. The end result was desiring to finish these stages quickly with incredibly powerful guitar solos, rather than relish in the enemies' bloodshed during the heat of combat. Neither are the totally unexpected RTS portions of the game that amazing, because if you've never played the genre before, like me, they are not explained as well as they should be and you only get the hang of it by the last few battles. Of course, by then, it is fun enough that you will wish there was more because the game is only about 7-8 hours long, assuming you do a good portion of the side missions.
Overall, though, this is a fantastic game with lots of potential to achieve greatness if a franchise is ever established, which should explain my title. The aforementioned problems can be fixed; the driving, which I have no problem with, could be made to be more twisted-metal-like; we could get more heavy metal stars like Dave Mustaine, Brendon Small, or Shagrath into the game; and maybe, just MAYBE, we can feature some Iron Maiden, Metallica, and Arch Enemy on the soundtrack. Opeth is unlikely but would also kick ass, and even if a sequel is more of the same it will still be good, since it seems like the world is rich enough to support many future adventures. The problem is, this didn't sell nearly as well as the developer had hoped and was left in the dust in favor of less original, more of the same sequels like Call of Duty and non-games like Wii Fit. We'll need to do all we can to change that, so buy this game new if you haven't, spread the word and hopefully we can make this into a cult hit.
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