Not quite Timmy
Aside from the music this game is not truly "Metal". I liked Jack Black as eddie and the Cameos with Ozzy, Lemmy and Halford ect. but the game was not what I hoped it would be. It wasnt dark, intense, exciting or serious enough to be "metal". But thats Tim Shafer for ya. I wasnt a big fan of psychonaughts either. The voice overs for the side missions got real repetitive and the gameplay was just alright. I traded it in quickly after reaching the end. A true metal lover would see that this game just didn't do the genre justice. Its just too "cute" and "quirky". Its kind of like the band from the opening scene who starts off playing some good riffs but once they deviate from that it all falls apart. A Game like God of War, Darksiders or Dantes Inferno ect. are more "Metal" than Brutal Legend despite none of them having a long list of metal songs. Metal is about crushing all you hate under you boot and spitting in its face. Brutal legend is to Metal what The Munsters is to Horror.
Skip the story.
Brutal Legend has everything a game about Metal should have, except an enjoyable story. Jack Black, Frazetta-esque landscapes, Brian Posehn, Ozzy, brutality, etc. The side missions are fun, if somewhat quick to be boring. The world is engaging, and dialog is often hysterical. Then you try to play the story missions and the whole thing collapses into a grind. This isn't a hack-and-slash in the story missions, it's some kind of horribly executed RTS. Suddenly you have to gather souls in order to purchase units, work within unit number limits, and send wave after wave of weak, slow units against quick, extremely powerful enemies. Many of these missions can be beaten with strategic use of your car and a minimum of RTS elements, but in the end most of the story forces you into very un-metal gameplay. If you get this cheap it's worth playing the parts outside the story, but if you're looking for a metal-themed hack-and-slash game, wait for something better to come out.
This is the best game in the world!
Brutal legend has to be one of the best games I have ever played. Sure its not Modernwarfare or Halo or someother shooter/action game but its not about that. Its about the metal. Its about the ability to rock and cut a dudes head off for not rocking. Some may not like the game play because the controls are a little hard to figure out at first but after about 10 minutes or so you're slashin at battle nuns and melting faces. The game also has a problem with navigation. A big light in the sky isnt super helpful but apparently they're coming out with a gps system. Other than those to minor flaws this game is friggin amazing. Not only are you running over demons in your car created by the titans of metal but your slashing them with a sacred ax and blowing them to bits with your trusty guitar clemintine. If I had to give brutal legend a score out of 1-10 I would give it a 12. SO if you like metal and killin stuff this game is for you!
Best game (in my opinion) for 09/10
I know it seems that I'm going overboard with the best game thing but personally I don't think so. It's about time that we get a funny rpg with some metal. Basically what these people are trying to put out is that not all games are serious business. By the looks of this game it looks amazing and it's not coming in with high expectations. Jack Black finally gets his dream of being in a video game revolving around metal. I have even more respect for this company now because they are taking a huge risk by putting out a game on the market in a bad economy with no expectations. I honestly think that I'll enjoy this game more than Tony Hawk RIDE, FFXVIII, COD6, and Assassins creed 2. (Those are my summer pre-orders) So I hope everyone that reads this "Preview Buzz" will have a change of heart about this game instead of just judging it and saying it's going to be the worst game ever and it won't sell a single copy. Thanks...
Very Underrated Game
I do not regret buying this game whatsoever. The concept of the game is fresh and unique and never since Bioshock have I played a game that felt so innovative up until Brutal Legend. I cant put my finger on exactly what the gameplay is like. It's a perfect combination of a boss soundtrack, great narrative, and hack & slash gameplay similar to that of Overlord. I've been playing this game for several hours both yesterday and today and can't seem to put it down. Never could have I expected how well Tim Shafer and his team could pull something off that is even better than Psychonauts. If you are even relatively interested or maybe even intrigued by the rock/metal lifestyle of an awesome roady in an altered fantasy world, I would HIGHLY recommend this game to you. This game finally gives rocker's a game to fully enjoy and get lost in similarly how 50 Cent Blood on the Sand is to a wanna-be gangster! But if you're looking for a fresh game that can give you hours of fun entertainment, this game is for you and is fully worth dropping the $60 on in my opinion.
waste your precious time
I traded five games to get this game and after playing it for one hour, i decided to get my trade in value back, my games were now owned by gamestop. This Rachet and clank in-a-sort-of-way rip off drove me mad. Not only was i playing a game with poor controls and horrible AI, but its also heavy on the satanic side. This game is entertaining only for audiences 15 and under, which takes me under the impression that Tim Shaffer wanted to make all these teens that play this game lean to a Satanic cult, because all over the game and hud i saw nothing but pentagrams upside down. I was surprised to see how even to start a mission, y our character had to stand in a pentagram to start a mission. Sorry to burst bubbles but witches of the 18th century would do the same during a ritual. ESRB should look up into these kind of "religious" games. If you want to waste your time, money and brain; look no further this game is for you.
Not what I expected but still not bad
So here it is brutal legend I was pretty excited and really happy. Well it turned out it was not exactly what I expected I mean well the graphics were a little juvenile( no offense to the creators) the storyline was good I mean could be a little better. I loved how youcould smash enemies with your hammer I personally loved that part, I loved the theme I mean I love rock. The sound was great and the A.I. was pretty smart. It over all is an alright game it's fun the graphics is mainly what I didn't like. :( I liked the game just not the graphics. If I were you put this in your top 3 game wish list(untill modern warfare2 and l4d2) along with halo odst and flashpoint dragon Rising. Only have money for one of those? Get halo or if you just want a brutal smashing gorey game get this. Oh yeah and parents it's violent and bloody and they curse frequently. But let your kids off the hook and get them this.
This game has it all
This game is just awesome. If you like metal and like Jack Black movies you are going to enjoy this game. It have it all, its an RPG and also a strategy game , it have action ,adventure, humor and the graphics are amazing. You just cant go wrong with it. Its also a different concept to what its usually available so you wont get bored and see things from a different perspective. Its nice that when it comes to the strategy part you are not just looking from above giving directions but you are in the fight itself also slashing and helping your army. The songs are really good. I really recommend this game, you wont regret it.It also have a lot of content in the secondary goals and its a big world that you can roam with your muscle car. Let me see, Heavy Metal,humor, action,nice graphics,big world overall and multiplayer either with friends or AI,... what are you waiting for? Just buy it.
Best game since Fable 2.
I may be biased, because I love the Metal, but even a pedestrian would have to say that this game is original. It has some freedom and some slight elements of an RPG, but the heart of an old fashioned hack and slash. It's simplistic, but hey it's fun as a Def Leppard concert on the Pyromania tour. It may not be a Fable or Oblivion that'll give you like a hundred hours of playing time, but it's a lot better than most games. Getting to see Ozzy, Jack Black, Dave Mustaine, and Lemmy in a game is awesome! Must have been hard to get those people to sign off on a video game. If you love the metal or just want something different this may be for you. I tried the free demo on xbox live and was hooked. Usually the free demos lead me to steering away from games, but this time it hooked me like a guppy. Smart move not limiting this to Gold members. Buy this game and rock on!
Freakin Face Melting!
Ok, when I first saw this game in previews, I thought it looked dumb as hell. Well, I looked into and decided to give it a try. Reserved it, just picked it up and played it for four hours straight! It's freakin awsome. I mean come on, THEY HAVE OZZY! Combat is fun, pretty cool take on guitar solos and commaning troops in battle. Nice moves, cool graphics, and the environment looks amazing! The story is realy nice as well. It has plenty of humor, coupled with some intense seriousness. Its like a metal rock drama with a huge axe and a guitar that can set baddies on FIRE! It is freakin sureal, like your dreaming to a Black Sabbath record. Theres tons of upgrades that leave you tracking down side quests to get some extra spending points.If this isn't a buy, then go rent it and see for yourself. Go out, right now, stop wasting time, and try this bad boy out!