mikeinsc's Brütal Legend (Xbox 360) review

Yeah, This was a bit botched

 Tim Schaeffer is a highly-regarded game developer whose games haven't sold shit in years. Psychonauts was an excellent game that bombed unbelievably poorly. With Jack Black providing the lead voice and a wide array of cameos from legends of heavy metal (it's the most coherent Ozzy Osbourne has been in decades now), Brutal Legend hopes to give Schaeffer some commercial viability in addition to his usual quality.

So, how does it do?

Honestly, it's a very mixed bag.

In the game, you are roadie Eddie Riggs, who is transported to the heavy metal world and help to fight the emperor who was oppressing them. It is a wide open world with tons of things to do --- but that is one of the first problems. There is too much stuff to do and it makes doing anything but the main story just a pointless grind. You can do racing minigames which are exceptionally unenjoyable. You can help your friends ambush people and they are probably the most enjoyable distraction, but they aren't that great. You can find all of the assorted relics, legends, and serpents hidden all over the world, but again, it feels like a Rare collect-a-thon and that is a gameplay style that has not aged all that well.

The main game storyline is legitimately enjoyable. The storyline is simultaneously funny and kick-ass. The missions have a fun mix of play styles...with one notable exception that you deal with frequently and never is fun.

BL contains a fairly poor RTS game that you have to play frequently. Admittedly, I'm rather bad at RTS as is, but the controls are highly clunky. It is simply a chore to play and very much not-fun to play. And you do them frequently, which is hardly enjoyable.

BL tries to do a great many things and does most of them well, but nothing is truly outstanding. Nothing is truly great. Everything has little problems that overall hurt the experience. Which is a shame, because this did look like the game that would give Schaeffer the commercial viability his usually outstanding work warrants. But this time, his design just didn't hold up.

0 Comments

Other reviews for Brütal Legend (Xbox 360)

    Who we ambushin'? BAD GUYS, wanna help? 0

     Let's get this out of the way right up front. Brutal Legend is an open world game with heavy real time strategy elements... I know, some of you may not get that feeling thanks to the very linear demo presented but this is much more Giants: Citizen Kabuto than a straightforward hack n' slasher. You're placed into the skin of roadie Eddie Riggs, who works for a faux-metal band and feels that he should have been born in a different time. Eddie is crushed by a collapsing stage during a botched conc...

    45 out of 45 found this review helpful.

This edit will also create new pages on Giant Bomb for:

Beware, you are proposing to add brand new pages to the wiki along with your edits. Make sure this is what you intended. This will likely increase the time it takes for your changes to go live.

Comment and Save

Until you earn 1000 points all your submissions need to be vetted by other Giant Bomb users. This process takes no more than a few hours and we'll send you an email once approved.