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Funny, enjoyable, and polished 0

Not a masterpiece, and perhaps less than I expected of Tim Shafer, but nevertheless a genuinely enjoyable, sometimes very funny game. The graphics are very good and I haven't noticed any slowdown despite often dozens of units on the screen. The world is a good size, varied and interesting, with many amusing set pieces such as Mount Rockmore, which you can customise with giant busts of yourself and your allies.The voice acting is almost flawless, but the same lines are used often enough outside o...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Worth a play but not without its problems. 0

Let's get the important part out of the way right up front: Brutal Legend is a funny, funny game. I liked the story a lot and was glad to see how well Double Fine have captured the ridiculousness of Metal music and lyrics without making fun of them at any point.  While the fact that Brutal Legend is or at least includes elements of a real time strategy game has been made publicly available knowledge for many months now, the demo released on XBL seems almost to be deliberately misleading, contain...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

I throw up the horns and salute. 0

Brütal Legend is a great game, and I enjoyed it from start to finish. It's not perfect, but it has the quality you expect from a Double Fine game where it counts. Even if you're not a fan of heavy metal, there's lots to enjoy here.  Story: Everybody knows the basic plotline by now. Eddie Riggs is the greatest roadie in the world, but he's stuck working for the worst "metal" band in the world, Kabbage Boy, who completely dismiss the great...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Decapitatioooooooooooooooon! 0

“Brütal Legend” is a really difficult game for me to review, on one hand I love all the characters, the setting and the humor. Yes this is actually one of the very few games that are legitimately funny, which is not something I experience very often. Games that try to be funny often try to hard or else the humor is pretty stupid and not funny at all like “Death Spank”. But “Brutal Legend” just gets it right on that account. The dialogue is well written and delivered by a talented cast consisting...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Brutal Legend 0

 It's a bit unfortunate, because Brutal Legend could have been a really awesome game, but thanks to its reliance on strategy gameplay that no one was really asking for, it's merely a pretty good one. I haven't really played Tim Schafer's older games, but from looking at them and having played Psychonauts, it's pretty clear his strength is in creating unique and interesting settings to go with good stories, and that's the best part of Legend, too. Jack Black plays Eddie Riggs, a roadie w...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Roadie Warrior 0

Brutal Legend is a deeply weird game. Half real time strategy, half open world exploration, and a third half hack and slash action game, you could argue that there's just too much going on for any one game to handle. Then there's the story: you play as Eddie Riggs, superstar roadie to a sell-out pseudo-metal band that would prefer singing about girlfriends over the traditionally important things, like sonically kicking ass. An accident happens, and Eddie is magically transported to the primordia...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Sort of a New Genre of Game 0

Apart from its hilarious plot and awesome soundtrack, Brutal Legend combines the fun simplicity of a hack n' slash with the strategy of a RTS, and to top it off it contains small doses of RPG here and there. Simply this is almost a new genre of game. Anyone trying to compare it to another game would fail because this isn't really the kind of game seen often.   Before the release of the game, people were expecting for the game to do one thing: kick ass, which it delivered in a pleasantly epic way...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Worth a rent, wouldn't recommend buying it. 0

Anything I would write here would pretty much be a copy of everything you've read about this game already. I will instead just share a few  misses this game makes.  The humor is great and I would say the story is amazing but at a crucial plot twist point, characters act vastly different just in order to progress to the next act. This took me out of the story a bit and soured the experience. The ending is a bit of a let down as well. Several hints of a back story for the main character are laid o...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Insanely Funny and full of style let down by lackluster gameplay. 0

   I wanted to love Brutal Legend, even before it was released. I fought with myself, trying be converted by the game, and although there are many part I do indeed love. Ultimately the game here is a failure. Tim Schafer is a genius, and a personal hero of mine. A long storied career including true classics, Monkey Island, Full Throttle, and Grim Fandango. Retuned to the scene after a long absence in 2004 with the incredible Psychonauts. With Brutal Legend we see him team with actor Jake Black ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A successful blend of multiple genres together in harmony. 0

Brutal Legend to me felt and continues to feel like a giant stew of varying genres with an added hint of heavy metal. It’s the game that Tim Shaefer has wanted to make his whole life, and with such an amazing idea, he’s one of the very few game developers that can pull it off. Pull it off he did. I wasn’t expecting Brutal Legend to catch me by surprise, quite the contrary actually. But with a great cast of interesting characters, a beautifully built open world, and fun gameplay make it stand out...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

You'll laugh and have fun at the same time. What a odd concept. 0

I  found out about this game based purely on hype. Sure we've spoken about this on the podcast but alas my memory is not like the old days. I'm glad the hype machine worked on this one. Now  I cant recant to you the process why this game was developed in the manner it was or what game was the most influential one before that one but...I can tell you I had a lot of fun playing this. Not only just with gameplay but also laughing which very very very rarely happens while playing a video game. So..e...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Brutal legend (Heavy metal + RTS.........why not?) 0

Have you ever played a game that where two genres’ at the same time? Brutal legend does that. It starts of as a hack’n’slash-game but then evolves into a RTS (and remember “It’s a RTS made for a consol so it’s not like Halo wars”) and it’s combined with an openworld.(Well) in Brutal legend you play as Eddie Riggs who’s the best roadie in the world (at least that’s what people say in the game) but all the bands he wants to be roadie for played in(not the 70’s but……) the early 70’s .Some of the t...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The gods of metal are confused 0

  There is something powerfully ironic about Tim Shaffer’s Brutal Legend, a game designed to be a love letter to heavy metal…a letter which would likely include a parcel containing a still-beating human heart. After all, it got published by the biggest third party developer and subsequently sued over by the second-biggest company over publishing rights. Maybe it’s that “selling out” is the anti-thesis of metal-ideologies (ideologies that  I guess include “don’t sell out” and “get fookin’ smash...

10 out of 11 found this review helpful.

Command the power of rock! 0

 Staring at a heavy metal album cover can muster up many thoughts: why is there a Black Panther shooting laser beams from its eyes? Why do I find that so cool? And what in God’s name does this have to do with the actual music? The answer to the latter is normally ‘nothing’, but the crazy, elaborate heavy metal album covers of old never failed to capture the imagination. They definitely inspired Tim Schafer in his teenage years, and now his team at Double Fine have finally brought it all to life ...

13 out of 17 found this review helpful.

Brutal Legend is clever, funny, and seriously badass. 0

Headbangers unite! Grab your battle axe and guitar and prepare for some serious, face melting rockin'!The very moment you insert Brutal Legend into your console, you'll notice that Brutal Legend is pretty clever in both its design and writing. After a humorous opening from Jack Black, we are presented with the menu, in the form of a vinyl record. Scrolling through the menu, was actually really enjoyable, as the presentation was so unique and great to look at. I think, this is the first time I've...

3 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Activision can't kill the metal. 0

If you've only seen trailers, official gameplay video or even played the demo of Brütal Legend you might think you know exactly how it plays, but as you experience the game it shows itself as a range of gameplay elements rolled into one. Combined with engaging characters voiced by celebrities of metal, excellent writing and a hard hitting soundtrack this combines into an excellent package, provided you like all the components. When some of the voice cast essentially play themselves, it's not har...

3 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Eddie Riggs' [...] Isn't as Long as People Think it Will Be. 0

Let me start off by saying this.  Brutal Legend has one of the better RTS systems on console.  I'd rank it just behind EndWar and lightyears ahead of just about everything else.  However, that in and of itself isn't saying a whole lot.  The open world is standard fare for the genre: 4-5 different events repeated ad nauseam with little incentive to go do them or go exploring in the world.  This is mainly due to the sense of urgency the game's story is told with.    The story itself is pretty good...

7 out of 13 found this review helpful.

O but a man's reach should exceed his grasp... 0

I really wanted to like this game.  Actually, liking it isn't the hard part.  Brutal Legend is an amazingly easy game to love; the setting, the music, the writing are all fantastic.  Unfortunately, it's not a particularly easy game to like to play.  As a hack-and-slash, it compares unfavorably to less conspicuous games like Mini Ninjas.  As a Real-Time Strategy game, it quite simply does not work.  For every genre it attempts, one can easily name five other games that have done it better.  This ...

3 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Great if you can accept that this is not an action game! 0

I don't write user reviews, but the pitiful score given by this game's reviewer just forced me to post this.  Simpley put, the review is flat out wrong.  The controls and gameplay style are perfectly suited for the controller.  The RTS combat is very action heavy, but it is still RTS combat, and if you cannot accept that, then this game is not for you.  However, if that sounds intriguing in the slightest bit, this is one of the best video game experiences you'll ever have.  The story-telling is ...

2 out of 7 found this review helpful.

a good game 0

this is one of the best games i played this year till borderlands.a great multiplayer real time strategy game.the story is great ,funny for the first part but is not near the end as much.the graphics are good,i like the art style metal all the way.the only part the got to me was that you can not jump in  the open world.overall good game...

2 out of 41 found this review helpful.

Sometimes great, but with just six hours its way to short 0

  In Brütal Legend you take control of Eddie Riggs, who is a roadie that gets thrown into a heavy metal inspired universe where he has to fight demons and other bad guys. The game combines aspects of open world, with hack&slash and real time strategy aspects.In terms of character design and dialog the game delivers as usual for a Tim Schafer game. The graphics also look rather good from a technical point of view and provide some great facial animation, nice floating hair and shiny ...

0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A New Age of Metal! 0

 It is the age of metal ladies and gentleman! Brutal Legend is here and it makes a fine addition to this Fall’s epic game lineup. Head-splitting metal music, funny witty dialogue, and fantastic creative landscaping makes Brutal Legend not just fun to play, but fun to look at and enjoy as a complete package. Let’s start with story and characters; Brutal Legend has a great story and fantastic characters. Eddie Riggs voiced by Jack Black is phenomenal; Killmaster voiced by Lemmy,  Doviculus voiced ...

0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Yeah, This was a bit botched 0

 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 roadi...

0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Brutal Legend Review 0

  Tim Schafer has an incredible resume of games. Two of my favorite games of all time (Psychonauts and Grim Fandango) were creations of Schafer's unique ability to create humor in games, and satisfying gameplay. Brutal Legend seemed like it would continue Schafer's winning record. Sadly, it does not come close.  In Brutal Legend, you play as Eddie Riggs, a roadie for a "heavy metal" band, who is killed during a freak on-stage accident. Blood spills onto Eddie's belt buckle and he is transported...

0 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Finished with my woman 'cause she couldn't help me with my mind 0

Thankfully the overused song in the title does not exist in Brutal Legend. Double Fine delivered this heavy metal inspired action game in 2009. It might not be fair to categorize it as just an action game since there are lots of elements from RTS, racing and even brawler games. Eddie Riggs is our main protagonist who is voiced by and roughly modelled on Jack Black. Eddie is a roadie who gets involved with ancient Norse-like heavy metal mythology and hooks up with Ophelia, who is the story's love...

0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Damn you RTS elements! 0

I need to admit, I have a huge man-crush on Tim Schafer. This probably came to a head for me with the release of "Psychonauts," easily the best action-adventure game on the xbox system and generally one of my favourite games of all time. Schafer has an amazing talent for not simply dreaming up and creating these fantastical worlds of psychic summer camp students or skeletal afterlife-travel salesmen, but in infusing these unbelievable worlds with very real characters and emotional interactions...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Brutal Legend review 0

A lot has been made of Brutal Legend not being what it is supposed to be.  Many people thought it would be nothing but a hack and slash game.  It turns out that Brutal Legend is much more than that and has some RTS elements in it as well.   Brutal Legend is about Eddie Riggs, a roadie who travels back in time to kill demons, fall in love and rock.  The story is fairly simple but well written and the ending gives closure but is open enough for a sequel.  Tim Schaefer's writing is good up until th...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Brtual Legend Review -- All Metal, No Glam! 0

Brutal Legend Review BRUTAL LEGEND REVIEW XBOX 360, PS3 There are not a lot of times when you can say there’s no good comparison to a game. If media ages, then gaming is probably in its teens, or at least coming up to it, and there’s been sufficient enough time to feel out most genres in gaming. Brutal Legend isn’t a new genre, per se, but it’s highly original in its own right. Following Psychonauts and Grim Fandango is no easy task, and Tim Schafer may not exceed expectations, but he does ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

I really want to like this game. 0

I love Tim Schafer games. Grim Fandango and Psychonauts, his more recent creations, were awesome. The art design, setting and story were enthralling and lovable. And the same goes for Brutal Legend. The metal world Schafer has brought to life is fantastic. The character designs are brilliantly imaginative - This is the kind of game I'd love to work on. Then it comes to the gameplay... The driving and basic combat is fine. It's the RTS moments. I've found them boring and repetitive and this makes...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Heavy Metal Dream 0

     Brutal Legend is a Heavy Metal dream come true for real music fans for that type of genre. Jack Black Stars as the main character and he does a great job but does he save this game from total failure.            Positive: Funny comments and scriptGood gameplay and combosGreat open world Heavy Metal backgroundsNice Voice actingFantastic music that fits well for the gameCool upgrades             Negative Funky combatStupid A.IMinor glitchesBad driving controlsneeds better level designLacks so...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

(Long) On Tim Schafer, Apotheosis, and Video Game Rockstars 0

Originally posted on my blog.  Apotheosis - 1. The fact or action of becoming a god; deification 2. Glorification, exaltation; crediting someone with extraordinary power or status. Do you know who Tim Schafer is? When I still lived at home, my dad used to ask me, "When are you gonna grow up and stop playing video games?" He tells my mother that he's sure I'm addicted to the medium. It's true that I spend the vast majority of my free time playing games. I can name developers, producers, ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Silence Ground walkers 0

Well there is alot to say about this game for starters its jack black, when i wasnt hacking away at the enemies like they were 2 day old pizza i was rolling on the floor at some of the witty remarks spewing from the characters mouths, if your not a jack black fan this game still offers alot in ways of playability for example the stage battles are very fun though can be a little tedious so not to be played in long stretches. The story is original and at times a little long winded to get to the po...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Brutal Legend is fun for a while but... 0

Brutal Legend is incredibly repetitive. When playing the game for the first time, I assumed it would be pretty repetitive but it seemed like the game struggled to move forward. The hack n' slash aspect of the game is pretty decent overall, but the RTS aspect lacks in depth. While an RTS isn't usually too good on the console, I felt that Brutal Legend could have made more of an effort to refine the RTS part of the game. It can be easily completed in around 3-4 hours, and the story is not all that...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Mortals, Take Heed... 0

 Let’s make no mistake of it; Tim Schafer is an undisputed god of game design. As heralded as Shigeru Miyamoto and Sid Meier, Schafer is known for his great humor, strong storylines, fantastic new worlds and oozing production values in the games he has created. His last opus, “Psychonauts”, was an example of his great design. So how does his latest creation, “Brutal Legend” fare up? Well, before I continue to give verbal fellatio to Tim Schafer, let me be clear to say that “Brutal Legend” is a g...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Brutal Legend Review 0

Brutal Legend is a tough game to classify into a genre. It’s an open world action game with elements o f real time strategy. It also doesn’t exactly implement these genres at the same time. You’ll drive around to missions, and the missions will generally either be a driving, hack and slash, or an RTS battle mission. Since there is less focus on each type of mission there isn’t a major amount of polish present, but the universe crafted for us by the legendary Tim Schafer and the folks at Double ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The Most Metal Game Ever 0

Just to clearly depict my extreme bias towards this game I will preface my review by stating that Brütal Legend is my game of the year for 09. Yeah, it's like that.  So why no perfect 5 star rating? Because if it were that good I would still be playing it right now rather than writing about it. No, seriously, the game isn't perfect, but I consider any quibbles with the game to be just that, quibbles. Screw quibbles, screw them to a rotting wall of flesh with a massive rusty screw through each ey...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Not quite the Tim Schafer Experience. 0

    Tim Schafer is a developer where you just can't help but to root for, he makes some of the most funniest and clever characters and the same could be said about the writing. So how does he follow up what I thought was an incredible platformer that was Psyconauts? Brutal Legend.      While Brutal legend isn't nearly as good as it's hyped up to be, one thing is still the same, the fantastic characters and even funnier dialogue. The rest is just filler, it seems. It starts off as a action game, ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

This game rocks, but has flawed gameplay. 0

Yes, Brutal Legend rocks more than any other game before it, more even than Guitar Hero. Meet Eddie Riggs, who is a essentially a badass dude sent into a heavy metal world to rock out and to kill some heavy metal monsters. This whole heavy metal inspired game is pretty awesome just due to its content, but flawed gameplay makes this game struggle a bit. Firstly, this game isn't very long. It took me just over 5 hours to complete this game. Yes, you can go back and do all the side quests, as this ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Brutal Legend Review 0

  I have to start this review letting the reader know something… I was completely biased towards this game from the moment I saw the metal setting, Jack Black, Tim Shafer, and panthers that shoot lasers out of their eyes. Now, since that’s out of the way… Brutal Legend is a story of Eddie Riggs, a roadie for a modern day “metal” band. After an accident at the start of the game, Eddie is transported into a mystical age, where metal influenced everything from clothing to architecture. Within the ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Compelling, but spread a touch too thin. 0

Aside from a list of memorable titles logged away somewhere in the back of my mind, I don’t have any sort of connection to Tim Schafer.  The attention he’s received in the past for being one of the few minds in game development to successfully incorporate humor into the medium is definitely something I recognize him for, but despite owning a copy of Psychonauts, I have never once played one of his games.     In a way I had no expectations going into Brutal Legend, and in another I’d caugh...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Brutal Legend 0

Brutal Legend Brutal Legend is the game that could not decide what it wanted to be. When you begin the game it leads you to believe that the game is going to be a third person action game. It continues this way for about the first quarter of the game. Then the game takes a severe turn to a real time strategy game. It was a very hard concept to understand going from a free world adventure game to learning how to control your armies to attack the enemy. If they had stuck with a 3 person acti...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Brutal Victory 0

 Intro Brutal Legends is the new game from the mind of Tim Schafer that stars Jack Black. This leads to two important questions, first, douse it live up to Tim Schafer's masterpiece Psychonauts? And Is this just another Tenacious D but in game form? the answer to both is no Story Eddie is the world's greatest roadie, and a lover of metal. Unfortunately he lives in the age of Linken Park and Beastie Boys. When a stage stunt goes wrong Eddie is crushed, some of his blood drips into his belt buckle...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Not Quite Legendary... 0

Jack Black stars as Eddie Riggs a roadie who is transported to another world during a stage accident. Although the premise may sound paper-thin, the brilliant pairing of designer Tim Schafer and Jack Black really bring the story and characters to life. Humor in games has been notoriously difficult to pull off and this is one of Brutal Legend's strongest selling points; its consistently funny. Jack Black has experience doing voice work (Kung Fu Panda) and his chops show, he makes Eddie Riggs a un...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Tim Shcafer delivers a Brütaly awesome world. 0

 It feels like so long ago that we first heard of the epic, Metal themed, Brütal Legend. Revered game developer Tim Schafer's (Monkey Island, Grim Fandango, Psychonauts)  latest project. And the game has changed a lot over development. From the moment I picked up his trusty double-edged battle axe, to his mighty guitar, Clemente, I felt the game blaring its metal-inspired landscape and soundtrack directly into my cranium. It gets the cake as far as creativeness goes in high-production-value game...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

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