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Review - Brütal Legend

PCN Review: Brutal Legend
Posted on October 18, 2009 by Erik
 

If you've been waiting for the latest and greatest games to drop and aren't a fan of the music genre, you might take a glance at Brutal Legend and dismiss it as something not worth your time—this would be a mistake. From gameplay to music to story, Brutal Legend is absolutely incredible and is the homage to heavy metal that fans have been waiting for.

The game centers around the main character of Eddie Riggs, a roadie for what has to be the worst "metal" (and I use the term VERY loosely) band I've ever heard of, "Kabbage Boy." After saving one of the members ("Please let him fall!") from an (un)timely meeting with concrete, Riggs gets the stage dropped on him, and this is where the fun begins. Actually it starts off as soon as you put the disc in with something very special, but I won't spoil the surprise.

After having the stage dropped on him, Riggs is transported to a heavy metal universe and has to save humanity from oppressive demons. Sounds like your standard fare right? Trust me, it is not. For those of us that grew up with Meatloaf and Black Sabbath all the way to contemporary bands such asDragonForce , the entire landscape looks like it was based on a number of heavy metal album covers. There are also plenty of inside jokes, one of which occurs in the demo at the very end. Again I won't spoil it, but if you know your bands you'll chuckle.

And this is another thing that sets the game apart from other titles: the humor. As the box says, it is DEFINITELY intended for a mature audience, although you can turn off the gore and bleep out any offensive language. Should you choose to do this, any raised middle fingers will have the infamous Parental Advisory sticker slapped across them. Jack Black's delivery of Riggs is a major part of the game's appeal as he really gives the character his all, and because he is a fan of the music himself, it sounds like he is having fun. The same can be said of the entire voice cast, from some of the bigger cameos (you'll love these), all the way down to theIronheades.

The game world is very large, and is designed as a sandbox (a game style where you have a main quest, but you can also do side-quests and are generally encouraged to explore the environment—much like theGTA series). The more side-quests you accomplish, the more you can trick out the Druid Plow as well as your weapons and fighting techniques. The gameplay itself is a sort of hybrid between third person action mixed with real-time strategy, which thankfully is kept simple. You have four basic commands at your disposal and can always enter the fray yourself. Controls are tight and driving the Druid Plow is quite a lot of fun, although you always have the option of going on foot.

The graphics are colorful and chock-full of heavy metal references that are used as major landmarks within the land. There are no clipping issues to speak of, and everything has a very polished look to it.

Sound is a major portion of the game and I'm happy to report that all sub-genres of heavy metal (thrash, speed, black, and so forth) are well represented. Of course, there are mainstays such as Scorpions and Black Sabbath, but there are also bands such as the aforementioned DragonForce and Cloven Hoof. Anthrax, Motorhead , Ozzy Osbourne, and many others are in here as well. As a matter of fact, there are 108 tracks from 75 different bands, which ensures that the music will not get repetitive.

Multiplayer will keep you going long after the single-player campaign is finished, and with leaderboards and upcoming downloadable content, this, like Batman, could be a contender for game of the year.

In short, this is the perfect metal game and will be fun even for those who aren't fans of the music.

9.0
Graphics
Polished and perfectly representative to the heavy metal genre as a whole. But then what would you expect with Tim Schafer heading the project up?
9.9
Sound
Seriously, you will love this game for the atmosphere, voice acting and especially the music. The voice actors really get into their roles and there is more than one laugh out loud moment.
9.5
Gameplay
Fun doesn't even begin to describe it—between everything to be found and your interactions with denizens of the world, you'll be at this a long time.
9.5
Replay Value
There are a lot of optional missions and side-quests, add that to the online multiplayer and you'll be playing for a while.
9.5
Overall
This game is fun, funny and has much more than just the single player experience. If you're looking for something truly unique, then give this one a spin.
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Brütal Legend BRüTAL LEGEND
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Double Fine
Genre: Adventure
ESRB: Not Yet Rated
Release: 2009-10-13
Wished: 0
PCN Rating: 9.5

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