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Genre: Action & Shooter / Suitable for 15 years and over / Release Date: 2009-10-16 / Published by Electronic Arts

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      26.02.2014 04:35
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      Face-melting game that made you wish you wore a bib to protect your shirt. Awesome.

      From the comfort of my bedroom I was transported to an awesome world of metal, mayhem and merch-booths. We begin as Eddie Riggs, the legendary roadie of a terrible band that take advantage of his skill as a roadie and ultimately are the cause of his death at the beginning of the game. What's more, he's voiced by Jack Black who delivers the humour in the game like no other could. Plus you get the option of ridding the game of swearing and gore.

      ***Plot***

      After getting blood into his belt buckle after a piece of stage scenery crushes him, Eddie is transported to another world. Eddie wakes up in the temple of Ormagoden- the "Eternal Fire Beast"- where we first get our hands on some weapons and can slay some bad guys with rocking guitar solos and axes to the face. Here we meet the protagonist's love interest too, Ophelia and build a vehicle called the "Deuce". Ophelia is part of a resistance group against General Lionwhyte- clearly a character inspired by Glam Rock and David Bowie in particular- and Emperor Doviculus- the main antagonist with the sultry voice of Tim Curry- and introduces Eddie to the rest of the group- Lita and Lars, names also associated with metal.
      The four go on a journey to defeat the enemies and their cohorts, and gain allies along the way. These journeys include the rescuing of thousands of workers in a mine pit being forced to smash rocks with their heads. This is a comical reference to the popular association of metal with head-banging. These also make for useful allies because of their strong necks and heads are able to head-but enemies, plus Eddie can team up with them to form a mosh-pit, another creative reference. Some other missions include saving friends from Lyonwhyte's "Pleasure Tower", making weapons from the creature known as "Razorhog", and trying to heal a friend with the help of a guy who looks as if he's jumped right out of the band Motorhead and bass strings crafted by giant man-eating metal spiders are needed to heal the guy. You know, the usual. The ultimate goal is to put an end to the demonic Emperor Doviculus and close the "Sea of Black Tears"- a source of power for certain enemies but also drives them insane after drinking. Plus the gore is gruesomely awesome. There are plot twists along the way and I felt so connected to the storyline and was hooked to the very end. There are also unlockable stories through finding artefacts of legend throughout the world. Moreover, there were some hilarious lines such as "Silence ground walker!" and "Defend this pile of crap with your very lives!" and who could forget "Decapitation!" And I love how Eddie has gone to this alternate world, yet he still sticks to his job as one hell of a Roadie.

      ***Gameplay***

      The combat was so enjoyable in this game that I was hooked from the beginning. As soon as I picked up the axe, it felt so slick and easy to control. It was just simple pleasure killing the demonic enemies. The guitar was awesome, and could have different powers the same as the axe, and it felt epic setting enemies on fire from far away using a guitar. However it didn't end there. As battles were started the gameplay evolved, becoming almost a Real-Time Strategy game. Running around the battlefield- and later on flying- you command your allies to attack or defend certain objects, the base or just attack enemies. You can also instruct them to follow you, and can even order only certain groups to specific jobs. You're still part of the battle though. There is no sitting back for Eddie Riggs. You still need to hack and slash, command your crew and perform guitar solos to build merch booths, summon your vehicle or perform deadly attacks. There are fan geysers dotted around the battlefields, and when battle commences, green or red burst of light erupt from these geysers- colour depending on if an enemy is near. Performing the "Fan Tribute" solo will build a merchbooth around them, claiming them as yours, unless the enemy knocks it down. Fans collected can be used to call more allies to the battlefield from your base- which is a stage. The guitar solos are achieved by a small quick time event, where the player sees all the notes to play on a stave and they press the correct buttons eg 'A' is a certain note and 'B' another. My favourite of these being the "Facemelter," where we witness enemies faces well...melting.

      ***Setting***

      Gorgeous. Absolutely breath-taking. Each part of the world is so unique and creative that I can practically recall every little detail. Bladehenge, the main base for our resistance group, has a giant sword impaling the ground and is surrounded by fields. There is also a giant cross-shaped rock. There are cliffs beside it with the evil Doviculus or Lionwhyte engraved into them, and can be changed later to yourself or other characters of your choosing, hinting that they are always watching. The skies are constantly littered with meteors, fire and the most beautiful colours I've ever seen. Every area of land has some sort of metal objects scattered around them. Even the spider-webs are made of metal.

      ***Soundtrack***

      And I can't speak of setting without mentioning the soundtrack. Nothing sets the atmosphere of this game more than the epic 127 track strong metal soundtrack. Nothing beats escaping a collapsing tower filled with demons trying to attack you to "Through the Fire and Flames." And nothing sets the atmosphere better than entering the Spiderqueen's lair to the slow instrumental of "Cry of the Banshee." The most memorable part of the soundtrack relating to the world for me though was the part of the world that seems to be inspired by the "Black Metal" genre, since passing by graveyards, walking by ghostly "Bride" enemies and trudging through murky, foggy, creepy swamps are not creepy enough without the addition of an eerie melody.

      ***Character Design***

      The allies are nicely designed and inspired. Most of the characters look as if they are inspired by famous rock stars. Ozzy Osbourne even has a cameo as the "Guardian of Metal." It is great how everyday tasks are seen as heroic in this world seeing as Eddie uses his guitar to slay enemies, the "Thunderhog" unit is a bassist that heals you, the organist on the enemies' side saps ally motivation. The allies known as "Zaulia" wear face paint that resemble that of KISS.

      The design of the enemy armies are outstanding and I love how creative they are. This is especially in the Black Metal region, where we see creepy enemies such as emo-zombie-like gravediggers that attack with spades, large scary looking dudes with fat stomachs- that is until they vomit a plague of hungry rats your way that easily destroy vehicles, possessed prams that spit out evil dolls that munch through your vehicle and skin, and large spider like creatures that are actually said to be a woman's head who dipped her hair into the sea of black tears and after she died her hair dragged her head out of the grave detached from her body, her hair becoming her spider legs. Lovely. Doviculus' faction "The Tainted Coil" all have different designs too, all dressed up in some "S&M type wear" while Lionwhyte's oppressed "Hair Metal Melitia" share his love of big hair and bright colours and Glam Rock.

      Such careful consideration is put into designing each group of allies and enemies from every level from Glam Rock to Black/Goth Metal which I think is fantastic.


      ***Extras***

      Even after completion you still can do other things such as secondary missions, freeing "Bound Serpents", unlocking all songs and artefacts of legend or simply exploring the worlds in your vehicle, which is great to ride about in and listen to music you want to (as you can edit your playlist).

      ***Rating***

      5/5. Couldn't flaw much of it. Completely underrated game and deserves praise especially on its design.

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        31.03.2011 18:47
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        One for the rental list.

        When I read about the upcoming release of Brutal Legend in the official Xbox Magazine, I was really excited! Jack Black, Metal and Brutality? Sounded like my kind of thing. Reviews for the game pre-release looked promising, and I was looking forward to buying the game on release day. The game was released in the autumn of 2009 by EA Games and Double Fine; I went down to my local Gamestation to get myself a copy.

        Gameplay:

        You play the character of Eddie Riggs voiced by Jack Black, a roadie in the real world for a god awful band called Kabbage Boy. He is transported to a fantasy world of metaaaal!
        There are over 80 different characters in game; there are several main characters that help Eddie along his journey through the main story. Along the way you acquire new allies such as head bangers, sound technicians, and loads more. Each character has a different ability which helps you in "stage battles". Then there are groups of "bad guys" associated with different genres of music. There are the Glam Rockers, fronted by General Lionwhyte who was based on David Bowie, who flies around using his luscious locks. His minions include leather clad women, big hair, big boobs and bad attitude. Then there's the Emo's, the dark moody minions in their stripy jumpers hiding their even moodier faces under their massive fringes.

        You're weapons against the enemies in game are "Clementine" your Flying V guitar, which has magical abilities in the metal world, and a Hot Rod called The Druid Plow, or The Deuce. You unlock new abilities and brutal kills by completing missions through the game. You can also upgrade The Deuce at the Motor Forge whose owner is Ozzy Ozbourne. Upgrades include new weaponry including a machine gun or rocket launcher for the vehicle. You're flying V can be used to slay enemies, whether it be by using it as an axe or by playing a solo like "face melter" which does what it says on the tin, it melts the face of your enemies. The solos require you to press certain buttons on the control pad in a specific order.

        Graphics:

        The art style for the game is inspired very much by the metal music scene, and various artists album covers. Views are pretty stunning from high points in the game, and the characters are cartoon looking, but smooth and colorful. I read somewhere that they had help from someone who used to work for Pixar, which you can tell from the cut scenes and what not. Unfortunately the graphics aren't enough to save the game.

        Sound:

        The soundtrack for me was awesome; with a mixture of old school metal and some newer bands. Riding around the vast open metal world listening to the likes of Motorhead, Saxon, Slayer, Ozzy Ozbourne and Tenacious D, there are over 100 tracks by 75 different artists.

        Longevity:

        For me there wasn't much longevity, as I quickly became bored of the side missions and stage battles which are offered on multiplayer. There was just so much more that could have been done to keep me interested. Others will differ but it just didn't keep me going.

        Downloadable Content:

        Two pieces of downloadable content were released for the game, but I returned the game once I'd finished the main quest and most of the side missions. Included in the packs were new multiplayer maps, characters, costumes and upgrades for The Deuce.

        Overall:

        I absolutely loved the soundtrack to the game, and some of the brutal ways of slaying the enemy. However, the game was highly repetitive especially with the side quests. The stage battles became highly frustrating and repetitive towards the end of the game, and I was left feeling gutted that I'd paid the full price for the game. I was happy that it was different in many ways to other games on the market, with funny dialogue and a good soundtrack it kept me interested for a couple of hours, but there could have been so much more done to it.

        The multiplayer side of the game is just more stage battles, and I lost interest quite quickly. I never bothered with any of the DLC as I took the game back once I'd completed the main quest and most of the side missions. The game definitely wasn't worth keeping for that amount of money, others will disagree with my opinion and say the game is brilliant but that's the beauty of this site.
        I'd recommend the game, but only as a rental. Although you can pick it up quite cheaply now in game stores.

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        12.01.2011 22:07
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        Overall a fun game, not to be taken seriously

        Brutal legend is overall good game at the right price at ten to fifteen pounds then you have got yourself a good game which has a fun storyline not to be taken serious as any fan of Jack Black should know. The online mode is a bit of a let down purely down to the lack of numbers playing the game, so finding a game is near impossible.
        The online can be a bit strange without playing a sufficient amount of the campaign as you can be left wondering what the purpose actually is. The campaign is comical at various times which is big must for such a game. Although the storyline is quite predictable it still presented in nice way so your not all that disappointed at being right from the beginning.
        The music in the game on a whole is good but due to the game being quite easy to complete and my shear lacking of ever visiting the upgrade and unlockables store I never really unlocked many songs. The choice of weapons in the store were all good ideas but really not all that necessary which is a pity, if the game was slightly harder then players would feel more obligated to upgrade and unlock weapons, which in turn would probably lead to a re-run of the game but the sheer easiness leads the game to get quite boring.
        The various rock people and creatures, are all quite good with each as expected having their own strengths and weaknesses which is good if you want a bit of strategy in your games. Jack Black's voice-over is quite funny at times but does begin to get rather annoying with some of the catchphrases used far to often. Ozzy isn't featured enough though and literally says two phrases throughout the entire game.

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          13.05.2010 21:22
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          Buy It, I URGE YOU TO BUY BRUTAL LEGEND AND BE AMAZED!

          I must say, this game has good outcomes when I saw the trailer in June, I was really looking forward to having in Rocktober (October) and by the time it was released, I bought it straight away and my, my, my its awesome!
          The storyline is absolutely brilliant, You play as Eddie Riggs (Jack Black) who is a metal roadie that transports to the age of METAL after an incident in a concert encounters many outcomes such as demons, chicks, headbangers, you name them, Tim and the team has just got great imaginations.

          The story drags you on, but the letdown that people tend to say is the Stage Battle mode. To be honest, I find the stage battles entertaining, yes it may be hard or boring or a letdown, but I just find it enjoyable and really fun to crack using your initiative and awareness of your army and opponents.

          The gameplay on single player is amazing with great twist of the turn and beautiful graphics beyond but short sadly, but i'm having a good feeling that there will be another sequel coming up. Even if you complete the story or halfway through the story, you get to play side missions which includes Racing Fletus, Hunting Challenges, Sneak Attacks, and many more!

          The Characters, well, what can I say, they have chosen the correct cast for all of the characters from Black to Osbourne to Halford is the all star rock casts alongside with additional characters of Ophelia (Jennifer Hale: Metal Gear Solid), Lars (Zach Hanks: Call of Juarez-Blood in Bound) and many more playing the good roles to the game.

          The soundtrack is MINT! The metal music is just a J for Jackpot! Enough Said.

          The multiplayer is again the stage battle as you encounter on single player, you get to play three armies which are Ironheade, Drowning Doom and The Tainted Coil. Each leader gets its own advantages and disadvantages and you need to good strategy to take out the opposition's stage.

          Overall, a good game, short story, but still has the flow to urge you to buy this game for any Metal, Comedy and Fantasy Fans out there. But to me, I loved it by a mile! It's currently priced in between £9.99-£20 but is a real bargain.

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          26.11.2009 18:33

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          If your a fan of Tim Schafer games you'll love this

          Brutal Legend really took me by surprise, I wasn't expecting much but it turned out to be a funny and different gaming experience.

          Jack Black is amazing in this game, and I'm not his biggest fan. His personality suits the main character, Eddy Riggs a roadie, and emotes in the right places. The other voice cast such as Ozzy and Lemmy from Motorhead also fit in well to the heavy metal universe.

          Tim Schafer knows how to deliver comedy in video games and Brutal Legend is no exception. Humour has to be handled very differently in interactive form and this is a prime example of how it should be done. One-liners are delivered excellently by Jack Black and the other cast.

          Brutal Legends downfall is that it tries to encompass too many genres at once. It has real time strategy elements, open world driving and action adventure. The problem is that Brutal Legend isn't excellent at each of these things. Which is a shame considering the scope of the game.

          Graphically the world is brilliantly realised in a heavy metal sense. Artefacts such as giant skulls and hot rod cars fit in perfectly with the location. Even the main menu screen is impressive.

          The soundtrack is a superb mix of heavy metal. It may not be to everyone's taste but it adds to the atmosphere of the setting.

          Overall, Brutal Legend is an enjoyable experience but is let down by trying to do too many things instead of focusing on a few.

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          Buy It Nowwwwwwwwww!!

          As a huge metal fan, I was quite excited when I heard the news of Brutal Legend. And on top of that Jack Black, Lemmy and Ozzy would also feature in the game? Great! Thy shall feast on the awesomeness that is Brutal Legend, and bask in the pool of heavy metal perfection, for here is but a game that is more wicked than Satan himself, more evil than Death and more rocking than the Stones. Double Fineeeee.

          The story is bizarre, but a good type of bizarre. You play as roadie Eddie Riggs, he prides himself upon pleasing the fans and ensuring the show goes to plan without ever being seen. Eddie is mysteriously transported to a far away world, ruled by demons and the sinister, but ridiculous looking, General Lionwhyte. He joins the fight for humanity, and sets about ridding the world of these vile beasts. Learning that his best weapons are The Separator, his axe, and the power of metal found in Clementine, his guitar, and with some help along the way, Eddies story is one of excitement, love and general awesomeness.

          The thing was, I picked up Brutal Legend expecting it to be some 8 hour, slightly-boring metal-fest, but what we have here is something I did not expect at all. He have depth, depth in the game itself and in the characters. As the story progresses you learn more about the characters and in turn actually care about their outcome. This is probably down to the killer voice acting, headlined of course by Jack Black, who does a superb job with the loveable badass Eddie Riggs, ontop of that we have Ozzy Osborne as the Guardian of Metal and Lemmy as the Kilmister. Probably some of the best voice acting I've seen in a game to date.

          For the first couple hours of the game I thought BL was going to be the usual seen-it-all-before hack and slash third person adventure game, and to be honest even if it had of stuck with this formula it still would have been heaps of fun. But you soon uncover the RTS monster than dwells below, and before you know it your having so called "Stage Battles". It basically follows any usual RTS game, you have a source of income (Fans), capture points/resources (Green Geysers), a command base (your stage), and units. There are actually a fair selection of units here, from your basic head bangers to pig-gun wielding super babes. The nice thing is about the RTS side of the game, is that your actually there in the action. So while your controlling your army, your also down in the dirt delivering justice to these fowl foes. But like all other RTS games on console ever, BL doesn't really work. Commanding your troops is extremely hard, getting them to go exactly where you want them to go, or attack the target you want can be frustrating. I found myself just letting them do what they wanted to do while I ran about decapitating things. Decapitatiooonnnnnnn!

          The graphics are actually pretty spot on, they're not super realistic and they don't intend to be. Brutal Legend knows it's a game and so looks like one. Lots of dark broody levels as you would expect from a Heavy Metal settings, but also some bright colours and nice textures bring the game to life. It's a gory game no doubt, with a lot of blood and limbs flying everywhere, but it only adds to its charm, and if you really don't like it, you can turn it off! The sound, as you would expect in a game that's so reliant on music, is utterly mint. The soundtrack is great, a lot of rocky, metaly songs from bands such as Slayer, Ozzy and Judas Priest. On top of that the sound effects are great, the sounds of the riffs especially. Aesthetically the game is very pleasing.

          In terms of replayability? Yea I would play it again, only because the experience was so fun the first time round. However if your one of those weird, collector, have to have everything 100% sort of people your gonna love this game. There is plenty to collect and its going to take you hours! Whether it be landscape viewpoints of the killer jumps found throughout the world. On top of that there is a bunch of extras to unlock, mostly concept art but its still worth unlocking. Its not a game you'll be taking back to the shop within a week.

          Overall Brutal Legend is a gem, I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did. Everything feels great about the game, the music, the feel of the world and the gameplay. If there was one gripe I had it would be that the RTS side cant be a bit flawed in telling your army what to do, but it can be overlooked, and should be. While the games obviously aimed at metal and rock fans, I would recommend it for anyone as it is a good game. But I would rather carve my intestines out with a butter knife than take the metal charm and humour away from BL. Buy now.

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            27.10.2009 09:16
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            A worthy tribute to Metal.

            Brütal Legend

            If there's one person who I feel slightly sorry for in gaming, it's probably Tim Schafer. He's a fantastic game designer with some quality adventure games like Monkey Island, Grim Fandango and Psychonaunts. But, as Psychonaunts recently proved, they suffer from disappointing sales. Psychonaunts, in particular, barely managed to scrape in the 100,000 sale margin. However, despite some nasty lawsuits from those di*** at Activision who wanted the game back after dropping it, we're finally getting Brütal Legend from Double Fine and EA. It's finally time for Heavy Metal to make a comeback with this tribute to an understated music genre. Are the crazy music, genre-meshing gameplay and Jack Black enough to warrant purchasing Brütal Legend?

            As roadie Eddie Riggs (Jack Black) sighs on how metal has been scrutonized to fit with the 'tween' demographic, he has an accident during a gig which causes his supposed death. However as some blood spills into his weird belt buckle, it summons the metal god Ormagoden and sends him back in time to a world where Metal preveils. As he brushed into a chick called Ophelia, he must help her and fellow comrades Lita and Lars start a revolution against an oppresive force that seems to want to scrutonize metal some more. If you've played a Double Fine game, you'll know that they are masters of story telling. The interesting and unique premise is bolstered by great characters which show fantastic emotion and expressions. It's also very funny, with some real Laugh-out-loud quips.

            Brütal Legend is a mix of different genres which have been changed to mesh together. When you're not playing through story missions, there's an open world available for you to explore, which once fully unlocked by completing the story missions, is pretty big. There's reason to explore too, with plenty of hidden collectibles like Bound Serpents which when freed will give you upgrades after finding ten, buried relics which will unlock motor forges or new songs for the 107 set, and Legends which when found give some more background on the world. As you find all these collectibles as well as complete missions, you earn fire tributes which unlock upgrades at Motorforges with none other than Ozzy Osbourne filling you in on what the upgrades do whether they are new guitar strings, vehicle upgrades and more. This means there is plenty of reason to explore the world as Eddie becomes even more awesome with upgrades.

            The world is also brought to life by the awesome art design. Each locale of the game is wildly different, whether it is a jungle, a dark sea of blood and more. The fantastically drastic weather constantly shakes things up whether it is changes in enemies because of weather and more. There's also wildlife and enemy patrols in the world, meaning just driving around could mean you'll wind up finding something. There are also some Easter eggs at the end of the game once you've completed the story. So if you're into just travelling around the world, this is the game for you. Unfortunately the game suffers from lacking side quests, which feature ambushing patrols, on-rail shooting sections and hunting/racing missions. They're, simply put, bland. But they give fire tributes so they're kinda worth doing, even if they aren't that great.

            Of course there is more to Brütal Legend than its world. There's a turning point in the campaign in which the game drastically changes genres. For about five or so missions, the game is a mostly standard hack 'n' slash game. You have standard attacks with your only weapon, an axe, which also is your blocking weapon. You also gain a guitar, which shakes up combat with some awesome solos which melt everyone's faces, drop a flaming zeplin into your position, or call on the wildlife for some primal smackdown. You can also electrify enemies with ranged attacks and one powerful explosion attack. The combat does slightly suffer from some stodgy moments usually from the iffy lock-on which can be awkward with multiple opponents. But, let's face it, melting everyone's faces never gets old, and there are plenty of other cool moves.

            However once you pass the fifth or so mission, the game completely shifts gameplay styles. What becomes of Brutal Legend is a real-time strategy game which is profoundly unique compared to the likes of Command & Conquer. Rather than shoving you in an armchair in the skies, you can contribute in the battle as you move around the fight as Eddie, or in multiplayer the leader of one of two other factions. With a press of the Right stick you can fly higher to see what's happening around the battlefield. Battles take place on a map and you must win by destroying the other faction's stage. However you can't attack the stage, meaning you need an army to attack, and you can't just whip up an army from the back of your sofa.

            Around the battlefield are fan gysers, blocked up by giant leech monsters. Once you've scared off these monsters with your squad, you can then play a solo and create a merch booth, which will gain you more fans. You can upgrade your stage which then lets you buy more different units and upgrade weaker units. Eventually, once you've bought all stage upgrades, you can summon the ultimate unit and send that, along with some back up, to destroy the other faction's stage. Of course, no one will let you do that easily, so expect resistance. Being rash can lead you losing your merch booths, your units, and eventually your stage.

            There are several different types of units. These include ranged vehicles and people, close quaters combat enemies and giant, yet the most expensive, units in the game. With all the units on screen at once you'd think it would be a pain commanding them, but that's not the case. You can simply command nearby units to follow, hold this position and defend it, attack in the general direction and more. You can also highlight an object like a fan gyser captured or an enemy merch booth/stage and then, when near your units, give a generally order to attack or defend the object. You can also order specific units by holding the Y button, which is a neat feature and generally this RTS doesn't suffer from any flaws with usually console games.

            The RTS element carries over to the multiplayer, which is basically the same as it is shown in the campaign, just with every unit and solo available from the get-go. You can choose any faction and have up to four players on each side, and it's pretty good fun and it's a pretty stable connection. However it's clear that the game relies on it's multiplayer for value, as the campaign is about 5 hours long if you just focus on story missions. You could extend that to about 15 hours if you find all the collectibles in the game, but the fact there is only campaign, skirmish with bots, and online (no splitscreen) multiplayer does dampen the appeal of buying at £40 somewhat, though it's a pretty awesome game while it lasts.

            What really steals the show is the game's presentation. As mentioned before the world is alive with detail and great effects, but there are some other really cool effects too. The big solos that fill the screen with fire and explosions are dazzling, and watching a zooming-in effect where you see the enemies face falling off never gets old. The story is backed up by terrific facial animation and expressions which show off some really emotions, with one point in the story where it was so sad I nearly cried. Unfortunately the scope of the game lets down the graphics down as in the open-world, the game constantly has pop-up ruining the world somewhat. And while the animation is stellar in cutscenes, it's kind of stiff during gameplay and fights.

            As a tribute to Metal, Brutal Legend rocked my socks off. This is mainly due to it's world, but also in part due to it's huge soundtrack. Black Sabbath, Motorhead, Anthrax and Megadeth; all the quality metal acts are here as well as more hidden hits and comedic tributes like Tenacious D. The voice acting is fantastic too, with quality work from famous Metal men like Jack Black, Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy from Motorhead and Rob Halford from Judas Priest. They all do a great job, as do the lesser known cast, of bring their respective characters to life. The awesome guitar solos that you'll play to melt people's faces among other things sound awesome and the squishy sound effects in combat make it more satisfying. And if gore and swearing isn't your thing then you can disable swearing and gore right at the start at the game.

            Is Brutal Legend good, bad or ugly?

            It's rare that you see something focused on the hidden gem of Metal music, and what a tribute Brütal Legend is. It's far from perfect, mainly because its value for money is limited thanks to a short campaign and few modes. However it's unique blend of open-world, hack 'n' slash and Real-time strategy makes one rocking experience. It's lively open-world is only slightly let down by bland side missions, but they are optional. The huge metal soundtrack, interesting and emotional story and hilarious moments all add up to a memorable, if kind of brief, experience. Some may stick their nose at its £40 price tag right now, but if you are in it for the experience, it's worth it.

            Controls: 8
            Gameplay: 9
            Graphics: 8
            Sound: 10
            Value: 7
            Overall: 8.4

            Brütal Legend was released on October (or Rocktober if you like) 16th, 2009 for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. It is rated 15+ strong language and bloody violence and is £35-40.

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              Brutal Legend
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              Brutal Legend is a non-stop homage to Heavy Metal. You step into the shoes of Eddie Riggs the greatest roadie of all time. Who must gather an army, to start a revolution and rid Heavy Metal Heaven of a grave evil.

              The writing is sharp and humour is present throughout the game. The cut scenes have embedded cameos and in jokes for any Metal fans to relish. Jack Black lends his voice to Eddie and he does it fantastically, you can really tell he loves this character.

              Actually all the voice acting is of a high quality as is the character development throughout the game. The graphics are cartoony but still suit and drag you into this surreal rock world.

              The combat has its own style, a simple melee with the axe and long range shooting attack with your guitar mix things up. You'll spend a large time driving through the single players open world, you'll also be running but for some reason you can't jump.

              Side quests don't vary a lot so although the environment might change it can become slightly repetitive. The campaign takes around 8-10 hours to complete. Brutal legend is an action adventure game that adds an open world and real time strategy game play to the mix.
              Both styles are sown together extremely well and the transition between them is flawless.

              The multiplayer is basically a real time strategy game for up-to 8 players, your home base takes the form of a rock stage, you gather fans which act as resources and you can recruit units until your army is large enough to launch an attack on the opposition's rock stage.
              The different units available have different abilities, one such move is 'the face melter' which pretty much does exactly what you think.

              Overall the bugs here are minor compared to rest of the experience which is a fantastic well polished Heavy Metal adventure. With the awesome sounds, visuals and comedy the gods of metal are pleased.

              Greg

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