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"It’s the ultimate tribute act, with metal in its soul and a heart as warm as a stage light." - PCGamer.com
"Brutal Legend is a tour de force that wraps up humor, music, and clever gameplay into one highly polished package." - IGN.com
Brütal Legend is an action-adventure that marries visceral action combat with open-world freedom. Set in a universe somewhere between Lord of the Rings and Spinal Tap, it’s a fresh take on the action/driving genre, which in this case is full of imitation cover bands, demons intent on enslaving humanity and Heavy metal tunes. Featuring the talents of comedian, actor and musician, Jack Black as super roadie Eddie Riggs, as well as cameos by some of the biggest names in metal music it's a wild ride in the belly of the beast that is not to be missed by gamers and Metalheads alike.
Included as a free bonus in the PC version of Brütal Legend are both the Hammer of Infinite Fate and Tears of the Hextadon multiplayer map packs.
The vivid and wildly creative world of Brütal Legend is brought to life through a spate of chrome, leather, rocker babes, epic music, fire-breathing/stud-wearing beasts, mountains made of guitar amps, and more. Follow Eddie as he embarks on a tour of epic destruction with an axe, a guitar, and his minions as he commands the power of rock in epic band battles. It’s lighter-flicking awesomeness that will melt your face clean off.
Brütal Legend’s combat is a combination of classic action slasher and real time strategy mechanics. Melee and ranged combat come from your double-sided broadaxe and demon-slaying, pyrotechnic-creating guitar. Add that 1-2 punch to a guitar solo mechanic that can summon objects, buff your teammates, or cripple your opponents, and you have a deep, gratifying core gameplay combat loop that is fun for the hardcore and accessible for the casual. On top of that, players will journey from Roadie to Rock God by commanding legions of metalheads into Brütal Victory and sending troops charging into battle.
A Streaming Open World:
Brütal Legend gives you the freedom to walk, drive, or fly anywhere in a fully streaming open world whose art style is inspired by some of the most iconic and hilariously rad metal album covers ever created. Every vista in the beautiful universe of Brütal Legend looks like it was pulled from a Frank Frazetta painting.
Packed With Cameos and Voice Talent:
Brütal Legend is full of cameos from gods of metal like Lemmy Kilmister, Rob Halford, Lita Ford, and many, many others. It has a MASSIVE metal soundtrack from every era of metal music: 1970’s classic metal to 1980’s hair metal to the scarier cousins of 1990’s metal. And of course, Jack Black pays the ultimate homage to metal as Eddie the Roadie, continuing the theme from the work of his band, Tenacious D and his previous films like School of Rock and High Fidelity.
4v4 "skirmish" multiplayer marries action combat with a strategic unit-control mechanic. As the leader of one of the factions in the game, the player will direct his armies in a Battle of the Bands where the trophy is survival. Brütal Legend’s multiplayer is online-enabled, so you can conquer your friends online (broadband connection required for online play).
The music in Brütal Legend is truly massive. Made up of 108 of the most rocking tracks from 75 different bands representing every sub-genre of metal, it is something to experience in and of itself.
Jump into the heavy metal world.cdp_star | Feb. 7, 2014 | See all cdp_star's reviews »
In this game that aims at recovery of social status of true metal music, the prominent musician is appearing here and there as important characters. And the game has the feature to use music like magic by using a musical instrument as arms. Although it seems to be strange game, the game balance was not so bad and I was able to enjoy this battle system.
However, for the sake of a setting of the game, since the dark world with particular color sky continues, a game scene is sometimes obscure, and I cannot mention the 3D modeling was beautiful. At least I felt the heroine was enough attractive and I can recommend to play it, if you like action RPG.
This game is EPIC!SonicusZ | Feb. 4, 2014 | See all SonicusZ's reviews »
If you enjoy metal music and hack and slash games Get This!!! This is an awesome hack and slash type of game with RTS elements! It has a great story! It can be quite funny at times and is simply a blast to play! I'm on my second playthrough of this game right now and it still makes me smile! The humor throughout is very nice and I feel like I keep learning new strategies with the gameplay! It has an amazing world to explore and a lot to do! Check it out!
An epic adventure of epicosity!damienjameswebb | Feb. 3, 2014 | See all damienjameswebb's reviews »
the gameplay is chunky and they throw you for a loop when it turns out to be a RTS, but this game is amazing for story alone. your a roadie that gets thrown into a mystical land driven by rock and metal music. this game works a little bit better on console than it did on pc however. the optimization was not all that great with is a shame because the RTS style would have worked perfectly. That however is the only downside i have with this game. the characters are well written and voiced, and the art direction was spot on for what a rock and roll god fueled amazingness should be.
A grand tribute to heavy metalsonicchaos | Jan. 28, 2014 | See all sonicchaos's reviews »
What is it about? Heavy metal. That's what it's about. The whole game revolves around rock music and everything related. We control Eddie Riggs (obviously Jack Black), a roadie who has a stage accident and is transported in a heavy metal fantasy world where he meets Ophelia and her friends Lars and Lita, who rebel against tyrant General Lionwhyte. Eddie gladly helps them by building an army and rages war against Lionwhyte, not knowing that behind the scene hides an even dangerous presence.
How does it look? The game's world is composed of heavy metal elements everywhere, from rock guitars sticking out of the ground to metal trees and motorcycle boars. The contents of the inspirations are so many, it would take me days to enumerate. It's like Jack Black in particular took the time and, with his known passion, created a list of everything that must be created in order to make the perfect heavy metal world. And Tim Schafer just gave the okay, as he's also a big heavy metal fan. I don't know if I'm correct, but it sure sounds about right. It's not supposed to be that photorealistic world we see in many triple A games, but it is a visual artistic marvel, with cartoony characters and caricature monsters and enemies, great animation that syncs with the graphics and a detailed, fairly big world.
How does it sound? Are you kidding? It's heavy metal Heaven? What do you think it sounds like? Def Leppard, Black Sabbath, Dimmu Borgir, Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne, Scorpions, Megadeth, Manowar, Rob frikin Zombie and so much many more, totalling 107 tracks from 75 different bands, plus over 70 minutes of originals score by Peter McConnell. And with a cast like Jack Black, Tim Curry, Rob Halford, Jennifer Hale, Lemmy Kilmister, Lita Ford and Ozzy Osbourne himself playing as the Guardian of Metal you can only expect pure awesomeness.
What does it play like? The game plays like a hack-n-slash action-adventure game from a third person perspective. We drive around in The Deuce, half enemies with the double-bladed axe aptly named "The Separator" and melt people faces with his trusty guitar Clementine, with which the player has to perform a short minigame similar to the Rock Band gameplay. Everything is perfect and all, until we get to the strategy part of the game. Boy, what a piece of uninspired mess! You suddenly grow wings and have to command small troops while at the same time must intervene personally, otherwise you'll just lose. I personally hate this feature of the gameplay and hoped I could somehow skip it or just do all that from the ground, but once you get to the later boss fight (because that's what these basically are), there's just no way in avoiding failing over and over again until you find that exact specific strategy you have to perform. It's awfully stupid and I hope that, if they ever give a try for another instalment, and I hope they will, just hold the onion, please! Overall, it's a great game, dragged only by a small gameplay feature that doesn't even fit well with the rest of the game. Oh, and there's also multiplayer.
A pleasant indie surpriseMatlair | Jan. 20, 2014 | See all Matlair's reviews »
I honestly didn't expect a game like this when I got it from the Humble Bundle. The story is nice, the voice acting is brilliant and the music is freaking awesome. The animations may be a little sloppy and the gameplay may not be as fluid as it could be, but that isn't stopping Brütal Legend from being an awesome game that is definitely worth your time and money.