Game: "Brutal Legend"
System: PlayStation 3
Genre: Strategy
Published by: Electronic Arts

Reviewer: Darkvare
Posted: 2/6/2011

Review: The first thing I like to say about Brutal Legend is that is geared towards an specific audience, the game throws you into a world inhabited by landscape creatures and even plants that all look taken right out of a metal album cover and to complete an already awesome package the game has a whopping 100 plus tack list of rocking tunes.

Now that the presentation of the game has been addressed let's talk about the most important aspect of any game, gameplay the game is set in an open world with mission advancing the story and of course side missions, let's talk about side missions first these are divided in a few kinds there's ambush missions where you and a team of your warriors attack and kill enemy units, racing missions which should be self-explanatory, turret defense in which you become a turret and defend a small area, hunting missions which task you with finding a determinate number of a certain creature and killing it and mortar missions where you help a mortar aim kill enemy troops.

Controls work well (however I'm puzzled by the lack of jump button) as we all know consoles aren't exactly great for rts games so this is where the gameplay suffers for example if you want to issue an order to your troops you have to be near them, you don't have an overview of the map and sometimes your units won't do what you want.

Now let's talk about story and story missions, the game tells the fantastic story of how eddie rigs a simple roadie travels to an incredible land of metal not sure of what to do he slowly treads the path to become the ultimate hero of metal uncovering bits of his past in the process, story missions are separated in 3 kinds, the first being finding and recruiting units which most of the time involves going through a dungeon or linear field to accomplish a simple objective or fight a boss and then there are the RTS battles which can be very tough cause you have to find a good strategy and using the correct units to counter the enemies.

In the end Brutal Legend shines mostly for its lovingly crafted atmosphere than its compelling but sadly flawed mix of gameplay styles but I tell you if you can knuckle under the minor gameplay flaws there is a great game to be enjoyed here.

Overall rating: WholeWholeWholeWhole
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

Forum Virgin
Feb 7th, 2011, 06:01 PM
I loved this game through and through. I sort of felt the RTS stuff felt tacked on because, while its fun, it didn't feel like it belonged. I would have been more then happy with an all out 3rd person action game -and a jump button! But other then that all I can really say is that I wish it was longer because I really felt that, even though you can mess around way after the games credits, that it ended far too soon.

I loved the world and I loved the soundtrack -but I've also been a metal head from the womb so while I find it the perfect mix of visuals and sound not many people maybe on the bus with me on that one.

Just a great game though with a lot of love put into it, too bad it did so bad that it pushed Double Fine into making DLC games for the consoles and completely nixed the thought of a sequel.
That guy...
Feb 7th, 2011, 09:08 PM
I guess I'll go on Amazon and see if I can find a used copy cheap and try it out.
Also, each one of those paragraphs are one sentence.
That guy...
Feb 7th, 2011, 10:01 PM
Also, good review.
Feb 8th, 2011, 06:19 AM
I liked this game but I found it puzzling that they thought heavy metal fans would also be rts fans. Makes no sense at all and the game suffered for it. If this had been just a combat/platformer then it would have sold amazingly well. My theory on this is based on the final boss battle, where instead of doing some stupid stage battle with him where you are too busy rallying troops to face him one on one, you actually (gasp!) fight the boss!

Even though it was one of the weaker boss battles in gaming history it was infinately more satisfying than some of the other "boss battles" in the game where it's RTS.
Feb 9th, 2011, 10:21 PM
Great game except the RTS was PAINFUL.
Ranting Swede
Feb 10th, 2011, 07:39 PM
Its true that the game was made for a specific audience, I didnt care for it, but one of my best friends loved it to death. I mean, i thought the open-ness of the game was pretty cool, but the style, comedy, and music werent really my thing. But my friend loved everything about it, so more power to it!
Feb 11th, 2011, 01:34 PM
Any game with 3 Inches of Blood in it fits me fine.
Feb 11th, 2011, 06:50 PM
Despite it's flaws, I still managed to have a really good time with this game.
Forum Virgin
Feb 11th, 2011, 10:04 PM
I'll have to check this game out. I mean, it's Jack Black. Something with Jack Black in it can't be bad, right?
Feb 12th, 2011, 06:09 PM
^ Someone didn't see Year One.
Feb 14th, 2011, 01:00 PM
Or Nacho Libre
Feb 14th, 2011, 09:19 PM
It's a good review, I just had to ignore the grammatical errors. x___x Damn being an English major.
Forum Virgin
Feb 26th, 2011, 04:27 PM
It's a good review, I just had to ignore the grammatical errors. x___x Damn being an English major.
No, that upset me too.
Feb 26th, 2011, 07:47 PM
Originally Posted by Pentegarn View Post
Or Nacho Libre
or Envy

or basically everything he's been in

h8 jack black
Mar 7th, 2011, 06:44 PM
I would love to see another game with this sort of theme or scenery but be more of an action, brawler, or RPG type game. That's just my taste though.
Forum Virgin
Mar 20th, 2011, 08:25 PM
Good review, however, I am compelled to comment on the grammar. I don't mean to sound like an English teacher. Review commas; a mundane issue but, it no less affects your professionalism.
Forum Virgin
Apr 3rd, 2011, 10:29 AM
I have to say this game was a disappointment. I was stoked for it since it was first revealed in a GI cover story but it feels way to rushed. Very short, gameplay is a mixed bag and a lot of repetitive side missions. Coulda been great, but it just isn't.