Brutal Legend XBox 360 Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 9.0
Graphics 8.8
Sound 9.2
Value 9.0
Distributor: EA
Review Date:
October 2009
Reviewer:
James Wright

9.0


Brutal Legend

Starring Jack Black as Eddie Riggs, the world's greatest roadie, Brutal Legend is a homage to the world of Heavy Metal from yesterday that is oozing with metal references and actually a great story along the way.

Strap on your guitar and gather your head bangers because hell is about to get a rude awakening thanks to the powers of Eddie Riggs. It may sound like a bad 80's animated movie but Brutal Legend is actually a fun title that is quite reminiscent of those classic fantasy album covers by Frank Frazetta and Joe Petagno.

Features:

  • Roam through a massive open-world born from the hellfires of heavy metal
  • Rev up any vehicle, rock its weapons and crush the enemies of metal
  • Devastate with your guitar! Play face-melting solos that actually melt the faces of your enemies
  • Command savage armies and bang skulls in hand-to-hand combat
  • Rise like a bat out of hell to command blood-drenched action from above
  • Slay your friends and foes online. Then play guitar licks on their graves.
  • The most ultimate heavy metal soundtrack ever assembled in a game. Ever!

The story of Brutal Legend doesn't try to take itself too seriously and with the voice of Jack Black behind Eddie Riggs, you're pretty much guaranteed some great laughs along the way. Apart from Black, the game contains some brilliant voice acting by Ozzy Osbourne, Tim Curry and Rob Halford to name a few of the greats who also grace this title. To assist with the story, the game uses some brilliant cutscenes to progress the tale of Eddie and I must admit that this story is quite endearing in a world of seriousness, especially games of late.

At its dark heart, Brutal Legend is a third person action game that uses the clichéd old school world of Rock as its destination. Mixing together guitar riffs that allows you to in turn create spells and head bangers that can be summoned to help Eddie, Brutal Legend is best at what it does right, not taking itself too seriously as you attempt to save the world. Apart from using your guitar to take on the foes of Hell and rock, Eddie can also give basic commands to his followers that assist in the gameplay mechanics. It's almost like squad based mechanics as you order your fellow head bangers to attack, defend or gather.

As opposed to fighting the minions of hell and those against rock, you also need to complete a variety of missions in the game and you even get to drive vehicles along the way, all in the name of ROCK! Certain parts in the game, you need to use your guitar to play short rifts such as summoning your car or other more powerful spells and this is a little like guitar hero... cool again.

Thankfully the game uses checkpoints to assist in the missions and there are a few that became quite frustrating, however wanting to see the next cutscene or hear the next song is definitely incentive enough to continue. 

The control system works in most circumstances in Brutal Legend, especially on the 360 controller with just the right amount of force feedback. Selecting units in a crowded area can sometimes be a chore and at times the targeting system was a little fiddly as was the camera. None the less, it works most of the time.

Apart from a humourous and exciting single-player journey, Brutal Legend even features a multiplayer aspect that is almost RTS in ways as gamers can pick one of three armies to control. The game also contains some interesting weapons and guitars at your disposal such as the battle axe that assists you in decimating your enemies. Of course, by playing your mystical guitars, this assists your followers or hinder the enemies. Very cool indeed!

Graphically, the game is oozing with eye candy moments and some of the gaming environments are extremely well designed and seem to be taken straight out of those classic record covers. The characters are well animated and there are some very cool special effects and lighting in the game, making this a true next generation title.

Apart from the slick graphics, the soundtrack of Brutal Legend really kicks some serious ass that actually uses some classic old school metal such as Judas Priest and even Motley Crue. Just check out the following list;
 

"A Serpentine Crave" Bishop of Hexen
"Ad Noctis" Rotting Christ
"Am I Evil?" Diamond Head
"Angel Witch" Angel Witch
"Angels Don't Kill" Children of Bodom
"Assault Attack" Michael Schenker Group
"Back at the Funny Farm" Motörhead
"Battle Angels" Sanctuary
"Battle Hymn/One Shot at Glory" Judas Priest
"Believer" Ozzy Osbourne
"Betrayal" Lita Ford
"Birth of the Hero" Tvangeste
"Blackout" Scorpions
"Blitzkrieg" Deathstars
"Bomber" Girlschool
"Breadfan" Budgie
"Cathode Ray Sunshine" Dark Tranquillity
"Children of the Grave" Black Sabbath
"Crack the Skye (Instrumental)" Mastodon
"Cremation" King Diamond
"Cry of the Banshee" Brocas Helm
"Dawn of Battle" Manowar
"Deadly Sinners" 3 Inches of Blood
"Destroy the Orcs" 3 Inches of Blood
"Diary of a Madman" Ozzy Osbourne
"Die For Metal" Manowar
"Dr. Feelgood" Mötley Crüe
"Drink the Blood of the Priest" Brocas Helm
"Fast as a Shark" Accept
"For the Glory Of" Testament
"Free Your Hate" KMFDM
"Frost" Enslaved
"Girlfriend" Kabbage Boy
"God of Thunder" Kiss
"Goliaths Disarm Their Davids" In Flames
"Hall of the Mountain King" Savatage
"Her Ghost in the Fog" Cradle of Filth
"High Speed Dirt" Megadeth
"Holiday" Scorpions
"Ignisis Dance" Wrath of Killenstein
"In the Black" Motörhead
"Insomnia" Dark Fortress
"Kickstart My Heart" Mötley Crüe
"Lay It Down" Ratt
"Leather Rebel" Judas Priest
"Live Wire" Mötley Crüe
"Loke" Enslaved
"Love Dump" Static-X
"Machine Gunn Eddie" Nitro
"March of the Crabs" Anvil
"Marching Off to War" Motörhead
"Master Exploder" Tenacious D
"Murmaider" Dethklok
"Metal Church" Metal Church
"Metal Storm/Face the Slayer" Slayer
"Metal Thrashing Mad" Anthrax
"More Than Meets the Eye" Testament
"Mr. Crowley" Ozzy Osbourne
"Mr. Scary" Dokken
"Narita" Riot
"Never Say Die" Black Sabbath
"Nightstalker" Cloven Hoof
"No Love Lost" Carcass
"Oblivion (Instrumental)" Mastodon
"Overnight Sensation" FireHouse
"Painkiller" Judas Priest
"Progenies of the Great Apocalypse" Dimmu Borgir
"Pure Evil" Iced Earth
"Queen of Desire" Ostrogoth
"Queen of the Masquerade" Crimson Glory
"Riding the Storm" Running Wild
"Rip the System" KMFDM
"Road Racin" Riot
"Rock Bottom" UFO
"Rock of Ages" Def Leppard
"Skeleton on your Shoulder" Coroner
"Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck" Prong
"So Frail" Mirrorthrone
"Soul Thrashing Black Sorcery" Skeletonwitch
"Stigmata" Ministry
"Still of the Night" Whitesnake
"Sulphur Injection" Apostasy
"Superbeast" Rob Zombie
"Swords and Tequila" Riot
"Symptom of the Universe" Black Sabbath
"Tag Team" Anvil
"Technical Difficulties" Racer X
"The Axeman" Omen
"The Beautiful People" Marilyn Manson
"The Hellion/Electric Eye" Judas Priest
"The Metal" Tenacious D
"The Somber Grounds of Truth" Bishop of Hexen
"The Wild and the Young" Quiet Riot
"Thieves" Ministry
"Through the Fire and Flames" DragonForce
"Thus Spake the Nightspirit" Emperor
"Tornado of Souls" Megadeth
"Warriors Dawn" Slough Feg
"(We Are) the Road Crew" Motörhead
"Welcome Home" King Diamond
"Wheels of Steel" Saxon
"When the Night Falls" Iced Earth
"Witches" Candlemass
"World of Hurt" Overkill
"Y.R.O." Racer X
"Youth Gone Wild" Skid Row
"Zoom Club" Budgie

Apart from the great tracks included in the game, there's also some ambient must by Tim Schafer, the creator of this extraordinary game. As you can see, the various types of metal that graces this game is quite impressive and compliments the story quite nicely. The voice acting of the game is top notch, especially the one-liners from Black and Osbourne, classic stuff!

In conclusion, this game rocked and was a great walk or drive down memory lane with all the great bands who have lent their music to this game. The voice acting is pure class and the gameplay actually works quite well in a bizarre way that makes this quite an original game. As the game does not take itself too seriously, it's easy to get immersed and lost in the title and if you're looking for something on the light side than Brutal Legend is definitely for you!






 
 



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