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.
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
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
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;
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,
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
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!