After being impressed with the demo I was looking forward to playing Brutal Legend.
I like Jack Black and the music tracklist for the game looked great – Brutal Legend truly is a homage to the Metal genre.
The game tells the story of Eddie Riggs (Black), a roadie who finds himself in a mystical metal filled world and becomes embroiled in a battle to save it’s inhabitants.
I really enjoyed Brutal Legend, it’s mix of hack n slash and RTS (Real Time Strategy) didn’t quite do it for me but the story and voice acting carried me through it.
The main problem seems to be that the game couldn’t decide what it wanted to be – personally I found the driving, exploration and hack n slash sections to suit the music and story better than the RTS bits.
However that also may be because I’m relatively inexperienced with RTS games.
During the big RTS battles I’d often know what I was supposed to be doing but just couldn’t find the right combo of ‘soldiers’ – even then most of the time the battle would just end with a victory without me having any idea what had triggered the win.
I guess this game might be a good way to find out if you might like the genre or not.
The universe created by Tim Schafer is a vivid one that evokes old album covers and even features Lemmy and Ozzy Osbourne as characters.
The world is fun to play around in and the mix of axe and guitar attacks make the game a giggle at times. In particular the ‘facemelter’ solo always brought a smile to my face.
Overall I think Brutal Legend suffers from the indecision of it’s creators, or perhaps the grand ideas they had for the game as a mix of genres that just didn’t come off.
It’s a shame as there is a good story and a great game world there to be explored but it’s hampered by the somewhat clumsy RTS parts.