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Brütal Legend - Brütal Fun,
This review is from: Brutal Legend (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
Brütal Legend, a reasonably hyped game, but does it deliver what it promises? I think it does.
You are Eddy Riggs, a roadie. One day you'll have an accident, and because there leaked some of your blood on the belt you inherited from your father, you're somehow transported to this other world full of metal. Which really does feel like metal. Let me state first, if you really hate metal, or really don't like it, this game is probably not for you. No offense. There's a lot of hints to great artist in the genre (it has among is voice cast Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy Kilmeister, Jack Black and Kyle Gass, Lita Ford and Rob Halford), and you'll be hearing metal music about 95% of the time.
Which brings me to the gameplay. I really had no idea what to expect apart from some kind of GTA-like gameplay in a metal world. Which is about right, but different. You'll be laying your hands on a car (with built-in stereo of course, which only plays metal), that you can later upgrade with guns, rockets, and even heat-seeking missiles. The world of metal is pretty vast, fun to drive through because of everything you'll encounter (and that's a lot), and pretty diverse. Not trying to spoil I'll just say that there are three different regions, which each have their own feel to them. It really feels as if you've stepped into a metal album cover, as the makers were promoting.
But, what I didn't expect to see was the strategic aspect, and this is something a lot of people are complaining about. Not so much as not liking it, but more that it was very unexpected. If you're playing the demo, you won't see anything about it. Basically, there are certain moments in the game in which you have to do battle against a certain opponent. This will be organized as a stage battle. In the literal sense of the word. You and your opponent will both build a stage, from which you'll produce units. If it gets destroyed, game over, so try to destroy the opponent's stage. Best thing you can do to get an impression of it is just search on youtube. Basically, it's squad-based strategy hack and slash. If you don't think about what type of squads you are going to use against your opponent, you might as well give up, because strategy is very important. Just don't try to play it as an RTS, because it's not.
The sound is more than excellent, the music used in the cutscenes is very well chosen, and more than once you'll get the feeling of total immersion (at least, I did). What is a shame though is that each faction (out of three) has it's own type of metal. Maybe it's spoiling too much already, but you have "normal" metal, which is just pretty general, like Tenacious D, Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Mötorhead etc, "speed/power" metal, like Rob Zombie, and "Black/Death" metal, like Brocas Helm, Enslaved, Marilyn Manson. The soundtrack (if there was an official one) features 107 different songs from 75 different bands. Nevertheless, while you're playing you'll be unlocking the songs, so don't expect too much variety while driving your car around in the beginning. You can also filter out songs you don't like, which is a big plus in case you don't like all types of metal. The conversations are very well-written as well, bringing a smile to your face a lot of times.
Graphic-wise it's not a state of the art game. But Tim Schafer's world has (as far as I know) never been about creating the perfect graphical world. Instead, he focuses on his unique look of the world, and I have to say, he really succeeds in that. It radiates a certain type of atmosphere which is really suited for the game. Character design is also very good, you'll be laughing more than once when characters are introduced. The design of trees, animals and the whole environment is simply magnificent.
The only slightly bad thing about the game is that it is too short. If you're being a completionist the first time you're playing, you'll reach the end in slightly under 20 hours. Which does seem like a long time, but trust me, it's not. WE WANT MORE!