Excerpt: From the mind of Tim Schafer (Psychonauts, Grim Fandango) comes Brutal Legend, the ultimate heavy metal action game starring Jack Black . You are heavy metal roadie Eddie Riggs, hurled back in time to the mythical Age of Metal when the world was formed and ruled by the power of Rock! Armed with a broadaxe, a guitar, and a big block V8 you set off on an epic quest to assemble an army of headbangers, hotrods, barbarians, demonic dominatrix and the undead.
Excerpt: On ne s'intéresse pas innocemment à Brütal Legend. Depuis son annonce, son éditeur ne cache pas son style résolument tourné vers le Heavy Metal, faisant même de ce point la grande particularité du jeu. Les joueurs, prévenus depuis des mois de ce qui les attend, ont fait le choix, soit de passer à côté, soit au contraire de s'y frotter de plus près.
Excerpt: Tim Schafer is an ex-Lucasarts game designer and current founder of the Double Fine Productions. He has given us the classics Full Throttle, Psychonauts and Grim Fandango, while he has also worked on other major titles such as the first two Monkey Island games and Day of the Tentacle. His latest inspiration was to combine the world of heavy metal with the world of medieval warfare in an action-adventure title that would have a little bit of everything in small doses.
Pros: Unconventional, Humorous, Filled with Metal
Cons: Too short, Monotonous side quests, Excessive genre-mixing
Summary: Parents need to know that Brutal Legend is all about fantasy and does not look realistic at all. That being said it does show graphic violence including decapitation, dismemberment, and mass killings (such as driving over a group of baddies). Eddie, the roadie protagonist voiced by Jack Black, has a number of weapons and special powers at his disposal to fight demonic creatures -- some who look human-like.
Conclusion: The best part of this game is the music. So why should one have to pay full price for a game like this? Not everyone might feel how I do with this game but I can say with a straight face that this is the worst Tim Schafer game created. It doesn’t have that Schafer touch to it and quite frankly Jack Black sort of annoys me in this game. Desperate sandbox gamers should pick it up, maybe even diehard Tim Schafer fans.
Excerpt: Feeble old man: "Back in my day, children spent hours admiring record album artwork. That thrill is over now." Sympathetic young'un: "Aww... why?" Feeble old man: "With the digital revolution, there's no physical media. Record albums had front and back covers, but you could often flip the sleeve open to see artwork of a massive sprawling landscape, with demons and lava and volcanoes. Maybe even demonic metal faces with lava pouring from their mouths.