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  • Summary: Brütal Legend is an epic action game from visionary developer Tim Schafer. Jack Black stars as Eddie Riggs, a legendary roadie summoned to a world of Heavy Metal where mountains are made of amplifiers, killer spiders spin guitar strings and Rock Legends roam the landscape. As Eddie, crushBrütal Legend is an epic action game from visionary developer Tim Schafer. Jack Black stars as Eddie Riggs, a legendary roadie summoned to a world of Heavy Metal where mountains are made of amplifiers, killer spiders spin guitar strings and Rock Legends roam the landscape. As Eddie, crush skulls with a battle axe, ravage the road in a super-charged Hot Rod and unleash the power of Rock to reign down fire from the sky - all to save humanity and become a Brütal Legend. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  1. Positive: 51 out of 61
  2. Negative: 0 out of 61
  1. There's never been anything like it and there may never be again. Brütal Legend is truly a gift to metal and game fans alike and my new, best 3D game ever.
  2. Let‘s bring up the facts: Brütal Legend is unique, has great music, is fun as hell and stars Jack Black! Aside from that, a great story about heavy metal, dreams and love awaits you - but don‘t forget to kick some ass. Simply brütal!
  3. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    90
    If God gave rock ‘n roll to us then it is settled: Tim Schafer is God. A must play. [Dec 2009, p.62]
  4. Tim Schafer’s latest game-baby is a tribute to Metal, with a little parody to the genre. The game has a lot of varieties that is either a curse or a blessing to the game. The game loses a lot of depth because of the varieties, but delivers a humoristic and ever changing package. However the game is technical a little messy, it plays a great tribute to the Metal genre.
  5. It's undoubtedly a fun game, packed full with humour (although this does tail off towards the end), metal references, amazing encounters and memorable characters. It's the RTS sections that really let the game down for me, feeling like a good idea that hasn't quite been implemented well enough to gel with the rest of the game.
  6. The story falters towards the end, and the fact that the game is so short is the biggest bummer of all. Regardless, it’s a great game that will be remembered for a long time coming.
  7. The gameplay, as singular a combination of gameplay styles as it is, suffers from being a jack of all trades and master of none. Like most teenage metalheads, this game has got issues, but if you're willing to look past some very uneven gameplay, Brutal Legend will rock you. Hard.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. dene
    Jan 16, 2010
    10
    Simply a legendary game. Soundtrack is unbelievable. Gameplay is awesome, the humour is great, even the story is awesome. Definitely the game Simply a legendary game. Soundtrack is unbelievable. Gameplay is awesome, the humour is great, even the story is awesome. Definitely the game of the year for me. Expand
  2. DannyC.
    Oct 14, 2009
    10
    Got it last night, played through the first couple hours and have really enjoyed it so far. It's VERY funny and you can tell it's a Got it last night, played through the first couple hours and have really enjoyed it so far. It's VERY funny and you can tell it's a Tim Schaffer (sp?) game. In case you don't know, this is the guy that did Monkey Island among other hits. Like I said, I'm diggin it so far. I don't have a problem with any of the game play mechanics, it seems to me that everything works fine as long as you use it correctly. All and all, I'm pleased with my purchase. Expand
  3. danm
    Dec 19, 2009
    9
    this is truly a metal master piece game great soundtrack great story great game youll love this game!
  4. BrandonL
    Oct 13, 2009
    8
    I've been waiting to get my greedy hands on this title since I first heard about it almost a year ago. Now that I have it, I feel that I've been waiting to get my greedy hands on this title since I first heard about it almost a year ago. Now that I have it, I feel that the anticipation and wait was more exciting then the game itself. Yes, Tim Schafer makes this game original and better then what it would have been if someone else would have made it; and yes, Jack Black does an amazing job as Eddy Riggs. It's just, there's nothing making me wanting to come back to this game. Nothing wanting to pull me in. I doubt I'll ever enjoy the multiplayer much either, albeit it's hell bent with originality I've not seen for a while. Don't get me wrong, the game is good. It's just not $60 good. Expand
  5. Nov 24, 2016
    8
    I liked it.
    Great music, fast & simple gameplay, humorous, not too long or too short, great voice casting, impressive art.
    A love
    I liked it.
    Great music, fast & simple gameplay, humorous, not too long or too short, great voice casting, impressive art.
    A love declaration to Rock music and Heavy metal in particular.
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  6. Dec 11, 2010
    7
    It encapsulates the feeling and imagery of Heavy Metal with some lord of the ring aspects. It's just a shame the world is huge abut thereIt encapsulates the feeling and imagery of Heavy Metal with some lord of the ring aspects. It's just a shame the world is huge abut there isn't much to do. Expand
  7. Jul 15, 2014
    4
    I feel genuinely bad giving this review, because this game did make me smile and was quite fun for the first few hours. Jack Black is quiteI feel genuinely bad giving this review, because this game did make me smile and was quite fun for the first few hours. Jack Black is quite funny, the theme of metal music is a good one for the setting and allows for humorous level design and characters; it really had potential... and then it fell apart.

    The world quickly started to seem slapdash once the game opens up and the shift in gameplay style is jarring and irritating. The combat, though sluggish at times, was serviceable and could have been used far more effectively, likewise for the driving sections of the game, but the strategy sections which start to dominated the game are simply terrible. With difficult control and limited visibility, this quickly begins to feel like a PC real time strategy game that you're forced to play with a controller and the camera settings of a third person action brawler game... and yes that's as bad as it sounds. It takes an otherwise interesting and amusing game and destroys the element of fun it started with.

    This game would have been far better if it was, as advertised, a game where you spend 6-8 hours playing as Jack Black; hitting the things from 80s heavy metal LP artwork with your guitar whilst cracking silly one-liners. For the first 2 hours, and intermittently after that, this is what you get; but the awful strategy game hidden in here make it a chore to play. If you see it for bargain bin prices, pick it up and play through the first few hours if you want something light-hearted and amusing, but don't expect to ever actually finish it... I know I couldn't.
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