Brutal Legend

Charm, but no substance

The demo and trailers screamed perfection. Tim Schafer had done it again, producing yet another witty classic to add to the likes of Psychonauts and Grim Fandango. Something in the back of my mind told me to be wary of this title though, steering me toward the safety of renting Brutal Legend. Oh, how thankful I was. Not to say that this is a bad game – but it’s certainly not the gem I had yearned for. Click on the ‘more’ button to find out why.

Combine slick heavy metal, real time strategy, an open world environment and some of the funniest script writing in the last decade and you’ll have some idea of what makes Brutal Legend a potential hit.

Creative director Tim Schafer (known for his work on Psychonauts and Grim Fandango) has finally been given the chance to gain public recognition due to the huge ‘Rocktober’ marketing push of EA. With a stellar cast of voice actors ranging from Jack Black to Ozzy Osbourne, there’s understandably a lot of pressure for Schafer to deliver a cult classic. Is this the game that metal heads have been longing for? (More)

Perhaps I’m being a little harsh. With so many games pushing the bar this winter, my standards are predictably going skyward. Maybe it’s just the RTS elements that really grind against my teeth, but something fundamental isn’t quite right in Brutal Legend. Anyone else feel the same way?
JetSetNick

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