Brutal Legend is a Strategy game available on the 360.
Brutal Legend is a Strategy game. Strategy games provide experiences that require quick thinking, and forward planning from the gamer. They combine the unfolding tactics of classic games like chess, with more recent board games such as Risk. Usually focusing on a theatre of war context, players enjoy the tactical overview of the battle these games provide.
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This is Brutal Legend, a review in the form of a short story. Given a new lease of life by his death, Eddie wants to do things his own way. But isn't there a reason things are done the they are?
Alan Wake has been in a holding pattern for a few years. It was first announce alongside the brand new Xbox 360, and in the intervening time has changed somewhat.What started out as an open world experience taking cues from the likes of Grand Theft Auto or Red Dead is now paired down to a more directed experience. It was originally more of a thriller game with a lot less action, but gunplay and combat now form a big part of the game.
Brutal Legend succeeds in its attempt to create a mixed-genre title, but evened its varied characters and roles can't compensate for the lack of polish throughout.
Brutal Legend masquerades as a quirky open-world title, self-referentially based on the extremes of Heavy Metal album artwork and with a hard soundtrack to match. As an open world title it's pretty entertaining. The missions are quite varied, there is an excessive bounty of collectables to locate and the scenery is beautifully designed.
Being a child of the 80's, Brutal Legend's holy reverence for Heavy Metal made this game sing (in a high-pitch squeal) to my soul. The hilarious and witty script poked the right amount of fun at the Rock culture I grew up while also treating it with a huge amount of respect. However, the decision to change the gameplay from the hack and slash adventure at the start into a real-time strategy experience nearly ruined it. Thanks to the wonderful and evocative characters and thrilling story, Brutal Legend clawed its way back into my heart, keeping me and the family hooked until the very end.
Being someone who loves the music they grew up with, I unashamedly sat my son down to watch me play this game. With profanity filters and gore settings turned off (much to his dismay), we embarked on Brutal Legend's story eager to see how one of the funniest game writers, Tim Schafer, could portray a period of time that meant so much to me.
Telling the tale of Eddie Riggs, the ultimate roadie, Brutal Legend on PS3 and 360 consoles is a heavy metal action game featuring the voices of Jack Black, Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead) and Ozzy Osbourne. Sucked into an ancient fantasy world populated by music-hating demons, players will experience some intense and brutal third-person combat as Eddie fights his way through the legions of hell, determined to bring real Rock n Roll back to the world. This is dialled all the way up to 11 in true Spinal Tap style.
Coming from the pen of Tim Shafer (Psychonauts and MOnkey Islands), Brutal Legend features the voice and likeness of Jack Black as Eddie Rigg in an incredible humorous romp through the world and culture of heavy metal music. After being drawn back through time to a mythical world where grotesque Metal titans rule the earth, you get asked to help an oppressed people and begin your journey to bring this world into the Age of Metal.
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