Brütal Legend ReviewOctober 13, 2009
|Game Name:||Brütal Legend|
|Developer(s):||Double Fine Productions|
|Genre(s):||Action & Adventure, Strategy & Simulation|
|ESRB Rating:||M for Mature|
|Demo:||Add to Download Queue!|
Happy Rocktober 13th! Today we celebrate the Legend of Eddie Riggs, a roadie who cares less about being in the spotlight and focuses on making you look fucking awesome. He’s the best… around. He can build and fix anything, except his band’s teeny bopper, metal-ish type of music. After a stage accident at their last performance (ever), Riggs is knocked unconcious and awakens to find himself in a heavy, metal world.
Riggs (voiced by comedian Jack Black) finds out that this world needs to fixed, er saved. He learns that Metal is key to empowering him and his friends. He travels around this beautiful, open sandbox to recruit band members that will fight for the cause. His modes of transportation? Walking, driving, animal riding, flying and not one ounce of jumping. Jumping is only necessary when Riggs gets stuck while traversing the landscape. For example, I drove off of a cliff and ended up in-between boulders and trees. I jumped out of the car but couldn’t go anywhere to save my life. The only solution is to load your last checkpoint. Thankfully, the game auto-saves frequently. Another minor thing I disliked was the lack of radar feature. While driving around, I always ended up pausing to see where I should go. (In-game there’s a beacon of light to show your current mission, but sometimes the scenery doesn’t let you easily go from Point A to Point B.
What would you say to yourself if you were attacked by black panthers that shoot lasers from their eyes? Dr. Evil would definitely reconsider his “frickin’ sharks with frickin’ laser beams attached to their frickin’ heads” idea. To survive such attacks, you need to upgrade your artillery. How? Please the fucking metal gods! First you must earn Fire Tributes (think of lighters at a concert) by defeating minions around the map, catching air with your vehicle, raising buried metal, release bounded serpent statues, learning more solos, finding artifacts of legend and most importantly, raising Motor Forges. Motor Forges are basically you’re upgrade shops where you’ll find Ozzy Osbourne (other special guest appearances by Rob Halford, Lemmy Kilmister, Lita Ford) as your mechanic. You can upgrade your paint job, axe treatment, special moves, primary and secondary weapons and more. The more fire tributes you earn, the more metal you can become. Note: There’s a LOT of things to find! 120 bound serpents, 11 motor forges, 13 legends, 24 lightning plug jumps, 24 buried metal and 32 landmarks. There’s a total of 47 upgrades that you can buy.
Boss battles and Multiplayer use real time strategy. It’s basically a Battle of the Bands. You must build merch booths to please your fans. The more fans you gain, the more money you can spend to upgrade your stage, train more band members, build vehicles and such. As your band gets bigger and bigger, so does your methods of attacks. Just like The Simpsons Arcade Game, you can team up with one of your band members to deliver a special attack. However, you’ll have to join up again once that special attack has been used. One important thing is to use your solos to help deter the attack of the rival band. I wasn’t able to partake in the multiplayer sessions with EA/Double Fine, but I’m sure it’s fun as hell.
The achievements of this game are pretty easy. You’ll get an achievement for beating each chapter. Another easy achievement is jumping over the Hextadon (Mastadon with six legs) with your car, The Deuce. There’s some more achievements in multiplayer but the most difficult one for me is finding all 120 bound serpents. What I do love about completing some of the achievements is that you get an in-game reward. For example, you completed all the hunting secondary missions (Overkill) and you get a special axe, called the “Steel-Quilled Blade”. Non-achievement-wise, when you beat The Squealer in every single race, he gives you a special nitro boost. I found it conflicting that he’d give you his nitro boost when you’ve beaten him every single time. Right now, I’m working on “Serpent Savior” (freeing all 120 bound serpents) and only need 8 more to go. Argh!
The combination of open sandbox, button mashing and real time strategy along with the humor of Jack Black and creative mind of Tim Schafer has definitely made Rocktober 13th a date of the ages. With the eargasmic 107 song soundtrack and heavenly environment, who wouldn’t love this game? Will you be rocking out and buying Brutal Legend today?
EA and Double Fine Productions have created a mindblowing game. Encore! PLEASE!