When Brutal Legend came out, one of my friends had rented it after we excitedly played the demo. The problem that a lot of people had, the demo didn’t represent the final product as there were these RTS portions that defined how the plot progressed and those (for most people) weren’t fun. It was then that we made a pact: I would play the game on their behalf because I didn’t mind the RTS section but I would only play with them around. The game came out in 2009 and it’s now 2017 and I can happily say I’ve finally beat it.
First, if you’re unaware, the game is a third person action game with a mediumish sized open world. I say mediumish because if you’re used to gloriously large Grand Theft Auto or Saint’s Row games, it’s gonna feel small. But that’s ok, because the world is BUSY, edge to edge filled with lots of content. A lush hand crafted world, stylized in the form of heavy metal iconography in a way that any screenshot is going to almost certainly look like an album cover. The story sees Eddie Riggs, a roadie, helping a rebellion rise up against demonic overlords, meeting a colourful cast of characters along the way. Characters, incidentally, voiced by legends of metal music like Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy Kilmister and Lars Ulrich.
Without question, I’ll recommend this game but play it on easy. The world creation myth is fantastic, the imagery is equally great and the voice acting is top notch. The aforementioned RTS sections aren’t as bad as everyone says but they are quite awkward. Also if I had an actual complaint about the game, the world starts out feeling sprawling and your car gets you around in a reasonable fashion. However, lots of areas are out of bounds, your car can’t climb hills to get unstuck as easily as I’d have liked and the later areas of the game are just plain difficult to drive in despite the fact that you’ll be required to. Overall there is a mountain of content here and it’s from a great developer that was at their peak. Go, rock on!