Brütal Legend is an action-adventure that marries visceral action combat with open-world freedom. Set in a universe somewhere between Lord of the Rings and Spinal Tap, it’s a fresh take on the action/driving genre, which in this case is full of imitation cover bands, demons intent on enslaving humanity and Heavy metal tunes.
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Release Date: Feb 26, 2013

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About This Game

Brütal Legend is an action-adventure that marries visceral action combat with open-world freedom. Set in a universe somewhere between Lord of the Rings and Spinal Tap, it’s a fresh take on the action/driving genre, which in this case is full of imitation cover bands, demons intent on enslaving humanity and Heavy metal tunes. Featuring the talents of comedian, actor and musician, Jack Black as super roadie Eddie Riggs, as well as cameos by some of the biggest names in metal music it's a wild ride in the belly of the beast that is not to be missed by gamers and Metalheads alike.

Included as a free bonus in the PC version of Brütal Legend are both the Hammer of Infinite Fate and Tears of the Hextadon multiplayer map packs.

Story

The vivid and wildly creative world of Brütal Legend is brought to life through a spate of chrome, leather, rocker babes, epic music, fire-breathing/stud-wearing beasts, mountains made of guitar amps, and more. Follow Eddie as he embarks on a tour of epic destruction with an axe, a guitar, and his minions as he commands the power of rock in epic band battles. It’s lighter-flicking awesomeness that will melt your face clean off.

Combat

Brütal Legend’s combat is a combination of classic action slasher and real time strategy mechanics. Melee and ranged combat come from your double-sided broadaxe and demon-slaying, pyrotechnic-creating guitar. Add that 1-2 punch to a guitar solo mechanic that can summon objects, buff your teammates, or cripple your opponents, and you have a deep, gratifying core gameplay combat loop that is fun for the hardcore and accessible for the casual. On top of that, players will journey from Roadie to Rock God by commanding legions of metalheads into Brütal Victory and sending troops charging into battle.

A Streaming Open World

Brütal Legend gives you the freedom to walk, drive, or fly anywhere in a fully streaming open world whose art style is inspired by some of the most iconic and hilariously rad metal album covers ever created. Every vista in the beautiful universe of Brütal Legend looks like it was pulled from a Frank Frazetta painting.

Packed With Cameos and Voice Talent

Brütal Legend is full of cameos from gods of metal like Lemmy Kilmister, Rob Halford, Lita Ford, and many, many others. It has a MASSIVE metal soundtrack from every era of metal music: 1970’s classic metal to 1980’s hair metal to the scarier cousins of 1990’s metal. And of course, Jack Black pays the ultimate homage to metal as Eddie the Roadie, continuing the theme from the work of his band, Tenacious D and his previous films like School of Rock and High Fidelity.

Multiplayer Mayhem

4v4 "skirmish" multiplayer marries action combat with a strategic unit-control mechanic. As the leader of one of the factions in the game, the player will direct his armies in a Battle of the Bands where the trophy is survival. Brütal Legend’s multiplayer is online-enabled, so you can conquer your friends online (broadband connection required for online play).

Music

The music in Brütal Legend is truly massive. Made up of 108 of the most rocking tracks from 75 different bands representing every sub-genre of metal, it is something to experience in and of itself.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux

    Minimum:

    • OS:Windows XP SP3
    • Processor:Intel Core 2 Duo at 2.2 GHz, or AMD Athlon 64 at 2.2 GHz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:512 MB GeForce 220, Radeon 4550, Intel HD 3000 Graphics
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:8 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX Compatible Sound Card
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection

    Recommended:

    • OS:Windows 7
    • Processor:Intel i5 Duo at 2.5 GHz, or AMD FX 3.5 GHz
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:512 MB GeForce 650, Radeon 7000
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:8 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX Compatible Sound Card
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection

    Minimum:

    • OS: : Snow Leopard 10.6.8, or later
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB of RAM
    • Graphics: ATI HD 2600 / NVIDIA 8800GT / Intel HD3000 or better card with at least 512 MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 9 GB HD space
    • Note:Leopard is not supported

    Recommended:

    • OS: : Snow Leopard 10.6.8, or later
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 at 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB of RAM
    • Graphics: ATI HD 4670 / Nvidia 285 or better with at least 512 MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 9 GB HD space
    • Note:Leopard is not supported

    Recommended:

    • OS: : Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, fully updated
    • Processor: 2.2 GHz dual core CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB of RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB GeForce 220, Radeon HD 4550, or Intel HD 4000 Graphics
    • Open GL: 2.1
    • Hard Drive: 9 GB HD space
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niukeli
( 31.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
This game, in my opinion, is the symbolism of how metal survived since its creation. Metal vs New Wave, Metal vs Grunge, Metal vs Emo Rock, and always, Metal will triumph. Pretty much how Jack Black's very own Tenacious D has written the song The Metal. The story is amazingly written incorporating everything connected with Heavy Metal. Oh, and if you love puns, this one's great.

Gameplay wise, it took me quite a while to really grasp the elements especially the RTS-esque battles in which I suck by the way, so it is a very subjective matter for me. Combat is challenging and you can expect to die a couple of times. The controls are good, and the open world environments are within the concept of a Heavy Metal world.

And of course, the music and sound effects, sometimes you wouldn't want to get out of the car just so you can finish a song that is playing. Old and new metal artists are available for you to drive with, including Megadeth, Mastodon, Anthrax, etc.

This game is very enjoyable and you can expect to have a very good time head bangin',killing demons, emos, and 80's glam-style enemies, road tripping and just about anything you can do in this game. Highly recommended especially if you enjoy the metal music genre.
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Wolf Angelus
( 21.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
You must like Heavy Metal to enjoy this game. The soundtrack is pure metal, the theme and environment is all metal and gothic inspired. The story and dialogue is pretty funny with the main character voiced by and based off of Jack Black. It is an open world game of which you will spend a good amount of time in your car to get around. Side missions are a bit repetitive asking for either defend a group and kill the enemy, signal a mortar, go kill certain beasts, or race this irish fishman. The main mission incorporates multiple missions that are interesting in that it plays out as a tug of war style game where you have to convert spirit piles to your side to build up your fan count which you in turn spend on units and try to take out the enemy stage while protecting your own. I found this concept entertaining, but those who don't may not like the game all that much.

The combat is basically hack and slash, pressing different combinations of your mouse buttons or utilizing guitar solo's for power ups and abilities. There are a decent amount of upgrades and and purchases so you can customize your weapons to some extent and your looks.

Overall it is a very fun playthrough, very little issues past how annoying it can be to do the races and your car gets knocked off course by the racer or because of a tiny bump. The cutscenes are a bit derpy on visuals and voice sync but nothing bad. When the gothic scenary and enemies come in, that for me was the most enjoyable. Would love to see another version of this game, perhaps using techno or any electronic music.

Personal experience score: 9.5/10

Story: 9/10 - It was actually interesting and different considering everything revolves around the heavy metal environment. It wasn't epic but had a good amount of humor.
Sound: 11/10 - Amazing soundtrack from top artists in the heavy metal industry. Cutscenes have some strange sound though that shouldn't be there
Graphics: 7/10 - A bit outdated and basic even for 2013. The cutscenes have some derpy animation and voice out of sync.
Controls: 9/10 - Great overall, driving the car in the races is probably the only fault with the controls as it feels hard to maneuver
Game Length: 5/10 - Short unfortunately, around 20 hours if you really get into the exploration. Otherwise it will be more around 13.
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Emperor Doviculus
( 10.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
All the jokes, references are just pure metal.
10/10 GIVE ME A SEQUEL
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Sepeuchrel
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Being a fan of Jack Black and heavy metal, I had very high hopes for this game. Unfortunately, this game tries to involve too many gameplay genres and executes them with varying degrees of failure. As a result it doesn't know what type of game it wants to be and ends up being not much of anything.
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Ayfios
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
This game contains Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy. Litterally.

It it didn't convince you, I don't know how to do it.
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Frozen
( 18.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
If you love Jack Black, Metal, and hot chicks, It's a must have.
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Mustain11
( 25.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Awsome game, the most metal thing imaginable. All we need now is a sequel.
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The Truth
( 18.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
This game please Metal Gods!
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TheHeavyPiggy
( 16.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
Brutal Legend seems to have a lot of unique things about it. It's obvious heavy metal world, the blending of RTS and normal third person RPG combat, and lots of different troops to command. However, despite the potential, it fails to execute these elements properly.

Open World- The open world system common to rpgs does have some good aspects about it. There are things to find that give you rewards, and the environments, while generic, do vary quite a bit (you have grasslands to desert to snowy areas and so on). There are many probles however. First of all, it doesn't incorporate the heavy metal theme quite as well as one would imagine. Sure, there are momuments and such relating to music, but most of the areas just seem bland.

Why Open World?- The bigger problem, however, is that there's not much point in having the open world. Unlike other rpgs, this game only has an open world to store a few, repetitive side quests, and some collectables that give Fire Tributes (the game's currency) and more songs to play (abilities per say), all of which could have easily been contained within something like a mission system.

Compared to Other Open Worlds- In a worthwhile rpg, there would be a variety of secrets and such to reward exploring, while in Brutal Legend, you'll only find a few abilities that can sometimes be pretty useless and small amounts of fire tribute. The only interesting thing are the bits of lore you can discover, but this isn't nearly enough content to justify the usage of an open world. In other rpgs, you'll find many unique and interesting wildlife/enemies/npcs that spice up the gameplay. In Brutal Legend, there will be only a small handfull of wildlife in a large part of the map, without even as much as pockets of specific types being spread out to add to the environment. You will find npcs around, but they only serve to give you sidequests or give a line of dialogue. There are enemies, but it's pointless to kill them, and they are of no threat as you will be in your car most of the time.

"Driving"- Ah, the car, the Deuce, or the piece of trash (whatever you want to call it). The problems listed above could have been passable if it were not for the fact you have to use your car most of the time. The controls on it are finicky and seemingly random. Turning is, by far the main problem. Most of the time, holding down A and D won't turn much at all, but sometimes if you do as much as press on of them once you'll go 90 degrees in that direction. This problem only adds on to the next problem in that your car feels completely weightless. Say, if you graze a rock, instead of holding its ground and only wavering for a bit, the Deuce will turn 90 degrees and go completely off course. Fantastic. And this only adds to the next problem in that the camera doesn't move with your car. Now, I know some games with vehicles allow you to move your camera freely all the time, but here, well, let's just go back to the original situation. Due to bad turning mechanics, you hit the edge of a hill or something. Due to the weightlessness of the car, instead of keeping on track, it starts turning towards the mountain. Due to the non-fixed camera, you keep on holding W to make your car go foward, only for it to turn to the hill within a matter of seconds, and at top speed, your car drives (or attempts to drive) up the hill. If there was a fixed angle, as soon as the car wavers towards the mountain, you would notice and press A or D respectively to combat the turn. These problems make it a pain the traverse the world, and you HAVE to use the Deuce as there's no fast travel system.

Combat- Definently not as bad as driving, but it could use some work. So you have two main attacks: a melee attack and an auto-target long ranged one...and that's about it. There are combos that you get and unlock and songs that you can play, but it all amounts to the same result (songs are okay, but combos aren't worth remembering). Enemies attack differently, but there's no real strategy to beat them with. Unlike other rpgs, there's no weakpoints or vulnerability to attacks or really anything. It's just hack 'n slash. Okay, but what about those rts elements? Surely those will make up for it! Well, again, it's okay. Better, but still just okay. During battles you can summon troops and all, but you're limited on commands on what to do with them. And you can't really split up your army easily, nor do you have to as the enemies and terrain are just as bland. So battles will just be:

Summon troops--> Attack--> Summon more troops--> Attack--> Repeat

All it comes down to is "Who has the bigger pile of troops?". Okay, but maybe the troops are so complex that having advanced control of your army isn't needed! Again, not really. They are different, and there's even specific missions dedicated to most of the troops, but it just comes down to spamming as much troops as possible. As long as you have enough melee and ranged and maybe a healer, then you're fine. You can't really summon troops to counter your specific enemies or anything complex like that.

Sidequests- As said before, there are sidequests. Every once in a while you'll find a unique quest, but most are just bland repeats of a simple objective. So in my gameplay, I've really only played at most 6 different sidequests. And these sidequests, while different, are just as bland as combat battles. Also, there's a questline for racing. It's not fun. At all. (I could talk about racing but this review would probably be 50% longer)

Fire Tributes- You get these by exploring and doing sidequests, and you can only spend them at Motor Forges for upgrades to things like the Deuce or your attacks (and for some reason Motor Forges aren't even introduced in a tutorial or main storyline). I wouldn't say these upgrades are minor, but again, they're bland and don't change up gameplay much, only help you progress by giving more DPS or something. Also, you get a crap load of fire tributes over time, so doing all the sidequests or exploring isn't neccesary or rewarded much (going along with the problem with the open world).

Story- The story is really what's making me finish the game. It's not groundbreaking or overly good or anything, but like any story it's nice to know how it progresses. One redeemable thing I like is how it shows the journey of the player and the npcs moving around rather than there just being one main base you always return to. Unlike sidequests, the main missions also give much different objectives, but they're just as bland.

Music- Adds to the environment, of course. I mean, it's a game based on metal. There's not much to say other than that the music exists. Personally, I like the selections, but if you can't tolerate the genre, then you shouldn't even bother getting the game.

Main Probems- All of what I'm saying boils down to this: skilless combat and crappy driving. The two main elements of the game are not executed too well. The combat does some unique things, but feels so bland and skilless, ultimately taking away from the other aspects like the sidequests. If this were the only problem, then the game would still be commendable (for it's price, anyways), but the driving just ruins it. It destroys a whole line of racing quests, isn't fun, and makes the open world system feel more unneccesary than it already is. The driving is what truly makes the game not worth it.
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31 of 35 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Product received for free
Basic Information
Title: Brütal Legend
Developer: Double Fine Productions
Publisher: Double Fine Productions
Genre: Action-Adventure with RTS elements.

General Impression
I’ve enjoyed playing Brütal Legend since it was launched originally on the consoles back in 2009. It’s safe to say that I was ecstatic over its well deserved release onto PCs in 2013. It is a game unique in both its hybrid genre and storyline. But that is to be expected from this developer, which gave us many other cult classics. From a graphical point of view, the game has aged very well and it’s still rocking (pun intended) a stellar musical score and general sound effects. It features a vast, beautifully crafted open world in which you may cause mayhem on your own, or in the multiplayer mode included. Having both Trading Cards and Achievements as well as great price tag (even outside seasonal Sales), I really had to focus hard on finding even a single con. The control scheme has been ported well enough to the PC, but a controller would still be preferred to a mouse and keyboard layout. All in all, Brütal Legend is a worthy addition to any gamer’s collection!

Strong Points
+ Excellent story and setting.
+ Pleasant graphics and superb soundtrack.
+ Steam Trading Cards & Achievements.

Weak Points
- Control scheme takes some time getting used to.

Rating 10/10

This review was submitted for Cubbes.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Great game for metal heads!
Would definitely recommend, the story is so good and the game world especially is really immersive
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
50.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
Knee to the Metal God and bow your head with you horns to the air be are blessed.

Story 8/10
Comedy 10/10
Replayable 8/10
Achievement 100% 4/10


Brutal Legend is a game that I'm glad to replay over on PC, I had play the game when it first came out over on the 360 and completed it and years later I still had to buy it again. The story of a roadie that is sent to a land where music is power and can be used as a weapon. Jack Black comedy shines perfect throughout the game and some of metal music's icons, and now the late Lemmy R.I.P. travel from the cliffs of amps to the the sea of tears.
Its a music lovers dream, putting on shows to battle your emeny with moshpits.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
25.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Pros:
- great story
- great voice acting
- fun creative world
- I enjoyed the soundtrack even though I'm not a heavy metal fan; the variety of songs (over 100) really gave me an appreciation for the genre

Cons:
- game play is all over the place: beat-em-up, driving, collecting, action RTS: you'll problably find something you like but if there is one of these you hate, it may make you not want to finishing the game
- the action RTS is the supposed innovation in this gameplay; it's quirky and fun, especially if you play all the different factions but at its core it is _very_ chaotic and there will be many battles where you're not sure why you won or lost. I can't help but think this would have been a better game without the action RTS element.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
Theres JB.

If you thought Justin Bieber jump off a bridge.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Brutal Legend is a game where you play as a warrior of rock voiced by Jack Black and fight the forces of evil in strange lands that can only belong on album covers.

Buy this game if you like metal, Jack Black, good storytelling, or are looking for a unique and fun experience. I seriously don't know any other games like this.

Don't buy this game if you're looking for a quality action rpg. It's pretty meh to adequate in that category, but you can do so much better with games like Dark Souls.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
As a metalhead and a gamer I must say this is ♥♥♥♥ing BRUTAL. From slaying munk's to listen to Fast as a shark by Accept in your car in a world of beautiful darkness and fire is beautiful! One of the better games i've played even thoe i've only played for 2 hours :) If you're a metalhead do buy this game \m/
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
I played this previously on the Xbox 360 and beat it with all of it's DLC.

Despite what critics say, this was one of my favorite games I've ever played, Why?
Because the story is well written, the music they chose for it, along with choosing when to play it, couldn't have been more perfect to make every moment all that much more memorable. The cast is great, really good acting, and you can tell everyone had fun being part of this. When you DO finally see the true Antagonist named "Diviculous" All you will think is "SMMMMMASHIIIING!" Because he's voiced by the same guy who did Nigel Thornbury in The Wild Thornburry's Cartoon. It makes it all that much more comedic though. Parts of this game are just Bad**s, and other parts are so dumb its hilarious. Some of people who worked as cast in this are, Jack Black, Kyle Gass, Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Halford, Lita Ford, Lemmy Killmister, Kath Soucie, Dino Andrade and Jennifer Hale.

This game was one of those masterpeices fully based around music and an original story based around metal and rock music. The actual gameplay varies based on what youre doing, it is a free roaming adventure, but also during "Stage Battles" it changes to being a Real Time Stratedgy the only game to play anything similar to this is Smite, but it plays in its own unique way honestly.
There is multiplayer capabilitys for stage battles. During Stage battles (and in story) there are 3 different factions, Ironheade "With an E on it so people know we're serious", Drowning Doom (the emo/goth faction and only female lead faction), and the Tainted Coil (.....there's no way to describe them other than Bondage would be their thing...and more).

If you're a Metal fan/Rocker I HIGHHHHLY recommend this, it's funny, it's awsome, it's inspiring, it's emotional, you will spend at least 20 hours in the story not including time to finish EVERYTHING, the game is GREAT!!!
10/10!!!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
If you are a Metalhead, this is essential!

WARNING:
Might die if you are not metal enough
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