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.
User reviews: Very Positive (3,926 reviews)
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

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Mac
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
Helpful customer reviews
14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
One of those games that are smarter than they look.
Inside there is a ton of references, cool gameplay
moments, and good old METAL! Certainly give it a shoot,
for if you know who's the Great Ozzy is, or what is "Motorhead"
you will have a good time. And it's also one of the best
"in-style" games I've ever seen. Just look at the menu!!!
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
85.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
****
4 out of 5

One of the coolest games around. Brutal Legend combines Heavy Metal, Rock, Hack and Slash and RTS all in a massive and gorgeous apocalyptic open world.

Featuring a 20+ hour storyline and plenty to do after. Brutal Legend is definitely a gem in Double Fine's crown.

Loses points sadly due to requiring a controller to play, the keyboard and mouse is...do-able, but when it takes you three hours to do a simple racing mission, it's arguably not worth it.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
60.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
I wish I would've played this sooner! I started it a long time ago, but it got lost in the backlog of steam sales and humble bundles, now the multiplayer portion seems pretty much dead. it is a shame too, because it is really fun. The campaign really grew on me too. It was an action game with a unique storyline and Brutal mode lived up to the name in my opinion. Money well spent.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Very good Game, it great caracters, great humor and a really cool soundtrack.
Recommended
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
This game is awesome. And so metal. Sooooo metal. The mix of free-roam, tactical skirmishes, strategic battles, hack&slash, and music works amazingly well. A huge surprise was that the characters were actually interesting and the story well worth playing through, unlike most games of this type (more like the games it draws from, because there are no other games like this).

This gets a recommandation without hesitation from me. My only regret is how long it took me to start playing it.
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10 of 18 people (56%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVYYYYYYYYYYYY MEEEEEEEEEEETAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLL!







+Jack Black, 10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
33.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Heavy metal, women, more heavy metal, gore, battles, booze. your guitar shoots electricity and can summon a giant burning zepelin to crush them demons, summon your all migthy beast (car or animal) and ride them, f**king enemies up, more heavy metal, wield an axe that you may upgrade (with the rest of the stuff) to be a holy soul eating fu**, more heavy metal, swearing, teach the future chick who will kill you to french kiss, did i mention heavy metal?

PROS:

-SOUNDTRACK: Great soundtrack(the heavy metal songs and the overworld ones, very relaxing), actually a lot of ppl listens to heavy metal because of this game( like me)

-VOICE ACTING: Fu**ing great! It has JB( Jack black, Leader of the band Tenacious D with Kyle, actor in films like King Kong 2005 , The Pick of Destiny and voice actor of Kung Fu Panda, as Po) as Eddie Riggs, Kyle Gas( partner of Jack black) as the Cannoner and the random bat dad guy, Ozzy Osbrown( or something) as the keeper of secrets, Lemmy Kilmister as Kill Master, etc...

-GAMEPLAY: Good hack-n-slash game with an axe to hack and a guitar to shoot electricity because that rocks! You may summon your car (druidplower) and ♥♥♥♥ your enemies. The main missions are good, but a good propotion of them is to escort the Tour bus with your car and the battle Stages, that i will talk later. The side missions are also good, but some repetitive. There are the Ambush, Race, Hunting record and Cannon defence + the unique ones, but of there are only one each.

-COLLECTIBLES: Yes, there are dragons to free, with the gods of metal reward you with tribute and for every 10 dragons a upgrade (Health, regen, etc), Legends, to look the past and how was everything created, artwork, the Metal Songs, that add more songs to your soundtrack. and fairies, that give you tribute if you catch them.

-METAL FORGE: It is were you go and purchase upgrades for your car, axe and guitar + paintjobs(for the druidplower or your jacket), purchase cool moves and get some statues + Ozzy is in there...yes...

-STORY: The story is amazing, simple, but amazing, with a very good twist at the end( after the secondlast battle), tho it leaves you wanting a Brütal Legend 2( tho i doubt there will be).It is a 10-15 hour game, at least for me.

DLC( included in the game and only in the PC version): Adds some skins for Eddie Riggs, your car, axe, guitar, and statues+ 1 new weapon and a new ram for your car+ an eye that points you in the direction of a collectible, helps a lot.

CONS:
-GAMEPLAY: There's another part of the gameplay, it is the RTS one. In the Stages( battles) you can create units by getting fans from merchandise booths in fan gysers, and basicly your objective is to destroy the enemy Stage. It feels like it is out of place fot this type of game, but it is fun non-the less, gets repititive tho.

-MULTIPLAYER is dead, tho there are those 2 random persons from the forum who decided to do some achivements, the multiplayer is dead, tho it doesn't suprise me, as it is only the RTS part of the game, and as i said, it is out of place for this type of game and has a rly poor ranking that it also feels out of place. Only good thing is that it let's you try the other 2 factions (Tainted coil, my favourite, and the other one).

-BUGS: Yes, there are bugs, not a lot of them, but some, some haves you stuck between invisible walls.

-DIFFICULTY: It is easy even on Brütal( Tho the final Stage battle took me 3 tries, and with them i found the trick to beat it). Ofc you will need to get upgrades for your axe, guitar( tho for the final hours of gameplay you should have it upgraded to the max upgrade) and the Dragons for health upgrades and whatnot( if you don't get those ofc it will be hard).


Conclusion: Heavy metal will never die, 9/10.
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8 of 15 people (53%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
This is Heavy Metal! Best game!
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4 of 10 people (40%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Face meltingly good!
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3 of 12 people (25%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
Kinda Brutal Lame 4/10
I recommend this because of METAL \m/
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3 of 12 people (25%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
It's okay
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13 of 35 people (37%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Brutal Legend is infamous for the old bait and switch: "Come play this totally metal action game! No wait ♥♥♥♥ you, play some poorly controlled RTS style sections instead!".

Despite that people still constantly seem to hand wave the terribly implemented RTS sections, insisting that the action half of the game is worth it but even that is pretty crap. The controls feel awkward, the combos and combat itself are extremely limited and there's very little depth to it. From memory I would open up combat with that ridiculously overpowered guitar solo to blow away half the enemies and then mindlessly hammer buttons to make my way through the rest with little effort.

The RTS sections are tedious but thankfully it's quite easy to amass the best troops, use one of the offensive guitar solos and then physically engage in combat yourself to brute force your way through most missions. It's one of those features that could have been quite unique and interesting but the limited control scheme brought on by using a controller hinders it significantly. If you told me that they ran out of time during development I would not be surprised, it's so bare bones and feels like a poorly implemented gimmick.

The aesthetic and design is top notch though; there's a consistent theme and everything screams classic 80's metal album covers. The soundtrack selection is pretty solid, my only gripe being that the radio turns off after you jump out of the car which means you end up listening to ~1 to 2 minutes of a song most of the time which is pretty frustrating. Surprised they didn't just have it as an overworld option.

Brutal Legend is not a good action game. It's not even a good RTS game. Neat idea and design but everything else is ♥♥♥♥ing abominable.
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4 of 19 people (21%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Great fun for the first hour or so, then turns into a major, irritating grind.
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3 of 17 people (18%) found this review helpful
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
That game is real ♥♥♥♥. Controls for PC are broken. Game is advertised as adventure/action, while it is a broken RTS/TPP hybrid. Don't waste your money. If you want soundtrack for the game, don't buy special edition (no metal tracks there, only insert themes). Don't give double fine any money. They will ripp it off from you just like with Broken Age.
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2 of 16 people (13%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Some say this game is the spiritual successor to Sacrifice, another third-person hybrid action/RTS. Well, I played Sacrifice. I knew Sacrifice. Sacrifice was one of my favorite games. Brutal Legend, you're no Sacrifice.
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1 of 14 people (7%) found this review helpful
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
This game was so ridiculous. lol! But it was kind of fun.

It is a kind of 3rd person, driving, strategy game.... like they couldn't decide what they wanted to be when they grew up, so they because everything.

The story itself was pretty cute.

but I wasn't overly thrilled. I feel like it could have been better.
Some of the dialog was repetitive... like every time you started a challenge/ambush-thingee. So that was annoying.
Ozzy was repetitive with his dialog.

I didn't like the 'protect the merch booths!' and build armies parts. ugh. for me, I avoid those types of games so I found it frustrating every time I had to deal with it.

At one point, I was researching to find out how much longer I have to go to finish the game. I was getting tired of it.
It's a fairly small map too. Which was nice.

Played with keyboard/mouse. Didn't experience much glitching, although I got my car stuck in a bad place (*snickers*) and when I got out I bugged into a dirt mound and couldn't move.

Nausea Factor: yes. at times the driving was a little too bouncy. Made me feel sick.

I really wish this had a "maybe" button rather than a yes/no ONLY... so... unfortunately, for me and the types of games I'm accustom to play, I'll say...

I don't really recommend it. :/ Sorry.
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0 of 12 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
I thought I would enjoy this game because I like the metal music characters in it. But I just got bored and lost interest because of game itself rather than the characters. Shame really.
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0 of 12 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
I personally find this game utterly boring and very nearly made the humble bundle i got it out of a let down
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0 of 13 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
Its a funny game. But a crapy funnny game. If its $1 or lower, its ok tough. More than that, don't buy it. :)
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3 of 20 people (15%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Dont buy anything from double fine they are crooks and Theifs
please look what they are doing with space base df9
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