Brutal Legend is a mash up of a couple different genres, Action Adventure Open World RTS...yes, that many...
I'll start out with the graphics, it is a nice art style however the graphics really show the three years difference, even on higher resolutions the game doesn't look as crisp as others. There is hardly any customization in the options menu to try get a bit more beef out the graphics which is almost a must for PC ports.
The actual game play is nicely done though, as I said to begin with, there are four different genres mashed up here, Action Adventure is done very well, the hack and slash mechanics are basic, but the addition of guitar solos brings a whole new way of playing, allowing you to buff up your characters or deal damage to your foes. The open world aspect is also done very well, the world seems huge, there are plenty of side quests to keep you busy throughout the story, however these aren't crucial for story or game progress elements, and they are purely there as additional things to do. Finally, the RTS element, throughout the course of the game, you will take part in a number of grand scale battles, in which you have to manage your resources (fans in this case) and build an army in which you command using basic squad game controls, so follow, defend and attack. To me this seemed like the worst of the four though, it seemed a little clunky and out of place, I would much rather have played it without the strategy side.
The sound track and music in Brutal Legend is obviously going to be amazing. The game features 107 metal tracks from 75 different bands, ranging from Motörhead, Ozzy Osbourne, Kiss to Tenacious D as well as many more. The main character is also voiced and based on Jack Black which also adds the comical side of things in too.
There isn't much difficulty in playing Brutal Legends, as long as you get to grips with the basics of the RTS elements, you won't find yourself having too many issues. The hack and slash parts are too easy at times, so the only challenge comes from the RTS, which is a shame, because I would of liked to have got a little more stuck into the combat and maybe the addition of extra combos.
The game length is very respectable, I normally try to complete as many of the side missions I can in these types of games, so it took me almost thirty five hours to complete it fully, so it is a pretty chunky game, time wise.
I had a few minor technical issues, even though the game was running at a smooth 60 fps most of the time, it almost felt as if I was still playing at 30, not sure whether that was an issue with my rig or not though, I turned on v-sync and that seemed to make a little better, but not by much. I also wanted to play in windowed mode for a while because I had the wiki page open on my second screen, and this gave me numerous issues with the cursor in game, I would all of a sudden just get my desktop background because my mouse had wandered off screen into my task bar, or I would start to get hover-over tooltips for other shortcuts on my windows task bar randomly, all small issues that could of quite easily of been fixed.
My final recommendation for Brutal Legend is definitely give it a try, it might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I did have a lot of fun playing it, I mean, I did plunge thirty five hours of my life playing it...there is plenty of content and even just the sound track is worth some of your time, you can get the game at regular price for £10,99, but expect this to drop to as low as £2 in sales, and then you have yourself a real bargain.
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