Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Brutal Legend: First Impressions



I've seen Brutal Legend on the gaming horizon for many months now. I know the game's developer has a great reputation for witty and intelligent games in the past. I also knew it was a heavy metal themed game and that it was a vehicle for Jack Black's talent. You would have thought all of those factors would have meant the game would have been hot on my "to play" list. But it wasn't, not at all.

It was only seeing my son play the demo level on Saturday morning (he subsequently purchased the game) that has changed my mind at all. The game looks hot! Visually the graphics are luscious, with a nice 'cartoony' feel to them. The game world looks like it was zapped straight out of a seventies prog rock album cover or an Iron Maiden landscape (I'm surprised 'Eddie' doesn't make a cameo!)

Several rock legends do though. So far I've seen Lemmy from Motorhead (who was also the arms dealer in the seminal Scarface). I've also seen Ozzy, who sounds brilliant and fits right in with the game. Apparently Judas Priest's Rob Halford makes an appearance at some point too.

Of course Jack Black is excellent, he always is. I wouldn't have given this game a second look unless it had jumped right into my living room, which luckily it has! I'll definitely give it a playthrough some time soon, as I understand it's a short game, which suits me fine! Check out the videos and see what you think!










7 comments:

gnome said...

Three cheers for Mr. Schaffer then!

And now dear Father you know you have to try his other legendary creations, don't you? They are none other than Day of the Tentacle, Grim Fandango and Psychonauts. Oh, and he co-wrote some Monkey Island games too.

Cheers my friend

Sonny Boy said...

Can we hold you to the comment that you'll give it a play through? ;)

I think I've seen adverts for this game and it looked quite good fun. Hope Ted enjoys it.

NebachadnezzaR said...

There's no Iron Maiden in it. Seriously, how can you make a game about metal and not include the greatest metal band of all time???

Apparently, and these are only rumours, Ozzy didn't like the idea and said it was either him of them. Well, fuck him! He's such a fucking joke...

And there's no Metallica either. At least there's some Mastodon, but still, that's just bullshit...

\m/ Up the muthafucking irons!!! \m/

blondejon said...

own it, playing it, wish id gone for uncharted two, finally into it, love the music, hate the way glam rockers are the baddies (i was one back in the day)

fatherkrishna said...

I know of these games, but I'm unlikely to play them in hindsight dear Gnome... Half Life, Monkey Island and Fallout were all bitter disappointments. (I'm blaming myself though Gnomey!)

I will play it Sonnyboy! (I'm not saying what year that will happen, however...

Wow Nuno! I didn't realise you felt so passionately... We'll sneak round to Schaffer's house and kidnap him, and force him to re-program Iron Maiden into the game... If it's a commercial success, mybe they could be in BL2???

Email me photos of your glam rock days BJ, for publication and celebration on these hallowed pages!
We wanna be in your gang, your gang, your gang...

Actually can you still sing that? LOL!

NebachadnezzaR said...

Not that it keeps me awake at night or anything, but it's just incomprehensible, you know?

It's like making a racing game without ferrari. Sure, you've still got porche and lamborghini, but it's just not the same.

Probably gonna play it, though

blondejon said...

theres a photo on my facebook profile of me back in the day, go hunt it down ;-)