Brutal Legend [Impressions] | Posted at 12:05 PM
As you may know, the demo for Brutal Legend is out (for Gold Subscribers, Oct 1 for regular people).
I, of course, downloaded and played it about 4 times (on Normal and Brutal difficulty).
See, the thing is, I really, really like metal. It brings me joy to see a proper tribute to this almost-rare art form. But, Brutal Legend is a game that will entertain you even if you don't like metal.
Tim Schafer, the genius behind such great titles as Grim Fandango and Psychonauts, is at it again with hilarious laugh-out-loud writing and excellent, satisfying gameplay.
I sat down to play the demo and the first thing that jumps out at you is the clever menu (something that isn't uncommon in Schafer's games). It's a vinyl that is turned over, opened, etc. by a pair of hands depending on what option you want. Awesome.
The introduction is absolutely epic and hilarious, I won't ruin it for you, but I laughed multiple times and my friends were very entertained as well (none of whom really like metal). During the opening cinematic the game gives you the options of enabling vulgarity's (to provide an authentic roadie experience) and to enable gore (but only when it is very awesome). The game is so awesome, one of my friends wants to come over just to watch me play it.
One thing that stood out to me was the music selection. If you didn't know, it's an all metal soundtrack. The team has done a superb job choosing the right music for the scenes, building it up in all the right places. Sometimes cut scenes are annoying in other games (Metal Gear Solid, anyone?) but I could watch the cut scenes all day in Brutal Legend because they're masterfully crafted. It is very well-directed and full of heavy metal tribute scenery.
That brings me to the world of heavy metal itself… a metalhead's wet dream. Towers of skulls, gates weighed down by hotrod engines, hooded dagger-wielding henchmen, and a sweet boss. There is much to see in the world of Brutal Legend and I was sad that the demo was so short.
The combat in the game is terrific, every hit with your axe feels tactile, I almost wish they vibrated the controller on every hit (maybe they do, I didn't notice). The guitar is awesome. Every weapon has a fast attack and a heavy attack and there are multiple combos you can perform. You can even perform combos with your partner.
All in all the demo was superb and I can't wait until the game comes out. I had pre-ordered the game a few weeks ago… and now the wait is going to kill me.
Brutal Legend is coming Rocktober 13th and you damn well better pre-order the sucker now.