This is an odd little proposition. What many expected to be an open-world action RPG quickly reveals RTS elements that left many gamers cold, but as a heavy metal love-fest it's actually a lot of fun. I suppose it depends how much you pay, and £1.99 isn't going to break the bank for a DRM-free version.
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For the Humble Indie Bundle 9, the games on offer are Trine 2: Complete Story, Mark of the Ninja, Eets Munchies, and Brütal Legend. However, beat the average and you'll nab yourselves the superlative FTL: Faster Than Light, and Fez.
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Following the console release by only about three and a half years, this snappy PC release will probably struggle to get noticed. Before we played it on consoles, we were led to believe that this was an action game, even the demo said so. Unfortunately, this is actually a piss-poor strategy game. However, the heavy metal soundtrack is outstanding. Any metal head will love the cameos and the visual design of the game that pays homage to the fantasy-style album covers of yesteryear. I've rarely wanted (but ultimately failed) to enjoy a game as much as this one, but still find myself telling people to give it a go. Brutal Legend is out on the 26th February.
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Tim Schafer, heavy metal, Jack Black and Tim Curry. The ingredients of a rocktastic gaming goulash that will stick a grin on every metalhead's face everywhere...if you can get over the clunky console RTS elements, that is. Thankfully, they don't ruin proceedings too much and there's so much for fans of heavy rock and/or Schafer's work to enjoy that it's easy to forgive the odd gripe. At £5, this is the cheapest we've seen the PS3 version, with the competition standing at over double the price. Thanks ross2789!
NB. Also worth noting you can pick up the PS3 version for just 50p more at £4.99.
With at least a good three and a half quid separating ChoicesUK's price from the nearest competition, if you've had a hankering for some metaltastic action but have held off until a proper price drop...wish granted. Double Fine have recently cut back on larger scale projects for the time being, but Tim Schafer's last opus is a brilliantly idiosyncratic paean to all that is metal, and the RTS bits don't completely ruin proceedings. A fist-bump for the gooner over at HUKD.
Prior to its release, I felt all kinds of excited about Tim Schafer's Brütal Legend but once it was actually unleashed to the world, I somehow lost interest in taking the heavy metal beast home and it's only now that the game is available so cheaply that I've got round to actually picking it up. Which is a tad silly because, while it's not the greatest game in the world,it is packed with good natured fun. If you're a fan of all things grim and metaaal, thenBrütal Legend is an absolute must play so why don't you have it by now? Thanks to nicmall at Hotukdeals!
Tim Schafer and Double Fine are on brilliant form with Brutal Legend. The heavily stylised game-world, the glorious paean to metal that is the soundtrack, the wonderful cameos and the exultant performance of Jack Black all serve to make the first couple of hours fantastic fun. And then everything gets ruined by supremely annoying RTS mechanics that of course prove fiddly on a console, the lack of a map and the pace of the battles not really helping matters either. That said, picking this up for under a tenner is fundamentally necessary if you're a Schafer, or indeed a metal, fan. Thnaks to tombarrettuk at HUKD.
Ever wondered what would happen if guitar hero, a beat em up, and a dash of comedy were spliced together? Well, wonder no more because Brutal Legend would probably be the outcome.
You can grab a copy of the game on the 360 for £6.99 from Argos, which is just over £3.50 cheaper than the next best price of £10.63 coming in from Amazon. Unfortunately home delivery isn't an option at the moment, but you can reserve your copy in store to pick up later.
Jack Black plays Eddie Riggs, the ultimate metal roadie who's become fed up with the posers that he has to work with and wishes he could go back to the golden age of the music he holds so dear. Sadly, Riggs is injured during the course of one of the band's gigs and ends up in a demon dimension, where he has to battle hordes of monster with nothing more than an old axe and his precious guitar.
The majority of your time'll be spent hacking beasties to pieces, but you'll also get to ride around in a ridiculously tuned up car, and charge shrines by performing a face melting solo on the guitar. The controls are pretty simple and your staple moves including quick decapitations with your axe, or unleashing the hidden powers of electricity and fire that your guitar hold.
There's a good amount of gore included in the game as well as an ample helping of foul mouthed obscenities, which reminded me of Conker's Bad Fur Day, but both add to the charm of the game rather than hindering it.
This is nowhere near the best game in the world but it's a great laugh, and if you're a Jack Black fan then it's definitely worth grabbing.
Thanks to whizzkid @ HUKD
Matt just posted about Shop To's Star Buy deal for the XBox 360 version of Tim Schafer's Brutal Legend. If you are a PS3 owner and have a hankering for some heavy metal gaming action, then you can actually get the game for even cheaper! For today only Game are selling the PS3 version of Brutal Legend for £9.99, a good £3 cheaper than the next best offer of £12.99 from HMV.
This is one you'll have to grab quick though, the offer expires tonight and copies are likely to fly off the virtual shelves pretty damn speedily.
Like Matt, I felt pretty excited prior to the release of Brutal Legend but then somehow uninspired to actually pick it up! It's sadly not quite the great game that many were expecting but if you are a fan of the metal musical genre then you'll appreciate the loving attention to detail in this homage and for that alone it's got to be worth the bargain price.
Thanks to Rhys135 at Hotukdeals!
This is the one game from the last twelve months that I have to say I was really very excited about playing before its release and then somehow never quite managed to get around to playing it, which is bizarre considering I absolutely adore Tim Schafer's work from the Nineties, and I was truly mesmerised by the artistic vision of Psychonauts. Brutal Legend is another artistic masterpiece from Schafer, its game world is stunning and filled with metal legends. It's just a shame that the gameplay doesn't quite match up.
ShopTo are currently offering this Jack Black fronted paean to all things rock for just over £10 at the moment, more than £2 less than nearest competitors HMV.
Brutal Legend tells the story of Eddie Riggs, the World's Greatest Roadie, who accidentally gets killed at a gig and transported to a strange world of heavy metal, created by The Fire Beast Ormagöden. Anyway, to cut a long story short, the metal-loving humans have been overrun and enslaved by the evil Emperor Doviculus and glam rock minions and its up to Eddie to free them with the power of his axe and a bit of help from a mini-pantheon of rock gods such as Lemmy, Rob Halford and Ozzy.
Despite having jumped into the boots of roadie Eddie Riggs numerous times on other people's machines, I can't bring myself to buy this one myself. The Schaferean vision is a strong as ever, in fact this might just be one of the finest games he's ever envisaged, but that creativity's execution is a little muddled in this case. The difficulty comes with the uneasy marriage between the action-adventure elements and the RTS gameplay, neither of which are fully developed enough to carry the game on its own. The latter, especially, suffers from poor controls and a fairly large lack of tactical potential.
It's not a dealbreaker and, to be honest, a tenner is a fantastic price for this game (so good I might have to finally revise my buying hesitancy). Once again, sinking yourself into the wacky world of Tim Schafer is an absolute treat, just bear in mind that the opening couple of hours - not to mention the demo - are somewhat misleading.
Thanks to Moka-Bear at HUKD
Brutal Legend is a short but very enjoyable love letter to all things heavy metal and Tim Schafer's first tentative dip of his toe into the mainstream.
Today Play have dropped their price down to £17.99 for the 360 version, giving a saving of £2 compared to the previous best deal of £20 from Asda. If you are after the game for the PS3, then Amazon have it for the same price as Play's XBox deal.
Brutal Legend is the tale of one roadie's trip through Hell after he inadvertantly drips blood onto his magical cursed belt buckle. In this nightmarish reality he finds friends and foes of a very rock n roll nature, with cameo appearances from the voices of Lita Ford, Rob Halford, Lemmy and even Ozzy Obsborne. In fact the whole game drips with musical authenticity from its very "trOO" soundtrack to its album cover-inspired artwork.
The story is very entertaining and the characters are brilliant and rendered in a striking and pleasing visual style. The combat is particularly fun and feels great; there is something very satisfying about cutting through swathes of enemies with an axe before seeing off a further horde with a n epic riff from your other kind of axe. If you are a heavy metal fan then Brutal Legend really is a must have and those who are laymen to the world of rock should also have a great time with this. If only it wasn't so short...
Thanks to ashmatuk at Hotukdeals!
Tim Schafer's loving tribute to all things heavy and metal is a short but sweet affair. It received far more hype than any of his previous endeavours but, like virtually anything else foolishly scheduled for release in recent weeks, has been slightly lost in the hype miasma surrounding the new Call of Duty.
Happily this means that Gamestation are offering up a bargain of epic rock proportions, as they are asking just £22.99 for Brütal Legend, on either the PS3 or the 360. The next best price I have found for either console is £27.95 from Shop To (XBox 360, PS3), and even used copies are going for even more in most places, so you stand to make at least a good £5 saving!
Drawing together a huge accumulation of the songs and cultural elements of the genre and lacing them through the game in a number of surprising and highly effective ways, Brütal Legend always feels genuine and filled with affection. This also makes for a game which is highly entertaining and, in the main, a joy to play.
The story and the characters (charmingly realised in their striking graphical style) are what really make the game shine and, while it helps, you don't need to be a rock fan to enjoy Brütal Legend. Sadly it is let down slightly by its repetitive and samey side missions which quickly lose their appeal and the fact that the main mission (which maintains its high quality far more effectively) is really rather short.
Thanks to dontdothatagain at Hotukdeals!
When Lydia last posted a deal for the Xbox 360 version of Brutal Legend, it was for a pre-order, and it was selling for £34.85 @ Shopto.net. They've outdone themselves now and knocked a chunk off the price, and are now offering this video game for only £27.95.
After a price comparison, I can see that the cheapest elsewhere for the Xbox 360 version of Brutal Legend Xbox is £34.99 from many retailers. For the Playstation 3 version, cheapest elsewhere is also £34.99, so this is a really great price from Shopto.net. Check out the price comparison tool below to show you the results.
Thanks to Wayne for emailing and letting us know about the deal!
Fans of both heavy metal and gaming have probably long been salivating over the prospect of Double Fine's follow up to 2005's Psychonauts: Brütal Legend. Starring Jack Black, the game is a loving homage to all things metal. There's not long to wait now; Brütal Legend, is due on on “Rocktober” 16th and so it may be worth considering taking a break from perfecting your licks in Guitar Hero: Metallica to snap up a preorder deal.
Shop To are currently leading the way pricewise, offering the game for just £34.85, nearly three pounds cheaper than The Hut who are selling it for £37.73.
The link is for the 360 version of the game but Shop To are also offering the PS3 version for exactly the same price too.
In Brütal Legend, you take on the role of Eddie Riggs (named for Eddie of Iron Maiden fame and Derek Riggs, the artist who designed him and modelled on Jack Black and Glenn Danzig), heavy metal roadie extraordinaire voiced by Jack Black, who is stuck playing for the worst metal band known to man. Following an incident at a gig, he is hit on the head with a piece of scenery and consequently blood drips on to his belt buckle, which turns out to be cursed. This causes all hell to break lose (pretty much literally) and Eddie finds himself in an alternate reality where humans are the slaves of demons.
The game has serious rock credentials with metal legends Lemmy Kilmister (of Motörhead fame), Ozzy Osborne, Rob Halford (Judas Priest) and The Runaways' Lita Ford lending their voices to the cast. The soundtrack is filled with 108 songs hand picked by the games Creative Director, Tim Schafer and Music Director, Emily Ridgway, all designed to appeal to fans of the metal genre. The list includes well known classic bands such as Black Sabbath, Anthrax, Carcass, Judas Priest, Manowar, Motörhead and my personal favourite as well as more obscure bands such as Brocas Helm and Slough Feg, the inclusion of which is bound to please some really hardcore fans. Having played the demo, I found that, whether you like heavy metal or not (I really don't!), you can't deny how well it fits with the gameplay and story.
Brütal Legend is an action-adventure in the third person with a 64 km2 open world to explore. Eddie can attack the demons that plague the land using The Separator, a giant axe or that ultimate rock cliché, his beloved Flying V guitar, Clementine. His hotrod The Deuce and the friends that he makes along the way will help him on his rock odysee. As well as the single player main story, there will also be a multiplayer option, which Schafer describes as “your typical head-to-head, battle of the bands scenario. But with axes."
The demo has shown this to be a very well made game which feels great to play and has excellent voice acting, sound track and visuals . Roll on Rocktober 16th!
Thanks to benleslie5 at Hotukdeals!
Dragon Age: Origins is the latest game to see delay in today’s news roundup. In other news the Brutal Legend soundtrack has been revealed by EA Denmark, and Guitar Hero 5 should be receiving backwards song compatibility.
Yet another game delay has been announced, but at least we can be thankful it’s not pushed back until 2010. BioWare confirmed on their forum that Dragon Age: Origins will be pushed back from October 20th to November. The delay applies to the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 versions of the game.
But peculiarly the PS3 version will be “later in November”, while the PC, and Xbox 360 versions will be getting an earlier November 6th release date. Bioware gave no reason for the short delay, or why the PS3 version will be out slightly later, but surely all will be revealed. [ShackNews]
EA Denmark, probably the most metal EA, have revealed what seems to be the complete Brutal Legend soundtrack. The list has been posted online, revealing more than 100 songs in the game. The list boasts such metal greats as Megadeth, Mastodon, Slayer, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, and many other great bands. This glorious celebration of metal and gaming should be hitting the street on October 16th. [Kotaku]
Guitar Hero 5 features 85 new songs, but incase you get bored, Activision has revealed you can now play “some” of the disc-based songs from Guitar Hero World Tour and Guitar Hero Smash Hits, without even swapping the disc. For a small fee songs can be imported into Guitar Hero 5, and any imported songs will be updated, included new features such as “band moments” and vocal star power.
The majority of downloadable songs from Guitar Hero World Tour should be available to play in Guitar Hero 5 on top of this. In regards to only “some” of the songs being available, it seems to boil down to simple licensing issues. According to head of licensing at Activision, Tim Riley, they are currently in the process of clearing a lot more songs available to play. [IGN]
Activision dominate today’s roundup with CEO Bobby Kotick revealing how he wants more of your money. Also, Brutal Legend is still on the road for an October release following the dispute with Activision. A new James Bond is confirmed by Activision, and finally, Robert Bowling reveals Infinity Ward's plan for the prestige edition of Modern Warfare 2 to be an actual limited edition.
A Judge’s decision regarding the Brutal Legend lawsuit filed by Activision was expected to be made by today. Activision, the games former publisher, hoped to block release of the game, claiming the games release would damage them immensely. In the build up to the trial, the Judge implied he was more likely to rule in favour of current developer Double Fine. However this decision never had to be made, as the hearing has been cancelled thanks to an out of court agreement between Activision and Double Fine. The game is now set for its already late October release, with no apparent obstructions in the way. [Gamespot]
Much outrage was caused by Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’s price tag of £55, but for Activision’s CEO Bobby Kotick, the price couldn’t be lower. A conference allowing some of these price issues to be addressed revealed Kotick’s money hungry attitude.
Analyst Tony Gikas questioned Activision's ‘comfort level’ regarding peripheral-based and expensive games. Company president and CEO of publishing Michael Griffith responded commenting on “very strong retailer acceptance and support for all parts of our plan, including ... our price points”. Kotick however sees things differently, answering “And Tony, you know if it was left to me, I would raise the prices even further”. It seems Bobby isn’t happy with £99.99 for Tony Hawk Ride, or £55 for Modern Warfare 2, no way, he wants the clothes off our back. What’s next? Our soul? [Spong]
Infinity Ward community manager Robert Bowling is excited about the fact that the Prestige edition of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will actually be limited. “We've already been asked by retailers to up the production numbers due to demand, which we immediately denied” said Bowling. “We decided from the beginning that we want this to be for the hardcore fans and early adopters. The fact that it is actually limited is one of the coolest parts, which is why we've individually numbered every copy”.
Bowling comments on how “cool” he believes the night vision googles are, pointing out how the idea progressed simply from a limited edition containing a stylized case, a fake flashbang and dog-tags. If you fancy yourself as a bit of a night owl then you have to be quick, as the Prestige edition will only be on sale once, and as previously stated ‘limited’. [IGN]
A new James Bond game is currently in the works according to Activision. The Quarterly earnings call from Activision indicated a 007 title is in the works, with a release date of next year. Activision president Mike Griffith confirmed this, but didn’t elaborate further, only saying that development was in line with the “company's commitment to proven franchises”. The last James Bond title along with most received lukewarm reviews (the obvious exception being Goldeneye), so hopefully Activision can give James Bond the game he deserves this time around. [VG247]
Nintendo has turned part of New York into a tropical paradise to commemorate the launch of Wii Sports Resort in today’s news roundup. Also, Saw director James Wan takes control of the Castlevania movie, Brutal Legend developers Double Fine Productions countersue Activision, and Halo goes Japanese in the form of a seven-part anime series.
Nintendo transformed a section of New York City’s Times Square into “WuHu Island”, a tropical haven celebrating the release of Wii Sports Resort. Nintendo demonstrated many of the activities available in Wii Sports Resort here, including Table Tennis, Frisbee, Basketball, Swordplay, Archery, Wakeboarding and Wii Sport favourites Bowling and Golf, because Bowling is obviously everyone's favourite summer sport.
Three Professional athletes were also brought along for the party. Alston Wang, AKA “The Hidden Tiger” is a top table tennis player and only 10 years old, Martin Vezzuto, a highly trained Archery expert, and Bradford Keller, a top flying disc athlete. All three athletes challenged guests in their respective sports, and probably won. Wii Sports Resort is hitting the streets on July 26th, and will likely dominate the charts for most of the foreseeable future. [1UP]
Horror director James Wan, of Saw fame, is set to direct the previously cancelled Castlevania film. “I'm very fresh on this project, so it's in the early stages and I'm still trying to work things out, but the producers love my vision for it” said Wan. Previous versions of the film caused controversy among fans, with the leaked script even lacking the trademark Vampire Slayer.
Wan believes this shouldn’t be a problem with his version, hoping to “make a highly stylized, fantasy, action film that focuses on the gothic storyline and the cool anime-like characters”, promising the whip would make an appearance, something which, according to Wan, “attracted me to the project in the first place”. [BloodyDisgusting]
Double Fine Productions, the Developer behind upcoming game Brutal Legend has filed a countersuit against Activision, for attempting to block the release of the game. Activision has apparently intended to hurt the company and the game, in a move aiming to stop the game release in order to protect sales of the Guitar Hero series.
The suit claims Activision showed no interest in the game back in 2008, and after a failed attempt to brand the game with the Guitar Hero name they canceled the project. Double Fine go on to point out the company’s livelihood is dependent on the success of Brutal Legend, responding to Activision’s claims that the games release under a different publisher could seriously harm them. Brutal Legend should still be on target for an October release date provided Activision doesn’t meddle too much. [TheAssociatedPress]
Popular Xbox 360 series Halo has spawned an anime compilation titled Halo Legends, consisting of seven short stories based in the Halo universe. 5 different Japanese animation studios have so far lent their talents for the series, Production I.G perhaps the most noteworthy. Ghost in the Shell and Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade are just two examples of their previous work.
A preview of Halo Legends will appear on the recently announced Halo Waypoint, a hub dedicated to Halo-related content on Xbox Live. Waypoint and the preview should be available this fall. [1UP]
It's midweek and the media gears are churning. A surprising acquisition of a prominent games company promises big things, whilst an even bigger name loses some brand awareness due to a name-change. And finally, Brutal Legend finds its box-art, Dragon Quest’s dominance of Japan goes on, and Yahtzee crucifies Prototype!
Bethesda, developers of the Elder Scrolls and Fallout series, have bought id Software, the makers of the Doom and Quake franchises. ZeniMax Media, Bethesda’s parent company, claim no corporate or organisational changes will be made to id Software, whose technical and creative leads respectively, John Carmack and Todd Hollenshead, will remain and seem happy about their company’s acquisition.
Carmack claims he’d been tired of wrangling budgets and publishers, and so the key allure of being bought by ZeniMax Media was the freedom and consistency he could enjoy with a guaranteed publisher. [Eurogamer]
Box-art isn’t often a newsworthy piece, but when it’s for Tim Schafer’s rock-epic, Brutal Legend, it demands an exception! The box-art sees protagonist Eddy Riggs, a roadie who is transported to the ancient land of rock and becomes a hero, standing atop a mound of bodies, guitar and axe held up triumphantly, with arms of lightening scarring the blue-sky backdrop. [GamerCenterOnline]
According to tracking firm OTX, Modern Warfare 2, the sixth instalment in the Call of Duty series, has lost brand awareness by removing the series name from its title. OTX estimates 20% of customers do not recognise Modern Warfare 2 as a Call of Duty game, despite the Modern Warfare subtitle being present in the fourth game.
OTX claims including the Call of Duty name in a questionnaire related to Modern Warfare 2 doubled customer awareness, but upon dropping it, a similarly sized reduction occurred. Activision, the game’s parent company, may have been seeking to avoid a long-winded and potentially hard-to-remember title, but in the process have shot themselves in the proverbial foot. [VG247]
Fans of Ben ‘Yahtzee’ Croshaw, the infamous Zero Punctuation reviewer, famed for his swift and ruthless deconstructing of games, has posted a video-review for Prototype, pitting it against its rival sibling in the superhero sandbox genre, Infamous.
Anyone familiar with Yahtzee’s reviews knows what to expect. It’ll be hard-hitting, hilarious and a tad over-critical! [TheEscapist]
Final Fantasy may be the most famous Japanese game in the West, but on its home-soil, Dragon Quest reins supreme. A recent survey in Famitsu magazine reveals 95.5% of Japanese people, aged between 16 and 49 are aware of the Dragon Quest brand.
A total of 32.2 million copies have been sold in Japan alone, and that number will inevitably rise with the release Dragon Quest IX, which has claimed the top spot on Famitsu readers’ Most Wanted list 62 times! [1UP]