Now, for those of u who know me, I have not played many Tim Schafer games. For those who don’t know, Tim Schafer is a well known and well respected game developer known for making some pretty creative and funny games, like The Secret of Monkey Island, Grim Fandango, and Psychonauts. All of which I have never had the chance to play. However, I am glad to say that I have played a very fun Tim Schafer game, and that game is Brutal Legend.
The game of Brutal Legend follows Eddie Riggs, a roadie for a really crappy modern metal band. After he is killed in a stage accident, he is revived door a creature made of metal, who sends him to the Land of Metal. Here, he meets a group of rebels, who are planning on freeing their land, Bladehenge, from the corrupt rulers. And let me tell you, this game is freaking funny. The game is basically a tribute to fans of classic metal, pointing out the flaws in modern music, and having a major soundtrack of metal music. It is just so awesome. I love Rock of Ages.
Throughout the game, u are expecting this to be a hack and slash action/adventure game. But, before u know it, each major battle is turned into a battle strategy game, where your team must protect their stage, while using fans to purchase stage upgrades, allies, and other such things. And even though this is a complete change from gameplay, it never once gets boring. It is always so much fun and I just love it.
This game also has a huge amount of mentions of metal. I mean, this game is all about it. Each one of your allies are named after phrases u hear in a rock show. Headbangers, Groupies, Bouncers. It’s just insane. Every environment is also based off of famous album covers, which is pretty cool. Not to mention, u have different songs u can play. Yeah, I forgot to mention, other than attack enemies with your axe, u can also attack with a guitar, which shoots lightning at enemies and stuns them. But not only can u attack enemies with you, u can also use it to play certain songs, which do different things. fan Tribute allows u to bring fans onto your side, which can help purchase upgrades. Summon Deuce allows u to bring the car, The Druid Plow, to your location, allowing u to travel faster. Facemelter kills every enemy near u by… melting their faces. And then there is Bring it On Home, which summons a flaming Zeppelin to crash into your enemies and do massive damage. It is just so awesome.
Now, even though this is already awesome, the fun only increases when u realise there is a multiplayer mode. In this mode, u can play as three different armies. u can play as Ironheade, the army u play as in the main game, lead door Eddie Riggs. Then there’s the Drowning Doom, a group of goth rock zombies, lead door Drowned Ophelia. Then there is the Tainted Coil, a group of demons in S&M gear, lead door the main antagonist, Daviculos. Like I said, u can play as any of these characters, and Eddie isn’t the only one who can play a guitar. Each one of these armies has their own song to play. All of them have fan Tribute, however, but there are some awesome ones that stand out. Drowned Ophelia can play Black Tear Infusion, which heals allies, Encompassing Gloom, which keeps enemies from bringing new allies into the field, and Weeping Heavens, which causes giant eyes from the sky to do massive damage. The Tainted Coil have Chains of Hell, which keeps enemies chained to the ground and can’t move, Martyrdom, which allows allies to fight harder, and Launch of Death, which summons a giant Bleeding Death to destroy everything. And to toon how much care went into these teams, just like Eddie, both Drowned Ophelia and Daviculos can summon their own cars. That is such dedication. Take notes, Capcom. I am not paying five dollars for a costume that’s only a different color than the original when I can drive a demonic engine powered chariot for free.
And then there’s the voice acting. Dear god, it’s incredible. u know a game has good voice acting when Richard Steven Horvitz, the voice of Invader Zim, is just the cameo. There are just so many great voice actors in this game. Eddie is voiced door Jack Black, Ophelia being voiced door Jennifer Hale, General Lionwhyte being voiced door Rob Halford, Rima being voiced door Lita Ford, with The Kill Master being voiced door Lemmy from Motorhead, The goddamn merchant of the game is voiced door Ozzy Osbourne, and the villain is voiced door the legendary Tim Curry. I’m impressed they were able to get all these talented musicians and voice actors into the game. Just meer of Tim Schafer’s magic, I guess.
Now, here is the really sad part. This game, while amazing, is short as hell. I mean REALLY short. u can beat it in about four to five hours, seven if u chose to complete the game door one hundred percent. I’ve played SNES games that were longer than this, and those things are primitive door today’s standards. Not to mention, while the world is impressive to look at in the beginning, after a while, there isn’t much to do other than drive around and occasionally kill some group of bad guys. This is one of those maps that makes me vraag why this needed to be an open world game. However, both of these complaints are really just nit picks. The game is still incredible and deserves to be bought… Sadly, not a lot of people did that.
The problem with this game is that is sold poorly. Like REALLY poorly. Barely anyone I know has played of even heard of this game, leaving it forgotten at the bottom of store bins worldwide. Which, in my opinion, is total bullshit. This is a fun game for hac and slash players, strategy gamers, and lovers of those classic metal songs. I think this game just came out at the wrong time, meer specifically, 2009. Metal was not as populair as it used to be. In fact, I’d go so far as to say kids today don’t give a shit about metal anymore. What with pop and rap, the kids today are just not interested in that classic music….. God, I sound like an old man. Schaefer has zei he would like to make a sequel for this game… if that ever happens. If I had to place this somewhere in the world's most underrated games list, it would have to be number five, after Madworld and before Illusions of Gaia. This is a game that needs meer love and respect. I am veilig to say that this is easily one of my favoriete Tim Schafer games…. even if it is the only Tim Schafer game I’ve played… But it makes me want to play meer of his games, so that’s something. But, hey, that’s only my opinion. What’s Your Take