Apr 302009
 

Look, a game about metal gods in a land of hard rock where heade bangers (yes, that is spelled correctly) are imprisoned and forced into slave labor just begs for a good beat down.  But then they went and added an umlaut to the title and I find myself strangely defenseless against this games heavy metal wiles.

With a US release of October 13th (sadly, not a Friday) Brütal Legend looks to be quite the awesome game.  If you don’t own an Xbox 360 or PS3 this may just be the reason to go out and get one.  Screw Fable 2 or LittleBigPlanet.  This game has MASSIVE GUITARS and a dude name Lars.  Roadies, hotrods, metal dudes and chicks, massive action and power chords.  I’m searching through bins right now trying to find my original Nuclear Assault tour shirt but not having much luck.  I may have to settle for Queensryche.

While I rummage, here are 11 screen shots to drool over whilst gently banging your head to the strains of Maiden.

Brütal Legend tells the tale Eddie Riggs, the ultimate roadie. The “roadie’s roadie”, Eddie is the 1st person anyone calls when they need guitars tuned or stages rigged. With a love for hot rods and a photographic memory for every Heavy Metal album cover, and the lyrics those albums contained, committed to memory, Eddie has always felt out of place, like he should have been born earlier, when the music was real.

One night a stage accident knocks Eddie unconscious. With his blood dripping into the belt buckle he wears, a gift from his father, his blood quenches an ancient thirst that sucks him into a world that looks very strange yet oddly familiar, a world where every Heavy Metal album cover and lyric Eddie knows has come to life, a world where the evil emperor Doviculus and his demon army, The Tainted Coil, have enslaved the last remaining humans.

Led by Lars Halford alongside his sister Lita and the mysterious Ophelia, the human resistance is far from helpless. However, what they lack is someone to bring them all together; someone who can organize them and lead them into battle, what they need is a roadie. Under Eddie’s command, this barbaric force of hot-rods, Marshall stacks, leather, and chrome will bring this ancient world into the age of Metal.

• Action Combat! – Brütal Legend’s core gameplay is classic Action. From close quarter blows delivered by The Separator, Eddie’s blood soaked broad axe, to ranged combat from your demon-slaying guitar named Clementine, as well as vehicular attacks supplied by your hot rod, The Deuce (aka The Druid Plow), Brütal Legend delivers deep, rewarding, fun combat that will have you throwing your “devil horns” in the air.

  • A World Like No Other – Inspired by some of the most iconic album art and lyrics of all-time, Brütal Legend features a streaming, open world rich with detail, from mountains made of guitar amps to big block V8 engines rising from the ground, delivering a world truly unique and unlike anything you’ve seen before.
  • Titans of Stage and Screen – Lead by Jack Black as the voice of Eddie Riggs, the epic cast of Brütal Legend features vocal talent providing by some of Metal’s biggest names, including Rob Halford of Judas Priest, Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead, Lita Ford and more.
  • Online Multiplayer – Take the Metal madness online in Brütal Legend’s Multiplayer mode that combines action combat with a strategic unit-control mechanic that allows the player to direct their army in The Battle of the Bands, where the ultimate trophy is survival
  • Upgrade Your Arsenal – Gain “Lighter Tributes” throughout the world and visit The Motorforge, where you can upgrade The Separator, Clementine and The Deuce to make them even more lethal on the battlefields
  • Tim Schafer – Known for creating a level depth and humor in his characters, Tim Schafer is consistently recognized as one of the gaming industry’s premier designers and has written such classics as Full Throttle, Grim Fandango and PsychoNauts.
  • Fully Licensed Soundtrack – Brütal Legend will feature a fully licensed soundtrack that includes some of the greatest Metal and Rock and Roll songs ever assembled.

[tags]video games, Brütal Legend, umlaut[/tags]

About Ben

I'm a geek. A nerd, a dweeb, whatever. Yes I owned garb, yes I still own medieval weaponry. And yeah, I could kick your butt in Mechwarrior the CCG. I love video games, role playing games, tactical board games and all forms of speculative fiction. I will never berate someone for wanting to be a Jedi and take everything Gary Gygax ever wrote as gospel. Well, all of this but that last bit.

  2 Responses to “Brütal Legend. I want to make fun of this game but it’s just too awesome.”

  1. Useless Fact:

    I could wear an Iron Maiden T shirt every day for a week if I wanted to.

    This has been another Useless Fact.

    I’m a sucker for anything with Jack Black, who’s doing Eddie Rigg’s voice, so it’s a lock for me to buy it.

  2. AND Rob from Judas Priest and various other side projects is voicing one of the bad guys.

    If Ronnie James Dio was in on this project, I’d be feeling faint.

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