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Brutal Legend DLC 'Hammer of Infinite Fate' announced


Dec 09
// Brad Nicholson
A second piece of Brutal Legend DLC is slated to hit PSN and Xbox LIVE soon -- as in December 17th, soon. Dubbed “Hammer of Infinite Fate,” the content adds several new Eddie Riggs outfits, a few item upgrades, an...
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Double Fine would like to rock more Brutal Legend DLC


Dec 04
// Nick Chester
Can't get enough Brutal Legend? That's good, because Double Fine may not be done with it just yet.  In a recent post-game-release chat with GamePro, Double Fine's Tim Schafer reveals that the developer is keen on not onl...
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These Brutal Legend shirts are f**king metal


Nov 11
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Double Fine and Mishka NYC teamed up to produce two of the most metal f**king shirts you have ever seen in your life. The Headbanger graphic was created by James Callahan and "brings a scene of pure metal aggression to life, ...
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Tim Schafer walks us through the Brutal Legend DLC


Nov 03
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The new Brutal Legend DLC, "Tears of the Hextadon", is out this week and is bringing two new maps to multiplayer. To prepare players for the new content, Double Fine's Tim Schafer hosted a multiplayer match on the Death's Fj...
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Eddie Riggs roadies for Dethklok, makes good sandwiches


Oct 29
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
When Eddie Riggs isn't busy saving an alternate dimension from pure evil, he's helping out the most metal band ever, Dethklok. He gets the band women, saves them from a demon and even cuts the crust off their peanut butter an...
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Building the Brutal Legend Bus: The end [photoblog]


Oct 27
// TheBigFeel
[Editor's note: TheBigFeel recapped his entire Brutal Legend soap box car that got him first prize at the Red Bull derby -- CTZ] So we built the Tour of Destruction from Brutal Legend, won a race, set a speed record, and then...
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Brutal Legend DLC incoming: 'Tears of Hextadon' announced


Oct 27
// Brad Nicholson
More is coming to Brutal Legend in Rock-November. Publisher Electronic Arts and developer Double Fine have just announced a downloadable map pack dubbed “Tears of the Hextadon.” The pack adds two additional maps -...
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Watch out ladies, this Brutal Legend video is for you


Oct 19
// Brad Nicholson
EA and Double Fine’s Brutal Legend is available in stores, but that doesn’t mean the marketing for the pseudo-RTS/open world action game is toast. In fact, there’s still one demographic -- a veritable gold ...
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Jack Black talks Brutal Legend on Jimmy Kimmel Show


Oct 15
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
For the past couple of weeks, Jack Black has been going around dressed up as Eddie Riggs from Brutal Legend promoting the game at various venues. His latest appearance as the roadie hero took him on The Jimmy Kimmel Show last...

Review: Brutal Legend

Oct 13 // Nick Chester
Brütal Legend (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 [reviewed])Developer: Double FinePublisher: Electronic ArtsReleased: Rocktober 13, 2009MSRP: $59.99If you're a fan of videogames and heavy metal culture, Double Fine's Brütal Legend should be the greatest game that has ever been made. Hatched from the creative and (sometimes) twisted minds of Tim Schafer and company -- one of the gaming industry's most lauded designers -- Brütal Legend is truly the over-the-top world of heavy metal brought to life. It's an homage that pays respect to the genre -- its music, imagery, and artists -- while at the same time having a laugh at some of its most ludicrous tenets. In that respect, the world as brought to life in Brütal Legend is brilliant, and sometimes awe-inspiring.Schafer has gone on record as saying the goal with Brütal Legend was to take every scene, every single still image you could possibly get from the title, and use it as the cover for a heavy metal album. From an art standpoint, Brütal Legend delivers on that promise, offering a land littered with skulls, architecture that looks strapped in bondage, and skies seemingly painted in the blood of demons. The world as a whole looks like a watercolor work, like an absurd Boris Vallejo painting brought to life, with Double Fine interpreting the words and imagery of heavy metal music to influence its aethestic. For those familiar with metal culture, the world will feel both unexpectedly alien and immediately recognizable; for those not in the know, the game will be like a subliminal heavy metal master class.As expected, this extends to the game's writing, which is, unsurprisingly, Brütal Legend's biggest strength. The game follows modern-day roadie Eddie Riggs as he gets sent "back in time" to a world where heavy metal (or at least the spirit of it) ruled the land. Tasked with using his roadie skills of organization to lead an uprising of metalheads to overthrow the oppressive Doviculus, Eddie ends up becoming a key player in a war that's been brewing for centuries. Brütal Legend has enough snappy dialogue and plot twists to keep it captivating from beginning to end, with a cast of characters that are surprisingly well thought out, despite being based on well-known cliches.Fans of Jack Black might be disappointed to hear that his delivery as the voice of Riggs isn't typical of the actor's over-the-top rock-n'-roll comedy persona. His more restrained performance is good for the game, however, and Riggs comes across not only as tolerable, but likeable. Performances by the rest of the cast, including everyone from Tim Curry to Lita Ford, are mostly solid across the board. Hell, Ozzy Osbourne even managed to deliver understandable dialogue as an in-game merchant. The connection to the story and the characters does suffer due to a few of the game's technical hiccups. For instance, in-game dialogue is sometimes delivered with the wrong timing -- an environmental cue will trigger a conversation too early or too late, for example -- which can be a bit jarring and confusing. Even some of the game's odd editing, including sloppy transitions from in-game action to cut-scenes, can interrupt the flow of the narrative. Simply put, the impressive efforts in writing simply don't translate as well as they could have with a bit more polish.As far as the gameplay is concerned, Brütal Legend is a mish-mash of gaming styles and genres. While it's an interesting approach to design, the problem here is that not a single one of these elements is as satisfying or as fleshed-out as it should be. If you've played the demo, you're already familiar with the game's third-person action mechanics. Eddie can swing his big heavy metal axe to dismember, slice, or decapitate his foes. Alternately, he can use a guitar for attacks, including playing a button-pressing mini-game to perform one of the most amazing attacks you'll see in any game -- the "Face Melter." Aptly named, the attack will literally melt the faces of your enemies. Yes, it's as awesome as it sounds.But for all of that, the third-person combat can also be repetitive and sloppy. With the block button mapped to the out-of-the-way "B" button, we rarely used it; instead we'd quickly hit "B" plus the analog stick while locked on an enemy to dodge attacks. Holding down the "B" button to block left us without a good way to attack, and therefore we mostly ignored it.As far as the lock-on is concerned, it's not exactly the most intelligent setup. Combat can sometimes get hectic, with Eddie and his army (more on that in a bit) taking on huge groups of baddies at once. Attempts to lock on to an enemy directly ahead of you, but a bit off in the distance, sometimes will cause you to lock on to a closer enemy to your left or right... one that's already engaged in combat. All the while, of course, that enemy off in the distance is repeatedly pounding you with some kind of ranged attack. It's fortunate that in big battles such as these, there's little reason to target enemies -- simple button mashing generally does the trick. While you can upgrade your abilities as you progress through the game, that button mashing feeling never truly goes away.Brütal Legend isn't necessarily all about its one-versus-all combat, though. It's also an open-world game that Eddie can navigate in the Deuce, a heavy metal hot rod nicknamed the "Druid Plow." The Deuce can be summoned nearly anywhere in the world and at any time by simply playing a heavy metal riff, and you'll be doing this often, as the game's story objectives and side missions are scattered all over the game's world. Here's where the problem comes in -- navigating the world is a bit of a bitch. While you can can access a map by pressing select, the game's clean "we don't need no damned HUD" design means there's no constant mini-map on your screen. While it's great that developers are looking for ways to immerse players in the game experience, doing that at the expense of having to pause the game to see a map every 30 seconds is unacceptable. Yes, you can set a beacon/waypoint on the map, which you can then follow to your destination, the turn signal of Eddie's car helping with general navigation. Regardless, there are times when you simply won't be able to see the beacon (if it's not in your line of sight, for instance), or the turn signals are giving seemingly odd direction advice... so it's back to the map screen, slowing down the action.As for what you'll be doing in this open world, it's a mixture of missions that will advance the story and side quests that can earn you credits for various upgrades for Eddie and his metal army. The game's side missions are generally very basic, and nothing we haven't seen before in open-world games -- things like fending off an enemy attack or point-to-point races, for instance. As for the story missions, while some of them are basic "kill the enemy" or escort missions, it's only a few hours into the game that Brütal Legend reveals its hand and makes a surprise turn as a real-time strategy game.You read that right: a huge part of Brütal Legend -- including most of the missions that will let you advance in the story, and those that serve as boss battles -- is a real-time strategy element that mixes the basic concepts of standard RTS games with squad-based console control mechanics from titles like Rainbow Six. It's unfortunate that this is such a significant portion of Brütal Legend's core gameplay, because quite frankly, it's the most tedious, least fun, and most broken part of the game. These instanced RTS battles generally have two factions battling for fan geysers to build "mech booths" on, which then provide you with resources to spend on units that you'll use to destroy your opponent's rock stage (or in at least one instance, the door to a fortress) or protect your own.While it's clever of Double Fine to incorporate such a disparate and unexpected style of gameplay into Brütal Legend, it simply doesn't work on so many levels, and it kills the overall experience. Imagine, if you will, playing a real-time strategy game with no mini-map to keep track of troops; instead you're given the ability to oversee only part of the battlefield by flying up and hovering above the action. The only way to order your troops is by way of clunky point-and-click beacons, and stop/go/attack commands that (if you're lucky) your troops will only listen to half of the time. Frustrating doesn't begin to describe these experiences, forced throughout Brütal Legend.Some of the battles can go on for upwards of one hour, with you fighting off hordes of enemies with your own troops, the back-and-forth struggle more repetitive and boring than fun. With zero checkpoints in the battles, it's possible to fail (or in many cases, you might simply turn off the console in frustration) 30 or 40 minutes in, and then get sent back to the start to do it all again. Simply put, these RTS sections are a miserable addition to a game that features otherwise inoffensive (if not somewhat obvious) gameplay. Being forced to participate in a number of these battles, including most of the major boss battles, was simply painful. With each RTS battle presented, we would groan, wishing at the most that Double Fine would have been able to refine this console RTS experience to make it more playable, and at the least, enjoyable. (Full disclosure: Towards the end of the game's story, we were forced to switch to the game's easiest mode, "Gentle," just so we could complete a particularly frustrating battle to "get it over with.")As it turns out, these RTS sections are simply a tutorial for the game's online multiplayer, which mirrors these instanced sections in just about every way. The multiplayer mode does offer a bit more variety in that it lets you choose from three of the game's factions: Ironheade, Drowning Doom, and Tainted Coil. Each has its own look and unit types, as well as its own leader, which is directly controlled by the player. However, when it comes down to it, each is balanced evenly in terms of strenghts and weaknesses. The online mode also offers four-on-four battles. Having three other teammates admittedly makes it a bit easier to manage troops than in the single-player, and it opens the game up to eke out a bit of fun. But considering the multiplayer is built around what is easily the one gameplay style that ultimately destroys the single-player experience, it's hard to imagine this mode will have legs in the long run.Again, Brütal Legend should be one of the greatest video games ever made; the key word here is "should." It's with a heavy heart that, after almost 15 hours of play (including multiplayer and single-player side quests), we have to report that it simply doesn't deliver the way we wanted it to. For fans of metal, there are enough inside jokes and nods here to make you smile, and even casual observers of the culture will find something to hold their attention. But ultimately, the game disappoints, with some "been there, done that" gameplay mixed with some potentially interesting concepts that either fall flat, or sometimes feel like a chore.Is Brütal Legend brutal? Definitely. Is it metal? The world, its inhabitants, and the 100-plus metal tracks that nearly tear out your speakers as you play are proof enough of that. But unfortunately, those things didn't quite add up to an amazing game, instead leaving us with a title that could have been so much more. Score: 6 -- Alright (6s may be slightly above average or simply inoffensive. Fans of the genre should enjoy them a bit, but a fair few will be left unfulfilled.)
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Despite having only developed one game prior, there were a lot of expectations for Double Fine Productions' follow-up, Brütal Legend. With founder Tim Schafer behind the wheel, this heavy metal world translated to videog...

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Brutal Legend is out today, we've got stuff to give away


Oct 13
// Jim Sterling
Electronic Arts has not sent me a copy of Brütal Legend, but would still like me to help promote their game for them. Not sure how that works but Hell, I've already agreed and we've got two sweet limited edition 17"...
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Rock Band DLC: Brutal Legend pack, Satriani, and more


Oct 09
// Nick Chester
If you were wondering what you'd be doing until the Queen 10-pack for Rock Band dropped in two weeks, here's your answer -- rocking the f*ck out.  Next week brings the "Brutal Legend Pack," which features ...

Tim Schafer talks Brutal Legend on Late Night

Oct 04 // Matthew Razak
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I don't watch Late Night at all, so far be it from me to pass judgment on the quality of the show, but if this is how Fallon runs all his interviews it has to be the most awkward show in the world. When Tim Schafer is on your...

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Brutal Legend video explains multiplayer, talks rock


Oct 02
// Brad Nicholson
Raucous rock music does more than annoy parents in Brutal Legend. Harnessing the power of metal is as vital to the game’s lifeblood as an oxygen tank is to a scuba diver’s lungs. That is to say, without rock n&rsq...
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 Did you know that Jack Black is a roadie for the band Freedom Wizard? They're gonna' be huge.  Okay, so the parts about Black being a roadie and there being a band called Freedom Wizard aren't true. But here's what...

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Watch the Brutal Legend Dem-o-thon live now!


Oct 01
// Nick Chester
The Brutal Legend Demo-o-thon is on now! Well, if it's 12pm PST (3pm EST) you can click the jump and watch it live. So wait, what's going on? Double Fine's streaming a live Brütal Legend video "Demo-o-Thon"...
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Brutal Legend action figure is totally metal


Oct 01
// Brad Nicholson
We don’t know designer Eddie Booze, but we’re guessing he has a thing for Brutal Legend. And who doesn’t at this point? Brutal Legend appears to be a solid action title with a bunch of style and a sprinkle o...
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Brutal Legend themed Soapbox car wins Red Bull Derby


Sep 28
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Not too long ago, Dtoider TheBigFeel made a couple of Community Blogs showing off what he and his friends had planned for the Red Bull Soapbox Race that took place over the weekend in Los Angeles. TheBigFeel and friends desig...
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Ormagoden demands 666 mil Brutal Legend demo downloads...


Sep 25
// Jordan Devore
... or we all get swine flu. When Ormagoden demands something, everyone has to listen. With a name like that, he means business.Thankfully, Double Fine will be doing its part to lessen the possibility of widespread torment. O...
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Demos for Brutal Legend, Forza 3 now available


Sep 24
// Jordan Devore
If, like me, you've become lost in the insane wave of Tokyo Game Show news, let's take a moment to relax and remember that two sweet demos are now downloadable from Xbox LIVE Marketplace.First, there's the Brutal Legend demo,...
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Brutal Legend: Black talks roadies in latest video


Sep 18
// Brad Nicholson
In the latest “Brutal Thoughts” -- a video series featuring Jack Blacks’ Brutal Legend-related musings -- Black teaches the viewer how God built heavy metal roadies just a little bit different than the avera...
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Guess what? A demo for Double Fine's Brutal Legend is available today on Xbox LIVE Marketplace and PlayStation Network. That's the good news. But the bad news is for those who didn't pre-order the game. See, only customers wh...

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Six-minute Brutal Legend intro is, well, totally brutal


Sep 16
// Nick Chester
Alright, we get it already -- Brütal Legend is coming out and we just have to play it. Sure, the intro to the game -- six minutes' worth, just sent to us by Electronic Arts today -- makes us want it even more. But we're ...
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Check out these badass Brutal Legend record sleeves


Sep 15
// Jim Sterling
Word on the street is that if you preorder Brütal Legend from Best Buy, you can get your dirty hands on this ridiculously awesome record sleeve. Most of you children will be too young to remember the good old days, when...
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Jack Black dresses like Eddie Riggs for the VMAs


Sep 14
// Brad Nicholson
The 2009 Video Music Awards didn’t kick off without a bit of videogame-related goodness. Actor, comedian, singer, and c--k push-up master Jack Black made a red carpet appearance at the place of the event donning the gar...
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Brutal Legend makes censorship fun


Sep 07
// Jim Sterling
Filters have been around in videogames ever since you could toggle the blood in old fighting games. It's amazing, then, that it's taken this long for a videogame to make a filter that's actually part of the game and quite amu...
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More comedic talent added to Brutal Legend cast


Sep 01
// Nick Chester
While Jack Black may be taking center stage as roadie Eddie Riggs in Brutal Legend, he's not above sharing the spotlight with some of his comedian pals. GamePro has revealed that Kyle Gass, Brian Posehn, and Steve Agee w...
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Brutal Legend ESRB description is long, totally epic


Aug 30
// Nick Chester
There was little doubt that Double Fine's Brutal Legend was going to get slapped with an "M" rating by the ESRB. This is a game based off of heavy metal culture -- sex, drugs, rock n' roll... an Iron Maide...
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Play with Schafer, unlock Brutal Legend achievement/trophy


Aug 27
// Nick Chester
The Achievement/Trophy list for Double Fine's Brutal Legend hit our inbox today, and they're pretty much what you'd expect. Plenty of nods and references to heavy metal music, and general rocking the hell out.  Of n...
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Destructoid cordially invites all readers to our second Twitter Party Extravaganza, and you don't even have to bring beer. At 3pm Central (RIGHT NOW) to 5pm Central, Twitter will be set aflame by talk of THE METAL and all thi...


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