For various reasons, I've spent the majority of the past three days unplugged-- bereft of internet connectivity by choice. It was lovely, but it always seems as though catching up and returning to my daily habits takes much longer than the laws of time and space would have you believe.
Although I was offline, I didn't stop playing games. I'm on what I believe to be the final story mission in Brütal Legend, and even if I never touch the multiplayer I think I've gotten my money's worth out of the game's expansive, demon-infested open world. For those who have been put off by Nick Chester's review, I'd urge you to give the game another look. While I usually avoid the Real-Time-Strategy genre, I can't keep myself away from this one. The fully realized vision of a world where it isn't strange that chrome tailpipes spring from the ground and spiders spin webs of thick, turgid bass guitar strings is so very different from anything I've ever seen before-- it's easy to recommend at least giving the game a chance. It's kind of strange that a genre that usually has you so far removed from the characters... and in some cases, the characters are quite literally faceless... can have some of the most engaging stories in the medium.