Brutal Legend

Brutal Legend

My rating: 7+/10

Based on: one 100% complete SP campaign on Brütal difficulty + MP boosting with a partner and solo grinding

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TL;DR: An homage to heavy metal and a peculiar, if mediocre blend of a 3rd person hack-and-slash with a sandbox world and RTS-lite mechanics. Excelling in art direction and soundtrack, but bogged down by the gameplay design choices and console controls, it can make you hum, finger drum and fist pump in a mosh-pit-like excitement or bang your head in gloomy frustration. Fun enough to play on your own, but the MP is pretty much dead without friends. Brutal, perhaps, metal, definitely, but not enough to rock my world.

Real player with 48.2 hrs in game

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Brütal Legend, a game about Jack Black being Jack Black in a fantasy world full of metal. Metal as in, the musical genre, and the element as well (since there are many metal-based things on this world!). Now, for a more serious introduction, Brütal Legend is an action-adventure game (of the hack and slash variety) mixed in with some slight RTS elements. While at first it might seem like an odd combination, actually makes a pretty entertaining game.

The story follows Eddie Riggs, a roadie for a metal band who, after a terrible accident, gets transported to a fantasy world inspired by heavy metal, with fantastic creatures, and an evil overlord attempting to dominate it. Along the way, Eddie discovers not only that he gets awesome powers through music, but meets up with many interesting characters, some of them based on real-life heavy metal legends (and even voiced by them). Even though I wouldn’t call metal one of my favourite genres, this game certainly manages to create an amazing world from it (and it actually made me enjoy metal a lot more!). Anyway, the main goal is to put a stop to Lord Doviculus' plans, who wishes to enslave humanity and dominate the world.

Real player with 47.5 hrs in game

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Game needs a ‘place multiple units’ hotkey (this genre generally means holding down shift key).

Needs a way to auto-select tower priority (it’s very irritating to place an outpost, then edit the tower targeting, then place an outpost, change tower targeting, etc). Same for placing the individual towers.

Auto-rebuild option for the fleets would be nice, or at least a ‘queue all’ or ‘select all’.

I enjoy upgrading the ‘towers’, which is persistent across games, but it’s a bit repetitive at this point - start game, build a bunch of generators and storage, let the base blow up, invest in upgrading towers, repeat. You want to use a lot of outposts. Everything else pretty much requires that as the ‘base’. since the actual Base has a limited number of slots for buildings it can support (four buildings baseline, 8 when fully researched). The outpost also can be researched to increase your resource cap, generate resources, generate energy, and start with defensive guns, so it covers pretty much everything you need for farming upgrades.The ‘power node’ will also let you expand, but doesn’t have built-in defenses, doesn’t increase your resource cap, and doesn’t generate resources or energy. and has to be placed within an existing sphere of influence. It technically has one more control point than the outpost, but unlike the outpost, another power node consumes a previous control point slot so that’s more or less a wash. It is, at least, more compact than the outpost.

Real player with 24.1 hrs in game

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I just played this game for 9 hours straight. It is a fun tower defense space game.

As you play it it becomes clear it’s a work in progress. It’s just one big level and the story is when you get blown up you retain the earned knowledge of your level or something and you can use resource points to level up your weapons. That’s cool, I think it took me about an hour to discover the research page cause I just kept restarting.

The good:

It’s got the right mix for tower defense: simple but varied. The level has random asteroid placement so it has a replay factor

Real player with 12.5 hrs in game

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