Lost Treasures

April 1, 2015

Brutal Legend

Lost Treasures

Brutal Legend BoxartI’ve been gaming for a long time and in those many years there have been numerous games that have left their mark on me. Much like other art forms like music and books, sometimes what you remember most is the artist behind the art – and as such, it makes you want to seek out other works by that person. So, in 2009, when I heard that Tim Schafer was going to be releasing a new game I had to jump in and check it out.

A lot of people will remember Tim for his work on the Secret of Monkey Island or Grim Fandango or even the great Maniac Mansion – but what I remember most, the game that blew me away at the time it was released was Full Throttle which also turned out to be the first game that Tim was the lead for. It was that game that gave me excitement for what was to come in 2009.

Brutal Legend Screen (1)

Brutal Legend is one of those polarizing games that you tend to either love or just not get but I’m hoping that today you will give it a chance if you missed out on it when it was released. Originally brought home on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, a Steam, Linux and Mac OSX release happened in 2013. It is not too often that games get new platform releases 4 years after the fact, but that is perhaps proof that this game is worth taking a look at.

Brutal Legend is a mixture of action-adventure with real-time strategy elements. It’s a game inspired by the amazing artwork and music associated with Heavy Metal music but it doesn’t mean you have to be a fan of that genre to enjoy this game. Accompanied by the great voice acting talent of Jack Black, Brutal Legend will take you on an adventure sprawling a world that is around 40 square miles in size. As Eddie Riggs (the world’s best roadie) you must defend the world against some supernatural overlords in a cool hot rod with a battle axe and a pretty cool guitar to boot.

Brutal Legend Screen (2)

Although there is a multi-player mode, Brutal Legend is something best experienced as single player taking you through 12 or 13 hours in world sometimes described as somewhere between Lord of the Rings and Spinal Tap. It’s a fresh take on several gaming genres with a backdrop that is quite unique and ultimately a lot of fun, so if you haven’t had the pleasure, check it out!

Until next time, I’m Syd Bolton your gaming archelogist digging up the lost treasures for you, right here on OMG! Nexus and The OMG! Hour.



About the Author

Syd Bolton
Syd Bolton surrounds himself in thousands of classic video games as Canada’s top video game collector at the Personal Computer Museum in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. He plays all of the latest games on his 80" Sharp TV and provides the "Lost Treasures" segment during The OMG! Hour. Follow Syd on Twitter @sydbolton.




 
 

 

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