After much hype and excitement, Tim Schafer of Double Fine Productions released Brutal Legend on October 13, 2009. People knew it as one of three things: “That Tim Schafer game,” “That Jack Black Game,” or “That metal game.” And at the time, I was nuts about all three — an open world game rife with a metal personality, featuring Jack Black as the main character, and with Tim Schafer’s imagination behind it all. Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out to be as big a hit as some thought it would be.
Personally, I loved the entire game. From 2008 to 2010, I had a short metal streak. The soundtrack and world created in Brutal Legend was so perfect it had me cross-eyed. Fighting against the advocates of glam rock and black metal couldn’t have been more perfect. Tim Schafer really knows metal very well — well enough to write an entire story and create a world surrounding it. Double Fine even went to such lengths as to get the Who’s Who of metal to do some of the game’s voice work: Judas Priest’s Rob Halford, The Runaways’ Lita Ford, Ozzy Ozbourne, Tim Curry, Kyle Glass, Brian Posehn, David Cross, Steve Agee, and Will Wheaton all lend their talents to Brutal Legend. Quite an impressive cast.
Though many would disagree, the game even included a fun RTS hybrid multiplayer. I played over 150 games, but it’s a shame that the community never maintained itself. Even when the game first came out, not many people were ever online. Quite a shame, because the multiplayer was extremely unique. The entire game felt fun and certainly lived up to Tim Schafer’s standard level of games.
Even though i loved Brutal Legend, I’d have to say it’s a very niche game. Metal was my jam back in the day, and Jack Black was my man. The same can’t be said for mainstream gamers. Brutal Legend contained a lot of what I considered to be an amazing game. Unfortunately, not a lot of other people saw it in the same light.
If you haven’t played Brutal Legend, I highly recommend it! You can find a used copy pretty cheap at GameStop (I’m talking under $10). It’s also fairly priced on Steam as well! Even now, after my metal head personality has died down a bit, I still go back every year or so and give it another play through. Behind Kingdom Hearts it’s my favorite game of all time. I hope you can try it out and enjoy it as much as I did, and still do.