3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Brutal Legend is infamous for the old bait and switch: "Come play this totally metal action game! No wait ♥♥♥♥ you, play some poorly controlled RTS style sections instead!".
Despite that people still constantly seem to hand wave the terribly implemented RTS sections, insisting that the action half of the game is worth it but even that is pretty crap. The controls feel awkward, the combos and combat itself are extremely limited and there's very little depth to it. From memory I would open up combat with that ridiculously overpowered guitar solo to blow away half the enemies and then mindlessly hammer buttons to make my way through the rest with little effort.
The RTS sections are tedious but thankfully it's quite easy to amass the best troops, use one of the offensive guitar solos and then physically engage in combat yourself to brute force your way through most missions. It's one of those features that could have been quite unique and interesting but the limited control scheme brought on by using a controller hinders it significantly. If you told me that they ran out of time during development I would not be surprised, it's so bare bones and feels like a poorly implemented gimmick.
The aesthetic and design is top notch though; there's a consistent theme and everything screams classic 80's metal album covers. The soundtrack selection is pretty solid, my only gripe being that the radio turns off after you jump out of the car which means you end up listening to ~1 to 2 minutes of a song most of the time which is pretty frustrating. Surprised they didn't just have it as an overworld option.
Brutal Legend is not a good action game. It's not even a good RTS game. Neat idea and design but everything else is ♥♥♥♥ing abominable.