Really, really great concept and a good story. This game is funny. And I like heavy metal quite much. Therefore, I really wanted to like this game.
BUT the controls are untolerable, especially with the car. It's not just me. Every negative review on the Store page mentions the same problem: controls.
I also find the camera distance and rotation problematic while driving the vehicles. Also, the game badly communicates the objectives or the means to achieve them. Only if you are doing something wrong for a while, a hint appears. Why not mention what and how to do something in the beginning? Why I have to keep guessing? Sometimes, I achieve victory right away, sometimes I need to try few more times. Either way I don't know what I did right or wrong. Things just happen in this game. The game has no mini-map, therefore I need to check the global map all the time. The game has no healthbar, therefore I don't know, how much health I've left. What's even worse: the game poorly communicates, whether you've received damage or gave damage. Also, it's hard to distinguish between friendly units and enemy units. For every friendly unit you have a matching enemy unit, who looks almost the same. The minor differences are noticeable only from a close distance. Also, the heavy emphasis on guitar solos doesn't make things any more convenient (you need to press a certain button combination during the solos and you are vulnerable to attacks for a few seconds before the solo is through).
Real-time strategy, racing, adventure, hack-n-slash - this game has mixed so many elements, but none of them is done properly. The game has a good soundtrack and story and that's about it. Everything else is just chaos happening between the cutscenes. Therefore, I cannot recommend this game. The gameplay is torment.
But I do recommend to watch the cutscenes on YouTube. If you perceive Brutal Legend as a cartoon, it's great, especially, if you know a bit about the history of metal and hard rock music.
Set in a universe somewhere between Lord of the Rings and Spinal Tap ✓ Badass MC ✓ Open world + Hack & Slash ✓ Awesome metal & rock musics ✓ Funny dialogue ✓ RTS in stage fight only ✓ You can blast/electrocute your enemy with the power of musics ✓ Ozzy Ozbourne ✓ Tim Curry bass voice ✓ Decapitation ✓ Dead multiplayer ✓
I'm really fond of metal and rock musics (not that I hate them too) But this game clearly will make someone love them! xD