Brutal Legend

Common Sense Media says

Jack Black as funny rocker roadie, but expect gory violence.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Because this game is deeply rooted in fantasy, the game's message -- about defending innocent people from evildoers, by defeating them with violence -- shouldn't be taken too seriously. The main character is likable, but he does use weapons gratuitously to accomplish his goals.



Positive role models

Eddie is a hard-working roadie who takes pride in his work, and he tries to save the life of a band member at the beginning of the game. He performs other selfless acts in the game, such as trying to rescue his love interest and save enslaved "headbangers." Eddie, however, smokes a lot and uses weapons to defeat evil in gruesome ways.

Ease of play

The game is fairly easy to control, but switching special powers (by using a spinning disc interface) takes a bit of getting used to.


While it's very cartoon-like in its graphics and delivery, this fantasy action game features plenty of violence, including the ability to hack and slash demonic armies with your double-sided axe, reducing them to bloody "gibs." This dismemberment is sometimes shown in slow-motion with blood flowing. You can also drive over baddies, shock them with lightning, or command others to head-bang them to death, all shown in vivid detail.




No sex is in the game, but there are strong verbal references to sex ("going down," "orgy" and sight gags such as gamers led to believe that Eddie is looking at someone's penis). Plus, many of the women in the game are scantily clad, showing legs, cleavage and partially revealing buttocks and breasts. Some have leather outfits -- implying bondage, perhaps.




At the start of the game players have the option to hear profanity, which includes the F- and S-words, as well as "hell," "damn," "d-ck, "and "bastard."


The game's soundtrack features many heavy metal acts from yesterday and today but most of the game characters who resemble real-life rock stars (and who are voiced by them) have a slightly different name.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Eddie, the main character, can be seen smoking cigarettes quite a bit in this game, along with other characters who smoke, flick cigarette butts, blow smoke, and so on. You can also see women holding what appears to be beer and liquor bottles.


Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Brutal Legend is all about fantasy and does not look realistic at all. That being said it does show graphic violence including decapitation, dismemberment, and mass killings (such as driving over a group of baddies). Eddie, the roadie protagonist voiced by Jack Black, has a number of weapons and special powers at his disposal to fight demonic creatures -- some who look human-like. Players, though, are asked at the start of the game if they're OK with blood and gore, and profanity and have an option to turn these aspects off.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

From the ingenious mind of game designer Tim Schafer (Day of the Tentacle, Psychonauts) comes an über fun – and funny – action-heavy adventure that stars Jack Black as roadie Eddie Riggs. One night, a freak stage accident knocks Eddie unconscious, and when his blood drips into his beloved belt buckle, a gift from his father, he is magically transported to a fantasy world, where heavy metal album covers come alive, guitars emit lightning strikes, and mountains are made up of piled amps. Your "battle axe" and super-charged hotrod will help rally an army of head-bangers to save humanity from an oppressive emperor and his demonic army.

Is it any good?


Yes, BRUTAL LEGEND is a blast, not just because it delivers a fresh balance of fantasy adventure, humor, and great music (er, if you're into hard rock, that is), but it also successfully borrows elements from three different genres: action brawlers, real-time strategy games, and racing. Plus, this third-person game offers a host of optional side-missions that add to its replayability, while multiplayer modes kick it "up to 11" online, too. Packed with more than 100 killer rock tracks and voice talent from the who's who of heavy metal gods -- namely, Ozzy Osborne, Rob Halford, Lemmy Kilmister, and Lita Ford -- Brütal Legend is one of the more refreshingly unique games to debut in a long while.

Online interaction: This fantasy adventure is easy to connect to a central lobby from the main menu, then find people to play against in real-time strategy (RTS)-focused matches. You can chat, as well, therefore potentially hearing inappropriate words online.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why more games aren't as funny as this. Should humor matter, as it does in many movies? Can't game designers use humor to create more memorable characters, dialogue, and creatures? Or is it too hard to pull off well, as Tim Schafer has done successfully?

  • While this is an "M-rated" game, do you think it is less offensive because it is unrealistic?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:October 13, 2009
ESRB rating:M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Partial Nudity, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Parent of a 14 year old Written byhaloisgood November 1, 2010

great game

jack black does an amazing job in this realy good game but for mature gamers only

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great role models
Teen, 16 years old Written byTobuji September 25, 2010

just use the in-game filters

brutal legend is a great game. many of the complaints in the review, can easily be solved by using the games language and gore filter. which cuts out most substatial amounts of gore, and bleeps out most of the profanity. unfortunatly, it the language filter doesn't work when using the radio in your car.

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Safety and privacy concerns
Kid, 10 years old Written bypleon1423 March 29, 2010

Brutal Legend is a cool game for people who love violence. I played it with my friends and it was awesome. They also show your favorite metal stars like Motorhead and Ozzy Osbourne.

What other families should know
Too much swearing
Great messages
Great role models


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