Brutal Legend



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

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?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

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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, 17 years old Written byThe Great Reviewer May 5, 2015

Hilarious yet raunchy action-strategy game can feel clunky at times

Before I start reviewing the game, I have to say that this is one of the most underrated games I've ever played, and more people should be aware of this game's existence because of just how amazing it really is. This game really is what I expected and more, it's absolutely hilarious, has creative side missions, good strategy elements and the action gameplay is really fun, not to mention the awesome music ( Which shouldn't be a surprise because of the main theme of the game) and Jack Black did an amazing job in the game. The game itself has some graphic violence including decapitations, dismemberment, and the ability to cut enemies in half, also being able to melt an enemy's face off and seeing people explode into blood and gore near the beginning of the game, but all of this is played for laughs and is not disturbing at all. There is some cursing but not quite as much as you'd think and there are some sexual themes, but no actual nudity in the game. Overall, this is an extremely fun game for older teens and is definitely worth a purchase if you can find it, but my main issue with the game is how clunky it feels at times, with the blocking and attacking mechanics not feeling as amazing as they do in most action games, but the strategy elements are great.
Teen, 15 years old Written bySaad1Khan November 19, 2014
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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