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Parents' Guide to

Brutal Legend

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

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

Game PlayStation 3 , Xbox 360 2009
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 11+
Has sexual inuendos in sometimes that some children may repeat not knowing what it means but other than that, just violence and you have the option to turn off the blood and gore, as well as the swearing.
age 16+
It does not have good role models or messages at all, contrary to what others may say on here. There are negative role models and a lot of sexism mostly for women in the game; which is to be expected, I suppose, since there are hardly any good female role models in rock/metal in reality with the exception of a few. While you can play the more censored version, it does not take out swearing on the radio and there is still "partial nudity" (a strip of leather covering the part of the breasts from the nipple up, micro-thong, and everything else exposed for example). Unless your children are well aware of the sexism and stuff and can understand the problems with it, I'm sure it's not good for kids to learn and internalize the messages within this game...

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (9 ):

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.

Game Details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3 , Xbox 360
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Release date: October 13, 2009
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Partial Nudity, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes
  • Last updated: August 31, 2016

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