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Two videos for your enjoyment

News posted by Ryan on October 10th, 2009 at 11:15am GMT

Tim Schafer and Jack BlackI’ve just added a video to the ‘Videos’ section, featuring Brutal Legend designer Tim Schafer and Jack Black comparing Brutal Legend to its competition. Hope you weren’t looking forward to Uncharted 2, because Jack Black doesn’t have many kind words for it!

1UP has also posted a brilliant eight-minute tour through Double Fine HQ, giving us a rare insight into the place where the most creative, imaginative, brutal games ever are made. It’s great to see how much Schafer treasures his advenure game days, with references and merchandise all over the place. You can almost see the tear in his eye when he realises someone’s stood on his Day of the Tentacle triangle box.

Brutal Legend tracks to be unleashed upon Rock Band

News posted by Ryan on October 9th, 2009 at 5:42pm GMT

Rock BandFans of Rock Band will be delighted to hear that a chunk of Brutal Legend‘s epic soundtrack is going to be hitting the Wii, Xbox LIVE, and PlayStation Network next week. Comprised of three tracks, this is the next best thing for those who’ve been pining to use a guitar peripheral when unleashing the combo moves. Kind of.

Xbox LIVE and the Wii will get the pack on October 13th, whereas PlayStation Network users will need to wait until October 15th. Wii owners will only be able to download each track individually however, and not as a complete pack.

The pricing is:

  • Whole pack: $5.49 USD / £2.49 GBP / €3.99 / 440 Microsoft Points
  • Per track: $1.99 USD / £0.99 GBP / €1.49 / 160 Microsoft Points / 200 Wii Points

And the tracks are:

  • Motörhead: (We Are) The Road Crew ‘08
  • Tenacious D: The Metal
  • Testament: More Than Meets the Eye

Thanks to Andy for pointing this one out.

Update

[October 10th, 2009 at 9:53am GMT+1] Guh, this is what I get for writing posts in a hurry while on my way out. As Harmonix didn’t make it clear which tracks are included in the pack, I included their whole list whereas in actual fact just three of them comprise the Brutal Legend pack. Post above edited accordingly!

Go to GameStop, get Brutal Legend at midnight

News posted by Ryan on October 9th, 2009 at 3:04pm GMT

GameStopIf you want to be one of the first to play Brutal Legend, you’ll need to get yourself to GameStop on Monday night as participating shops across the US will be opening at midnight to allow enthusiasts to get their hands on Brutal Legend before anyone else — not that you’ll be waiting that long for the postman on Tuesday morning if you’ve pre-ordered!

Hubble Space Telescope-eyed reader Mykal has spotted a PDF on GameStop’s site indicating which specific shops will be opening at midnight, so be sure to check that before you sit yourself down on the pavement.

If anyone knows of similar promotions in other countries, please leave a comment. I know the UK’s GameStation is known to do this kind of thing, but I’ve not heard any word on whether or not it’s doing it for Brutal Legend‘s European release on October 16th .

Jack Black and Tim Schafer hit Hollywood

News posted by Ryan on October 8th, 2009 at 11:17pm GMT

If you happened to be at Hollywood music venue The Keyclub a little while ago, you might have been lucky enough to bump into Jack Black and Tim Schafer who were heading a Brutal Legend press event. Jack seems to have taken a leaf out of Robert Downey Jr’s book and gone beyond getting into character, transforming himself with steroids and talking shop about the roadie business. Continue Reading »

Brutal Legend’s music composer interviewed

News posted by Ryan on October 7th, 2009 at 9:23am GMT

Peter McConnellThe official Brutal Legend site has put up a fantastic interview with Peter McConnell, where he talks in some detail about the original music he’s put together for the game, how it integrates with the licensed metal, etc.

“It is meant to be an homage, it’s not meant to be a new kind of metal, and it’s not meant to try to compete with the classic licensed tunes that we’re using in the game. What it’s meant to do is to really refer to them, call attention to them, and honor them in some sense, from a slightly different point of view, because you have this cinematic element going on.”

Definitely an intriguing interview for those who’re familiar with Peter McConnell’s past work (Monkey Island 2, Day of the Tentacle, Full Throttle, Grim Fandango, Psychonauts). I’m personally really excited about seeing how he’ll be blending the licensed metal and the original music together, especially as it seems he’ll be utilising themes from the former in the latter.

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