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Achievements and trophies revealed

News posted by Ryan on August 27th, 2009 at 11:08pm GMT

Brutal Legend achievementIf you’re one of those obsessive-compulsive types who can’t rest until every last achievement has been unlocked in every game you play, you’re probably dying to know how you’ll be spending the next eight months of your life.

Electronic Arts has provided me with a list of the Xbox 360 achievements and PlayStation 3 trophies along with the criteria required to attain them, so prepare for some heavy revision! Also comes with bonus revealing of the names of Brutal Legend‘s chapters. Continue Reading »

Binder art competition brings statue-winning opportunity

News posted by Ryan on August 27th, 2009 at 10:19am GMT

Official Brutal Legend Facebook pageWith IGN’s sweepstakes passively continuing and Destructoid’s Twitter spam-a-thon over, the official Brutal Legend Facebook page has decided to initiate a competition with five truly superb Eddie Riggs figures up for grabs.

This one requires a bit more skill and effort than the other competitions, though. The five statues will be awarded to the five best pieces of fan art, which must be submitted to the team using their instructions — quite a lot of specifics about size and whatnot, so be sure to read them!

Unfortunately for those of us in Europe and beyond, the competition is only open to those in the US and Canada. And if you’re wondering what criteria exactly your art will be judged by:

  • 30% Originality of Layout and Design
  • 40% Creativity
  • 30% Appropriateness to Topic

So there you go! Make sure you get that 40% of creativity in there.

Brutal Legend demo coming in September

News posted by Ryan on August 18th, 2009 at 5:50pm GMT

GamesCom 2009 TrailerGamesCom 2009 is currently underway, and unsurprisingly Electronic Arts is there to spread word of its upcoming games and announce things. Of immediate interest is a new Brutal Legend trailer that I’ve just added to the ‘Videos’ section, featuring a load of new stuff.

Of more distant but ultra-compelling interest is the promise of a demo! To be released in a month on September 17th, there’s no word yet on how much of the game it’ll include but you can bet your horns part of Tim Schafer’s commentary videos will be there to enjoy.

Update

[August 19th, 2009 at 2:47pm GMT+1] According to a new page on the official Brutal Legend site, you’ll need to pre-order the game from certain vendors to actually get access to the demo on September 17th:

Update #2

[August 19th, 2009 at 3:34pm GMT+1] It looks like the official page was a bit unclear about this. Reports from other sources and people who pre-ordered indicate that the demo will be available to everybody on September 17th, and that those who pre-order will get it a week earlier on September 11th. Rock on!

Multiplayer details revealed

News posted by Ryan on August 13th, 2009 at 1:47pm GMT

Brutal Legend multiplayerWe’re heard bits and bobs about Brutal Legend‘s multiplayer component for a long time, however how exactly it’ll play out has been a bit ambiguous — especially considering how multi-dimensional Brutal Legend‘s gameplay seems to be in general!

IGN has cleared things up with an extensive hands-on preview of Brutal Legend‘s multiplayer, complete with five in-game videos. Although I don’t typically go for console multiplayer, this definitely looks like it’s been put together well. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that a lot of the single-player gameplay was probably balanced to perfection in the multiplayer environment before being integrated into the story.

Also of note is that the three teams — Ironheade, The Drowning Doom, and The Tainted Coil — all have their units described in detail. Most of them are already on the ‘Enemies & Minions’ page, but lacking the specifics IGN’s article contains. Some new screenshots, too!

Update

[August 14th, 2009 at 9:20am GMT+1] Several more previews of Brutal Legend‘s multiplayer have hit the Community Tracker if you’re interested in seeing what other sites think of it. Pretty much all positive!

The most metal game soundtrack ever unveiled

News posted by Ryan on August 9th, 2009 at 12:27pm GMT

HeadbangersFor the first time we can now get an in-depth glimpse at the music that’ll be available in Brutal Legend, thanks to a playlist that’s been posted on Electronic Arts’ official Danish site. You might want to check out the English translation to read the actual news post.

It’s a pretty sweet list, featuring an extremely wide variety of sub-genres. From what I can tell the tracks have been chosen quite smartly in that most will definitely appeal to those of us into metal, yet the many people playing Brutal Legend who aren’t should still be able to enjoy the lighter, more melodic tracks. Presumably you’ll be able to filter them by style through the Deuce’s radio.

One thing to note is that EA’s site introduces these tracks with the word “including”, which is an implication that there may be more tracks than this in the final cut once any licensing negotiations are done.

And of course let’s not forget that the venerable Peter McConnell will be composing music for Brutal Legend, which we’ve briefly heard during the cutscenes in the commentary videos. Equally looking forward to hearing more of that, personally!

The full track list is below, and thanks to space observatory-eyed Potatoe Sam for letting us know about this so quickly. Always a good idea to check BRUTAL!’s many comments for cutting-edge tidbits! Continue Reading »

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