by Charlie Doom

We Don’t Play Video Games. No, really…

Remember that video game called Guitar Hero, with its crappy plastic guitar that you feared for being plastic, and later loathed for giving you tendonitis? Well, forget about that game. There is a new (old) guitar hero to steal your Saturday nights away from you. And its name is Brutal Legend.

Though Brutal Legend isn’t necessarily brand new (it was released in the fourth quarter of 2009), it packs a solid metal punch that’s kept us busy ever since. If you ever get the urge to rock your thumbs off, this game is right up your alley.

Jack Black is cast as Eddie Riggs, the world’s greatest roadie for the world’s worst metal band, who is magically transported to a fantasy world based on the cover art of heavy metal albums. It already to sounds too good to be true, but it get’s better. Armed with a battle axe named “The Separator” and a lightning spewing Flying V guitar named “Clementine,” you fight (and jam) your way through ferocious battles against the evil Doviculus, Emperor of the Tainted Coil, (voiced by Tim Curry). 

To help you on your quest you have a fellowship of metal royalty at your disposal. The game features the voices and likenesses of Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy Kilmister, Lita Ford, and more; all of whom you’ll need to defeat Doviculus and his evil glam metal minion, General Lionwhyte (voiced by Rob Halford and based on David Bowie). What more could you want?

Long live The Metal.