Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Brutal Legend shreds
My review of Brütal Legend is up now at thephoenix.com. Now that I've read several other reviews, it seems like everybody's on the same page with this one. For me, that means a two-star rating, or 5.0/10 in the paper, although many other people thought the story and dialogue redeemed the lackluster gameplay. I just can't agree with that. Maybe if you spent more time with the story and dialogue than you do with the gameplay, it'd make sense. Not the case.
Writing negative reviews bums me out. I get no joy from it. Sure, there's a part of me that delights in coming up with a wicked burn, but that's the writer and not the gamer talking. I want every game to be good. I especially want a game by Tim Schafer to be good. I am not thankful for the opportunity to rip somebody else's hard work. But what choice do I have? This game is not good. There are lots of little things wrong with it; there are lots of big things wrong with it.
No time to dwell on it. We're in the thick of things now. Why, I've got a copy of Uncharted 2 right here. Onward!