Stage Battle Tips:
Here are some tips on how to get the most out of Brütal Legend’s stage battles.
First, one thing to understand right off the bat - Brütal Legend: Brütal Legend is not an RTS game.
It is a historical fact that it began its life as an RTS game, inspired by Herzog Zwei. But then as we worked on it we simplified it, and simplified it, and focused it more and more on the player avatar and the combat. Every time we focused the gameplay on the action, it became more fun. The end result is something much more action-oriented, and I think, totally unique. If you try to play the stage battles in Brütal Legend as an RTS game then you will loose. First you will get mad, then you will scream, and then you will lose. But if you are open to a new kind of action experience, you will have a blast.
First, a note on the differences: In an RTS game you float high above the action, making one split-section strategic decision after another. You often command individual units to position them based on their heath and context. In Brütal Legend, you make strategic choices once in a while, but then you jump into the battle and slug it out in person. You can fly, but it’s mostly for quick scouting and transportation. You will spend a few seconds every once in a while popping into a menu to build troops or pick a guitar solo, but then you should be right back in the action. To play the game most effectively you need to be on the ground with your army most of the time, mixing it up with your axe, and your guitar, but most of all—using your Double Team attacks.
Double Team attacks are critical to your success in Stage Battles. Every friendly unit in your army has a move that they can only perform in conjunction with the player character. These moves are extremely varied, extremely powerful, and extremely fun to perform. Sometimes you might simply gain control that unit’s weapon—for instance, when a Razor Girl jumps up on your shoulders--but when you do so you increase it’s damage significantly. Other units, like the Bride, seem to be just passive, debuffing units most of the time (the Bride slows down enemy units) but when you Double Team with her she has a devastating lighting attack. More complicated Double Teams include the Frightwig, who Ophelia can pick up and throw onto an enemy unit. The Frightwig then wraps itself around the enemy’s head and causes the victim to join Ophelia’s side in the battle. (You can even use this to commandeer the enemy’s Rock Crusher!) The Organist is another passive unit whose Double Team attack allows you to gain direct player control over an enemy unit, giving you command over whatever attacks they normally have.
There are important strategic choices to make in Stage Battles. Should I spend my fans to upgrade my stage and gain access to more powerful units, or should I spend it now on cheap infantry? Which fan geysers should I fight for and which should I concede? What is the right time to block my enemies troop production with a Rock Block solo? Would anti-infantry units be better against the current enemy army, or should I switch to anti-vehicle? But these strategic decisions only take a second, and then you should get right back in the action. You should never be up in the air or away from the battle for too long.
Some people find it hard to split up the army and give individual orders to individual troops. This is kinda true, mostly because you shouldn’t be doing it! That’s how you play an RTS game, not how you should play Brütal Legend. True, there are times where you might want to split your army, but it’s not common. I play complete Stage Battles most of the time without issuing a single Individual order. Your army is most effective when it’s together. The AI automatically groups your warriors into battle formations where the troops support each other. Many of the units buff or heal each other. When they are together they can all be enhanced with a single Battle Cry (or other buffing) solo. And when they are all together and you are in the middle of them, that is when you have the greatest number of options for Double Team attacks.
So to summarize my advice for playing Brütal Legend Stage Battles:
Get in the center of the action!
Use Double Team attacks!
Don’t stay in the air too long!
Use Double Team attacks!!
For the most part, keep your army together!
Use Double Team attacks!!!
Don’t think of it as an RTS game!
(supplied by: Tim Schafer)
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Got a Car and a Date
Objective: Completed ‘Welcome to the Age of Metal’
Start a Revolution
Objective: Completed ‘Exploited in the Bowels of Hell’
Thick as a Baby’s Arm
Objective: Completed ‘Lair of the Metal Queen’
Objective: Completed ‘Battle for Bladehenge’
French Kiss Instructor
Objective: Completed ‘Pilgrimage of Screams’
Chicks n’ Booze n’ Stuff
Objective: Completed ‘Sanctuary of Sin’
Ran to the Hills
Objective: Completed ‘It’s Raining Death’
Fistfull of Fog
Objective: Completed ‘Dry Ice, Wet Graves’
No More Tears
Objective: Completed ‘Sea of Black Tears’
Objective: Completed all hunting secondary missions
Squeal Like a Chicken
Objective: Completed all racing secondary missions
Objective: Completed 20 ambush, outpost defense, or mortar secondary missions
Objective: Freed 40 Bound Serpents
Objective: Freed 80 Bound Serpents
One Hit Wonder
Objective: Purchased 1 upgrade in the Motor Forge
Objective: Learned all guitar solos
Objective: Viewed all vistas
Now You Must Tell the Tale
Objective: Viewed all Legends
Voices From Beyond
Objective: Unlocked all songs in the Mouth of Metal
Objective: Summoned all Motor Forges
Practice Bloody Practice
Objective: Won an AI Stage Battle - any difficulty
Objective: Won an AI Stage Battle - Brütal difficulty
Objective: Won a ranked multiplayer match
Master of the Flame
Objective: Double Teamed with every Ironheade unit
Master of the Tear
Objective: Double Teamed with every Drowning Doom unit
Master of the Blood
Objective: Double Teamed with every Tainted Coil unit
Objective: Won a Stage Battle by yourself against the AI without attacking
Some Demon Flesh on your Bumper
Objective: Slayed 150 enemies with the Deuce - any mode
Objective: Gained 5 or more seconds of hang time in a single jump - any mode
Six Degrees of Schafer
Objective: Played with or against another player who has this Achievement
Objective: Trapped 15 enemies in one ring of fire with the Fire Baron’s Double Team
Objective: Killed 25 enemies with the grinder of one Rock Crusher
Objective: Hit 6 enemies with the explosion from a Brood’s Double Team
Objective: Hit 15 enemies with one Agony Ball using the Pain Lifter’s Double Team
Death From Above
Objective: Killed 20 enemies with one Bleeding Death
Coolest Thing Ever
Objective: Jumped over a Hextadon in the Deuce
Objective: Rode every animal in the world
Objective: Killed a Tollusk using only Ground Urchins
Objective: Completed Campaign mode on Easy
Objective: Completed Campaign mode on Normal
Objective: Completed Campaign mode on Brutal
Objective: Freed all 120 Bound Serpents
Objective: Purchased all upgrades in the Motor Forge
Objective: Won 10 ranked multiplayer matches
Objective: Acquired 3,000 Fire Tributes
Objective: Spent 250,000 fans - any mode
I’ve never touched an axe before
Objective: Personally smote 300 enemies - any mode
Objective: Rode a Razorfire Boar into the Sea of Black Tears and live to tell the tale.
Objective: Achieved 100% completion on the stats screen
Objective: Won 50 ranked multiplayer matches