Keen eyed viewers will have noticed that Brutal Legend also appeared on our Most Overrated Games of 2009 list. "How is this possible?", we hear you ask. Well, first off, office opinion was fiercely divided by Tim Schafer's rock opera opus. While some of us found it to be fun and original, others dismissed it as an uneven and self-indulgent mess — as pointless as a heavy metal umlaut. Also, while reviews were generally positive, the game's sales were wholly disappointing. In other words, Brutal Legend was overrated by reviewers, but underrated by the gaming public, which is why it appears on both lists.
For all its flaws, Brutal Legend deserves plaudits for being that rare breed of video game — a unique IP that offers something completely different. For this reason alone, everyone should have embraced its stage-diving debut and treated it like rock god. Instead, we let Jack Black crash through the floorboards to his bloody doom. Free Bird.