You won't need long hair or a black tee to enjoy Brutal Legend, but they wouldn't hurt. Renowned game developer Tim Schafer and his crew at Double Fine have paid homage to metal culture in all its ridiculous glory. The game was at the center of a legal battle between the original paymasters, Activision, and EA, which swept in when Activision failed to "put a ring on it," as Schafer blithely put it. An agreement was settled between the parties, and I was able to get my hands on a near-final version of the game during a recent trip to Double Fine's San Francisco headquarters. I came away with a feeling that this was a game that prioritized humor and character first and foremost.