Title: Brutal Legend (PS3)
Format: Sony PlayStation 3
Heavy Metal in-jokes abound in this tribute to the metal scene. Written by Tim Scheaffer, the creator of Psychonauts, and starring Jack Black as Eddie Riggs the best roadie in the world, Brutal legend is definitely a different style of game.
On the down side, the game itself is rather short and the sidequests get repetitive. Download content provides a few extras to help with this, although they don't entirely correct it. However the script is great, characters excellent (if scarily recogniseable) and the soundtrack has to be heard to be believed. The stage battles are an innovative mechanic, and - at the risk of sounding cliched - the use of a guitar as a weapon rocks!
If you're a metal fan, this game features metal, goth, glam and more, and is definitely one for you. And that's without going in to the range of jokes, landscapes out of heavy metal album covers, and the creative use of the Parental advisory label.
Also available on Xbox360: Brutal Legend (Xbox 360)