STAFF REVIEW of Metal Arms: Glitch In The System (Xbox)


Monday, December 15, 2003.
by thrAsher

Metal Arms: Glitch In The System Box art Robot Town is the last bastion of hope for the race of bots that inhabit it. Seems General Corrosive and his hordes of Mil bots are out to take over the world. You are Glitch, a bot that has spent an indeterminable amount of time lying about as a junkheap. However, thanks to the observant duo Screwed and Hosed, you are brought back to Robot Town and reactivated just in time to throw a wrench into the plans of the Mil army and it's terrible leader....


Wow. Talk about fun. From the getgo you will be impressed. Everything here has been done before, but never quite so smoothly and never quite so adorably, either. This game is as cute as it is sinister, as tough at is is smooth, as good as it gets in nearly all respects. Gameplay varies from the standard 3rd person blastorama to armored vehicle races, manning a cannon to fend off waves of assault vehicles, bot domination scenarios where a Mil bot is key to moving on, etc. etc. etc.
The controls are easy to use, and your inventory menus are a cinch to handle. Weapons come in all shapes and sizes, and are for the most part all upgradeable (you collect washers for use in trading at certain spots in the game). Enemies are not the brightest, but bring a lot of firepower and numbers to the table in their defense. I've read of control issues (sloppy aiming) and have yet to really notice this. The game runs at a solid 60 FPS and has some very large, very impressive levels. With 'special' chips and other items hidden on nearly each level, the replayability factor of the single player game alone is greatly enhanced. Mutliplayer is also great (even w/o system link or Live) and runs just as well as the main game. Many of the MP maps are unlockable only through the main game, so be sure to get all the chips you can find.
Metal Arms delivers on all fronts as far as gameplay. I found myself comparing it to Halo many, many a time, especially when hijacking a Loader or a RAT vehicle.


For a cross platform release, this game shines graphically. Glitch is rendered very nicely, and is animated very well. Bots will end up getting bits and pieces of them shot off as you blast away, and watching them explode into a burning patch of parts is a joy to see. The Mils will often be left as only a pair of legs, haplessly running about like a ... well, a bot w/ it's head blasted off. Levels look great, and the color palette is wide and lovely. While not necessarily pushing the X to its limits, Metal Arms does have some impressive graphics. Enemies come in all shapes and sizes, from the small and frail to the big, bad and ugly. There is little if any recycling of textures, so each level looks and feels different then the last. Great, great job here by the Swingin' Ape boys.


Another fantastic job done. Weapons all sound great. Robots scream in terror or holler announcing your arrival. They taunt and tease when you die a stupid death, and they say things such as "Wish there were more like him around" when you - presumably at least - do well. I can't really remember off the top of my head how the music is, but I do know it's not so noticeable as to detract from play. Voiceovers are done very well (I love that Sergeant Alloy sounds like Rip Torn) and there is actually a surprising amount of profanity (all bleeped out, of course) for such a cutesy looking title, certain to get a giggle out of most gamers. Altogether, sound is good, although I did notice a time or two where in the heat of battle, a transmission from an ally would become muted and flat, almost cutting out. This only seemed to happen at most twice, but was still noticeable.


Suggestions:
A sequel, system link (at least) and Live capability. And build it for the Xbox first, then dumb the graphics down for the competition.... Fantastic job, otherwise.


Overall: 9.0 / 10
Gameplay: 10.0 / 10
Visuals: 9.0 / 10
Sound: 9.0 / 10

Comments

Latest News


Project CARS delayed until March 2015

Project CARS delayed until March 2015If you’ve been waiting for a more technical, simulation alternative to Forza Horizon 2 to play on Xbox One this year, it looks like it will be limited to Forza Motorsport 5 for the time being.







See News Archives

Top Community Gamerscores

1. Variation-XBA - 100,346
2. Symmetrics Love - 58,007
3. Enamelized420-XBA - 49,125
4. Silent-XBA - 41,592
5. thAshAdyOne - 39,451
6. oryanphine - 37,816
7. Roujin-XBA - 36,658
8. Kamshaft-XBA - 35,329
9. GameGodX3 - 10,380
10. BigJosh359 - 10,255
11. LiLJoe608 - 4,235
12. pierrevincy - 3,030
13. Sam-XBA - 2,160
14. tsrdawg - 35
15. shrew king - 0

Community Forum Activity

Everything just feels lost
Post by XxIcedaddyxX
1 Replies, 91 Views

Xbox Playdates Canada - Destiny Xbox One Playdate tonight 8pm EST
Post by Kiesey78
0 Replies, 107 Views

What are you thankful for?
Post by Symmetrics Love
1 Replies, 165 Views

D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die
Post by thAshAdyOne
0 Replies, 181 Views

Swedish Xbox 360 Console Launch Faceplate
Post by Snuzz
0 Replies, 306 Views

What's your Destiny
Post by Enamelized420-XBA
4 Replies, 486 Views

Tuesday September 23rd Gears of War 3 playdate 8-11 Pm Est.
Post by Kiesey78
0 Replies, 507 Views

Netflix has expanded to 6 new countries today.
Post by AndrewJack
0 Replies, 485 Views

Destiny for xbox one playdate tonight
Post by Kiesey78
0 Replies, 535 Views

Xbox Playdates Canada
Post by Kiesey78
4 Replies, 751 Views

Finally MKV playback on Xbox One!
Post by Kamshaft-XBA
5 Replies, 1042 Views

Nouvelle Manette Officielle Xbox 360 "Arctic camouflage"
Post by oryanphine
0 Replies, 831 Views

Destiny Beta
Post by thAshAdyOne
3 Replies, 1005 Views

Xbox One edition spciale Halo masterchief collection et Forza horizon 2 a gagner
Post by oryanphine
3 Replies, 1280 Views

XboxAddict.com is 14 years old this week!
Post by Kamshaft-XBA
12 Replies, 1597 Views

Site Statistics

Registered Members: 58,388
Forum Posts: 739,082
Xbox One Titles: 92
Xbox 360 Titles: 1,077
Xbox 360 Kinect Titles: 95
Xbox 360 Arcade Titles: 583
Xbox Titles: 847
Staff Reviews: 1,304
Member Reviews: 10,339
News Articles: 12,453
Screenshots: 27,219
Xbox 360 Achievements: 45,112
Xbox 360 Faceplates: 2,016
Cheat Codes: 1,706
© 2000-2014 XboxAddict.com - All rights reserved. All trademarks are properties of their respective owners.
Xbox is a registered trademark of Microsoft. XboxAddict.com is not affiliated with Microsoft.

Made in Canada
Site Design by Cameron Graphics