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Metal Arms: Glitch in the System

MobyRank MobyScore
Xbox 360
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Xbox
80
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GameCube
80
4.2

User Reviews

A very entertaining and humorous 3rd-person shooter. GameCube Ryu (50)
Well executed third person shooter with good AI and stealth/hacking Xbox Kain Shin (28)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
GameCube 5 4.2
PlayStation 2 3 3.0
Xbox 3 4.3
Xbox 360 1 0.0
Combined MobyScore 12 3.6


The Press Says

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95
PlayStation 2Game Vortex
Besides the problem with the camera movement, there is no reason why you shouldn't get this game. If you have another system, you might want to look into a version of Metal Arms for that system - the camera problems might not exist across all of the platforms.
90
XboxX-Power
Wat mogen we besluiten ? Metal Arms zal nooit de prijs krijgen voor de meest innovatieve gameplay maar laat er geen misverstand over bestaan: de gameplay zit goed in mekaar, er is voldoende afwisseling in de actie en de AI van de tegenstanders vormt een pittige uitdaging. De verhaallijn is goed uitgewerkt en de controls moeten geen probleem vormen voor iedereen die al eens een potje Halo heeft gespeeld. Metal Arms: Glitch in the system is een uitermate goede single player ervaring. Wie ook nog op zoek is naar een multiplayer spel, kan beter elders gaan zoeken.
90
GameCubeDigital Press - Classic Video Games
While some will be turned off by the difficulty, there's no question this one is pure action entertainment. It seems built to be a franchise, both in characters and limited options (no online, small number of vehicles, etc.). Sadly, sales matter, and Metal Arms will not return if those are any indication. That doesn't mean that it's not worth tracking down, and with a bargain price tag under $10, there's no reason not to try it out.
90
XboxGaming Target
Alas, all the eye candy and hopped up weapons made the 40 levels go by quickly, or at least seem too. We are left wanting more, and hope we see another title featuring Glitch again in the near future.
90
XboxGame Vortex
All in all, Metal Arms: A Glitch in the System is a remarkable game. It is fun, fast-paced and smart. Unfortunately, it won't get the credit it deserves from the gaming public since it doesn't come with all the glitter, glitz and hype. And that's a damn shame too, since it is a genuinely good game. Look for this one to sit right next to ICO in the 'Best games you've never played' list. Heavily recommended.
90
PlayStation 2Worth Playing
This is the Droid you've been looking for. Metal Arms: Glitch in the System comes to us as a debut effort of Swinging Ape studios. You've probably never heard of them, but from here on out they have established themselves as a top flight design house who will have Microsoft and Sony banging down doors with exclusivity contracts in hand while Nintendo dawdles around wondering how an American design team could out-design a Japanese one…again.
89
GameCubeGame Chronicles
If I could say one thing about Metal Arms, it would be that the game I played was a finely crafted, if unoriginal, sci-fi shooter. Every aspect of the game has quality shining through it. The single-player, basic story aside, is at heart a fun and enjoyable game. The same can be said about the multiplayer. Still, the game seemed to lack that special ingredient that kept my coming back for more. When I started playing the game, I had a great time, but there wasn’t anything there to really draw me into the game or to keep playing once I reached certain areas. But the fact of the matter is that Metal Arms is a great game, one of the better third-person games I’ve played on console. The inclusion of Multiplayer adds a colorful bow to an already excellent gaming package. A definite rental and an enthusiastic buy if you adore the third person perspective.
85
GameCubeGameZone
Metal Arms: Glitch in the System is a superb shooter. It surpassed my expectations by delivering more features than nearly everything else that's out there. I had forgotten some of the interesting details that were revealed in my interview, so it was a bit of a surprise to see some of the game's weapons in actions. The vehicles are great. At certain points you can also control other robots by accessing a designated terminal. This enables you to wreak havoc on your foes without the danger of dying. There are a lot of big-name games with huge marketing campaigns that will suck you in this Christmas, but please don't let that make you overlook Metal Arms. Add it to your Christmas list. When you're not racing in Mario Kart or fighting in Soul Calibur, you'll find holiday joy in watching your friends get blown to smithereens.
85
PlayStation 2Next Level Gaming
In a world where robots are as smart as humans, and do the bulk of the underground mining, a battle is brewing between the miners and the evil Mil, who have conquered the mines. It's a battle the mining droids didn't want, but were forced into. In a routine patrol, the droid rebellion found a robot they had never seen before, with markings they had never seen. Taking it back to their base, they find out his name is Glitch.
85
PlayStation 2GameZone
Droid Town and an exploring group of small druids find an unknown and badly damaged deactivated machine lying in a heap of rubble. They return to the labs and though some of the memory chips are fried, the droid remembers its name – Glitch.
85
XboxGameZone
Droid Town and an exploring group of small druids find an unknown and badly damaged deactivated machine lying in a heap of rubble. They return to the labs and though some of the memory chips are fried, the droid remembers its name – Glitch.
83
GameCubeWorth Playing
Metal Arms: Glitch in the System immediately reminded me of Halo in many ways, but the game is also very different. For starters, the storyline is much different: all of the characters in the game are robots (and rather foul-mouthed ones at that!). You control Glitch, a worker at a mining facility that is being invaded by enemy bots. You're called in to help out, but end up being one of the best fighters any of the robots have ever seen. The story is progressed through cut-scenes between levels, or the occasional scripted element in the game. It's pretty cool to see two of your allies run ahead of you into enemy territory, only to trip a bomb and explode before your eyes. The game has very cool little moments like that spread throughout it.
83
GameCubeGameSpot
Metal Arms: Glitch in the System is a much better action game than you might expect just from judging it by its unassuming main character. If you can appreciate the visual style (which is contrasted by adult language and imagery), and you can handle the cycle of frustration and repetition easily, you'll find a surprisingly deep combat experience in the game. Anyone looking for an intense and rewarding shooter should give Metal Arms a try.
83
GameCubeIGN
Metal Arms has unfortunately not received the attention it deserves of gamers. But if you're reading this review still, take notice because this is a surprisingly well-made action-shooter with a lot of heart. The game successfully merges a light-hearted storyline with some seriously intense combat, a good measure of strategy and a fun multiplayer mode. Oh, and the weapons in this title are downright awesome, especially the tether control device.
83
PlayStation 2IGN
From the maker of Hydro Thunder comes Metal Arms: Glitch in the System, a third-person action-shooter that centers on a storyline involving small droids, big guns and huge battles. This title, complete with an arcade-quick play style, was developed to be intuitive from the start -- the type of offering that anybody could pick up and play with little practice, and for the most part it succeeds in that lofty goal. Players will have fun as they blast their way through the wealth of environments in Glitch's extraterrestrial robot world, and there's enough variety in weapons and gadgets to keep the carnage fresh and exciting, if not downright strategic. But too-loose controls and an overall unforgiving difficulty definitely put a kink or two in the machine hero's otherwise shiny armor.
83
XboxGameSpot
Anyone looking for an intense and rewarding shooter should give Metal Arms a try. With so many games coming out lately, it wouldn't be hard to miss a gem like Metal Arms: Glitch in the System. The game is an unassuming shooter starring cutesy robots, and on first glance it might look convincingly like a shallow children's title. But spend a few hours with Metal Arms and you'll find that the kiddie exterior hides mission after mission of surprisingly hardcore combat action. Though its balance is a little questionable at times, Metal Arms has quietly come onto the scene to offer one of the most visceral and most satisfying shooting experiences in quite a while.
83
XboxIGN
From the maker of Hydro Thunder comes Metal Arms: Glitch in the System, a third-person action-shooter that centers on a storyline involving small droids, big guns and huge battles. This title, complete with an arcade-quick play style, was developed to be intuitive from the start -- the type of offering that anybody could pick up and play with little practice, and for the most part it succeeds in that lofty goal. Players will have fun as they blast their way through the wealth of environments in Glitch's extraterrestrial robot world, and there's enough variety in weapons and gadgets to keep the carnage fresh and exciting, if not downright strategic. But too-loose controls and an overall unforgiving difficulty definitely put a kink or two in the machine hero's otherwise shiny armor.
82
XboxXBox Evolved
While Metal Arms: Glitch In The System may not offer anything new, the elements it takes from other games are integrated into a focused style of gameplay, something that is often lacking when a game borrows heavily from others. This strong gameplay base is given particular quality with the entertaining story and voice acting. Now available for anywhere from $5-$20, Metal Arms proves a great value.
82
PlayStation 2GameSpot
With so many games coming out lately, it wouldn't be hard to miss a gem like Metal Arms: Glitch in the System. The game is an unassuming shooter starring cutesy robots, and on first glance it might look convincingly like a shallow children's title. But spend a few hours with Metal Arms and you'll find that the kiddie exterior hides mission after mission of surprisingly hardcore combat action. Though its balance is a little questionable at times, Metal Arms has quietly come onto the scene to offer one of the most visceral and most satisfying shooting experiences in quite a while.
80
XboxSuper Play
Med humor, närvarokänsla och ett omväxlande spelupplägg är det här en riktigt positiv överraskning. Det är också debutspelet för nystartade spelutvecklarna Swingin' Ape, som med Metal Arms har gett sig själva en storstilad introduktion i branschen.
80
GameCubeGame Over Online
In this day and age, we see film noir stories like Max Payne 2 or conspiracy-ridden tales like Deus Ex: Invisible War. These are sophisticated plotlines that could belong on the silver screen. Simply including the unlikely hero archetype alone is not going to pull off a franchise maker for Vivendi Universal. However, if you like your action served up raw and unadulterated, there are plenty of whiz bangs in Metal Arms to satisfy everyone.
80
GameCubeGaming Target
So, if you’re patient enough to endure several attempts at the single-player campaign, put up with its sometimes daunting exploration and deal with some camera issues along the way, Metal Arms: Glitch in the System is surely going to be your surprise hit of the season for GameCube.
80
GameCubeGameSpy
Without a doubt, Metal Arms deserves to be more than a sleeper hit. It's not perfect, but it's got enough unique style to create thirst for a follow-up. While it's been all too easy in recent months to swallow platform and adventure games that couldn't deliver on their promises, Metal Arms sneaks in quietly and delivers much more.
80
PlayStation 2GameSpy
What is it about the PS2 that makes the console a breeding ground for cute characters? After years of recent platform/action games that work the cute and approachable angle, it's shocking to find one that's actually challenging. Not to say that Glitch, the diminutive robotic hero, isn't cute and approachable, but his story is a far cry from the typical mold. Bolstered by great level and character design, Metal Arms: Glitch In The System is frantic and twitchy, but eminently satisfying and one of the best action entries on the PS2 this year.
80
XboxGamePro (US)
Flying in under the radar, this massive third-person shooter from newcomer Swingin? Ape Studios features an epic scope, boffo production, great controls, and thoroughly enjoyable gameplay propelled by a somewhat clich?-ridden yet ingratiatingly humorous story.
80
XboxGameSpy
It seems like there was a rule passed under the table that every third-person action title needed to feature either a cute mascot or some over-competent military hero. So how about a nice little title that features an amalgamation of both? Metal Arms: Glitch In The System serves up a capable, attractive little robot in loads of bullet-riddled action. It's challenging and twitchy, with enough variation to keep the most distracted player hooked for the duration.
77
PlayStation 2Gaming Target
A lot of love went into the crafting of Glitch: the unlikely hero who can do so many different things and become or partner with other robots, to fend against the many villains in this very twisted frag-festing action shooter. Still, even as Metal Arms sets itself up for many of those moments to truly become material for one of the year's best sleeper hits, there still exist a lot of points in the game that seem to drag itself down to a mediocrity that can and will be unbearable for many a gamer who'd rather journey through a similar game, which will also hit those same notes, only a lot better. Try and give Metal Arms: Glitch in the System a rental first. Otherwise you might dig into this "glitch" first thinking it'll be the surefire fix for everything you'd ever hope for, when maybe it's not.
76
XboxXBox-Zone
Im Einzelspielermodus ist Metal Arms ein netter Actiontitel für zwischendurch. Die einfache Steuerung und die abwechslungsreichen Maps sind gut gelungen und machen von Beginn an Spaß. Auch die humorvolle Geschichte rund um die putzigen Roboter bringt Laune. Was dem Titel neben einer besseren Grafik fehlt, ist etwas mehr Spieltiefe und Abwechslung. Im Mehrspielermodus dagegen überzeugt der Titel auf ganzer Linie: Hier können sich bis zu vier Spieler fetzige Schlachten liefern. Einzig eine Xbox-Live-Unterstützung fehlt gänzlich.
76
GameCubeN-Zone
Ich persönlich finde den Stil von Metal Arms: Glitch in the System echt cool. Die Roboter sind mit viel Liebe zum Detail gestaltet worden. Leider hat der Titel mit einigen Technikmängeln zu kämpfen. Die Ruckler sind stellenweise so derb, dass man kaum mehr vernünftig zielen kann. Im Mehrspieler-Modus macht das Spiel aber so richtig Spaß und heimst hier somit die meisten Punkte ein. Besonders witzig sind nicht nur die Story, die im Vorspann sehr gelungen erzählt wird, sondern auch die Kommentare nach erfolgreichen Abschüssen.
75
GameCubeGame Revolution
Metal Arms is also not online at all, featuring just a typical split-screen multiplayer. Online play could have done wonders for some of the repetition. But if you stick it out, you may be too drunk off the inebriating style and intense action to notice your 20th play-through. Metal Arms: Glitch in the System does what it does very well, especially for a game few saw coming.
75
PlayStation 2Game Revolution
But Metal Arms: Glitch in the System is a different kind of surprise, the good kind, the eyes wide-open, Kool-Aid man grin kind of a surprise. This first dish from newcomer Swinging Ape Studios circumvented the GR guard dogs and our own internal Security Task Force, and in this instance we’re glad it did. Who could we blame but our own stubborn selves for missing out on this solid shooter rich in action and rife with adult-themed humor?
75
XboxGame Revolution
Intense, satisfying and totally out of left field no, I’m not talking about a date with Barry Bonds, I’m talking about the odd little shooter currently in the GR crosshairs. We aren’t often surprised by games - unless, of course, it’s so bad we want to kill it. Which isn't to say that we were expecting Terminator 3 to rock. We just weren't entirely prepared for exactly how bad it was.
70
PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com
Voilà un jeu qui ne provoquera pas des émeutes mais qui malgré tout est bien sympa à parcourir. Les graphismes sont honnêtes malgré pas mal de tearing, l'action est assez diversifiée (passages à pied, en véhicules, phases de plates-formes) et pour que vous aimiez le genre, vous ne devriez pas trop vous sentir lésé d'autant qu'un mode multijoueur rallonge un peu la durée de vie. Cependant essayez de vous le procurer en occasion, vous l'apprécierez d'autant plus.
70
GameCubeJeuxvideo.com
Voilà un jeu qui ne provoquera pas des émeutes mais qui malgré tout est bien sympa à parcourir. Les graphismes sont honnêtes malgré pas mal de tearing, l'action est assez diversifiée (passages à pied, en véhicules, phases de plates-formes) et pour que vous aimiez le genre, vous ne devriez pas trop vous sentir lésé d'autant qu'un mode multijoueur rallonge un peu la durée de vie. Cependant essayez de vous le procurer en occasion, vous l'apprécierez d'autant plus.
70
XboxJeuxvideo.com
Voilà un jeu qui ne provoquera pas des émeutes mais qui malgré tout est bien sympa à parcourir. Les graphismes sont honnêtes malgré pas mal de tearing, l'action est assez diversifiée (passages à pied, en véhicules, phases de plates-formes) et pour que vous aimiez le genre, vous ne devriez pas trop vous sentir lésé d'autant qu'un mode multijoueur rallonge un peu la durée de vie. Cependant essayez de vous le procurer en occasion, vous l'apprécierez d'autant plus.
70
XboxGameDaily
Outside of a few minor bugs and difficulties, Metal Arms is a great debut title for Swingin' Ape. Taking over different robots adds some a different dimension and some nice variety to the game. Plus, it's very satisfying to take control of huge robots that were previously a real pain. Altogether, Glitch is definitely worth the buy.
70
XboxEurogamer.net (UK)
How annoying must it be to work tirelessly on a game for several years only to find that it gets released to virtually zero fanfare at a time of year when literally dozens of big name (EA) games are piled high on the shelves, elbowing everything else off regardless of quality? Very annoying, we'd imagine, for the developers at least. Christmas 2003's case in point no.75, Swingin' Ape's charmingly frantic klepto-blastathon Metal Arms - yet another game you won't play this year because of the screamingly annoying practice of failing to realise that the market can't cope with 300 simultaneous new releases.
41
PlayStation 2PSX Extreme
Metal Arms is an unoriginal game that fails to improve on any of the games it emulates. It's just another game in a long line of "me too" cookie-cutter platformers that fills the stores around Christmas time. I tried to like the game and gave up on it. I came back, left, and came back again and I just couldn't find anything good about it. Wait till it's in the bargain bin before you check it out, or you can rent it, but don't expect much.