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Scrap Metal is a top-down car-combat game in the vein of Death Rally with intensive use of weapons. It features a story-mode (with 60 missions) including boss fights as well as local multiplayer and Xbox Live online matches for up to 4 players. Additional cars and weapons can be unlocked throughout the story mode by wrecking opponents. This adds their cars to the player's junkyard. From there the player can select up to four cars to put in a car pool. Cars can be customized aesthetically, but also technically through upgrades paid for with points earned throughout the races. Cars are divided in different classes based on their statistics and sometimes a specific class of car needs to be used for a race. It is possible to put a car back in the junkyard and exchange it for another one previously collected.

Tracks feature shortcuts and jumps, and power-ups such as nitro boosts, health, repairs, and extreme firepower. All of the cars have a standard weapon, such as a machinegun, rocket launcher, shotgun or energy ray, as well as melee weapons such as blades or weapons used to push other cars out of the way. There are 20 different vehicles to choose from. The different types of missions include regular races, elimination races, derbies, and small arenas similar to those of Destruction Derby. There are also tracks where the player needs to escort another vehicle or target a specific enemy in a race.

The game offers two ways of controlling the cars. First, a directional steering sending the car in the very direction the analog stick is pointed at, and secondly a traditional left/right steering as one can find it in regular racing games.


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Another car combat game? Bring it on! Xbox 360 Hammerlore (1015)

Critic Reviews Xbox 360 Mar 24, 2010 8 out of 10 80
Totally Gaming Network Xbox 360 Mar 15, 2010 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
Gaming Target Xbox 360 Apr 05, 2010 7.8 out of 10 78
TeamXbox Xbox 360 Mar 08, 2010 7.7 out of 10 77
IGN Xbox 360 Mar 09, 2010 7.5 out of 10 75 Xbox 360 Mar 19, 2010 74 out of 100 74
GameSpot Xbox 360 Mar 16, 2010 6.5 out of 10 65
games xtreme Xbox 360 May 07, 2010 6.5 out of 10 65
Thunderbolt Games Xbox 360 Apr 11, 2010 6 out of 10 60 (UK) Xbox 360 Mar 17, 2010 4 out of 10 40


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