An idea just occurred to me this morning. There are probably a good few gamers out there that are like me. So far, I don't own any of the Next-Gen consoles, well except for my Nintendo DS. Most of my gaming takes place on my good old workhorse last gen consoles, the PS2, The Gamecube, and the OGX-Box(That's Original Gangstah X-Box for those newer to Drewspeak. heh). It's not that I don't WANT the new consoles, I do. I just haven't had the money to go out and get them, and I'm sure that I'm not the only one like that. I refer to this condition as being on Gamer Savings Time. Meaning that for whatever reason, you just don't have the time or the cash to go out and plunk down many of your hard-earned simoleons for the latest and greatest in gaming. Have no fear. While for the most part, game development these focuses on the hot young turk-182 game consoles, there are still plenty of good games to be had for you last gen systems. What I intend to do periodically is to write up a little something about a good game that you may have missed first time out that you may enjoy if you're looking for something new to play. Most of what I have in mind probably won't be the big franchises, such as your Final Fantasies, Your Grand Theft Autos, what have you. What I'm probably going to focus on are games that were a bit off the beaten path, or had the misfortune to come out at the same time as one of the big ticket games and got lost in the shuffle. One drawback is that several of the games I'll talk about may be a bit tricky to find, since they weren't big sucesses, and/or are a few years old. But on the plus side, when you do find them, you'll probably be able to find them for 20 bucks or under, used, or maybe even in the bargain bin at your local gaming store. Hopefully, you'll find that bit of extra effort to be worth it.
So, what will the criteria be for the games I'll talk about? 3 simple rules...
1)The Game costs 20 bucks now or under.
2)It was a good game(at least in my opinion)
3)It was a game for the last generation of consoles.
Everything I'll be saying here will of course be my opinion, and you're free to agree or disagree with everything I say. No skin off my left ear. heh.
So, let's get to it. Today's Gamer Savings Time focus will be on Metal Arms: Glitch in the System.
I'll admit that the when it came out back in 2003, I didn't really give a lot of thought to Metal Arms. I was playing something else at the time, and at first glance, it looked a little cutesy to me, so I spun on by and went on with my life. I will say right off the bat that the game does look a bit kiddie. However, the old saying, you can't judge a book by its cover definitely applies here. The rather cutesy exterior hides a surprisingly intense action shooter.
The story of Metal Arms is your pretty standard good vs. evil scenario. However, it does tell the story with a good deal of humor. You play as Glitch, a robot salvaged by rebel droids fighting against the evil Mils(the bad guy bots) led by the nefarious General Corrosive. Their war is not going too well, so you're salvaged and repaired to be sent in as a sort of one-bot wrecking crew to defeat the Mils, all for FREEDOM!! heh. Anyway, at the basics, Metal Arms is a behind-the-back third person shooter game. There are the standard shooter weapons such as grenades, machine guns, shotguns, and rocket launchers. At first, your weapons are not all the powerful, but over time you can upgrade them and eventually become a veritable force of destruction. Another cool addition is that a bit later in the game, you'll get a device that will allow you to take control of enemy bots to accomplish your objectives. The action in the game can actually be pretty damn intense. There are many times when there will be a swarm of enemies coming at you, and you'll be working hard to take all of them down. Metal Arms isn't an easy game by any stretch of the imagination. There are times when it gets damn frustrating. However, it manages to still be a very rewarding experience, and when you finally do get through a level after trying it multiple times, you do get a sense of accomplishment from taking all those villanous Mil bastards down. Unlike a lot of shooters where your enemies just fall down when you score a kill, there are times in Metal Arms where when you score a hit on an enemy bot, you'll blow off a limb, or a head, causing the bot to weave around in a circle, firing randomly. And when you do take out a baddy, there will be a shower of parts and shrapnel. It's a cool touch that I enjoyed a lot. In addition to the standard shooter run-and-gun levels, there are a couple of other types of levels that will give you a bit of a change. For example, there's a level where you have to chase a fleeing robot over a desert in a high-speed vehicle, and another level where you take control of another, massive robot that can mash most other robots you encounter into little metal pancakes.
The sound and the graphics in the game are very well done. The game looks and sounds great, even though it does LOOK a little cutesy. But really, you shouldn't let that fool you. Despite the look, it's a game that packs in a LOT of hardcore shooting action. Would this game be suitable for kids? Well, the look may make you think so, but in many cases no. Granted, there's no blood in the game since it's all robots, but there are some instances of naughty words, especially from the mechanic bot that brings Glitch back from the scrap heap. Basically, it's down to your own parental discretion if you do have kids. I mean, GTA, this game ain't, just keep that in mind.
So, if you're looking for an intense and entertaining third person shooter, Metal Arms: Glitch in the System is worth a try. As far as availability goes, it may be a little tricky to find, though I did see it a few days ago at Gamestop for less than 10 bucks. That's a heck of a bargain for a game that's as good as Metal Arms is. The game's available for the OGX-Box, the PS2, and the Gamecube, but if you have the option, I'd recommend you go for the OGX-Box version, since that's the one that looks and sounds the best.
Happy Hunting. =)