Metal Arms: Glitch in the Machine
5th Aug 2003 | 10:01
Sci-fi plots are always banging on about future worlds where robots become sentient and take over the population. We guess the current truth - a world where vengeful robotic vending machines swallow your change in an act of revolution - wouldn't be quite so gripping.
Metal Arms at least puts a bit of a spin on the familiar theme, with robots revolting against other robots on a planet exclusively inhabited by - you guessed it - robots. We hope you're not robophobic.
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The first and most astounding thing to shoot sparks at your eyes is the incredibly slick production. The frame rate is smoother than molten steel as what looks like thousands of automaton parts explode across the screen before your eyes, and the shine on your main hero Glitch's metal ass is a joyous sight to behold. What a bonus, then, to find that there is also a cracking game lurking under the shiny hood.Although it's played in third-person perspective, Metal Arms might as well be called 'Halo with mechs'. Not as catchy a title, but it sums up the action perfectly. The control set-up will be instantly familiar to any FPS fan and Glitch is free to commandeer enemy vehicles, gun emplacements and even possess enemies as his adventure unfolds.
You have an awesome arsenal at your disposal, from rocket launchers to ripper guns that tear through foes' circuitry and leave their appendages dangling uselessly. Any game that lets you cripple giant robo-muthas by blasting their kneecaps should win your vote instantly.