Metal Wolf Chaos XD Physical Edition Definitive Review

Metal Wolf Chaos XD Physical Edition Definitive Review


The copy of Metal Wolf Chaos XD featured in
today’s review was provided courtesy of General Arcade, Devolver Digital and Special Reserve
Games. After nearly 15 years, Metal Wolf Chaos has
brought its over-the-top mech action and American bravado over to America and other parts of
the world as Metal Wolf Chaos XD! This remaster of the 2004 Japanese Xbox exclusive
title by From Software is now available digitally on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One thanks to
General Arcade and Devolver Digital. A physical copy has also just been released
on PS4, thanks to Special Reserve Games! It is this version we are looking at today
and I must admit I am pretty excited to do so! There are two versions of the physical release
of Metal Wolf Chaos XD: the GameStop exclusive version, which is the one I have on hand,
and the Special Reserve website version that is limited to 3000 copies. The GameStop edition comes in a standard PS4
case with an awesome depiction of the players’ mech taking up the right half of the artwork. The Metal Wolf Chaos XD logo resides just
to the left with a depiction of the American flag in the background. The flag continues along the spine of the
case to the back, where the games presidential seal can also be found. In minimalistic design, there are no in-game
screenshots to be found back here. Just below is the list of companies involved
in making this physical release a reality. One last fun detail is found down in the copyright
area where a special thank you has been placed for supporting game developers! Opening the case we have the Blu-ray disk,
which once again sports the game’s presidential seal, and an artwork insert showcasing the
mech. Underneath these, is an interior artwork that
mirrors that found on the outside of the case, but without all of the PlayStation branding. The United States has entered a time of civil
unrest. Rebellions have occurred in the past that
threatened the nation as we know it. Now, a new rebellion, led by the Vice President
of the United States, has taken the country completely. President of the United States, Michael Wilson,
will not stand for this tyranny and launches a one-mech assault to take back the country
from evil! I played the original Xbox release of Metal
Wolf Chaos a few years back and loved the old-school arcade mech action. Japanese menus made figuring out some things
a bit difficult, but a good majority of the game was already in English, including all
dialogue and cutscenes. Now that the title is available fully translated
and updated for modern consoles, I couldn’t be happier. Metal Wolf Chaos XD is a product of its 2004
roots with over-the-top action, cheesy storyline, and bad acting! It is also a total blast to play today, with
gameplay holding up surprisingly well. It even manages to feel a bit more unique
than you would expect, compared to most other titles available today with its “destroy
everything” arcade approach. As the game begins you must flee the White
House as it is assaulted by Vice President Richard Hawke’s coup d’état forces. This mission is a good intro that teaches
you all the basics of how to command your mech and its different weapons and abilities. Movement is typical of a third-person action
game; you can move, strafe and look around freely. Triggers control firing the weapons in their
respective hands and using Circle in combination with them will let you cycle between currently
equipped weapons. There is also jumping and thrusters that can
be used to further rain down destruction on these rebel scum! Metal Wolf Chaos XD features 14 missions taking
place in varying locations across the United States and beyond. Level structure between all 14 missions is
largely the same, where you are tasked with destroying outposts before taking on the main
target area. Some missions throw in a timed segment or
a boss fight, pitting you against a stronger foe, to spice up the variety. Overall I find most missions enjoyable and
there is a nice difficulty jump as the campaign progresses. Unlike From Software’s later titles, Metal
Wolf Chaos XD is able to be difficult without feeling cheap-shotty, which I enjoy. After finishing the campaign, additional difficulties
unlock to provide an even more hellish experience if you are into such things! Now, this wouldn’t be an arcade-style game
without a ton of points and a ranking system! After each mission, you are scored on how
well you did and earn in-game currency and a rank ranging from E to S. Getting a higher
rank means earning more currency, which can then be used to purchase weapon upgrades. Upgrades are interesting in Metal Wolf Chaos
XD because you first have to use money to research a weapon, then spend more money to
construct it. You also aren’t able to purchase upgrades
for your mech’s systems, instead having to collect 5 upgrade items for your stats
to get a nice boost. You can find these items by rescuing hostages
and destroying buildings. You can also unlock new rocking music tracks
this way! Now let’s talk about combat for a minute,
as how you approach the destruction is where the fun of Metal Wolf Chaos XD lies. You have a wide variety of weapons to choose
from in the game ranging from pistols, rifles, flamethrowers, to rail guns and missile launchers. Each weapon type is good for dealing with
different types of enemies or structures. Each weapon uses ammo that can be replenished
by finding pick-ups along your path of destruction. Certain weapons also rely on your mechs boost
meter to be fired, so if you boost around too much you will find yourself having to
wait to retaliate. Weapon inventory is divided up into 8 equipable
spots, with 4 on each hand. Small arms like pistols and assault rifles
only require the use of one hand, while larger weapons like the rail gun will use up the
slots for both hands. Bringing a different variety of weapons into
a mission can make or break your chances at success, and there were plenty of times where
I had to back out and reevaluate my weapon load-outs. This happened a lot on one of the game’s final
missions where I was having quite a hard time succeeding. For particularly hard segments, there is an
ultimate attack that can be unleashed that might just turn the tide. Of course, a good defense is a key component
of a good offense, and knowing how and when to use your boosts is a vital part of survival. Boosting can be used to avoid incoming missiles
or high powered shots. It is a little clunky to get used to at first
but becomes easier as the game progresses. As your mech gets upgraded you also gain more
boost, which is awesome since, in the beginning, you can barely use it at all before you start
digging into your shield energy. Yes, using too much boost will cause your
shield bar to deplete, making you easier to kill, making it another interesting balancing
act between offense and defense. Playing on harder difficulties really accents
this perfectly and death will result in needing to replay the mission in its entirety. For a game that originally came out in 2004,
Metal Wolf Chaos XD looks surprisingly good! In no way does it look realistic, but the
old art has a nice stylized look to it that lets it still shine today. Of course, there are upgrades over the original
release like the new widescreen presentation. The resolution has also been bumped from 480P
to 1080P or even 4K if you are playing on PC, PS4 Pro or Xbox One X. Cutscenes from
the original game were done in a 16:9 letterbox format, so those are now also full screen
on modern platforms. Oh, and menus are now fully in English! One area where Metal Wolf Chaos XD hasn’t
changed from its original release is in the audio department. Every cheesy piece of badly acted dialogue
is here in its entirety along with the amazingly rocking soundtrack. Seriously, I love the music in this game;
it is just the perfect mix of rock for my tastes! You might want to adjust audio levels though,
as the soundtrack can overpower most everything else at times. Thanks to its arcadey nature Metal Wolf Chaos
XD is a game you can sink a good number of hours into after your first ~7-hour playthrough. Getting the highest ranks on each mission
is just one aspect of this. There are also unlockable skins and collecting
all the game’s weapons and hostages. Beating the game on Hell difficulty is a challenge
unto itself that can also take some time. There are some minor annoyances in Metal Wolf
Chaos XD, like a lack of checkpoints in missions. I wish General Arcade had been able to implement
this into the game as a quality of life improvement to make the game more appealing to a modern
audience. Missions aren’t super long, so doing a couple
of replays isn’t the worst thing in the world, but still. There were also a couple of instances of unlockables
being dropped where I couldn’t physically reach them, making me have to do a replay
and hope it would land better the next time. For a game that originally came out in 2004,
Metal Wolf Chaos XD still provides a gaming experience worth playing today. It isn’t the newest or flashiest of games,
but the basics of gameplay and over-the-top action prove that there is no school like
the old-school. It is also great that more people can finally
experience the game now that it is available worldwide. The release of another physical version also
means the game will continue to be playable for more decades to come and yes, you should
play it!

2 thoughts on “Metal Wolf Chaos XD Physical Edition Definitive Review

  1. Metal Wolf Chaos XD is a remaster of the 2004 game Metal Wolf Chaos. The game was originally exclusive on to the original Xbox and only in Japan. This has made the title very hard to come by in the rest of the world making Metal Wolf Chaos one of the most expensive games on the system. But now a new HD version is here and is available digitally for PC, PS4 and Xbox One making it easier than ever to experience this awesome mech title. Best yet a physical edition of the game has been released thanks to Special Reserve Games! It is this version I am checking out today, enjoy!

    If you would like to pick up your own physical version of Metal Wolf Chaos XD on PS4 here is the link to GameStop!

    https://www.gamestop.com/video-games/…

    If you would like to read a written version of today's review you can find that at gametyrant.com/news/metal-wolf-chaos-xd-review-over-the-top-mech-goodness

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