When you release a title that first came out in 2004 that was exclusive to the Xbox and only in Japan and that has mechs, a commanding President of the United States, and explosions and release it 15 years later, does it still hold up in today’s times? Let’s find out with Developers From Software and General Arcade and from Publisher Devolver Digital with Metal Wolf Chaos XD for the PlayStation 4.
So if you are wondering what is new with Metal Wolf Chaos XD, first the visuals have an upgraded fidelity, the controls have been refined along with the gameplay, a new save system, and for those 4K owners, 4K and 16:9 support. So some may say that is great, but for those that have not played Metal Wolf Chaos XD, you may be wondering what the story is about, it goes like this. The United States is not as happy go lucky and is in peril. Lucky for the people in the United States, we have one President Michael Wilson who will sacrifice himself (well, he is in an awesome mech)as he tries to defend our nation against a full-scale rebellion that is lead by Vice-President Richard Hawk and his mechanized legions that he commands. So as the President (47th here), you are sworn to take your country back (or die trying) by any means (no amount of money is too small) and end this unfair power.
Now, I love mechs and I love when those mechs can be customizable, but unfortunately, you the ammo is not unlimited. So you will need to watch your ammo and if you run out, you will have to collect more along the way. Each arm of the mech can hold the same weapon or different. I tried to use the sniper rifle on one part, but it was not for me as I kept up with the rocket launcher as my favorite weapons. But it’s not just about running and gunning, yes that is part of the fun, but you will want to make sure you boost your way, stop your way (R.I.P. all you soldiers fighting on the wrong side of the law).
Speaking of troops, some of the soldiers will be on top of landscapes or balconies and it’s not like you can just ask them to politely stop it (I tried, but they continued to shoot at me in not very nice ways), so being that you are in a mech, shoot what you can down and hear their screams of their wrong choices they made in life.
Each mission really has you trying to stop an enemy at a certain point. Some of these enemies are much stronger and you realize this as they will take you down pretty easy. But this is when you can upgrade your mech and with the help of the weapons you unlock, you get to come back and show them…show them all. The first couple of times as I was running and gunning, I did not pay attention to the objective as when I got to the end of the mission, I had to restart that same mission. So pay attention to what the actual mission is.
I do want to point out about the dialog. Keep in mind that this is a 15 year old game, but hearing the dialog and hearing what some of the missions are called (one of the first missions is called “In the Nick of Time, The Great Escape from the White House”) I couldn’t help but laugh at some of them. Also being a 15 year old game and seeing how it looked back in 2004 compared to 2019, the graphics have been polished, but not too glorified which really works here.
The controls of the DualShock 4 controller takes just a little bit to get used to. You can change the control layout, but I went with Type 1. The L2/R2 triggers are used for the left and right arm of the mechs, you then have to press the O button to change the weapon for either the left or right. But when you have the action going on and if you run out of ammo, you will need to be a little quick and hopefully select the weapon you wanted. A couple of times I went to fast and selected the sniper when I meant for another weapon and had to start the mission over. There are a couple of things that were included. For one, save points. When you fail the mission, you have start the mission from the beginning. It would be nice to be able to restart at a save point from time to time and the other thing I would love to see multiplayer added. I know the original didn’t have it, but it would be a nice touch if it could have been added.
If you are looking for some humor with your mech action of explosions of destruction, then Metal Wolf Chaos XD might just be for you.
Metal Wolf Chaos XD retail edition is out now and only available at GameStop. A review retail edition was provided. To learn more about From Software, please visit their site, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter. To learn more about General Arcade, please visit their site, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter. To learn more about Digital Devolver, please visit their site, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter.
In case you missed the trailer, please enjoy. Until next time, I have some more stuff to destroy.