Metal Wolf Chaos a blast from the past
Metal Wolf Chaos XD is a blast from the past that sometimes leaves you wondering if the past should stay buried. It is a neat little shooter with some fun mechanics and decent gunplay, but the story is out there and is not meant for anyone looking a serious epic story. Did you know that before From Software became famous for the Souls series, it came out with an interesting little gem in 2004 called Metal Wolf Chaos. Before Devolver Digital announced their remaster of the game at their yearly E3 conference of weirdness, you could be forgiven for not having heard of the game. Metal Wolf Chaos came out as an Xbox exclusive in Japan and eventually became something of a small cult classic. It has now been released upon the world to shine a spotlight on a game where you play the President of the United States trying to save America, in a mech suit.
Metal Wolf Chaos XD main dish is served in the combat. You pilot your mech which can house several different weapons you can switch to as needed or if you run out of that ammo type. You start out with some basic weapons (a mech sized magnum pistol, a shotgun, a rocket launcher, etc.), which you can upgrade in between missions with money and materials. I ditched the Dirty Harry style pistol to get my hands on a glorious Desert Eagle that let me gun down my foes faster. You can equip yourself with four different weapons for each hand making for eight total weapons of destruction you can bring to bear. Some weapons require taking up a slot for both hands like the sniper rifle or the multi missile launcher, you can also equip two of the same weapon type in both hands if you have extra. For a while, I was roaming one mission with dual assault rifles letting the bullets fly as I destroyed the enemy. Besides the guns in Metal Wolf Chaos XD, you also have the ability to do a jump up into the air and then slam down doing a good deal of AoE damage. My biggest complaint is that except for the sniper rifle you have no zoom targeting for your weapons and just have to big boxes to try to aim with. It detracts from what is otherwise fun combat.
Most levels have you running around destroying troop transports and the troops that spawn from them. There will be various targets throughout the mission level that are harder to kill and are usually equipped with Gatling turrets or missile launchers. As you go about taking these out you might also come across various boxes that can contain ammo, money, material for making more weapons and hostage cages. Blowing up these will net you new supporters in your war for freedom and help make you extra cash. Get to the end of the level and there’s usually some boss type giant tank or another mech you have to take down to complete the mission. Some mission types will have fail conditions and timers associated with them ramping up the difficulty.
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