Welcome to our Metal Wolf Chaos XD review. Originally released exclusively to Xbox players in Japan back in 2004, Metal Wolf Chaos XD has finally found its way to other countries and platforms in this updated version.
- Metal Wolf Chaos XD
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
- Reviewed On: PlayStation 4
- Developer: General Arcade
- Publisher: Devolver Digital
- Multiplayer: None
- Available: 6th August 2019
- Price: £19.99 (U.K), $24.99 (U.S)
- Age Rating: PEGI 16 (UK/EU), T (U.S)
- Review Code Provided
Being a game from 2004, Metal Wolf Chaos XD doesn’t exactly have the best graphics, but it does actually look quite nice for what it is and it seems the developers have done a wonderful job making it look decent enough to not remind you that it’s an original Xbox game. A mixture of upscaled textures and a redrawn interface have helped slightly in bringing it up to an acceptable standard for today.
Set around 2025 in an America that’s struggling with economic and civil unrest, Metal Wolf Chaos XD sees you taking on the role of President Michael Wilson after Vice President Richard Hawk launches a successful coup d’état that ultimately dethrones the President.
Unable to accept this mutiny and what the Vice President is doing to America, the President sets off on a journey across America in a giant mech suit with the goal of saving America from the evil it’s facing.
Missions in Metal Wolf Chaos XD are fairly simple affairs in terms of what you have to do. Each mission has a set goal that you’ll have to complete such as destroying all target areas in a mission or defeating a certain boss. Some of them have triggers that will cause you to fail the mission, such as not completing a mission before a certain event happens. The missions with the fail triggers are the most challenging in my opinion as they’ll have you working against a clock or a very strong enemy.
Unfortunately, there’s not much else to do within missions apart from walking around and destroying things to find ammo, weapons, shields and materials to help you build things. Nearly everything within a level is destroyable, not everything but nearly everything, which in all honesty is a lot of fun. For example, you can stamp on vehicles or crush a market stall set up and even destroy steps on the sides of buildings. For a 2004 game, this level of destruction is rather impressive.
Each mission also features Civilians for you to rescue from cages. To do this you have to use a light weapon as using a heavy one such as a grenade launcher or missile launcher will instantly kill everyone in the cage. There are also a few cages armed with bombs as soon as you approach these bombs instantly arm themselves giving you just a matter of seconds to successfully destroy the cage before the bomb goes off.
Outside of missions, you have the ability to upgrade and develop weapons using money and materials found within missions. The upgrade system allows you to easily improve the president’s arsenal of weapons although the process can take quite a bit of time as you work your way through the game finding materials and gathering the money needed to develop and produce weapons.
Controls are fairly straight forward but I do often find myself pressing the wrong button when I have the weapons selector open. The weapon selector happens in mission and its basically where the President’s mech suit opens at both sides revealing a reel of weapons. You cycle through these weapons using the trigger button for whichever side you want to change. Unfortunately, as you’re getting shot it can be easy to press the wrong button while the reels are open which leads to small moments of frustration.
While dying in any game is usually not favorable, dying during a mission in Metal Wolf Choas XD forces you right back to the beginning of it, no matter how far through you were. This is rather annoying as some of the missions can be time-consuming and I do have to question why each mission doesn’t have at least one checkpoint.
In conclusion, Metal Wolf Chaos XD is a well-ported version of a game most people outside of Japan had never really known. While it’s not exactly a masterpiece in the graphics department it does look quite decent despite its age. The missions are fun although they lack any proper depth other than the story. The story is strong and is packed full of humorous moments which really does make it worth playing.
That concludes our Metal Wolf Chaos XD review. To purchase it on PlayStation 4 check out the links below.