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Metal Arms: Glitch In The System

Overall: Great game play, decent graphics, cool weapons, lots of fun????..to a point. This is a modern day David and Goliath. Never underestimate the little guy; Glitch can throw down with the best of them. I was very impressed with the diverse environments, especially the underground city. Some of the enemies are challenging (Zombiebot King!) but the real challenge so far has been overcoming the ridiculous Unhandled Exception level. This is where you start from a small inspection circle, run to locate a chip hidden inside the room?s lockers and then return to the EXACT position inside the circle before the inspector returns. The controls are simply not precise enough to maneuver Glitch into position quick enough to fool the inspector. Maybe it?s just me, but this level ruined my gamming experience and had looking for the any cheat code that allowed me to skip this pointless challenge.

Gameplay: Like I said, the game play is great. The controller set up is perfect, reminds me of another sci-fi shooter. Switching between weapons is smooth and the vehicle integration adds a lot of fun. Many areas to explore and things to find. I really like the feature that allow you to posses another bot or play as a autonomous ally. The multiplayer aspect adds real replay quality and hours of enjoyment.

Graphics: The graphics are clean and run smoothly. Lots of cool looking enemies, especially those that fly. Water, fire, and rust; they all look great.

Audio: Have to love the screams and rants of the Mils! The theme music fits the game and lets you know when the situation is about to ramp up. I was a little surprised to hear so much (bleeped out) cussing. And I thought this was a kid?s game!

Suggestions: For the sequel, add Xbox Live and if you plan on more levels like the aforementioned comptroller-throwing frustration level, make the controls more intuitive or just give us the cheat codes up front.

Overall Score: 9.0 / 10 Max Payne

Overall: I bought this game off an on-line auction last summer for $20.00. I played it off and on for a number of months and finally completed it this month. As a veteran gamer from back in the Pac Man era, I can honestly state this is a great game. Sure, it may have flaws here and there but the game play is solid and involving. The story is reminiscent of the gritty crime novels I have found littered about various waiting rooms I have visited. The character is the epitome of the 1970?s movie era rogue cop and the villains remind me of stereotypical mob characters, crooked police officers and corrupt governmental officials with a dash of the occult thrown in. Talk about having your hands full, Mad Max Payne certainly had his work/justice cut out for him. Some have argued this game is too short. Maybe it was because I played the game over a seven-month period but it really seamed long to me. From sewers to nightclubs, crack-houses to mansions, shipyards to high-rises; Max was all over the city during a seemingly endless snowy night

Gameplay: I can?t write anything that has not been already discussed in this department. I have not played the PC version of this game but I really believe the XBOX controller works well here. I never had any problem with the third person point of view or while selecting weapons. I liked the feature enabling me to Quick Save at any time; this really came in handy during the bizarre dream sequences. This leads me to one of my few complaints. While innovative and somewhat disturbing, I found little enjoyment in running in circles threw the maze and walking the blood line with the baby crying was enough to give me my own nightmares. Although I did not utilize it often, another great innovation was the bullet time feature. The only time a really relied on this ability was during the Baseball Bat episode. I must have played that scene a couple dozen times before I discovered the painkillers in the furnace room locker. I liked the weapons for the most part. I could have done with out some such as the Desert Eagle and sawed off shotgun but the dual pistols regular shotgun and assault rifle were really enjoyable. I also like the fact I could interact with items Max would come across, such as TV?s and soda machines. Overall I believe the game play was great and really made the game a stand out.

Graphics: The graphics are a mixed bag. Max himself is finely detailed from his leather jacket to his smug expressions. I was not really bothered by the lack of detail in the villains; they were not around long enough for me to really notice. The city surroundings were adequate snow/fire/water were as expected. The cut scenes worked well enough (remember, I grew up playing Asteroids and Atari, it doesn?t take much to impress me) The comic strip like drawings with captions was interesting if not different. As much as I hate to admit it, the scenes that stand out the most to me are the dream sequences. The twisting tunnel view while running threw the maze and snow-like blood floating in the red line room of horror were great visuals. XBOX game or not, the graphics did not necessarily have to too polished because the game theme itself is dark and gritty.



Audio: Sound can really make the difference in your perception of the visuals. This game was full of distinctive audio clips that made the game all the more interesting and intensive. The voice acting of Max Payne while criticized by some was very believable, to me, and what I expected. I like hearing his jaded sarcasm cut threw the typical dialog of the villains. The guns have their own distinctive firing nuances and the floor on which Max walks creates different sounds depending on weather it is snow, tile or metal grates. The theme music will not win any Grammies but fits the story and assists in developing the ambient texture. The junkies muttering in the crack house; the wise guy lingo, and the satanic ramblings of the mob under boss are great but its that eerie baby crying that will haunt you.

Suggestions: Work on the graphics and delete those bazaar dream sequences!

Overall Score: 9.0 / 10

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