Metal Saga lacks in direction it makes up for in its
bizarre sensibility. by
5, 2006 - Metal
Saga is an interesting game in a Monty-Python kind
of way. It's humorous but it lacks structure. It does
what it wants to do and you're either along for the
ride or you're not. It's like being in the middle
of some crazy hippy's acid trip - or in the middle
of The Lumberjack sketch, if you catch my drift.
are so many elements to this game it's hard to keep
track of them. What some players may dislike is that
nothing in this game relates. It doesn't really make
any logical sense and that's both good and bad. As
an RPG it really needs some sense of direction. Taken
as just a videogame experience, it's got a little
bit of everything - but you're not really sure what
it all means. The various elements, as fun as they
may be are disjointed and there's really not much
of an incentive to complete all of the tasks, as I
will discuss in greater detail. But if you're looking
for "something completely different" then
this just might be the game for you. If you're in
the right frame of mind it can be more fun than a
flying, three-ring circus.
Saga is pure entertainment but it does reach a point
of tedium after about 10 hours. The interesting thing
about this game is that you can make it last as long
as you like or breeze through it incredibly quickly.
There are all kinds of tasks that you can perform
but you have the right of refusal. You don't have
to do anything that you don't want to do. But by accomplishing
certain tasks you will earn money which you can use
to finance other, more epic undertakings. You will
also earn different endings to the story.
upon a time, in the very near future, there was a
computer named Noah. It was built to deal with the
problem of pollution on the planet. As a very intelligent
piece of machinery, Noah went about solving the problem
by going straight to the source - humans. By obliterating
the human race there would be no more pollution. So
that's just what Noah did. Now the Earth is a barren
wasteland that looks as though it had experienced
a nuclear war. Only a few humans survived the onslaught
of machines and monsters. Their only means to survival
was to cultivate a hunter/gatherer existence as they
salvage scraps of machinery and technology and hunt
for food and enemies that have a bounty on their head.
The storyline is obviously influenced by the Road
Warrior/Mad Max series.
the role of a young hunter you accept or refuse missions
that involve bounty hunting. During these adventures
you will not only be on the lookout for your victim
but also for items that you can collect and bring
back to the village to sell for money. You will also
receive cash for your bounty hunting efforts. The
more coin that you amass, the better your standing
in the community and the more money you can earn as
a result of purchasing upgrades for your weapons and
characters that you meet in these games and some of
the circumstances that you will find yourself in can
be totally ridiculous - but in a good way. There is
plenty of adult-based, low brow humor that is sure
to elicit a few good guffaws. And then there are some
downright strange characters such as Klepto Cobain
who talks in a cryptic manner using nothing but Nirvana
lyrics as a base for his lexicon.
play a very large role in the game. Not only do they
get you across the barren landscape in record time,
and cut down on the boring wandering so prominent
in classic RPGs, but they can also be outfitted with
various weapons that you will use for combat. The
combat is turn-based but it's actually quite exciting.
It's not very deep but it's accessible and quick.
You can have up to three characters in your party.
They will travel with you either on foot or in vehicles.
It's best to have a mechanic on hand to help fix your
vehicle. When attacked, you will begin to lose armor
tiles that are used to protect your vehicle. When
they are all destroyed you will begin to take on damage.
This isn't good since vehicles are very important
for your continued success. You can have the damaged
vehicle towed away for repairs or have one of your
mechanic party members do the repairs for you on sight.
Just like everything in real life, it's going to cost
Saga can be a real lesson in economics. Depending
on how much damage you sustain and how much your repair
bill is, you might not break even on some missions,
even if you do complete them successfully. You will
continually upgrade your vehicle, adding new weapons
and even frivolous things like paint jobs which will
cost you. As with everything in this game, you will
start at the bottom of the scrap heap with a beater
that you have to scrounge from salvage and build it
up to suit your needs. There are three different weapon
types that you can add to your mobile death rig. The
sub-gun is used for short-range combat. It has unlimited
ammo. The other gun is long-range but it requires
ammunition. The SE weapon is a specialty gun that
can shoot down flying bots and kill other equally
anime artwork is not of exceptional quality. It looks
more like a budget game. The main characters are much
too young in my opinion for any gamers in their 20s
and beyond to give a rat's ass about. I think the
developers might have made a mistake by putting kids
in the role of the main characters. Considering the
adult-oriented humor and situations, more mature-looking
characters would have been much more believable and
wouldn't potentially alienate any demographic.
music can be corny but it's lighthearted and fun.
Some of the voiceacting is equally cornball but it
doesn't seem so out of place since the game doesn't
take itself very seriously in the first place. It's
sometimes hard to tell what's intentional and what's
such a variety of things to do in Metal Saga, it's
definitely worth a rental. You can spend as much time
with it as you like. You can't say that about other
RPGs. If you find that you really like it, buy it.
If not, return it. Either way you're bound to get
your money's worth out of it.
full-scale RPG that offers unprecedented freedom:
Travel across a war-torn world with over 800 events
and quests, providing 40+ hours of gameplay!
battle is an arms race you don't want to lose: Use
your personal arsenal, unleash the dogs of war,
or hop in a tank!
control of a wide variety of customizable vehicles:
Customize the look of your vehicles by adding new
weapons, engines and armor!
and create your own items: Create powerful weapons
and vehicle parts from the materials you gather
throughout the game!Test your luck and skill in
12 mini-games: Earn valuable money and items!