Glitch in your enemies
While shooting stuff is standard for a third person shooter, the real fun begins when Glitch starts hijacking other robots. Glitch is able to take control of certain unsuspecting enemy robots with his “Control Tether” and then use them to attack and/or scout ahead. If you’re feeling especially malicious, you can just take control of robots and run them off cliffs.
Besides the involuntary help, you’ll also have fellow droids in fighting by your side. Naturally, Glitch is of a higher quality make as your squad mates fall apart far easier than you do. Not to worry though, along the way you’ll encounter some more droids that you can recruit to reform your own little squad.
For a more ‘hands off’ approach, Glitch can also hop into vehicles to use them for both combat and transport. Even vehicles not meant to be used for pure combat can be offensive weapons. For example, a loader vehicle normally used for moving heavy items is perfect for grabbing enemy robots and flinging them away.
Occasional levels of stealth, sniping and find the switch/key help to break up the frenzied action; most of the gameplay in Metal Arms is of the run and gun variety. Some of the mayhem involved in the battles feel a little Halo-inspired, as the baddies spout funny one liners in the chaos such as “Don’t shoot me, shoot the droid!” or “Clean up, aisle six!” Overall, the intense action is quite fun, especially when you master bring able to both shoot and toss grenades at the same time – then you’ll see exploding robot parts everywhere!
Alternatively, if you prefer not to see nuts and bolts all about, you can then just beat the enemy robots within an inch of their operating life. Clean headshots will knock the robot head pieces off with the rest of the body running and shooting around aimlessly. For more entertainment, aim for the limbs to blow off any weaponry they may be carrying and then just melee them into a scrapheap with your weapon.