Metal Arms: Glitch in the System GameCube


Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
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  1. AceGamez
    Imaginative graphics and superb sound, a sprawling adventure packed full of neat touches and cool weapons, great humour and an accomplished multiplayer; Glitch embodies what games are really all about - challenge, entertainment and fun.
  2. This game has personality, detail, and polish that very few games can even come close to.
  3. Play Magazine
    The detail spent on each and every droid is amazing, as are the physics applied, and the locales, from the underground tunnels to the ravaged cityscapes topside, are splendid. [Nov 2003, p.89]
  4. 90
    Flat out, this is an amazing shooter. You can fight through over 50 levels, upgrade your weapons, take control of enemies, recruit enemies to help you fight, drive different types of tanks, and a lot more -- think "Ratchet & Clank" fused with "Halo."
  5. Whether you enjoy the humor aspect, the run and gun gameplay, or the fast and furious multiplayer, Glitch has a little something for everyone. The small details in the title and some of the innovations will keep you coming back for more, even if some of the gameplay is mindless repetition.
  6. A finely crafted, if unoriginal, sci-fi shooter. Every aspect of the game has quality shining through it. The single-player, basic story aside, is at heart a fun and enjoyable game. The same can be said about the multiplayer.
  7. An atmospheric, intelligent and original shooter that is sure to be harshly overlooked by the majority of gamers, which is a pity considering the quality gaming on show. It's enjoyable, challenging and exquisitely designed but is only let down by minor camera troubles and a difficulty level that may be a bit too hard.
  8. Of course, it could very much be sleeper hit of the year or the most underrated game of all time.
  9. One of the most pleasant surprises of the year. It may not be as in-depth and dramatic as EA Games' Freedom Fighters, but it still holds up nicely in the entertainment department.
  10. The gameplay is where it's at with a great, 40-mission single-player campaign and tons of multiplayer maps to unlock. Controlling Glitch is not in the least bit frustrating.
  11. Game Informer
    It's a rare sighting of a beast that's increasingy hard to find in the wild: the pure third-person shooter. [Nov 2003, p.156]
  12. 85
    It's not perfect, but it's got enough unique style to create thirst for a follow-up.
  13. It's is familiar in gameplay, yet unique because you're a droid.
  14. It's varied enough to please even the most critical of gamers and it's fair to say that you're likely to encounter almost every genre of gameplay on this tiny disc.
  15. 83
    The game successfully merges a light-hearted storyline with some seriously intense combat, a good measure of strategy and a fun multiplayer mode. Oh, and the weapons in this title are downright awesome, especially the tether control device.
  16. Though its balance is a little questionable at times, Metal Arms has quietly come onto the scene to offer one of the most visceral and most satisfying shooting experiences in quite a while.
  17. It's not exactly teeming with innovation, but it is fun enough to warrant at least a rental for those interested.
  18. It's got everything going for it and is great fun to play. If you're looking for an original shoot-'em-up that breaks the rules, then this is it.
  19. In many ways, Metal Arms feels built on a generic foundation, but the developers have done much to dress it up with great gameplay and genuine laugh-out-loud moments, making it one of the better choices in the action game category.
  20. Fledgling developer Swingin' Ape Studios has created one of the most addictive, hilarious and challengingly deep shooters of this console generation.
  21. Edge Magazine
    This is ballsy, brash, confident gaming at its best - a lesson in how games don't have to be perfect to be brilliant. [Christmas 2003, p.102]
  22. Nintendo Power
    With well-rendered graphics, impressive lighting effects and top-notch voice talent, the game's production values are as high as its fun factor. [Dec 2003, p.144]
  23. Also funny is some of the dialogue and one-liners. On the whole the audio portion of Metal Arms gets good marks – if not for being memorable, then for being perfectly suited to the game.
  24. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    Easily a contender for sleeper hit of the year, providing an excellent mix of platform-style exploration and fast-paced, action-packed gunplay that manages to stay fresh and interesting throughout. [Dec 2003, p.199]
  25. 80
    The difficulty level is impressively even, remaining challenging enough to hold the attention, but rarely crossing too far into frustration.
  26. Yeah, the framerate could be better and the main weapons are kind of uninspired, but the action is intense and it provides a great challenge.
  27. Online play could have done wonders for some of the repetition. But if you stick it out, you may be too drunk off the inebriating style and intense action to notice your 20th play-through. Metal Arms: Glitch in the System does what it does very well.
  28. It's a mix of Battlebots and Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots, with guns. The only thing dragging it down is the monotony in the later levels where the fighting starts to feel a bit old and the personality starts to wear off.
  29. games(TM)
    Highly entertaining and, above all, fun. Despite being filled with all manner of videogame cliches, Metal Arms somehow feels refreshingly new and not at all like the cobbled together title that it so undoubtedly is. [Christmas 2003, p.103]
  30. Each aspect of Metal Arms illustrates the greatness of which the fledgling Swingin' Ape Studios is capable, but sadly, a number of faults keep the product as a whole from being outstanding.

Awards & Rankings

#45 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2003
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. RobD.
    Mar 13, 2004
    This game has everything, it absolutly rules all! The only thing i can say that they could have done to make this game better is: more levels This game has everything, it absolutly rules all! The only thing i can say that they could have done to make this game better is: more levels (theres alot but why not more!), more MIL bots that you can take controll of, more vehicles, and last, more weapons... but even without these, the game is awesome! Full Review »
  2. GustavoC.
    Mar 8, 2004
    A very solid shoot 'em-up action game. It is a very good game I recommend it.
  3. NikoO.
    Mar 3, 2005
    Stupid game. Boring. Repetitive.