Metascore
63

Mixed or average reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 35
  2. Negative: 5 out of 35
  1. Scrap Metal is a solid, all-around vehicular combat game.
  2. So far the Xbox Live Arcade has treated us to some stunning games this year, and Scrap Metal is no exception. Tons of fun in single and multiplayer, and beautifully put together (there’s even a 3D Anaglyph mode if you’re the sort of person who can stand to play 3D games without developing a blinding headache).
  3. 80
    It's fast paced and highly destructive gameplay will keep you interested from beginning to end, while it's quick races and short tracks make it great for short bursts of play.
  4. Overhead racing fans in particular will be able to stop comparing any new entry in the genre to a game that is more than 20 years old and will instead be able to point to Scrap Metal as an exemplar of the genre.
  5. There’s much worse out there, and even though Scrap Metal may not rise too far above the heap, but it’s definitely up there, on pure fun alone.
  6. 77
    Scrap Metal is definitely a solid addition to the XBLA library and definitely shines when played online.
  7. 75
    Despite some wonky controls and a bland art style, Scrap Metal is a fun car combat game.
  8. 75
    Of course, most people will rightly expect to play Scrap Metal with friends (or random strangers over XBL), and the game makes a very entertaining time-waster when multiple meat puppets are involved. Just make sure you don't bogart the nitro boosts or your friends may never speak to you again.
  9. There’s not much else out on the Xbox Live Arcade like Scrap Metal, so it’s definitely an unique experience.
  10. Scrap Metal doesn't redefine this genre, but it does offer some unique twists that will entertain and challenge gamers. There are a few annoyances with the controls, but the overall gameplay and game options far outweigh these slight irritations.
  11. This is a more than decent game, although maybe too expensive.
  12. Scrap Metal is a fun game that, given the right extra effort, could have ranked in top spots of the XBLA quality chart list. As it is, its drawbacks are too many to be forgivable, but it's still a fun multiplayer experience.

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