Gun Metal Xbox

Metascore
63

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
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  1. The problem is that the missions you’ll have to complete consist almost entirely of defending this or that base, or playing escort to a group of ships. In other words you spend too much time defending and protecting and not enough time in one-on-one dogfights and full-on combat without worry of damaging friendly units.
  2. 67
    The gameplay does grab the viewer, making it hard to put down. However, after I did put the game down, it was hard to pick it back up.
  3. The arcade action is a nice diversion (and fun) for half hour stretches but any long-term involvement is not likely – it’s just not deep enough. And the speed issues…
  4. The game's somewhat sticky control and straightlaced mission design keep Gun Metal's gameplay from living up to the strength of the idea.
  5. Game Informer
    60
    "Robotech" has the hot license and nifty cel-shaded look. Where does this leave Gun Metal? Nowhere, I'm afraid. [Oct 2002, p.91]
  6. Lack of strategy, complexity, longevity and intensive AI and multiplayer modes which are usually the foundation of true mech warfare are absent here. I would consider this more of an advanced 2nd or 3rd generation shoot’em up with extra eye candy.
  7. The bad news is that most of the levels play a lot like the first few, and that doesn't make for much long-term entertainment.
  8. Xbox Nation Magazine
    50
    The game's title perhaps best describes the taste left in one's mouth after playing it than anythihng else. [Fall 2002, p.118]
  9. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    50
    The missions themselves are similarly uninspired, like the dreaded escort mission we've seen done a hundred times before. [Oct 2002, p.204]

Awards & Rankings

#86 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2002
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Mar 31, 2014
    7
    You want a game which says exactly what it is in the title then Gunmetal is right up your alley.
    “Want a story? Read a book! Now, here is a
    You want a game which says exactly what it is in the title then Gunmetal is right up your alley.
    “Want a story? Read a book! Now, here is a mech and some missiles. Go blow stuff up!”
    It’s basically a game which knows exactly what it wants to do and how it wants to do it and then unapologetically does it.
    I love that!
    The combat is hectic, the controls tight, the graphics are very nice, and the overall feel is as it should be as you seamlessly transform from mech to plane and back again and blow things to smithereens.
    The only minor gripe is the lack of multiplayer and that there are only 14 missions, but those missions will keep you on your toes as some of them present quite a challenge.
    I only recently stumbled over this game, and I have to admit it has turned into a guilty pleasure.
    Gunmetal is nothing revolutionary (even back when it was released in 2002), but it is just good, explosive fun.
    Definitely recommended.
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  2. Atta
    Oct 8, 2005
    9
    A great game, very funny, nice weapons and lots of action. The only minus point I can think of is that there isn't a multiplayer build in.
  3. IgeL
    Oct 5, 2002
    8
    Gun Metal is a good game. The problem is that it's way too short (14 missions take about 10 hours or even less to complete). The Gun Metal is a good game. The problem is that it's way too short (14 missions take about 10 hours or even less to complete). The gameplay itself is top-notch, and I really enjoyed those ten hours it took me to beat the game. More levels and multiplayer (and less cheesy mission briefings ;8) and this game would have been amazing. Full Review »