Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
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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. One of the most delightful and exciting action titles you can play on the Xbox or any console for that matter.
  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. Xbox Nation Magazine
    Second only to "Halo," Arms is the best shooter on Xbox. [Dec/Jan 2004, p.80]
  5. Official Xbox Magazine
    All of this action and adventure is brought to life by a combination of tight technology and superb control. The graphics are colorful and do a great job tapping into the Xbox GPU while maintaining a great frame-rate throughout. [Nov 2003, p.100]
  6. 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."
  7. Even strictly offline as it is, Metal Arms is a damned fine game, combining an actual, real challenge with an idiosyncratic sense of humor and a sense of scale that's all too often AWOL in console releases.
  8. 90
    It's not hard to fall in love with the gameplay, as it is solid and as instinctive as you can get... nor is it difficult to become enamored with the overall style of the game.
  9. 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.
  10. This title does a great job of adding familiar elements of platforming and first-person shooter titles to an intense fast-paced action game.
  11. Looks great, plays well, but is fairly typical of the action/arcade genre.
  12. Game Informer
    An incredibly engagning action game with a good dose of humor and scads of originality. [Nov 2003, p.169]
  13. 85
    A capable, attractive little robot in loads of bullet-riddled action. It's challenging and twitchy, with enough variation to keep the most distracted player hooked for the duration.
  14. One of the sleeper hits of the holiday season. Certainly worth checking out!
  15. For those of you wanting something different, and a bit of a laugh along the way, its enough to say that Metal Arms: Glitch in The System is the ticket.
  16. The last great game of 2003 you've never heard of.
  17. 83
    A surprisingly well-made action-shooter with a lot of heart. 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.
  18. 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.
  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. 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]
  21. Less endearing is the proliferation of 'bleeped' language.
  22. There's just so much in Metal Arms to enjoy. Sure, it steals elements from numerous other games, but Swingin' Ape Studios has added so much charm to the game that you can't help but be impressed. If you're looking for a visually striking, entertaining blaster, pick it up: you won't be disappointed.
  23. 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]
  24. 80
    This massive third-person shooter from newcomer Swingin' Ape Studios features an epic scope, boffo production, great controls, and thoroughly enjoyable gameplay propelled by a somewhat cliché-ridden yet ingratiatingly humorous story.
  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. GMR Magazine
    Holding back the fun are severe slowdown and scripting problems; hectic firefights and complex rooms often crush the game's framerate, and some event triggers can be irrevocably hung up, forcing a restart. [Dec 2003, p.92]
  30. Simply put it borrows a hatful of ideas, implements them well but never truly wows you as a landmark gaming experience.
  31. 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]
  32. The fun factor for me was killed with a focus on trial-and-error against near-impossible enemies.
  33. Even though, at its core, Metal Arms isn't too different from most other run 'n gun games, the variety of mission types keeps this title from getting old.
  34. Weekly Famitsu
    6 / 6 / 6 / 6 - 24 [Vol 805; 28 May 2004]

Awards & Rankings

#60 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2003
#10 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2003
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Mar 31, 2017
    Assez beau, maniable et plutôt amusant malgré son côté enfantin, Metal Arms échoue sur ses sauvegardes trop espacées et un côté arcadeAssez beau, maniable et plutôt amusant malgré son côté enfantin, Metal Arms échoue sur ses sauvegardes trop espacées et un côté arcade beaucoup trop prononcé et agaçant (ennemis incessants sur lesquels il faut tirer des plombes, ça finit par soûler). Rapidement répétitif, un jeu qui montre rapidement ses limites, déjà très limitées par défaut. Full Review »
  2. Aug 16, 2014
    One of my favorite games of all time. It's got decent graphics & soundtrack, outstanding gameplay that will make you play this game non-stop.One of my favorite games of all time. It's got decent graphics & soundtrack, outstanding gameplay that will make you play this game non-stop. Overall, one of the best games ever made.
    Highly recommended, its a amazing hidden gem for the Xbox/PS2/Gamecube!
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  3. Uter
    Jan 24, 2004
    I love this game. It is yet another shooter, but feels distinct and original. The single player is very long and engaging, and the I love this game. It is yet another shooter, but feels distinct and original. The single player is very long and engaging, and the multiplayer modes are awesome. Full Review »