Choose to drive in one of four modes. The cockpit view lets you see all that's happening in front of you. The over-the-shoulder view allows you to see more. While the high-altitude view allows you to see everything that's happening around you. The worm's-eye view is not pictured, but it is helpful when firing at helicopters because it shows what's above you.
Metal Head takes on a barrage of two-legged tanks that look like people. You drive a very large, bipedal, armored lighting machine that is bristling with weapons. The sound is good and the graphics look hot. This game has everything: big opponents, multiple views and superpowerful weapons that can level a city block.
Metal Head is yet another mediocre 32X title. While the graphics are better than a Genesis game, the sounds and game play still are below 32-Bit quality. Metal Head moves slowly, and hunting down poorly shaped polygons doesn't do it for me. I was sort of hoping for an intense mech simulator, but this is just average. What's with the video? Have you guys heard of syncing? It's a good idea, but no follow-through.
What are the words I'm looking for here ... um ... oh yes, help me! Pick up the controller. Run around the city. Blow things up. Sound like fun? At first I thought it was kinda cool, but the more I played, the more I realized that there wasn't much more to this game. While the graphics will impress you at first, you'll wonder if Sega forgot to animate the jeeps when they blow up. A few words of advice: Try it before you buy it.
Metal Head rally needs work in several areas. First, it needs to disDose of the cheesy facial animations of various characters. They all look like bad ammatromc robots. Their voices don't even match. Next, the control goes out of whack when you run. It's very difficult to turn precisely where you want. It's also hard to tell if something in the distance is an enemy or not. This could have been really good, but fell short.
I'm not a big fan of the first-person perspective type of game and this is a good example of why. The graphics are decent but the action is boring. I really appreciate the ability to run. but I don't like running around corridors looking for giant polygons to shoot. Also, what's with the head shots? It has a very off-sync face jammering about the mission. This game may be someone else's bag. but I prefer more action and animation.
MANUFACTURER - Sega
DIFFICULTY - Average
THEME - Action
NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1
Command a massive mechanical warrior as you move through urban streets, ghettos, forests, and even the 'burbs. One or two players can pilot these awesome war beasts, taking on armies of mechanized opponents. The texture-mapped polygon graphics delivered by twin 32-bit RISC chips make this game an outstanding battle cart.
I, Metal Head
Think of the bite you could take out of crime if you were 30 feet tall and armor plated, had rocket launchers for arms, and were a cop. You could cruise through the streets blasting every punk that moved. Carry out all sorts of cool missions. Get better weapons and armor. And become so powerful that you'd make Robocop look like a Tinkertoy. Since they haven't quite figured out how to stick human brains in machines, the only way you can be this big and bad is to play Metal Head from Sega for Genesis 32X.
Terrorists have taken control of the country with mechs and other high-tech military hardware. You're a World Federation Metal Head - a bipedal, armed, and armored police robot. Your job is to beat the terrorists back and regain control of the capitol city for the World Federation. The action takes place in six stages covering 16 missions, from battles in the streets to mech hunts in underground fortresses leading to a climactic session of rocket slinging in the palace.
You get your orders and a certain amount of time to accomplish each mission. Annihilation of enemies earns points you can use to upgrade your armor and weapons. One of the most striking features of Metal Head is the realism of the backgrounds and the camera views. Video games aren't supposed to look this real. Or are they?
Metal Head doesn't have cutesy graphics or other tiddlywink stuff. The polygons are crisp, clear, and realistically rendered. Scaling and rotation add to the effect. If you don't have a million dollars or so to build your own virtual-reality battle-mech system, you should have a Genesis 32X and Metal Head.
- The more you kill, the more you earn. The more you earn the better weapons you can buy. Sounds like a pattern, huh?
- The HD laser is your most powerful and useful weapon.
- Switch to the overhead camera view to quickly check the area for enemies.
- The Grenade Cannon weapons lock on to enemies. As soon as the cursor locks, cut one loose.