Translation (English) by Aeon Genesis - v1
Metal Max Returns, a remake of Metal Max (Famicom) for the Super Famicom, appears at first glance to be a fairly stereotypical RPG. Some careful observation and about half an hour´s worth of gameplay later, and it reveals itself to be much, much more. Set in a gritty, post-apocalyptic/wild west hybrid environment, a nameless youth decides to become a Hunter, one who fights monsters and cashes in on bounties, usually with heavy artillery. Enter Metal Max´s defining feature - tanks. You´ll spend a lot of time playing with your tanks - twinking them out, customizing them, even attaching little baubles to their dashboards. Most of the game is spent with your tanks, but it´s important that you don´t ignore your human characters´ development, because there will be times when you can´t use your tanks.
Metal Max is light on story, but heavy on gameplay. There´s a ton of stuff to do, such as hunting the weekly bounty head, improving your Hunter rank, toying with your tanks, exploring, getting a tattoo. It's really up to you to figure out what you want to make of yourself in the wide world of Metal Max, but you´ll have a blast doing so!
November 6th, 2007