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[PlayStation 4] Metal Wolf Chaos XD Review

[PlayStation 4] Metal Wolf Chaos XD Review
  • On August 14, 2019

Metal Wolf Chaos XD is a new version of From Software’s previously Japan-only Xbox exclusive game, now on PS4. Check our Metal Wolf Chaos XD review!



Metal Wolf Chaos is an action-packed third-person shooter by From Software that was previously only available in Japan, and only for Microsoft’s original Xbox, making this a very niche game with a passionate cult following. We’re now getting it on PlayStation 4 almost 15 years later as Metal Wolf Chaos DX, a remaster of the game with improved textures, a widescreen presentation, a redrawn UI, remastered voiceovers, as well as a $24.99 price tag as a download-only video game release.

Metal Wolf Chaos XD Review - White House
It’s the end of the first quarter of the 21st century. The United States is in turmoil, and a military coup d’etat is set into motion, let by the traitor Vice President Richard Hawk. You play as Michael Wilson, the 47th president of the United States, suited in a special mobile armored tank mech thing with a ton of destructive power. The game starts as the White House is surrounded by military forces, which is why the President jumps into action… by jumping through a window of the top floor of the White House, escaping from an explosion, ready to unleash Armageddon over the traitor soldiers. You’ll be aided by Jody, the President’s assistant, who will be in constant radio communication during each stage.


Metal Wolf Chaos XD Review - 6

As for the game’s controls, with this one being a third-person shooter, you’ll move your mech around with the left analog stick and swing the camera around with the right analog stick. You can boost with the Square button to quickly move around the area, jumping with the X button and doing a stomp with the Triangle button when in mid-air. You can attack with the L2 button for your left weapon or with the R2 button for your right weapon, changing weapons by pressing the Circle button and then cycling between the options for each side. This is important since weapons have an ammo count you need to keep in mind. Once you have enough special energy, you can unleash a very powerful Blaze Attack by pressing down on the L3 and R3 buttons at the same time – you know, the left and right analog sticks.

Metal Wolf Chaos XD Review - 5
The first stage in the game will allow you to get used to the controls since there is no real danger as you’ll only be facing up against regular soldiers, dashing into an underground tunnel that will lead you into a large room full of large boxes with the game kindly hinting that you should perhaps use your arsenal to make a lot of them explode. As you continue to dash through the tunnel, you will end up arriving at a hanger where Air Force One is located, but before you can escape, you will need to destroy enough soldiers to keep the plane in one piece while final preparations take place.


Before you set out on a new mission, you’ll get to choose the weapons you will take with you from your available arsenal stash. At first, this only includes the weapons you used during the first mission of the game, but you can use the money and rare metal you have to fund research to develop new weapons. Along with investing in weapon research, you must also manufacture the weapons you will add to your arsenal, which will require some extra money and rare metal. Each weapon has stats for firepower, starting ammo capacity, energy cost – if any -, range, sight, and blast power.

Metal Wolf Chaos XD Review - 4
As you take on a stage, you might end up finding people who have been trapped – P.O.W. (Prisoners of War). You will need to use weapons with light attacks to destroy their prisons so that they can escape from all this madness. Using weapons with light attacks means you can’t use a bazooka or a grenade launcher to liberate the POW, or else they will also end up going boom. Saving the citizens will help to boost the economy of that city while saving scientists will boost its technology rating. You can also collect energy pods to boost your mech suit.

Metal Wolf Chaos XD Review - 3
Metal Wolf Chaos XD has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy, and an easy Platinum this is not! To be able to add a new Platinum trophy to your collection you’ll need to rescue all POW, collect all energy cores, completing a level in 30 seconds, defeating a miniboss with a Blaze Attack, completing a stage without firing a single shot, stomping 1,000 enemies, defeating the final boss without losing a single shield unit… oh, and getting an S rank on all levels and completing all stages in Hell difficulty.

Metal Wolf Chaos XD Review - 2
Metal Wolf Chaos XD is a fun third-person action game that we missed out on many years ago since it was an Xbox exclusive, and only released in Japan. We’re pretty much getting the same experience that gamers got in Japan almost 15 years ago, but with improved textures and resolution, a widescreen presentation, and a very useful auto-save function. Playing as the President of the United States inside of a mech, as it tries to free the country from the Vice President’s oppression from the West coast to the East coast, is definitely unlike anything I’ve played before, and it’s something that you should also play.
This Metal Wolf Chaos XD review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Devolver Digital.

Review Overview

Fun action-packed third-person shooter with the 47th President in a mech suit