Excerpt: As is the case with gameplay, Metal Saga has its own unique style. From a technical standpoint, Metal Saga isn’t pushing the PS2’s technology. Characters, especially tanks, show off enough detail, though for the most part everything has a bland, drab feeling. On one hand, I get that the world is supposed to be a barren wasteland, but frankly I’m at the point where I’d like my barren wastelands to have a little more life.
Excerpt: When I first heard about Atlus’s Metal Saga, I thought the game looked like an interesting RPG and thought the story sounded rather fun. Now that the game has been released, I was very excited and couldn’t wait to slide it into the Playstation 2 and give it a go. However, what I found with Metal Saga was quite different than I had anticipated.
Excerpt: Metal Saga is a different role-playing game, a very different role-playing game. A game which, in the first few hours, offers the opportunity to fight a colossal sand shark in the desert, to chug drinks at a bar, to be resurrected by a creepy mad scientist, to fight a group of bandits attacking a trade camp, and to train to become a dancer.
Excerpt: In early November, Atlus USA announced that Metal Saga , a new RPG exclusively for the PlayStation 2, will be hitting the US in Spring of 2006. The world in Metal Saga is in danger, as mankind's large amounts of pollution threaten the planet's very existence. By building an enormous super computer known as Noah, the humans had hoped to save the world. However, Noah's plan to save the planet involved eliminating all humans!
Excerpt: It was apparent from the start that Metal Saga was not made for players like me. Though claiming to be open-ended, the game strongly encourages the path of adventure. "Settling down" is anathema. At the game's startup, before you even have the chance to save, your mother asks if you really want to be a hunter or if you'd like to work as a mechanic. I thought I'd impress my mom by being a mechanic.
Excerpt: No matter what else Metal Saga got wrong, I knew two minutes in that its score wasn't going to dip below a five. It starts off traditionally enough for a Japanese role-playing game, with a young man in a small town setting out to make his way in the world. Before leaving to start life as a bounty hunter, the main character's mother asks if he really wouldn't rather take over the family business and become a mechanic, avoiding all the dangers of a life spent hunting...
Excerpt: It all began in 1991, with an NES game entitled Metal Max . Never released stateside, this game spawned a sequel for the SNES in 1993, which also fell into the pit of non-localization. Finally, in 2006, the series was resurrected for the PlayStation 2 in the form of Metal Saga , which finally spoke English for the first time, thanks to Atlus. The future is bleak.
Conclusion: If you're looking for an RPG to pass the time with while you're waiting for the next great adventure Metal Saga is definitely worth looking at. As things stand I can only see hardcore RPG fans looking for something different to get the most out of it.