Conclusion: This game is so devoid of anything worth merit, that it is almost comical. Perhaps the lack of a strong RPG line-up on the Xbox puts more pressure on each RPG title that is released. That being said, the negatives of this game should have be evident long before it hit the store shelves. I can’t recommend this title as a purchase as it is difficult to even recommend it as a rental for die-hard RPG fans.
Excerpt: Content: Spoiler Free! Retail Price: $49.99 Recent eBay Price: $29 Gameplay Detailed character generation with 5 classes for your party. Ten-level Dungeon crawl, except for static Camp screen to rest, save, buy, sell, and get missions. Camp lets you pick up quests, like bounty hunts for monsters and clearing the dungeon, and perform character upgrades. Most dungeons randomly created. Option for a wire frame map overlay during exploration. Treasure chests to open.
Excerpt: Metal Dungeon is a dungeon-crawling game originally developed in Japan by Panther Software. As an RPG more in the vein of Grandia Xtreme than Final Fantasy, it stands out from the traditional console RPGs and should be a welcome change. Regrettably, its lack of content and lackluster design take away much more than its relatively unique mechanics add. Overall, it's an experience that redefines the word "bland.
Conclusion: Metal Dungeon is a good example of innovation in a genre flooded with Final Fantasy clones, but the lack of an involving storyline and intuitive gameplay means you'll never actually care what happens to the characters. The idea is brilliant and it has the makings of a great game, but the finished article is lacking in a couple of areas that will need to be improved on if Panther wish to challenge Squaresoft's throne.
Excerpt: Il était temps que la Xbox commence à se doter de quelques RPG venus du pays du soleil levant. En effet hormis Phantasy Star Online, nous autres rôlistes n'avions pas grand chose à nous mettre sous la dent. Hélas, mille fois hélas ce n'est pas Metal Dungeon qui va venir redorer le blason du genre tant le titre de Panther Soft est une ode à l'ennui.
Excerpt: Til trods for titlen, så har spillet intet med huler fyldt med langhårede og halvstenede rock musikere at gøre… okay det har noget med huler at gøre, men det stropper ikke spillet fra at være kedeligere end sendefladen en lørdag aften på DK4.