Excerpt: Scrap Metal ’s a reminder of why top-down viewpoints have been abandoned on modern consoles. While it achieves a familiar perspective sufficiently, it doesn’t make a very strong case for its hectic blend of racing and car-combat. Nonetheless, for players pining for the old school appeal of games like R.C. Pro AM and Rock ‘n Roll Racing , Scrap Metal ’s the next best thing and is unrivaled on the Xbox 360.
Summary: Scrap Metal combines Twisted Metal with RC cars in this top-down, arcade-style racer. Multiplayer is a gas, although there's less excitement to be found in the game's surprisingly lengthy single-player mode.
Pros: Easy to pick up and play., Enjoyably chaotic multiplayer., The mayhem is still family-friendly
Conclusion: While it may sound like Scrap Metal is one to avoid, there is entertainment to found here. The 4-player split screen multiplayer mode functions well enough as a post-pub blast and playing online can be quite fun (though limiting the games to four human players and filling the rest of the slots with bots is another odd decision). Unfortunately the lingering impression is how indistinct it all is.
Excerpt: It’s hard to shine in the scrapheap It doesn’t matter about the size of your engine, the top speed or the size of the smile on the Michelin Man gracing your tyres, stick a gun on any vehicle and it’ll be enough to shut up Jeremy Clarkson and give The Stig something to say at the same time.
Pros: Good variety of events to take part it, Simple and fun controls make races frantic
Cons: Courses aren’t aesthetically pleasing or majorly interesting, Only 4 out of 20 vehicles can be held the same time, gets repetitive incredibly quickly
Conclusion: The second instalment in the Xbox Live Arcade “Block party” promotion is Scrap Metal, a top down racer that sits between Toy Soldiers new take on Tower Defence and the nostalgic revamp of Perfect Dark. To say that this is the weakest of the three is no disservice considering the pedigree of the rivals but Scrap Metal is still worthy of consideration.