Gun Metal is a futuristic action-packed experience where you take control of the fully transformable prototype combat vehicle known as the Havoc Suit. The Havoc Suit, a prototype combat vehicle, remains the only hope to save civilization from a tireless enemy.
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Release Date: Sep 23, 2003
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Gun Metal is a futuristic action-packed experience where you take control of the fully transformable prototype combat vehicle known as the Havoc Suit.

The Havoc Suit, a prototype combat vehicle, remains the only hope to save civilization from a tireless enemy. Standing 10 meters tall, with an arsenal of devastating weaponry and the ability to transform instantly into an agile jet, only this formidable battle machine has the potential to halt the invaders!

Use the Havoc Suit to battle-ground-based enemies, or transform in the blink of an eye into an agile jet and take on aircraft in high-speed dogfights. Either way, get ready for mind-blowing action and out-of-this world graphics.

Key Features:
  • Fight hordes of enemies through 14 incredible missions
  • Scorch the earth, crush rocks under foot, fell trees
  • Tear chunks out of towering buildings and raze entire settlements to the ground!
  • Tool-up with an extensive armoury of devastating weaponry.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 98 / 2000 / XP / Vista / 7
    • Processor: 900 MHz Intel
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 64 MB
    • DirectX: Version 8.0
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
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25 of 28 people (89%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
Simple, short, sweet, and easy.

An old game that does a simple concept well with fast, to-the-point missions and a reasonable difficulty curve. Gun Metal doesn't do anything particularly special, but that may well be its strongest trait.
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13 of 19 people (68%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
This game helped me fulfill my lifelong dream of being a giant robot that was also a fighter jet.
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22 of 40 people (55%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
Seems like a lot of the positive reviews are from people who played this on Xbox. Unfortunately, the PC version has an awkward framerate cap that makes the game terrible to control and kills the fun completely. Bummer.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
Not gonna lie, I found this to be pretty disappointing. I was expecting something as fun as Robotech Battlecry and this didn't even come close. Putting aside the failed expectations, it's still a decent game and it was very cheap (on sale for $1.49 atm) so whatever. 5/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
This is a game that SHOULD be fun, but just doesn't work well enough. The control scheme is pretty good, but it does not work very well. Moving and turning is awkward, clunky, and not very responsive (especially in fighter form, which ruins the experience). I also experienced a bug that completely wonked out the menu after a minute or so the first time I started the game, and I had to Alt+F4 and restart the game to play. It shouldn't be a bad game, but the experience of trying to play it is absolutely awful.

I once also pitched too far upwards and ended up upside down while flying. The only way to right myself in fighter form was to do it again, instead of simply spinning the craft like a normal human being in a fighter jet. Really?
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165 of 180 people (92%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 17, 2014
A decade after it's initial release, and Gun Metal is still awesome. For me, this game is a masterclass in focussed design. It doesn't try to be clever, with lots of gimmicks that are only there for their own sake. It just gives you good, solid, arcade-style action, and it does it extremely well. Your mech isn't loaded with three dozen special features that you completely forget about in the heat of the action. It does a limited number of things, but those are the only things you need it to do, and they all feel relevant. Running, strafing, transforming, boosting, barrel-rolling to dodge fire, and all the while firing, firing, firing on the enemy.

Yes, it does betray it's Xbox origins in the slightly awkward mouse control and limited graphics options, but honestly, once you dive in and get blasting, it all feels very natural. The barrel-rolling to dodge in jet mode feels particularly intuitive, as it's on the keys you use for strafing in mech mode (A and D by defaut as you'd expect). And you can always plug a control pad in if you find the mouse control a bit too hazy.

As far as I'm aware there's only one voice in the game, the guy who gives you orders, and he puts in a good performance. Maybe not award-winning, but solid, with simple dialogue, no ridiculous cringe-inducing histrionics, and status updates and encouragements as you progress through each mission. It's nice to actually be told you're doing well instead of being berated for something or other all the time! =P

In closing, if you want some simple, straightforward action with just enough depth to be engaging without being overwhelming, Gun Metal is for you.
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151 of 214 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 16, 2014
i missed this game so much. I'm glad they put it on steam.
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43 of 51 people (84%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 4, 2014
Budget games are something that were all over stores back when PC games were mainly sound in stores over digital platforms. A lot of them were re-releases of older games like Grand Theft Auto 3, but there were some games specifically made for budget releases. Games like Chrome, Alpha Black Zero, pretty much games no one has heard of and were bad. But, sometimes, there are some great games in those sections, and one of those games is Gun Metal, by Rage Software Limited in 2002 for PC and Xbox, not releated to Gun Metal by Mad Genius Software in 1998.

The people that made this game later went on to form Moonpod Studios, who advertise their games with "just gameplay, no gimmicks." That phrase is a pretty accurate way to summarize Gun Metal. Gun Metal is purely action with little unique about it. But the question is, does Gun Metal do this well enough to not need any additional features, or does it fall flat? Lets take a look and see, starting with the storyline!

Sometime in the future, humans have colonized the planet Helios. However, some aliens or something opposed to them followed them from Earth, and are attempting to wipe people out of Helios. In an attempt to retaliate, the military begins Project Gunmetal, a project to create a superpowered mech capable of turning into an airplane. And now it's your job to pilot the Gunmetal mech, defeat the aliens with a wide variety of weapons, and save humanity!

The storyline for the game is incredibly simple, but it works well enough and gets the job done. There's some additonal fluff in the form of briefings in between each mission, as told by a guy who seems to be way into his character. However, in a game where you're playing as a mech and has nothing to do with Battletech, story is by no means important, so how about that gameplay?

Gun Metal is a third person shooter, obviously, and it handles all of its mechanics quite well. The game uses a standard control scheme for the most part, although the mouse control is strange. Instead of having it locked to the middle of the screen, it functions similar to the Metroid Prime Trilogy versions of the Metroid Prime games, where you have to move your pointer to the end of any side of the screen in order to look.

The first time I played this game, it felt weird, but after a while I found the mouse control to be surprisingly comfortable. The main feature of Gun Metal is the ability to shift between a land mode, and an airmode in your mech. Both of those modes feature some major differences that make them both worthwhile, and require you to frequently switch between the two.

Land mode generally features weaker weapons, with the exception of the Triple Rocket Launcher. However, to make up for this, it has a shield that prevents it from taking damage until it's taken out, which is invaluable in many combat situations. In addition to that, it also has more accurate weapons that are capable of hitting both air and land targets with little trouble.

Air mode has a stronger main weapon, it can travel faster than land mode, and has the ability to bomb ground targets. However, not only is it impossible to stop mid air, you have no shield to protect you from damage, so any damage you DO take goes straight to your hull. A lot of its weapons tend to be less accurate too.

Each mode can carry four weapons to each mission, for a total of eight weapons. You get one unlimited weapon, usually a rifle or machine gun type weapon, two explosive weapons, and a special weapon. Weapons range from something as simple as a machine pistol, to a rocket launcher capable of shooting three rockets at once, and of course, guass cannons. It's hard to think of things more enjoyable in third person shooters than blowing up a mothership with the power of three rockets going at once.

As for levels you get to use these weapons in, they offer up a fair challenge, though sometimes they can be unfairly hard. Hit'n'Run and the final level are frustratingly unfair, but with the exception of those, it's pretty fun. They're all loaded with enemies and always keep up the action packed pace. Sadly though, the game only lasts about two to four hours, and while there is some replayability with higher difficulty modes and revisiting levels with new weapons, there's not much reason to revisit the game.

The gameplay for Gun Metal, overall, is very fun despite its simplicity, and it does what it needs to do well. As for graphis, Gun Metal looks impressive for the time and runs smoothly on my computer, and I remember it playing well on my Pentium 4. Sadly, it's locked to 30FPS which definitely hurts the action a bit.

As for the sound, every weapon packs a great punch. Even something as simple as a machine pistol feels great. The music is pretty good too, and the various environmental sounds are great too. The voice acting, what little there is, is cheesy but fun to listen to.

Overall, Gun Metal is a surprisingly enjoyable third person shooter despite being very basic. It doesn't try to be something it isn't, and it knows exactly what it is: a third person shooter focused on action and nothing else, and it does that quite well. As the game is very short, it's up to you if you want to pay the full $10 for the game, though it is definitely worth $5. Check it out if you get a chance, it's a fun ride and one with sticking with.
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34 of 42 people (81%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 23, 2014
This is one of the cases when i wish Steam had an option for a neutral review beside positive and negative.

This game was awesomely fun 10 years ago when i picked it up on Xbox. Now, for 2014, when we have such a developed game industry, with so many choices - not quite...The missions are simply boring. So is the story. There is no difficulty options, and the missions are so easy...I've spent less than 7 hours to finish this game, and 4 of this hours i've spent just on 2 maps (from a total of 13 if i remember it right), the only ones challenging enough. The rest of them (11), i've finished from the very first attempt. They almost all revolve around protecting a city or a group of vehicles. Gun Metal also has no replayability value due to it being so easy to finish, and the lack of achievements or in-game challenges. Considering the release year - it has decent graphics and the maximum resolution is 1600x900.

With that being said - Gun Metal is still worth to try, especially if you own an old PC and dont have a big choice for the games to run on it, but only on a big sale. Overwise i would recommend to skip it. There are better options for $10 instead of a 7 hour lazy port game with no replayability value.
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39 of 57 people (68%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 17, 2014
As good as I remember it. Although I do play it with a logitech controller the controls work great. Just change some options for personal preference and you're off. I'm glad steam finally got it. Even with lower resolutions it's just a fun game. Blast away, and repeat.
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19 of 27 people (70%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 19, 2014
Most people I know draw comparisons from this game to the Robotech series, and they would be fairly close, but no cigar. This game is far more action-heavy in it's content, and it's controls are far better than the Robotech games on the consoles by a long shot.

Piloting a morphing mech is always a trip, but doing it in such style is glorious. Yes, I know that this game was very poorly optimized for the timeframe (og. Xbox optimized), but there's no excuse not to pick this up and give it a whirl if you have a fairly modern system (eg. 2007 or newer, runs well on my laptop with integrated).

Combat is tight and well thought out, there's plenty of challenge, and the variety in the missions is fairly done. And it's graphics are quite nice for the age of the game, to say the least.

If you're a mecha fan, and have a love for this style of gameplay, drop the money on this, you won't be disappointed.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 26, 2014
An early example of mechas in video games that only asks that you destoy other robots while keeping yours alive. It's very arcade-y where you can destroy anything in your path and it is relatively quick. The mouse + keyboard aim scheme isn't hard to learn but can be a challenge to use at times especially when you're flying around extremely fast. It's a decent game if you're into the style. (Check some gameplay videos online).

Obligatory score: It's a decade old so... 7/10?
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
A short, but very entertaining game. It took round three hours to complete Gun Metal, but during these I had a lot of fun. The only thing that you do in Gun Metal is destroying your enemies with more and more powerfull weapons. From dual machine pistols to rocket launchers about a variety of energy based weapons and air to ground missiles you have a very big veariety of weaponsto choose from. Although you can pretty clearly see that Havoc Suit focusses more on "classic" weapons like the machine pistols or grenade launcher the Jet mode has more missiles and air to ground weapons at his disposal. Sometimes I felt that there even are to less weapons suited for air combat, but then again you can also use air to ground weapons to bomb bigger enemy ships in mid air, which is pretty effective. Alternatively you can land on them as well. The missions in the agme are not very hard, just at the end they became a bit tricky, because you have multiple things happening at once. But even so when this sounds negative the game is pretty fun. Easy but fun. I wouldn't buy it for 10 euro though. But during a sale for 5€/$ it's pretty nice.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 27, 2014
I've played Gun Metal as a 12 year old kid and absolutely loved it - I mean, the game lets you control a transformable mech with badass firepower and nice looks, how cool is that?! Also, back in a day it featured some really decent graphics, so I loved it even more, as I was able to play it on my new PC without any problems. Well, the times have changed and so did my way of perceiving games. Gun Metal is just as adorably oldschool and dynamic as it is monotonous and frustrating. The difficulty is high, the missions are terribly repetetive, the story basically doesn't exist (ok we are under attack by somebody, here take this cool transforming mech while we remain absolutely ♥♥♥♥ing useless, lol I know, we were able to build this damn thing but we cant fight for ♥♥♥♥, so yeah, you are our only hope, please shoot all the bad guys), and the game (or at least the Steam version, I don't recall such difficulties... well, ♥♥♥♥, 12 years ago) is pretty damn bugged. During the loading screen for the 6th mission the game crashed to desktop and after restarting it showed my savegame as "damaged", thus unable to load. That sucked. Other than that, the game is still fun, mostly thanks to its dynamicity and the sense of power it gives (lots of weapons, explosions and the coolness of a transforming bot). I bought it on Indie Gala for $1,40 because my nostalgia told me to do so. If you are reading this and want to put your hands on a cheap digital copy of this notsobad game, I advice checking http://store.indiegala.com/.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 13, 2014
Simply awesome arcade-action game, 11 years old and still none of the transformers game give me the same feel of joy of piloting transforming mech.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 22, 2014
First Impressions: http://www.cublikefoot.com/video/gun-metal-first-impressions/
EDIT: I have no idea why it says 0 hrs, it also says 0hrs on my client...

Gun Metal was originally released about 11 years ago for the original Xbox as well as PC, but is just now being ported to Steam. The game's original developers, Rage Software, went bankrupt shortly after releasing the game.

Now, the game is released on Steam (hooray!), and it is actually quite fun for a game released some time ago. It is very fun to switch between a standing mech and a flying one, whilst destroying anyone (or anything) in your path with rockets and flak guns. I did have a problem with the game's controls, however. They are very poorly optimized for both controller and keyboard/mouse. I attempted keyboard/mouse, but quickly switched over to controller after having some difficulties.

The control layout for an Xbox 360 controller is terrible, some of the game's actions are not even configured to work with an Xbox controller by default, so I ended up rewriting all of the controls to work with an Xbox controller. Also, be warned, the game does not run above 1600x900, which was fairly disappointing, I would have at least expected a little better from a game ported to Steam in 2014. Other than that, the gameplay itself is very enjoyable and makes up for these minor setbacks. I should also mention that the story that is present is just there for the sake of having a story and is really not worth listening to.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZB21Pe5Af8U
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
OldSchool
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 19, 2014
I loved to play this game on the Xbox, when I was little, and was one of the first games that I looked for on Steam. I was disappointed when I found that they didn't have it, but the instant that I saw it was on Steam, I had to get it. Sure, the graphics aren't the best, but that's only because they didn't change the look from when it was on Xbox.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 3, 2014
Gun Metal is one of the best open world futuristic aircraft shooters I have ever played & I'll try to explain what makes this early 2000 game a good way to pass time. (The game is sorta like Transformers since you transform into a fighter jet all the time)

Pros:

1. Lots of enemies to blow up (The amount of crap you destroy is amazing for one robot)

2. Lots of weapons to try out

3. Good Military Music

4. The programming is good

5. Different types of enemies to fight on each mission (There are 14 challenging missions in total)

Cons:

1. The mission briefing voice is ♥♥♥♥ing annoying

2. Since you have to do missions all the time by following the captain's commands it feels sorta restrictive to explore sometimes

Overall this classic is a must buy & I suggest supporting the people who rereleased this wonderful game. (Sorry for the short explanation but I don't have much to say about this game) http://www.kiss-ltd.co.uk/
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 14, 2014
Gun metal is a fun, but flawed, third person shooter. In it you pilot a "Havoc suit" that is a humanoid mecha that can transform into a fighter jet and blow stuff up.

There is a skeleton of a story somewhere, something about the enemy attacking your people and somesuch, so you hop in your prototype super suit and go kick some butt. Because... reasons.

The missions are relatively straightforward and short: destroy X location, defend a convoy, defend Y location, destroy X,Y and Z locations and then a huge battle ship, etc. They last no more than 15 minutes each (some going for 4 ~ 5 minutes) and I have to say they're fun and challenging. The difficulty level is significant, but it never gets unfair. Each level is some sort of puzzle that you need to figure out in order to succeed and as you progress you will unlock more guns, armor types and fun bits to add to your arsenal to blow stuff up.

The game however is a bit dated on the graphics. The only problem I had is mapping the controls to my XBox controller, and even when fully mapped by pressing certain combinations other buttons would simply not work. My current set up where I'm most confortable makes me unable to roll away to avoid enemy fire; even though I have the correct setup it works when it wants to.

Recommended purchase in a sale if you want some old school shooting action and want to turn off your brain for a bit.

Cheers!
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