Metal Drift is a vehicular sport combat game set in a distant future. As the player, you command an agile, high powered hover tank in a futuristic sports arena. Core game play centers on intense tank-on-tank multiplayer team combat seen through an immersive, first person cockpit.
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Release Date: Oct 22, 2009

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Metal Drift is a vehicular sport combat game set in a distant future. As the player, you command an agile, high powered hover tank in a futuristic sports arena. Core game play centers on intense tank-on-tank multiplayer team combat seen through an immersive, first person cockpit. Layered on this is a goal-oriented game type that allows for high level strategy and team dynamics. Players can level up to unlock new ranks, weapons, and upgrades.


Each weapon and upgrade is specifically designed and balanced to allow different styles of play. Pair up the Stealth upgrade and the Shock Cannon to uncloak behind an enemy player and unload a devastating blow before disappearing again. Or choose the Sensor upgrade to see where all the nearby players are, and the Temporal Cannon to shoot them through walls! There are 56 possible combinations – choose whichever suits your strategy.

  • Multiplayer team-based vehicular combat
  • 5 Different arenas featuring multiple levels and boost tunnels
  • Persistent leveling system – level-up to unlock new weapons and upgrades
  • Stats and Leaderboards
  • 56 Different tank configurations
  • 18 Steam Achievements, with more coming soon!
  • Unique energy management system – accumulate energy and then distribute it to weapons or use it to gain a speed boost!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB
    • Graphics: DirectX 9 128MB Video Ram
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB
    • Sound: DirectX 9 Compatible
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Mixed (112 reviews)
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CoinCollector
( 103.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
A blisteringly stylish future sport, with hovertanks!

Metal Drift: a mechanically-deep online multiplayer game wrapped up in a fantastic fictional universe of a shell. Love those stadium lights shining on metallic futuristic-as-heck stadiums! The great announcer voice and first-person cockpit view also help to pump up the immersion.

There's a whole bunch going on between the hovertank controls, multiple weapons, and team dynamics. Lots of room for mastery, as evidenced by the more skilled people online. I am not one of them!
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Wedge
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 1
Don’t know why I got this.
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Doogie770
( 223.4 hrs on record )
Posted: November 28, 2015
lol
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Kaiser Dragon
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: October 20, 2015
Odd design..
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--Peeubular--
( 25.9 hrs on record )
Posted: September 14, 2015
I enjoy playing around on this with the bots from time to time. It's a challenge to stay alive, but the overall mechanics are really fun. There are some glitches with the hyperspace power-up, but aside from that, I dont really have any problems with it.

It would be nice if this game had some more arena's to play in, some more hover ships, and maybe even the ablity to customize each ship, however one desires, with TONS of customization options. It wouldn't be so bad to include some more weapons either, not sure what though.

I have never tried the multiplayer on it though, I DON'T know why, but I just haven't. Although, this would definately be more fun with actual human interaction. Hell, I think this game is "Let's Play" ready, and I'm very willing to create some "Let's Play" vids in this game. ^_^ I'm working on one right now, but it's a test video, because I'm testing out this capture program, and trying to understand how to do all of this stuff (i'm new to that kind of thing).

Would DEFINATELY reccomend this game to eveyone who loves arena shooters, racing games, racing shooters, and anyone who loves to have a good time. I think even Rocket Leaguers would enjoy this title.
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Jubei Kanji
Posted: September 4, 2015
Why is it not controller compatible?????
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yuru
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: August 23, 2015
Some kind of pod racing deathmatch in an arena. Community is dead and the gameplay is slow and unthrilling
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Jellyman32
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16, 2015
Fun game
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jmsether
Posted: March 29, 2015
I kinda wish there were more games like this.
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Kythrol
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 8, 2015
A cool idea without any players.

Metal Drift is a team-based multiplayer game. There are two teams and their main goal is to grab a ball and then take it to the enemy's base.

It's a fun concept and the game also features a lot of customization and a level progression system. Though what sucks is that it's a multiplayer indie game - it could have been great, but indie multiplayer games always die even before they are born. That means you're either going to play with bots, or not play at all.

I would recommend this game if you like playing alone, or if you have friends to play it with. But don't get it looking for a big playerbase.
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Tosser
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: January 3, 2015
Bad, too easy and nobody is playing
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CMrd Knightmarez
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: December 30, 2014
A really solid game, tutorial is really good. You have to go to audio options and turn THE ♥♥♥♥ING ANNOUNCER DOWN TO 0% volume.

Had difficulty getting all my clan-team-mates on same team.

SOLID hover-tank-violent-football-oddity of a game thats really good actually.
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RolandTelcontar
( 23.8 hrs on record )
Posted: December 14, 2014
if you have a friends who wants this game you can play this game with people... but game is dead... unfortunetly :)

8/10
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Vintage TG
( 26.3 hrs on record )
Posted: November 5, 2014
It was fun while it lasted, but when you get near the end of the unlock tree it starts to get old. It had it's moments, though. One really weird thing was that you were only even on blue team. You might show up as the red team on the other player's screen, which is an odd way of doing things. Another thing was that there is only one game mode and too few levels, but then again, that would be a lot like complaining that soccer does not have more than one game type or level.
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Dread
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: October 27, 2014
Wha is good on a Multiplayer game?
The challenge of Player VS Player, correct?
And what if you don't have friends to play with?
Oh well, there must be a story mode, or at least a flat setting to set you up for action, right?
So... what might go wrong here?

Well Metal Drift firstly needs to register to play.
I bought the game guys.... hello?????
Why did you had to force us to register to play.
Gee bad move, whatever.

After the whole proccess I logged in to find what?
Almost empty servers and.... no story mode.

So If I wont convince a firend of mine to buy the game, I can not actually play it, right?
Well guess what, this is a NO from me.

It is a very VERY rare thing putting a thumbs down on a game.
But I can't play it.
No seriously... if I had some friends playign with me I could give it a shot and recommend it on discount.
But now what can i do?!

By the way, graphics are not something special...
gameplay is average, can't tell if it is boring or not though, SINCE I CAN NOT PLAY ALONE....

It's a no for me and I am really sorry.
I know that fanboys will come and rate this down but I don't really care.
Really, think about it.
Spending money on a game you can not enjoy, how would YOU feel?
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shapeshifter
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: October 12, 2014
Do not even think about buying this... requires registraion before game even loads... The problem is that login servers are offline
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Kerian Halcyon
Posted: September 29, 2014
Edit: As of the last year or so, Blackjacket has more or less abandoned this game, which is a shame. Multiplayer is difficult to find if not nonexistent. While you can still technically play it with bots for a lot of people it isn't as fun. I will leave my review as stands because despite the tragedy of it being abandoned I still adore this game, and really wish that it can either be picked back up or that another game developer makes a similar style game. This is a warning to anybody expecting to try and buy the game now; if you are looking for multiplayer, you will be disappointed.

Metal Drift is honestly a jewel amidst broken glass; a diamond in the rough. There are too few games of its caliber out in the general PC world anymore, and most are either too expensive, too limited in what they can provide, or too broken to even be worth playing, usually any number of the three mixed together.

The general synopsis: Metal Drift is what I like to call Soccer with Tanks and Lasers. You're given two teams; one blue, Athalon, and one red, Triax; and a ball in the center of the map. Players grab the ball and try to take it to the enemy's base to goal...only it's not that simple. Players can die and explode into bits and pieces, some players can be sneaky and use power-ups to one-side you. As you play the game, you level up your skills and unlock different weapons and skills; from the starter auto-repair and basic blaster, to the all-powerful shock cannon and teleportation ability, there is a guarantee that there will be a specific ability and weapon combo that will fit your playstyle.

Now, the pros and cons:

Pros:

+ Great narration/voice actor for narrating
+ Awesome gameplay
+ Great level variety
+ Good graphics without the cost of a high pc; my craptop could run this smoothly at 4 years old.

Cons:

- AI has a tendency to gang up on you if you're closer than the bot with the ball
- A very tiny playerbase...save for private communities there isn't much in the way of a playerbase.

This game NEEDS to be more popular. It is amazing, fun, and engrossing. The fact that it looks like a really good game that easily trumps any full-price game of its caliber currently on the market, and costs much less as well, should make it a very popular title. It's sad that nobody plays this besides the few private groups out there, and there needs to be more players. I DEFINITELY, beyond a doubt, recommend this game to any passersby, just because of how fun it is.

-Kerian
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Party Poison
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: September 29, 2014
Worst $1.25 I've ever spent. Not worth the HDD space.
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woLfy
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23, 2014
good game, but nobody to play with :c so dont take it.
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Kekss
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23, 2014
Thumbs up, I have spent 74 hours playing this game, and I am planning to send at least twice that!
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
51 of 70 people (73%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
Contrary to what was mentioned in another review and despite the lack of info on the store page, this game has no offline mode. It is an online-only DRM game. There is bot and LAN support, but you must still create an account with Black Jacket (email required) and log into their servers in order to play. If your internet connection is down, or if Black Jacket's servers are down, the game will not run at all. Further, Black Jacket has no publicly-viewable privacy policy that I could find, so be mindful of what they do with your personal data.

It's good that there is at least bot support, because you will have a very difficult time finding anyone online to play with outside of special events (http://steamcharts.com/app/32200). Unfortunately, the bot AI is very simplistic and rarely uses any sort of team tactics like passing and coordination, so you won't get much enjoyment at all if you're planning on playing solo.

The core gameplay is fun - basically soccer with tanks. If you do have a group of friends to play with, you may get some enjoyment out of it, but I wouldn't recommend the game to anyone else.
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17 of 22 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: November 28, 2013
Metal Drift is a fun game for the very few hours you will playing it.
It is a third person combat car game where you need to kill the opponent and take the ball in middle to score with it.
Don't expect to play this over the net since there is never any servers running and if there is it is only 1 other person.

I would highly recommend getting the 4-pack twice and play with 7 irl friends that is where this game gets fun.

If on sale I would highly recommend buying it to try it out other than that there is far better games out there.
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21 of 31 people (68%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: October 27, 2014
Wha is good on a Multiplayer game?
The challenge of Player VS Player, correct?
And what if you don't have friends to play with?
Oh well, there must be a story mode, or at least a flat setting to set you up for action, right?
So... what might go wrong here?

Well Metal Drift firstly needs to register to play.
I bought the game guys.... hello?????
Why did you had to force us to register to play.
Gee bad move, whatever.

After the whole proccess I logged in to find what?
Almost empty servers and.... no story mode.

So If I wont convince a firend of mine to buy the game, I can not actually play it, right?
Well guess what, this is a NO from me.

It is a very VERY rare thing putting a thumbs down on a game.
But I can't play it.
No seriously... if I had some friends playign with me I could give it a shot and recommend it on discount.
But now what can i do?!

By the way, graphics are not something special...
gameplay is average, can't tell if it is boring or not though, SINCE I CAN NOT PLAY ALONE....

It's a no for me and I am really sorry.
I know that fanboys will come and rate this down but I don't really care.
Really, think about it.
Spending money on a game you can not enjoy, how would YOU feel?
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
101.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 20, 2011
This small little "Capture the flag with hover tanks"-game is real fun!
Nice graphic, good arenas, a level-up-system with new weapons and tank improvements. For practice and offline play it also includes bots.

For a small price this game is good to fill small time gaps.
Just try the demo.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 4, 2014
Hey everyone. I bought this game quite some time ago now and enjoyed playing it over LAN at home with friends and against bots. I'd like to tell you what changes were made in the last update to this game, but I can't because the devs decided we now have to create an online account with password in order to play at all. It would've been nice to give people the option to continue playing over LAN without forcing players online with strangers. I enjoy playing multiplayer online sometimes, but there are plenty of times that I just don't want to. I enjoyed things the way they were.

If you know nothing about the game, it's basically like the old Car Wars arena play from Steve Jackson Games, but these vehicles hover. I enjoyed the game a lot for what it's worth, but if you want to play you need to get used to the idea that an online account is required. I can't review any of the changes since the last major update that added the account requirement with no option to bypass. As it is, if you like cars and weapons in an arena, this is okay... but wait for it to go on sale.

I do recommend the game overall with the notable provisions stated above. My kids didn't really like playing it very much. They'd rather play a lot of other games instead of this. I have deleted the game from my system, but if my kids ever change their minds about playing... maybe I'll make an account for it. Maybe. Sometimes I just want to play over LAN with people I know, but the devs excluded that option. Too bad.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: September 29, 2014
Edit: As of the last year or so, Blackjacket has more or less abandoned this game, which is a shame. Multiplayer is difficult to find if not nonexistent. While you can still technically play it with bots for a lot of people it isn't as fun. I will leave my review as stands because despite the tragedy of it being abandoned I still adore this game, and really wish that it can either be picked back up or that another game developer makes a similar style game. This is a warning to anybody expecting to try and buy the game now; if you are looking for multiplayer, you will be disappointed.

Metal Drift is honestly a jewel amidst broken glass; a diamond in the rough. There are too few games of its caliber out in the general PC world anymore, and most are either too expensive, too limited in what they can provide, or too broken to even be worth playing, usually any number of the three mixed together.

The general synopsis: Metal Drift is what I like to call Soccer with Tanks and Lasers. You're given two teams; one blue, Athalon, and one red, Triax; and a ball in the center of the map. Players grab the ball and try to take it to the enemy's base to goal...only it's not that simple. Players can die and explode into bits and pieces, some players can be sneaky and use power-ups to one-side you. As you play the game, you level up your skills and unlock different weapons and skills; from the starter auto-repair and basic blaster, to the all-powerful shock cannon and teleportation ability, there is a guarantee that there will be a specific ability and weapon combo that will fit your playstyle.

Now, the pros and cons:

Pros:

+ Great narration/voice actor for narrating
+ Awesome gameplay
+ Great level variety
+ Good graphics without the cost of a high pc; my craptop could run this smoothly at 4 years old.

Cons:

- AI has a tendency to gang up on you if you're closer than the bot with the ball
- A very tiny playerbase...save for private communities there isn't much in the way of a playerbase.

This game NEEDS to be more popular. It is amazing, fun, and engrossing. The fact that it looks like a really good game that easily trumps any full-price game of its caliber currently on the market, and costs much less as well, should make it a very popular title. It's sad that nobody plays this besides the few private groups out there, and there needs to be more players. I DEFINITELY, beyond a doubt, recommend this game to any passersby, just because of how fun it is.

-Kerian
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 4, 2014
This is a multiplayer-only title that nobody plays, and the only single-player mode is the tutorial. Don't buy.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
318.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 7, 2013
Would I recommend it? Sure I will. I knew I will like this game from my first minutes in its demo. Just my sort of game, if I can say so.
Its balance is amazing. I've never seen anything of the sort before. No weapon and no upgrade gives you a definitive advantage. In fact, it's like Formula One: all vehicles are equal, and only your personal skills in driving define if you win or lose.
Physics is intuitive, tanks are easy to control, and graphics is fine. My vision of indie games has changed forever.
Give it a try, too, and maybe it will be your favourite as well.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2012
Sigh. this is a very enjoyable game. Small community is the only issue. so much fun to pilot these hover tanks and scoring goals is a thrilling accomplishment. even as a single player game, playing against bots that are customizable to suit your skill level, i have a lot of fun levelling up and unlocking new weapons and upgrades. makes me feel like im playing football in a tank. would have been an awesome sport. a friend got this for me as part of a four pack. SUPPORT THIS GAME> its really fun :D
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2013
very simplistic vehicular combat game - drive your (slightly customized loadout capable) hovertank, take the ball from the center of the map to enemy gate. the only thing stopping you is opposition tanks which are unfortunately also armed.

visual style is simplistic yet somehow incredibly fitting. controls and loadouts are easy to pick up but surprisingly difficult to master.

essentially it's a multiplayer-only game but a local game is available with bots as both teammates and opponents. bots do provide a comfortably wide range of challenge possibilities with the scaling bot difficulty.

as long as you are not looking for anything more in this game than it is, it actually does work quite well.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2013
ITS A REALLY FUTURISTIC KIND OF SOCCER whoops sry for caps ahhemm anyways there are 6 weapons in the game my favorite weapon is the shock cannon its a really hard beam to get but its worth it so il; give it a 5/5 its a awsome game to add to your collection
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 8, 2015
A cool idea without any players.

Metal Drift is a team-based multiplayer game. There are two teams and their main goal is to grab a ball and then take it to the enemy's base.

It's a fun concept and the game also features a lot of customization and a level progression system. Though what sucks is that it's a multiplayer indie game - it could have been great, but indie multiplayer games always die even before they are born. That means you're either going to play with bots, or not play at all.

I would recommend this game if you like playing alone, or if you have friends to play it with. But don't get it looking for a big playerbase.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
36.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 2, 2012
The fast-paced, arena action of Metal Drift will easily satisfy your craving for a quick action game, and the multiplayer is phenomenal. The graphics are nice and the framerate is steady. The controls take some getting used to, but are actually quite good. There's absolutely no story whatsoever in Metal Drift, but the announcer during games is actually more entertaining than you'd think.

With 5 arenas, and a leveling system that allows players to unlock new weapons and tank upgrades, Metal Drift is an absolutely excellent first-person tank soccer sim.
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: November 6, 2013
It's a mediocre sports game that only plays online... and there's nobody online to play it with.

Hang around all day and you won't find a full server. Thanks to its unlock system, when you do find an opponent you'll be playing at a horrible disadvantage until you also get all the unlocks - but there's pretty much no incentive to take the punishment until then.

A complete waste of money.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: September 23, 2013
This is an excellent game... by far the most rewarding in my collection. The controls are quite difficult to master, but I wouldn't have them any other way. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys an adrenalin rush, is capable of working as a team, and enjoys FPS games.

Some others have complained of the levelling system; I think it's actually beneficial. Ensuring that noobs have to use easy-to-use weapons (e.g. being able to spray) and helpful abilities (like heal) means they're less likely to drag down their teams as they learn. It also gives a sense of satisfaction and purpose to the game.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 13, 2013
A nice new surpise to the gaming market. Some independent software makers created a very nice science fiction tank combat and football (soccer) style combination in a game. The game runs smooth and has some nice combat on a Tron style gaming grids (read maps).
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2012
Despite what many have said and the low Meta Score.
This game is generaly really fun, also if your a fan of
Twisted Metal, Mario Cart, or any Drive Shooter, then
you will love this. Buy it for 4 friends and have a blast!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: March 18, 2011
Honestly, this is one of the few games that I come back and play on a regular basis. It took a bit of learning curve to get into it, but after practicing for a bit, I just absolutely LOVE it! The level of detail, strategy, and all around fun is amazing.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
149.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 14, 2011
Demo the game at least! It's a very nice multipurpose game. Shoot tanks, Guard Base, Score Goals, do whatever you feel like when you play. Team play is recommended for survival.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 3, 2014
Metal Drift is a seemingly still in beta game that could grow into something great if they would begin heading in a direction they haven't even started in yet. It's could be a mobile game on a high end phone to kill 15 minutes of time.

There is bot/LAN modes that can be accessed only after logging into the games servers (with a username and password). After gettind used to the idea that you are piloting a tank and not a light cycle from Tron, you find yourself armed with a pea shooter cannon and confronting a rocket launching opposing team. When they say drift tank, they mean driffffffft until about an hour in when you master controls.

The announcer was probably only in studio for roughly 10 minutes to VO some very repetitive commentary and some end of match plugs for the personal websites of the game's contributors.

In all, try the demo. If you like it read the updates to see if you'll be getting anything more than the same.
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