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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.
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
Helpful customer reviews
6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
107 products in account
30 reviews
1.8 hrs on record
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.
Posted: April 4th, 2014
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1,851 products in account
20 reviews
0.5 hrs on record
This is a multiplayer-only title that nobody plays, and the only single-player mode is the tutorial. Don't buy.
Posted: June 4th, 2014
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
1,940 products in account
107 reviews
0.5 hrs on record
You can't proceed to the start menu to check out even the single player part, before being required to create a gaming account.
Not going to happen, as I got this game in a bundle, and honestly can't be bothered to jump through several hoops, just to try a game for a few minutes.
At least there were cards...
Posted: June 16th, 2014
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
130 products in account
1 review
2.4 hrs on record
The game is dead now atm. I played the game before then now it's dead without servers being onlined. You may end up playing with the bots if you are lucky to log in. Spend your money on something other than this game. Move on.

It was part of the bundle I bought years ago.
Posted: July 1st, 2014
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
1,282 products in account
45 reviews
1.0 hrs on record
I could see this game being fun at a lan party or something but it has some issues it has to work out.
First, When I loaded my first match, a lot of the textures did not load in for the map, so I could not see the walls and it made it very difficult to play. I tried switching to lower graphics settings and that seemed to fix the problem.
Second, about half of the time when trying to load a server, the game will flatout crash. I'm not sure what's causing that but it seems inconsistent. For example, I'll create a game and it will work just fine. Then I'll create a game with the exact same settings, and the game will crash and require a restart.
Third, I've played a bunch of matches, in which I have killed and scored plenty of times. When I check on my stats online, it says I have no kills, no goals scored etc. Which is weird because it shows my level, which increases from playing matches, and its up to date with my current level.
Fourth, Maybe you don't care about achievements, but because of the third reason I gave, it seems as though a lot of the achievements are failing to register.
Posted: March 4th, 2014
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40 of 55 people (73%) found this review helpful
1,805 products in account
2 reviews
6.2 hrs on record
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.
Posted: November 26th, 2013
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