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In Metal Mutation, up to four players join forces to save the remnants of a collapsed post-cyberpunk civilization. Explore the ruins of a once-great city as you decipher the mysteries that led to the total collapse due to corporate greed and rampant technological advances.
A satisfying combination of roguelike and dungeon-crawler, Metal Mutation lacks a bit of punch when it comes to its overall gameplay and presentation. Still, this is an entertaining title that's worth checking out, as long as you have a party of friends to join you in your adventure.
Evolve and Survive
The plot of Metal Mutation involves many common tropes of the cyberpunk genre. Much like the beloved Cyberpunk 2077, the game explores the complex relationship between corporations and tech, and how this connection could, in the worst-case scenario, lead to a world submerged in pure chaos.
However, as much as the game tries to sell you its cyberpunk story, the truth is that the plot is rarely the focus of Metal Mutation. However, what the game lacks in narrative structure, it makes up for with a complex ability tree worthy of some of the best roguelikes out there.
Much like Path of Exile, Metal Mutation features many skills and abilities the player can choose from. The goal is to give the player the tools for them to create a unique playstyle that caters to their playstyle.
Retry Until Perfection
Death is not the end in the world of Metal Mutation. Quite the contrary: dying is an integral part of the game's learning curve. As it happened in games like The Surge, every death gives you a chance to tackle an area again with more experience and a better loadout.
Since players can team up in parties of four, there are always some impressive-looking combos and tactics to see in Metal Mutation. Trying to achieve the perfect team balance is just part of the game's fun factor, and it seems like the developers took utmost care in developing skill trees that complement each other.
One area that I feel could've used a bit more work is the game's visuals. While they're perfectly serviceable for the kind of game Metal Mutation is, there's a certain air of blandness that permeates some of the character's designs. Especially in a cyberpunk game, the characters should be as cool-looking as possible; sadly, that's not the case in Metal Mutation.
While the art style has its moments, the game suffers from some stiff animations and unimpressive visual effects that make the game feel much older than it is. As long as you're not bothered by some simple-looking visuals, you'll find no issue with Metal Mutation's overall presentation.
Metal Mutation offers a satisfying and highly-addictive multiplayer roguelike experience – even if the visuals might look a bit dated.
- Tons of skills and abilities to customize your character
- Entertaining multiplayer mode
- A good amount of lore and story content to discover
- Some balance issues
- Difficulty can feel a bit unfair at times
- Dated visuals