Developer: Kadokawa Games, Ltd
Publisher: PQube
Platforms: PS4, Switch, PC
Reviewed On: Switch
Release Date: 02/06/2022
Price£34.99/£39.99
Reviewed By: Keith Lavelle
Review Rush was kindly supplied with a review code.

Ah, Metal Max Zeno Reborn, what a weird and wonderful game you are. Somewhere between EDF, Monster Hunter and Tank Simulator all wrapped up in a JRPG shell. But does it work…This time?

Metal Max Zeno Reborn is set in a post apocalyptic Tokyo Bay where a super computer wiped out most of humanity. You take up the role of Talis, one of the last surviving humans and someone who is not afraid to take on the massive robot that wiped out humanity.

Talis has a metal arm and a chip on his shoulder to all robots. His only aim in life is to kill the robots and find the one that killed his family. Along the way, he meets more survivors and they all team up to stop the last bastion of humanity from being destroyed.

The story is fairly straightforward and does not hold too many twists, but it is serviceable. If not, give to you in drips and drabs.

Metal Max Xeno Reborn game

TANKS!!!!!!

The Metal Max series is known for one major thing: Tank! and its combat in tanks. Metal Max Zeno Reborn is no exception to this, but now it includes a massive open world to explore and freedom to go where you like.

Most of the combat is done within the tanks themselves. Where Talis and up to two other characters take to the wastelands and try to find any survivors. In this updated version of Metal Max Xeno (2018), battles happen in real time instead of switching to a battle area. For me, this was the worst part of the game, as there are loads of fights in the open world.

The tanks themselves can be customised, from the tank’s main gun, machine guns, rockets/explosives, and engine. The engine is the most important part of customisation, as depending on how powerful it is, directly influences what weapons it can equip. There are plenty of options throughout the wastes to customise your team on how you see fit.

While exploring in the tanks you will take on bounty missions, these are powered up versions of the robot enemies and are massive. Each having their own wanted value. The more the prize money, the harder the target. These things are tough and will destroy your team if not prepared.

Party Battles

Metal Max Zeno Reborn has a decent amount of dungeon like areas to explore that require the party to go on foot. So not only are you equipping the tanks, you also have to make sure the party’s weapons and armour are the best they can be.

Like most RPGs, the party can equip amour, accessories. It also allows for two weapons to be equipped. These weapons can be anything from beam guns, ice guns to metal bats or monster tooth. There is a wide variety of weapons, each with different stats. If you are up for making the best possible teams, there is plenty to choose from.

A Major Problem

They have removed most of the story elements from Metal Max Zeno Reborn. Why? I do not know. Does it hurt the game play? Not overly. It is more contextually as things seem to happen that well make little sense. Playing the 2018 version and this one, it disappointed me from a lore perspective.

It is a shame as every other aspect of the game is improved.

Overall, Metal Max Zeno Reborn is a far better technical game than Metal Max Zeno. As it fixes almost everything about the gameplay elements. However, from a lore view, massive down grade. So if you want a good JRPG and do not care about the story this one is for you.

7-10
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