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Metal Wolf Chaos (メタルウルフカオス Metaruurufukaosu?) is a third-person shooter video game for the Microsoft Xbox that was released only in Japan. It was developed by From Software, who are responsible for Chromehounds and the Armored Core series of mecha games.

The game revolves around a fictitious President of the United States named Michael Wilson. Using a suit of powered armor named Metal Wolf, he battles forces who have taken over his country in a coup d'état, including his arch nemesis, Vice President Richard Hawk.

Although released exclusively in Japan, Metal Wolf Chaos has full English voice acting.

Plot

Michael Wilson is the President of The United States, a relative of Woodrow Wilson as a parallel to the real life presidency of George W. Bush of the time of the game's release.[1] Vice President Richard Hawk (a play on the term War Hawk, and possibly a parody of Dick Cheney's influence) decides to usurp Wilson's presidency, shifts the armed forces' loyalty to him and attacks Wilson with their support.

However, Wilson escapes from the White House in his powered armor, and after reaching Air Force One flies to the west coast of the United States. He then starts to take America back by liberating cities and outposts going from west to east.

When Wilson returns to the White House, Hawk isn't there. Wilson discovers that he's in Las Vegas and goes there to fight his usurper, but he escapes in a rocket and goes to a space station. Wilson and Hawk battle in space, with the President ultimately saving the United States of America from nuclear destruction and destroying his enemy.

Demo

The Official Xbox Magazine's Holiday 2004 issue's game disc (issue #39) has a hidden demo of the game. Weapons in the game demo include a cluster missile launcher, a dumb-fire rocket launcher, an M134, a SPAS-12 shotgun (double-size), and an M79 grenade launcher (also double-size). The powered armour that the President uses contains all of these weapons in shoulder pods.

In other media

Michael Wilson appears as a Golem in his battlesuit in Enchanted Arms, though under the name "Executor". His standard battle cry is "RICHARRRRRRDDDDDD!!!!!"

As it turns out, the Michael Wilson seen in MWC is actually Michael Wilson Jr. His father appears in the FROM Software game Ninja Blade for Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows.

A playable character called "President" can be selected in 3D Dot Game Heroes. The character appears to be based on Michael Wilson's powered armor.

Reception

Despite not receiving a Western release, Metal Wolf Chaos gained cult status after a series of YouTube videos depicting the game's cheesy voice acting and nonsensical plot were released.

1UP.com named it one of the "most insanely patriotic video games ever",[2] and thought that the premise was "perfect for a mech game and dinnertime conversation".[1] Michael Wilson is ranked first in Electronic Gaming Monthly’s list of the top ten video game politicians.[3]

In Japan, "Used Games" magazine (now defunct) wrote a rave review about the game's over the top plot and depictions, giving it the title of "Natural Born Dumb Game".

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Ryan Payton (2005-01-19). Metal Wolf Chaos Review from 1UP.com. Retrieved on 2010-02-15.
  2. Top 5 Insanely Patriotic Videogames
  3. Scott Sharkey, “EGM’s Top Ten Videogame Politicians: Election time puts us in a voting mood,” Electronic Gaming Monthly 234 (November 2008): 97.

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