This 3DS RPG Has Dogs With Lasers, Mammoth-Shaped Tanks And Other Insanity

By Eugene . September 12, 2013 . 10:30am

Kadokawa Games has shared more details regarding upcoming insane vehicular RPG Metal Max 4: Moonlight Diva  leading up to its release on November 7.



Metal Max 4: Moonlight Diva is a completely crazy post-apocalyptic role-playing game that takes place 50 years past the Great Destruction. In this world of deserts and wastelands, strange changes have wracked the world and turned it upside down, with animals gaining sentience or even odder things, such as the Tokyo Tower look-a-like gaining plant-like behaviors and bending itself over to reach for a nearby lake.


Hinata, Gib and Sasha live on Concrete Island till the mysterious Gomodo appears and kidnaps Gib. In response, to save their pal, Sasha transforms into her true form… a motorbike. If you want to see that happening, check out the previous trailer. For the Nintendo 3DS, the game has made the jump to a 3D engine but will keep its off-the-wall comedy posts, including the option to purposefully ask lame questions to non-player characters for comedic effect.


Additional characters can be recruited, including hunters, nurses and other classes. Almost all will have their own vehicles to drive, including the adorable doggy and his tanktread tagalong, missile-firing semi-tank. Much of the game seems to be open-world concepts, including the ability to hunt down Wanted monsters, bandits and other sorts of stranger foes.



The most amazing bit is purchasing and combining gun parts. Yes, you did see an egg, a spring onion and yakiniku barbequed meat transform into an actual cannon capable of being fitted on vehicles. And what vehicles! If the T-Rex wasn’t enough to whet your appetite, why not a wooly mammoth with a power drill stuck on its snout?



It seems there will be two completely separate skills to level. On one hand, players can travel the world purchasing new vehicle frame types to use in combat, upgrading their engines, armament and so forth with flat cash and the right items. Characters themselves however will also have their own levelling system. In the video, players will be able to rank up their skills, making, for instance, Hinata’s Buster Point skill gain additional fire effects.

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In the video, you can also check out how the game will incorporate both on-foot and in-vehicle fighting against all sorts of badass monsters – ranging from War of the Worlds tripod aliens to kungfu/punk/wrestling/ballerina pandas. Really. Fights can be pretty huge too, with area-of-effect skills from previously unveiled classes such as the Martial Artists needed to help whirlwind kick Chun-Li style enemies into oblivion or Rider’s own Wind Slash techniques.


If you think the customizability of the game leaves it ripe for DLC, you’d be right. Players who pick up the limited edition will get their moneys worth, with almost 3,000 yen ($30) worth of content that includes costumes from previous games and additional Wanted monsters.


Metal Max 4: Monlight Diva will be out for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan, November 11.


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  • Razlo

    I hope it hits the US, as I really liked the PS2 entry. It’s unlikely, but I can dream.

    • Gosh, I’ve wanted these since they were on the Super Famicom. Maybe we’ll finally get one in the US??

  • Jeez I want this in English so bad.

  • British_Otaku

    I feel sort of sorry for any 3DS game releasing in Japan late this year that isn’t Pokemon, Monster Hunter or based on a big anime/manga license like One Piece and Toriko… I’ll definitely give the demo (if it comes) of this a shot, as customisable tanks are cool and you gotta have blue hair at the least.

    According to Wikipedia, this series is pretty old but only be had one installment (Metal Saga – PS2) localised and they didn’t even go for Europe as well… >_> I hope to see more of this anyway…

  • Tom_Phoenix

    Sure, you can make a Mammoth-shaped tank….but can you make THE MAMMOTH TANK?!?!

  • MrRobbyM

    With the 3DS doing well, I think it’d have a decent chance at getting localized. It looks like fun.

    • InfectedAI

      I don’t think it has anything to do with the 3DS doing well. There’s a very large amount of games that are never getting localized. The system doing well won’t change that.

      • Rolling Guy

        That’s what we all thought with Senran Kagura as well but hey look, we’re getting an English release!

        • InfectedAI

          That’s great and all, but it doesn’t change my point. There will always be Japanese only games that never get translated. And a large amount of them. Anything thinking otherwise is being ridiculously optimistic.

          • Rolling Guy

            You have a point. Was there ever an English release for the previous games?

          • InfectedAI

            Just looked it up and no, none of the Metal Max games have been released outside of Japan.

  • Warboss Aohd


    Localization, it needz ta happen.

  • Guest

    Crazy :D

    Any post-apocalyptic setting with dogs on it are pretty cool in my book!

  • makubexnas

    This is one post-apocalyptic world i don’t mind living in.

    • Rolling Guy

      Yes, all I’ll need is my “bike” and my dog.

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