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Metal Slug 3 - Xbox Live Arcade review

Hundred-mega shock! This old-school side scroller knows how to blow stuff up


  • Multiplayer
  • Visuals
  • Great difficulty curve


  • Maybe TOO difficult
  • Tough achievements
  • Not playing the first two

Jan 4, 2008

SNK Playmore%26rsquo;s previous Xbox Live Arcade effort was less than stellar, and that%26rsquo;s being charitable. And that%26rsquo;s not because the port was bad so much as the game itself just didn%26rsquo;t stand the test of time. Metal Slug 3 doesn%26rsquo;t suffer from that problem%26hellip;the real issue here is that a lot of folks may never have heard of this fantastic, old-school NeoGeo shooter.

Metal Slug is like Contra if Contra had been released about a decade later and featured downright incredible hand-drawn, 2D graphics and animation. This game really is one of the prettiest shooters you%26rsquo;ll ever see, and has lost absolutely nothing in the translation to Microsoft%26rsquo;s Live Arcade service. The animation is fantastic, and the game suffers no slowdown whatsoever despite the huge, screen-filling bosses and various effects throughout.

More Info

DescriptionA classic side-scrolling shooter that has lost absolutely nothing in the translation to 360.
Franchise nameMetal Slug
UK franchise nameMetal Slug
PlatformXbox 360
US censor ratingTeen
UK censor rating
Release date:2 January 2008 (US), (UK)
Available platforms:Xbox 360
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