Things I like about Metal Slug 3:
The word “Slug” repeated over and over again!
Cool Vehicles (slugs)!
Shoot ‘em Up levels!
Slightly Weirder Transformations!
No contact death on basic enemies!
A bonkers plot!
Kidnapped playable characters!
Gorgeous animation from start to finish!
Things I don’t like about Metal Slug 3:
Can you enjoy a videogame completely except for being annoyed every five minutes? Don’t know. Don’t care. Gonna go murder some soldiers from ostrich-back now.
FGC #353 Metal Slug 3
- System: I remember when this title was relegated exclusively to arcade/Neo Geo machines. Now it is on (take a deep breath) PlayStation 2, Xbox, Wii, PC, PlayStation 3, PSP, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Nintendo Switch. … Not Xbone? Weird.
- Number of Players: Two, simultaneously. That is the best way to play this. That is the best way to play anything.
- Favorite Character: There are choices other than Fio? I mean, I guess they have to let someone have a go when she gets captured, but I’m not certain why they bother.
- Favorite Weapon: Shotgun works excellently in this adventure, because there really isn’t that much distance on the screen at any given moment. Take note, modern shooters! Just because you can cram a lot in a display at once, doesn’t mean you should.
- Did you know? The Playstation 2 version of Metal Slug 3 had a number (two) of interesting (not really) minigames that could be enjoyed for a while (upwards of ten minutes). Unfortunately, they never reappeared on any of the future ports, because that would take an extra seven seconds of programming.
- Would I play again: Metal Slug X is probably my first choice for soldiers vs. kinda-nazis or maybe Martians, but this is a close second. It might see some play again in the future, but no promises.
What’s next? We’re going to do something a little different. All next week, we’ll be tackling two games “head to head”, and comparing and contrasting like this is a sixth grade writing assignment. It should be fun! Or horrible! It’s a land of contrasts! So we’re going to kick it off by comparing two very similar and wildly different adventures of one Sonic T. Hedgehog. Please look forward to it!