Metal Slug 4 & 5 PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: SNK
  • Release Date: May 25, 2005

Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
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  1. Metal Slug 4 & 5 are arcade-perfect translations of the latest entries into a classic series of games. They are thumb-numbingly difficult, though with infinite continues this challenge is undermined – making completing either game a matter of simple devotion rather than skill.
  2. It'd be a little more worthwhile if an arcade-perfect Metal Slug 3 had been included in the collection, but this is still a must-have for those of us who fondly remember our local arcade.
  3. Cheat Code Central
    What you get here is a near-perfect recreation of the arcade versions of Metal Slug Four and Five.
  4. 80
    But don't let anything touch you, no matter what, because this game brings back the Old Testament concept of one-hit deaths. Beneath the Saturday morning cartoon exterior of the Metal Slug games beats a cruel heart that you'll either love or hate.
  5. GamePro
    An excellent offering but is only recommended for the hardcore side-scrolling shooter fan due to the short gameplay time. [July 2005, p.74]
  6. Play Magazine
    What's typical by SNK standards equates to a few hours of incredible old-school adrenaline rush. [June 2005, p.54]
  7. Game Informer
    Finally, everyone will be able to see everything these games have to offer. [June 2005, p.127]
  8. If you're reading this review, having never played a Metal Slug game before, then all you need to know is that it's an insanely over-the-top 2D action game in which you play the role of a commando who kills a lot of people.
  9. Metal Slug 5 is the obviously superior version, and in all honesty it would have been better were it just $20 for that alone, but this is still a good deal.
  10. It's likely that only those players who have already acquired a taste for Metal Slug's rich blend of crazy, manic violence and goofy humor will fully appreciate this package.
  11. They are not bad games, but nothing you have to run to the store and pick up this instant. However, when you put the two games together you can get a lot of gameplay for the buck.
  12. Easy to play, easy to run through, nostalgic game style and the memories brought on more than a few smiles during the game.
  13. PSM Magazine
    Unfortunately, each gorgeous game can be finished in about an hour. [June 2005, p.78]
  14. And while fans of such modern shootouts as Halo 2 will scoff at its Super Nintendo–ish look and gameplay, anyone who can remember the last decade without the aid of I Love the ’90s should come away smiling.
  15. I wish there were more items to unlock, but as is, it's still worth a play through.
  16. 60
    When you purchase the Metal Slug 4 & 5 combination pack, you are purchasing Metal Slug 4 & 5, wrinkles and all. That's not a horrible thing, but it's also not a great thing.
  17. 60
    If you're prepared to treat Metal Slug 4/5 as an arcade game and are interested in discovering secrets and alternate paths then you can get a lot out of this game.
  18. 60
    For most gamers, this is a prime rental, able to provide a few hours distraction. But for 40 bucks, only the most dedicated players will get their money's worth.
  19. Metal Slug 4 is intense, immediate and fun in all the right ways, but it's disposable entertainment in every sense of the phrase. [Review of Metal Slug 4 only]
  20. It gives me a warm fuzzy to go back and play games like these, but like any other classic games, it just can't hold my attention.

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User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jul 9, 2016
    A good thing about this compilation is the fact, that both games were ported to PS2, rather than being emulated. Unlike Metal Slug 3 on PS2,A good thing about this compilation is the fact, that both games were ported to PS2, rather than being emulated. Unlike Metal Slug 3 on PS2, which had a few extras, these releases are bare bones. My only gripe with this package, is the fact, that the developers didn't give you an option to use the analog stick to control your characters. Full Review »
  2. MickR.
    Jun 17, 2005
    Explosive action, incredible art, and spectacular animation. Buy this right now!
  3. EmmanuelG.
    Jun 10, 2005
    this is very good game.