Metal Slug 3 Xbox

Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 56 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 56
  2. Negative: 0 out of 56
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  1. When taking it out of its native arcade environment and bringing it to a home console, SNK has made some specific choices that make this already challenging game difficult to a fault.
  2. No other frustrating game has given me so much enjoyment. In terms of frustration without being cheap, Metal Slug 3's closest competitor is an ancient PSone game called Einhander.
  3. Even on the easiest setting, Metal Slug 3 is merciless in its attempts to crush your body and spirit. Not everybody will respond with "Thank you, sir! May I have another?", but I sure did. And yes, I may. [July 2004, p.119]
  4. 85
    A fantastic game -- it's easy to pick up and play, has great character and depth, and is even better with a friend.
  5. Its instant pick-up-and-play nature and non-stop action make it a worthy addition to anyone's Xbox library. Just be prepared for a fight.
  6. As lighthearted as this title is, it will mercilessly test everything you have as a gamer, and it will rest in your library quite a while before you beat it on your own and test out the extras.
  7. GamePro
    80
    The Xbox version of MS3 is a brilliant translation of its arcade parent that, in some ways, surpasses the source material. [Aug 2004, p.66]
  8. 75
    The animation is amazingly smooth, something's always moving onscreen, and the visual style -- a mixture of Nazi architecture and '50s sci-fi cliché -- is something you'll never find duplicated anywhere else.
  9. A faithful representation of that old school gaming experience, but the extremely high difficulty level, continue flaw and lack of additional features or levels past the original arcade game hinder this from restoring faith in the side scrolling genre.
  10. Talk about your pick-up-and-play games, Metal Slug 3 is the best. The left stick to move, one button to shoot, one button to jump/leap in and out of vehicles, and a button to chuck explosives.
  11. This game is simply fun to play and will make you remember the good old days of "Contra" (if any of you remember those).
  12. Official Xbox Magazine
    80
    It's tough in the way classic arcade games make you dump good quarter after bad - pitching you against waves of enemies, offering loads of alternate paths, and serving up some seriously demented import-centric humor. [July 2004, p.78]
  13. Play Magazine
    75
    Hits all the right notes with the same simple stay-alive-power-up-kick-ass formula that always brings me back for more. [July 2004, p.73]
  14. 80
    But for those that love simple, arcade shooters that blister thumbs and leave permanent marks in your D-pad, this is the pinnacle of the genre. It's great, quick fun that can be played for five minutes just as easily as five hours, and the animation contains huge amusement value.
  15. Game humor aside, this is one tough game...If you can accept this "old-school" gameplay for what it is and not ask for more, then you will enjoy yourself.
  16. For those that harp on replayability, Metal Slug 3 could be rated as low. However, with Live leaderboard stats and a couple of bonus missions (not to mention the level of difficulty) does quite a bit to extend the replay factor.
  17. There is just something incredibly satisfying about a great 2D shooter. Metal Slug 3 may be a few years old and minus a dimension, but that doesn't stop it from being one of the best action games currently on the Xbox.
  18. Greater diversity is always a good thing, and if there are more quality gems like this on the way, then I'll be quite happy holding a Controller S for some time to come.
  19. Gamestyle recommends this game to anyone seeking a violent, explosive extravaganza of gaming mayhem. Don't expect it to last forever, though.
  20. While I applaud the extra missions, MSCS shadows their importance and lessened my affinity for this unreal coin-op title.
  21. The game is non-stop action, with smooth, screen filling sprites, lots of color, expressive and often very funny animation and lots of challenge.
  22. There's also this undeniable feeling of satisfaction that overcomes you when you wade through a hail of bullets to obliterate enemies, and that in itself just might be what Metal Slug 3 is all about: providing brief flashes of old school gaming nirvana that's hard to find anywhere else nowadays.
  23. Gaming used to be so simple like this. You started the game, and you had a good time just tearing into everything. No FPS controls to worry about, no complex puzzles or things like that. Just good clean fun. That's what you get with Metal Slug 3.
  24. Metal Slug 3 is hard. It's a bit outdated in comparison to the newest chapters. And it doesn't really look like a next-generation Xbox title. However, we can't help but recommend it because it just kicks so much ass.
  25. If you're a SNK NeoGeo fan, go purchase this right now since you'll enjoy the visual fidelity and bragging rights that come with Xbox Live.
  26. GMR Magazine
    80
    It's ironic, then, that one of the most striking things you will find on Xbox today is stellar throwback to the halcyon days of 2D gaming. [July 2004, p.87]
  27. Let's put it this way: how many arcade stand-ups did you buy and take home with you? Metal Slug 3 is one of those games you'll think fondly of for years to come, but it's probably one of those titles, like the coin-op arcade classics, that you'd just as soon remember fondly than have at home collecting dust for years to come.
  28. Yes, it is short and not very complicated, but MS3 will present a difficult little game that will make you want to come back for more.
  29. Apart from Metal Slug 3's extreme difficulty and short storyline, I found everything was well-placed together.
  30. This game will work you over and then some, and even when you finally do finish, you'll keep it just to go back and play some more to see if you've still got what it takes.
  31. 80
    Played as it should be, with minimum lives and maximum difficulty, Metal Slug can provide jaded gamers with a sublime and simple gaming experience. Unapologetically tough, Metal Slug will remind players of a time when all games set this frustrating a challenge.
  32. Xbox Nation Magazine
    80
    One of the finest, purest, and most hardcore 2D shooter on any system to date. [July 2004, p.88]
  33. 80
    It's not for people who want a graphical showcase and to be at the forefront of gaming technology. It's for those who want to be completely absorbed in the experience of a masterfully crafted game environment.
  34. An old-school dream. It's this type of title that makes playing games an addictive and sweat-inducing experience. Only the hardcore and mentally tough gamers need apply.
  35. 80
    The game is all about firepower. Rescuing tied-up hostages will get you power-up weapons like flamethrowers, heavy machine guns and a ground-hugging Iron Lizard missile.
  36. Holds up well, even after all these years. Plus, it's a hell of a lot cheaper to buy for Xbox than for Neo*Geo.
  37. Metal Slug 3 is just plain fun. It's freaking tough, but fun nevertheless.
  38. 78
    With detailed graphics, incredible difficulty, and improved classic gameplay, this title should sit on any game veteran's shelf.
  39. SNK/NeoGeo fans will certainly welcome it into their permanent game library, but others are liable to be quickly frustrated by the difficulty and continue system.
  40. 84
    It's a great way to let off some steam while revelling in the power of pure, unbridled gameplay.

Awards & Rankings

#74 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2004
User Score
5.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Jul 9, 2016
    8
    A solid port of the game for the console. Metal Slug 3 on PS2/XBOX has a few additional mods for the players to enjoy. My only issue with theA solid port of the game for the console. Metal Slug 3 on PS2/XBOX has a few additional mods for the players to enjoy. My only issue with the game, is that you can't use the analog stick to control your character. Full Review »
  2. J.M.
    Jun 14, 2005
    10
    Why do such good games go way overlooked? so what if the game is too hard, so what if it's too short (except for mission 5 which is Why do such good games go way overlooked? so what if the game is too hard, so what if it's too short (except for mission 5 which is impossibly hard I have to admit), it is still the same great Metal Slug game we all know and love, and that should be enough, and look at it this way, the XBOX can handle this better than PS2 (which sucks, so wait for PS3 which is much better). Top notch game that brings the arcade to you ( I know, that sounds lame and from the years of Atari). Full Review »
  3. Uter
    Jun 12, 2004
    8
    It's a bit pricey considering it's an old port without many extras. But if you weren't to take that into consideration, really It's a bit pricey considering it's an old port without many extras. But if you weren't to take that into consideration, really this is a top tier xbox game definately worth owning. It could pass as a contra sequel for those unfamiliar with the series. Full Review »