Metal Slug 3 Xbox


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. 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.
  2. Play Magazine
    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]
  3. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    No slowdown, now flicker, no nothing. Most importantly, it's still among the best 2D action games ever created. [July 2004, p.102]
  4. 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.
  5. Official Xbox Magazine
    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]
  6. Offering gamers fast paced gameplay, excellent 2D designs, alternate pathways and a slew of weapons to rain chaos on the enemies this is one title all gamers should at least try once, twice - even three times.
  7. 71
    Metal Slug 3, at four years old, still remains one of the most enjoyable gaming experiences on the Xbox for those who are up to the challenge it presents.
  8. 85
    A fantastic game -- it's easy to pick up and play, has great character and depth, and is even better with a friend.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. GMR Magazine
    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]
  12. 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.
  13. The other side to the game is its humour and visual appeal. Sure, this is a 2D game, but it's also packed with smart touches of animation and grand set-piece battles to liven any rainy Sunday for five minutes.
  14. 60
    It's often insanely hard, and just as insanely priced. So spread some salt over this slug until SNK wises up and offers it for a more reasonable fee.
  15. Gamestyle recommends this game to anyone seeking a violent, explosive extravaganza of gaming mayhem. Don't expect it to last forever, though.
  16. 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.
  17. The game is non-stop action, with smooth, screen filling sprites, lots of color, expressive and often very funny animation and lots of challenge.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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]
  24. This game is simply fun to play and will make you remember the good old days of "Contra" (if any of you remember those).
  25. Metal Slug 3 is just plain fun. It's freaking tough, but fun nevertheless.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 78
    With detailed graphics, incredible difficulty, and improved classic gameplay, this title should sit on any game veteran's shelf.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 68
    The Xbox version runs incredibly fast, perhaps too fast for some folks. It's a fantastic shooter experience and (though I have only played four of the Slug games) Metal Slug 3 has always been my favorite.
  36. 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.
  37. The wacky sensibility will give you a few chuckles, while the insane difficulty level takes you on a masochistic tour of your squandered youth.
  38. 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.
  39. It's a little hard recommending a port of a four year-old game for the full $40 price tag. Couple that with the ruthless difficulty caused by the continue system and it becomes clear that this is for hardcore shooter vets only.
  40. Xbox Nation Magazine
    One of the finest, purest, and most hardcore 2D shooter on any system to date. [July 2004, p.88]
  41. No lie, you'll finish the lot in a day. You can try and collect all the extras (Japanese radish and Chinese cabbage are all there for the taking), but there's no getting away from the fact that there's not enough in here to warrant shelling out full whack, no matter how perfect a slice of arcade action it may be.
  42. AceGamez
    Unless you're a hardcore fan of the franchise, old-school games or side-scrollers, just make this one a rental.
  43. Feels like a very short game. The extras, as I mentioned, will serve as a tasty bonus once you've completed the main game, but get dull fairly quickly.
  44. 84
    It's a great way to let off some steam while revelling in the power of pure, unbridled gameplay.
  45. Apart from Metal Slug 3's extreme difficulty and short storyline, I found everything was well-placed together.
  46. 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.
  47. 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.
  48. 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.
  49. While I applaud the extra missions, MSCS shadows their importance and lessened my affinity for this unreal coin-op title.
  50. 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.
  51. netjak
    All missions are full co-op ready. You and a friend can play together to beat the game together! This was always my favorite feature of the previous versions of this game (as well as other old school games). This only makes the game more fun to play when a buddy is over.
  52. Cheat Code Central
    This is like "Contra" on acid. There is so much stuff coming at you at all times that it will you leave with nervous figgety dreams at night. You will literally be playing this game iin your sleep.
  53. While Metal Slug 3 does not offer the most gaming around, it does offer some fantastic gameplay. The additional extras extend the games longevity a little bit but really this is a game you buy to play over and over again every so often.
  54. 70
    Not only the best Metal Slug 3 port to date, but also the best 2D side-scrolling shooter for the Xbox.
  55. 69
    The main arcade missions are done before you know it, and the lousy continue system doesn't help matters that much more either.
  56. GamePro
    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]

Awards & Rankings

#75 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2004
User Score

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
    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
    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
    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 »