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  • Summary: Not merely an arcade port, Metal Slug 3 for the Xbox sports brand-new features and original missions. Now you can choose from more than 10 new slug vehicles, including the Slug Copter and the Elephant Slug, and go head-to-head against submarines, large locusts, and giant bosses. UseNot merely an arcade port, Metal Slug 3 for the Xbox sports brand-new features and original missions. Now you can choose from more than 10 new slug vehicles, including the Slug Copter and the Elephant Slug, and go head-to-head against submarines, large locusts, and giant bosses. Use handguns, power-up grenades, cannons, and more to battle evil forces. Fight alone or cooperatively with a friend in such locations as a deserted island in the South Seas, an underwater bioweapons factory, and outer space. Collapse
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  1. Positive: 40 out of 56
  2. Negative: 0 out of 56
  1. The game is non-stop action, with smooth, screen filling sprites, lots of color, expressive and often very funny animation and lots of challenge.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
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  1. 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). Expand
  2. CraKa
    May 24, 2004
    9
    I've only been playing the demo, but its such a blast. Kick back 10 years to 2d shooter glory.
  3. XERO
    May 27, 2004
    9
    You can't have more fun with your close on....just a blast to play!!!
  4. ChadC.
    May 28, 2004
    9
    If you like the classic side scroller action then this game is for you! Graphics are cool and multiplayer co-op is awesome.
  5. IliyunH.
    May 30, 2004
    9
    Solid Game. Easily the top 5 best action 2D game. Fluid animation, sweet sound FX, and challenging ! I'm one happy gamer.
  6. 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. Expand