Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. There just aren't many games like this being produced, and thankfully the Metal Slug series continues to offer astounding quality.
  4. We should be glad they included both in this release and not separated them as Metal Slug 4 is the far lesser of the games presented here.
  5. Finally, everyone will be able to see everything these games have to offer. [June 2005, p.127]
  6. 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.
  7. Great for fans who want to collect the better older games and be able to play them whenever they want without hooking up a Neo-Geo or finding an arcade that has this one in it.
  8. At this point, though, 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.
  9. This set isn't a horrible beginning for those looking to introduce themselves to the Metal Slug series, but last years Metal Slug 3 offers up no unlimited continues, the original development team's work, and a much more "Metal Slug" feel.
  10. 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.
  11. This two-disk game retails for a reduced price, which is still a bit steep considering that there is not much content unless you explicitly look for it.
  12. Best serves dedicated otaku-style collectors and quick-play arcade gamers. [Oct 2005, p.106]
  13. Metal Slug series fans and arcade game fans will probably track this bundle down and will gladly add it to their collection without hesitation, while those that have never experienced such a game should rent it first to see if it suits their taste.
  14. 68
    For most gamers, this is a pass. There's just not enough value in the game long term in the 2 games to make this worth your money at a $40 price point, or even $30.
  15. For anyone but die-hard fans of the franchise or genre, these two games just aren't worth the price of one.
  16. Unless you are a die-hard fan of the series, there isn't enough game here to justify a purchase.
  17. 61
    This combo pack will appeal only to those dedicated fans who take pleasure twisting their thumbs in knots trying to get the highest score. While it's still a great shooter, it's something we've all seen before.
  18. Fun for a rental if you've always had the goal of completing two games in one afternoon. Otherwise there's not enough gameplay here to justify the cost to anyone but a hardcore Metal Slug fan.
  19. There's just not enough here to warrant a score of your hard-earned readies. [Official UK Xbox Magazine]
  20. It features great graphics and a nice variety of levels, but it's hard not to be concerned by the lack of value.
  21. The Metal Slug package should be purchased by the most hardcore of fans only.
  22. 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.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. ksdjkajf
    Aug 30, 2005
    Good game good game.
  2. BlueFalcon
    Aug 20, 2005
    While I really love this series and these games, it's a shame they're arcade perfect. More specifically, the problem is that there are unlimited continues. This means anyone can beat the game under most any circumstances. If I was blindfolded and forced to wear boxing gloves, I'd still be able to win easily. This is a major oversight considering the type of gamer that is into the metal slug series. If the game was like Metal Slug 3 on xbox and had limited continues, I would probably rate this package a 9/10 - great games. Full Review »