|System: X360 (XBLA)||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: SNK Playmore||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: SNK Playmore||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Jan. 2, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The level design is great. In addition to the classic side-scrolling action, there are a few parts of the game where you'll be swimming underwater or even shooting down Martians in the outer space, Galaga-style. Even though there are only five levels, you can always choose different paths that will lead you to new environments, enemies, and slugs. Wait, you don't know what slugs are? They're vehicles you'll find throughout the game. They give you extra protection and your attacks become much more powerful when you're in one of them!
When you're on foot you'll be shooting with standard guns or throwing bombs. When you're inside a slug, the attacks will vary depending on which vehicle you're in. Of course the slugs eventually blow up, but you can make them last a while by avoiding bullets and picking up some extra gas. Of course, don't underestimate the normal, on-foot attacks, because picking up power-ups is sweet and fun. There's everything, from shotguns to lasers, rocket launchers, and machineguns, and you'll get to test it all. I couldn't decide on a favorite, although the heavy machinegun is great because it has unlimited ammo as long as you stay alive. I also love how it sounds when the announcer yells, "Heavy Machinegun!!!"
The sounds of the game are something to be proud of, indeed. Not only are the tunes cool and action-packed but the sound effects are also really nice and suitable for this arcade gem. The voice over is funny and reminds you of the good old times at the arcade; I recall playing this with my dad and repeating "Flame Shot!", "Enemy Chaser!", "Rocket Launcher!," and especially: "Machinegun!." The characters' dying squeals are funny too, not to be insensitive or anything - after all it's just a cartoonish game.
The game managed to remain appealing on the arcade and should satisfy those who enjoy Metal Slug games. You'll get to play this one with a push of a button without even having to stand up and pop in the disc. However, it's still $10, which might be steep for some. They should have probably made it cheaper, taking into consideration all the new games joining the XBL Arcade library with much more in-depth gameplay and next-gen graphics. In conclusion, if you don't mind the price and like old-school side-scrolling shooters, you'll have a blast!
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