(Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Metal Slug (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Game Review

Metal Slug Review

USA USA Version

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

Overthrow General Morden and win back the stolen weapon, the Metal Slug.

This game might be a bit redundant - seven of the games in the Metal Slug series were already released on the Wii in collective form as Metal Slug Anthology. However, none of the games on that disc allow for classic controller use, so if you desperately want to use it, then you have no choice but to buy it on VC. The Anthology also had some weird control choices, like flicking the Wii remote up to throw grenades. That's gone here.

Metal Slug is quite a bit like Konami's Contra series: you play as Marco Rossi and must run and gun down a truckload of all sorts of weird and wacky enemies. Get hit once and you're dead. The difficulty is obviously quite high as well because of this. Weapons include machine guns, grenades, flamethrowers and more pretty realistic stuff. You also take control of vehicles like tanks and have the option of rescuing prisoners for extra points.

The main enemies you will face are soldiers. These guys are great, and can be seen doing all sorts of stuff before you burst onto the scene, like sitting around a campfire eating, talking with each other, or even sleeping. Most of this is thanks to the excellent (and we really mean excellent) sprite-work. The game easily has some of the best 2D graphics ever made, as everything moves incredibly fluidly. Screen-sized bosses have no trouble looking smooth, and tons of stuff in the background, such as houses and boats, explodes and breaks down all the time. Music-wise there's nothing excellent to speak of, but it does get the point across, as it's fast-paced and quite lively.

Conclusion

The game is highly regarded among tons of gamers, so you can honestly do no wrong in downloading this title. This will probably be the best Neo Geo game on VC for quite a while.

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User Comments (7)

Roo

#1

Roo said:

I've always said that Metal Slug puts Contra and it's likeness to shame. The review is spot-on.

Rawk_Hawk

#3

Rawk_Hawk said:

Metal Slug is one of the best and I prefer it over Gunstar Heroes. Each level will keep you on your toes because you will never know what to expect from a Metal Slug game.

Deviant_Mugen

#4

Deviant_Mugen said:

I definitely agree with Roo--Metal Slug> Contra...

Also, Tarma is the man! Great game and great review. One thing, though, how was flicking the Wii-mote to toss a grenade in the Anthology 'weird'? It felt perfectly natural to me. In fact, it reminded me of when I was a teenager imagining a way to improve Metal Slug, and one of the improvements was an implement in which flicking an object lobbed your grenades. Fast-forward a few years later and here comes the Metal Slug Anthology for the Wii and the very system I envisioned a few years back so beautifully implemented! Anyway, that's really the only issue I had with the review, great job...

Dony13

#5

Dony13 said:

I want it, i've played it in the arcades but i didn't know it was on virtual console

manleycartoonist

#6

manleycartoonist said:

Flicking the wiimote helps conserve your grenades. And really just buy the Anthology. If anything just for the later Slug games' ZOMBIE stages. Those are the best 2D action stages ever.

MikeyMikeMike

#7

MikeyMikeMike said:

The problem with flicking the wiimote for grenades is that often you need to throw them in streams of 3 or more, especially with bosses. Hitting a button is just faster. manleycartoonist said it "helps conserve your grenades", shouldn't that be my choice, rather than forced?

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