Release Date: October 2nd 2014 (Steam Release)
Whenever these games arrive on Steam, I feel the need to buy them. The nostalgia alone is all it takes for me. I remember playing the Metal Slug series in the arcades as a kid, and I always loved the side scrolling shooter style that it embodied. Growing up, Contra, and Super C, were two of my favorite games and I loved playing them with friends and seeing how far we could get. The Metal Slug games are very reminiscent of those like Contra and Super C and remind me a lot of my childhood, so when Metal Slug X hit Steam I had to grab it.
What is Metal Slug X? Well its a revamp of Metal Slug 2, re-released in 1999 for the NEO GEO MVS. It fixed many of the games problems and increased difficulty. Metal Slug X also introduced several different elements into gameplay, like remixed music, time of day changes to the stages, and increased enemy counts to name a few. This shoot em up side scroller is fun at any difficulty, but a real controller smasher if you’re trying to play through the mission mode with only 10 credits. A game that is as difficult as it is fun is hard to find, and Metal Slug X seems to hit that happy medium.
“METAL SLUG X”, a masterpiece in SNK’s emblematic 2D run & gun action shooting game series, still continues to fascinate millions of fans worldwide to this day for its intricate dot-pixel graphics, and simple and intuitive game controls. One of the most highly praised titles in the series among Metal Slug fans for its refined balance and game volume, heads out to the Steam gaming platform! – Metal Slug X
The game starts off like any other Metal Slug game, you’re dropped from the sky Contra style and set loose upon the infidels. First off the games background really reminds me a lot of the old Aladdin game for SEGA, which I thought was a bit weird, but I digress… I really like how every level is different and offers new obstacles and challenges to overcome, making this game a bit more difficult than others in the series. One of the other things that stood out to me were the beefed up graphics adding a lot of extra sprites on-screen making it easier for a computer to process the graphical movements the NEO GEO couldnt. This Steam version is great because it’s not bound to the original NEO GEO system limitations which were often too slow to keep up with Metal Slugs on-screen antics. Everything you want in a side scrolling shooter, and “easy” is certainly not a world you would use to describe this game. Metal Slug X doesn’t disappoint.
I love the pseudo Nazi references, also makes it a little easier to kill everyone… Only a little. This game is still one of the hardest platform shooters ever programmed. The arcade stand alone of this must have raked in a ton of money for the machines owners because all I can imagine myself doing is sinking more and more quarters into it until i beat the game. 6 Missions and stage select make for a good play though with friends. This version of Metal Slug incorporates a ton of great weapons, and power ups. The laser shooting camel, and all the other drivable weapons are insanely powerful, but watch out, you wont last long getting hit. But don’t let only 6 missions fool you. You can play arcade mode and mission mode, with 4 difficulty settings, 4 playable characters and the option of multiplayer makes this game an endless classic.
It’s hard to say anything bad about a game that is awesome on so many levels. The difficulty only makes it better for me and the re-play factor only weighs heavier with the addition of multiplayer. This games is hours of fun by yourself or with friends, and is a must have in any retro gamers Steam library. I mean, who wouldn’t love a game where one of the achievements is dying over 200 times?
Replay Value: 7/10