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Release year: 2000 | Players: 1-2 players | Developed by SNK

Metal Slug 3 (NEO GEO)

Metal Slug 3 (AKA メタルスラッグ 3 Metaru Suraggu 3 in Japan) is a highly polished run and gun video game. It’s a classic arcade game, and it’s one of the most highly-rated games for the Neo Geo console. It has a simple gameplay concept—kill all of your enemies as you make your way towards the end of each level. But it offers more things than usual run & gun video games.

Previous games: Metal Slug, Metal Slug 2

Metal Slug 3 is extremely fun to play. It features random things that pop up in its stages and goofy character reactions. These contradict the violence and blood of the gameplay, but such features are glorious, nonetheless.

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Metal Slug 3 Cover (NEO GEO)

As the series’ staple, vehicles are abundant in this game. From standard means of transportation like trucks and cars, the wacky side is pronounced when you ride ostriches, camels, and elephants that have machine guns strapped to them. Vehicles allow you to take a few more hits and provide you with extra firepower. So, they are worth using.

You can choose between one of four available characters. But except for their character design and color, they don’t offer anything different between themselves. When it comes to the plot, the game offers very little explanation of its story, but that’s okay because the visual storytelling is bizarre and is something that you can truly enjoy as you try to clear each stage.

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In this game, aiming and walking don’t go hand in hand. That’s why you have to readjust yourself constantly. Metal Slug 3 has plenty of branching routes, so you have more than one path to follow. While they lead to the same point, it is handy to have alternative routes toward the final destination.

It is an arcade game, so stages with short time duration are to be expected. Nevertheless, don’t expect that you can clear a stage swiftly. You need quick reflexes and familiarity with the buttons to do that. There are enemies that can kill you with just one hit. If you set the difficulty to level 4, mobs can overwhelm and kill you in the blink of an eye.

Taking everything into account, Metal Slug 3 is a great classic video game. It is not just a good looking 2d game, but it has also excellent sounds and gameplay. This game is simple, fun to play, challenging, and addictive.

The game has been ported to Arcade, Neo Geo (this version), Sony Playstation 2, Xbox, PSP, Xbox Live Arcade, Android, Microsoft Windows (Metal Slug Collection), Microsoft Windows (Steam), Nintendo Switch.

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