Metal Slug 3 is not a new game. Metal Slug 3 is not a long game by any means. Metal Slug 3 is a really difficult game, and it’s finally rocketed its way onto the PlayStation 4.
Lucky for us though, the price of entry is only paid once — that is, you won’t be pumping money into the former arcade game beyond the initial purchase, which is a good thing because dying is a common occurrence. I’ll admit I’m not the best at classic side-scrolling action games, but despite the challenge Metal Slug 3 is still fun.
It’s Cross-Buy Too
The game original saw its release on the Neo Geo arcade platform in 2000, with ports to other platforms in the following year. Now, over a decade later, the company has decided to give PlayStation fans a chance to play across all three current Sony platforms at the cross-buy price of $15. The price is honestly a bit steep for what you get, but this “new” release does come loaded with a few extras, including online play.
Metal Slug 3 starts out simple enough — you’re thrown right into a character select screen where you can play as a variety of different people, each with their own specialties and weapon types. Your objective is to take your character across enemy-filled landscapes peppered with threats as your tasked to save prisoners, you yourself in control of an impressive array of weapons from pistols to machine guns.
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Looks are Deceiving
Metal Slug is also a series well-known for its emphasis on vehicles, and there’s definitely no shortage of it here. As you progress through each level, you can pick up a variety of stuff including a tank of the game’s own name-sake. Metal Slug 3 also offers a bunch of other add-ons including transformations that wouldn’t be out of place in a wacky horror film.
For all its simplicity, however, Metal Slug 3 is really tough. That’s not a bad thing, mind, but it’s definitely heightened should you choose to play the game by yourself. Luckily the PlayStation version boasts both local and network co-op mode, which allows players to play alongside friends for a little extra help. Online mode isn’t perfect by any means though — there is a bit of latency, and once things get crazy on screen it’s especially noticeable in some of the bigger fights. It’s a welcome addition nonetheless.
It’s a Faithful Port With a Couple of Extras
PlayStation fans can also unlock a handful of trophies here, although most of them revolve around clearing through stages without deaths and on certain difficulty levels. They’re not the easiest to get but they do offer a bit of replay value for those looking for a further challenge.
The rest of the game though is fairly close to the original Metal Slug 3 that came out all those years ago. Sprites and artwork remain unchanged, with widescreen accessibility factored in by the addition of a fancy background on either side of the screen. It’s a faithful port that fans new and old alike should have no problem getting in to.
Despite its status as a port, Metal Slug 3 is still really fun. It proves that even older games can have a chance to shine in the modern age even with few updates. The asking price is a bit steep, all things considered, but the addition of cross-play makes this title a little easier to swallow for those who like that sort of accessibility.
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