Game - Metal Slug 4 & 5
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Metal Slug 4 & 5
Designed By: SNK Playmore/Brezzasoft
The Metal Slug series started in the arcades, way back when the arcades were cool. It was a clichť side-scroller, even back then. Despite being an obvious rip-off (or homage) of earlier games like Contra, it still garnered a cult-like fan base, even here in the states. SNK Playmore, in an effort to cash-in of this cult, err, fan base, released a compilation of the two last Metal Slug games.
Before I continue my review I will note that even though Metal Slug 4 & 5 actually make up 2 separate entries, both games are so similar that my review will reflect both games. I suppose you canít fault SNK for not messing with a good thing.
The gameplay can be summed up with one word: classic. Think back to old-school shooters such as Contra and youíll have a very good idea of what to expect. Pick one of four characters (none of the four actually differ from one another) and run left to right shooting everything in sight. Along the way you can collect power-ups, giving you a variety of firepower and free POWs, which in turn usually give you power-ups. Occasionally youíll get to man a variety of different vehicles. They donít really offer anything new to the gameplay, but they are cool to pilot and are a welcome change of pace.
While single player is pretty cool, 2-player mode is where itís at. Going through the game with a buddy is just more fun than going alone. Taking on the enemies together while trying to hog the power-ups, or best one anotherís score is most certainly fun.
Unfortunately the only real flaw with MS4&5 is itís difficulty, or rather, itís total lack of. The game itself is difficult, every moment is packed full of action and death is all but guaranteed, however with an infinite supply of continues, which lead to an infinite amount of lives, means you really canít lose. Youíll never have to face the dreaded game over screen unless you actually want to.
Graphics and sound:
Despite MS4&5ís original release in 2002, the graphics are most certainly old school. Featuring well-drawn 2-d sprites and tons of on-screen enemies with almost no slowdown, it certainly looks crisp. It just has every dated look thatíll most certainly turn-off the graphic whores.
The Tunes are also old school and feature atypical rock and roll. Itís pretty decent, but ultimately forgettable (as are the SFX).
Score: 2 Ĺ/5
No complaints here, everything seems to be near perfect, although the jumping seems to be a tad stilted.
Score: 4 Ĺ/5
MS4&5ís biggest drawback is itís length, a total playtime of about 45 minutes per Metal Slug game! Even though repeat play-throughs are encouraged with multiple paths, you can literally do everything the game has to offer in as little as 3 or 4 hours (even less if youíre skilled at these types of games). Sadly thereís no real replay value outside beating each game over and over again. After a while even the most rabid of fan will get bored.
MS4&5 are a great duo of games held back by a severe lack of length and replay value. Even diehard fans may want to look into just a rental.
Final Score 2 Ĺ/5
Added: Saturday, July 02, 2005
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