July 20, 2012

Review – Metal Slug 3

Filed under: Reviews — Tags: , , , , , , , , — TJ "Kyatt" Cordes @ 6:29 pm

Review Metal Slug 3
SNK masterpiece Metal Slug 3 is a side-scrolling shooter that, despite being twelve years old, possesses an expressive level of detail and animation that most modern 2D games can only hope to match.

Apple’s mobile platform, iOS, features a touchscreen-based interface that, when used as a conventional button-based controller, offers a level of control that makes the Xbox 360’s d-pad seem precise in comparison.

With this veritable Odd Couple now living together in what is known as Metal Slug 3 for the iOS, let’s hop into this Metal Slug and see if it’s even possible to steer the thing.


December 7, 2010

NeoGeo Station for PlayStation Network

Filed under: News Feed — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Jamie Love @ 9:12 am

SNK Playmore is all nostalgic about the 20th anniversary of the NeoGeo, and the PlayStation Network has been designated the celebration spot as of December 21, 2010, when NeoGeo Station starts extending the NeoGeo library to the PlayStation Network, with titles releasing for the PS3 at $8.99 and the PSP at $6.99.

Players can expect classic NeoGeo with a touch of the modern in the way of network play over PSN and Ad-Hoc compatibility for PSP.

Ten games will be available for PS3 when Station launches on December 21, with only Fatal Fury and Metal Slug available for PSP that day, though SNK Playmore plans to offer PSP versions of the entire launch list along with more releases during 2011.

The full list for the 21st includes Fatal Fury, Alpha Mission II, The King of Fighters ’94, Samurai Shodown, Baseball Stars Professional, Magician Lord, Metal Slug, League Bowling, Super Sidekicks, and Art of Fighting.

March 16, 2010

Review – Metal Slug Double X

Filed under: Reviews — Tags: , , , , , — Jamie Love @ 3:06 pm

Metal Slug Double X
Metal Slug is a series that always gets plenty of my attention. I’ve devoted a ridiculous amount of love to the franchise during my stay on Starship Earth, even going so far as to attempt playing it on a Neo Geo Pocket Color – which requires the player to sit directly beneath the sun in order to see the screen clearly.

Even after all this time, I’ll still put money into a Neo Geo cab when one turns up at a gaming event, and still lament the fact that I couldn’t afford any of the fancy Japanese hardware that allowed the game to be played at home when I was younger. In many ways, Metal Slug is why the dinosaurs had to die – so we could use the oil from their corpses to fuel the boats that would one day bring this franchise to North America. The animation of characters and actions grabs me every time I see it, that melodramatic Looney Tunes mix of over-action that separates Metal Slug’s cartoonish hyper-violent-bullet-coaster-ride from any other title.

With this in mind, it’s easy-peasy for me to fall into this PSP enhanced port of the DS release (Metal Slug 7), finding my groove and slugging a path through more enemies in a single level than exist in the entirety of other run and gun titles. And yet, like an indecisive Emperor, there’s enough weight on either end of the judgment scale to keep my thumb from turning up or down over this release, creating an unfortunate zone of indifference.


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