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Metal Slug 3

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In the third installment of the Metal Slug series, General Morden is back and he plans to establish a new world order. The player guides one of the heroes: Marco, Tarma, Eri, or Fio, as they blast their way through side-scrolling levels with a unique theme, filled with countless enemies and bosses. The player has to free hostages and can ride bizarre vehicles such as camels, elephants, tanks, and robots.

In the Xbox version, additional game modes, such as Storming the Mothership and Chubby Isle Paradiso, can be unlocked upon completing the five arcade stages. A co-op mode has been included, but no online multiplayer. The only Xbox Live feature available allows the player to compare single-player scores.


Metal Slug 3 Windows First mission complete
Metal Slug 3 Windows Inside a small submarine
Metal Slug 3 Arcade Last boss
Metal Slug 3 Windows Fourth level boss

Alternate Titles

  • "合金弹头3" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "メタルスラッグ3" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

Video Games Neo Geo Aug, 2000 92 out of 100 92
Defunct Games Neo Geo Jun 03, 2006 92 out of 100 92
The Video Game Critic Xbox Jul 24, 2004 A- 91
Nintendo Life Wii Jun 01, 2012 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
TeamXbox Xbox 360 Jan 04, 2008 8.8 out of 10 88
Retro Gamer PlayStation 2 Oct, 2004 82 out of 100 82
PGNx Media Xbox Jun 02, 2004 8 out of 10 80 Xbox Jan 04, 2005 16 out of 20 80
XBox Front Xbox Jan 28, 2005 75 out of 100 75
IGN Xbox 360 Jan 03, 2008 7.4 out of 10 74


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Metal Slug 3 features a number of references to sci-fi movies. For example, Mission 2 features a guest appearance by the Men in Black. The carnivorous alien plants in Mission 4 are a parody of the sci-fi musical comedy, The Little Shop of Horrors In Mission 5, the squid-like aliens are a homage to the movie, Independence Day. Also in Mission 5, the alien clones you face seem to parody the sci-fi movie classic, Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Finally, the last boss battle seems to be slightly inspired by the ending sequence in Alien: Resurrection. One of the hostages (who also appeared in Metal Slug 2 & Metal Slug X) known as Hyakkutaro will join the fight by shooting fireballs.

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