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 Third mission boss
Metal Slug 3 Arcade U-boot
Metal Slug 3 Arcade Rescue friend
Metal Slug 3 Neo Geo Title

Alternate Titles

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

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Defunct Games Neo Geo Jun 03, 2006 92 out of 100 92
TeamXbox Xbox 360 Jan 04, 2008 8.8 out of 10 88
Xboxdynasty (XD) Xbox 360 Jan 13, 2008 8.5 out of 10 85
Games Radar Xbox 360 Jan 04, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Cheat Code Central Xbox 360 2007 3.9 out of 5 78
Armchair Empire, The Xbox Jun 14, 2004 7.5 out of 10 75
GameSpot Xbox 360 Jan 07, 2008 7.5 out of 10 75
GameSpot Xbox May 27, 2004 7.5 out of 10 75
AceGamez Xbox Sep 21, 2004 7 out of 10 70 (UK) Xbox Oct 28, 2004 7 out of 10 70


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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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