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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 Unlockable images from the gallery
Metal Slug 3 Neo Geo Above a waterfall
Metal Slug 3 Arcade In the swamps.
Metal Slug 3 Neo Geo Arabian underground

Alternate Titles

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

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Gamesmania Xbox Jan 04, 2005 85 out of 100 85
Retro Gamer Xbox Oct, 2004 82 out of 100 82 Xbox Jan 04, 2005 16 out of 20 80
Games Radar Xbox 360 Jan 04, 2008 8 out of 10 80
IGN Xbox 360 Jan 03, 2008 7.4 out of 10 74
Gaming Nexus Xbox Jun 14, 2004 7.3 out of 10 73
The Review Busters Xbox 360 2008 7 out of 10 70 (UK) Xbox Oct 28, 2004 7 out of 10 70
IGN Xbox May 25, 2004 6.8 out of 10 68
Jive Magazine Xbox Aug 14, 2004 2.5 out of 5 50


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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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